Stephanie Pringle

God prepared my destiny long before I was born. He was now calling be to walk in it. I was 53 years old, in what I considered to be the best time of my life. My husband loved me; he recognized my gifts and encouraged me. Our children had completed college and were out on their own. I was growing in wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, teaching a small group Bible study out of my friend’s home, working in the position that I always wanted, and eligible for retirement in two years. But, the Lord was calling me
away. For two years I had been praying specifically for God to show me what He want me to do. Should I continue to work full time, part time or stop working all together. I was going through a study in the Book of Luke where the Lord was teaching me what it looks like to live a surrendered life. One question that spoke to me from the study was: are you willing to do anything, go anyplace, at any time for the Lord?” I read Luke 9:57-62, and didn’t want to be that person. The one who says, “I will follow you, Lord, but…”

In November of 2013 (two years before I was eligible for retirement) I submitted my resignation. But, one particular day fear and doubt showed up. I began to question my decision. I though, is this really from the Lord or is it me.   I prayed, I said “Lord I need a word from You.” I turned to a devotional reading for that day. The pastor used an illustration of when he was a little boy, how he would look out of the window of his home for his father to come home from work. When he saw his father, he would run out of the house, climb on top of the wood pile, and wait for his father to get out of the car and say to him “jump”. He said he had no fear of jumping because he knew his father would always catch him.

So, in January 2014, I jumped into my Father arms. He has carried (is carrying) me through doors of ministry opportunities and trials (yes, trials) that I never thought would happen in my life. Yes, the Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. The Father has a purpose and plan for our lives. He is the one who pursues us. It may look scary. Fear and doubt may come upon you, but look to His Word and prayer. And when the Father tells you to jump into His arms, abandon your fears and doubts, trust that He is good and jump. He will catch you and carry you to your destiny.

The LORD is in pursuit. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

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