Written by Dene Nidiffer,
January 10th, 2014 marked my last day as a business owner after 22 years!
It was a REALLLLLLLY big decision for me! When I accepted ownership years ago, I thought I would always be a business owner until I retired, because that is just who I am… I am a stayer. And even though I can be bold in some areas of my life, this is one that I obviously did not mess with much.
My decision to make this big change came after a very long run of absolute difficult times – no matter how hard I tried, wanted it, or prayed about, I felt like I could simply no longer “win.” I know now that these difficult times were answers to prayer, yet not necessarily the one I thought I wanted. This isn’t the biggest part of the story; however, it does help set the stage for one of the many reasons why I remain a Christian!
“I simply could no longer win…” relates directly to how I felt about my life before God. I know this probably isn’t true, but it feels like most people who come to Christ as adults come to Him through trials. That’s why I did. I then spent a very long time feeling like something was missing.
What I find interesting is that there are many times in my life now where I can see God intervened. Sometimes it may have been slowly, or perhaps, it was me responding slowly. Somethings are big and some are small, but the fact remains that the guidance I get, which isn’t always asked for, is happening all around me. I see it, recognize and long for it!
In Matthew 14:27 just before Peter walked on the water, Jesus spoke to His disciples and gave them instructions saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Peter took that leap of faith and you know the rest. I finally took that leap of faith, too. I know God desired this for me. This leap… I believe with all my heart, mind, and soul that He had it handled the whole time and was just waiting for me to make it happen!
Although I’ve often wished that God would write into the sky what he wants me to do [a virtual text, if you will, that only I can see]. As we all know, that doesn’t happen. I was just glad that I finally understood! I am so relieved I listened to His message that It’s Time To Take a Risk Sweetheart.
If you are grappling with decisions in your life involving leaps of faith, turn to Him and boldly ask for His help in these matters knowing He’s got you! You will not be disappointed! I know that it will open doors that you cannot imagine.