How To Know God’s Call For Your Life
For the last twenty years I’ve balanced many things: being a writing, homeschooling my kids, and working with a crisis pregnancy center/teen mom support group. For most of the years I thought THOSE THINGS were my “ministry.” After all, those were the things that impacted others, drew them to Christ, and made a difference.
But in the last few years (since the 2012 Allume conference), I’ve wondered if what God has called me to do goes to even a deeper level than that. Yes, God has called me to all of those things, but maybe His greater plan is to use me for a model for other women. Maybe He wants to use me to say:
- God has a big plan for your life.
- Your children are a wonderful part of that plan.
- Serving others in your work/ministry are another wonderful part of that plan.
- Doing both together benefits both your kids and your work.
- After all, the best way to teach your kids to “walk in the calling God has placed on your life” is for them to see you doing it.
And it’s funny that God has placed all of this on my heart now, because just a few hours ago I came across this verse:
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)
Or as it says in The Message version of the Bible:
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
I love to write. I love to raise my kids. I love homeschooling and serving teenage moms, but maybe the overarching call for my life just may be to be a voice, urging other women to “understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
How do I know this is my call?
- It excites me.
- It is in line with what God has asked me to do—where He’s led me.
- Women respond, are encouraged, and are drawn closer to Christ.
How do you know your call?
- It excites you.
- It is in line with God has asked you to do—where He’s led you.
- Others respond, are encouraged, and are drawn closer to Christ.
So, what do you think? What is the call God has placed on your life?
Dear Lord, please help me to recognize the call you’ve placed on my life. Give me the courage to pursue it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Resources You Might Like:
Buy the Field: Find, Follow, and Finish God’s Call for Your Life
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
Andrea Cox says
Tricia, I thought my calling was to write and tutor kids. It is. But it goes deeper too. It’s to encourage the kids I tutor, not just teach them math equations. It’s to dig deep into story, so deep I end up examining myself as much as I do my characters. And, as a bonus, God recently told me another calling He has for me: proofreading! When typos leap out at me, I should probably use the skills God’s clearly saying to use. So, you know of anyone looking for a good proofer? I’m available. 🙂
Jessica Coupe says
Tricia thanks for sharing your criteria for what constitutes God’s call. Love it!
Atungsiri Alphonse says
woah great tool in helping me know my call. thanks a million. may they all mighty richly bless n keep u!!
I was at home meditating.How to know Gods calling for my life.Which I got some important words to meditate on.But i still need to know more.So i can teach the word to other. God bless you.