Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOD'S TIMING AND OPEN DOORS

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 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” Revelation 3:8



God opens doors in our lives for various reasons. There can be doors of opportunities and doors that lead us from one season to another. If we are obedient and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we begin to develop clarity to find these open doors and the courage to explore them.    I believe God is in the process of revealing so much more to all of us. We will find behind our doors, talents we didn't know we had, healing we thought would never happen, restoration of relationships we saw as lost causes, and a manifestation of joy that we, in the natural, could never imagine.
When God provides us with doors of opportunity He has a specific purpose in mind for us, and if you ever need to remind yourself of just what that is remember this statement and scripture.  When you are blessed it is also meant for you to bless others. Luke 12:48 tells us; “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”  “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” ECC 3:1. When the writer of Ecclesiastes said that there was an “appointed time” for everything, we can take this as referring to the divine timing of God. 



Has God ever closed the door on an opportunity in your life? Maybe you don’t get the job you were hoping for, or a relationship doesn’t pan out the way you wanted. When Christians run into frustrations or obstacles, we often interpret those difficulties as a sign from God that this isn’t His will for us.  That may indeed be the case, but sometimes that is not true.  Be sure that it is an open door that you are not walking through due to fear, lack of faith, or because you just want more information before you will open it. Don’t miss your blessing waiting, when you should be walking through the door. 


Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams. – T. D. Jakes



ALL IN GOD'S TIMING


Scripture is full of  examples of those who found open doors at points when many would have concluded they were bolted shut. As we read through the Bible, we find numerous instances where individuals reached important horizons late in life, or after repeated tries, or in spite of extreme obstacles. Sarah conceives a child when both she and Abraham are elderly, and a number of years later Abraham remarries after Sarah dies. Isaac servants dig a well successfully after two major thwarted attempts. Joseph realizes his dream of leadership after years of servitude and imprisonment.   Moses becomes a champion of his people forty years after his first passionate attempt utterly fails. David becomes king of Israel in spite of severe ridicule from his brothers, apathy from his father, and numerous battles with Saul forces. Hannah gives birth to many children long after her husband has accepted her barrenness and encouraged her to do the same. Ruth finds joy in a new marriage after her first husband dies; and Naomi, bereft of her husband and both sons, finds unexpected solace in a grandchild born to Ruth. Zechariah and Elizabeth are blessed with a child in their old age, and the angel declares that this gift is in response to their longstanding prayer.  So you see it is not too late, so get ready to walk through your open doors. God's timing is perfect.


Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


GLOBAL CALLING TO SERVE YOLANDA CONLEY SHIELDS

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When God calls we must answer even when we don’t know all of the steps. When God gives you a VISION he provides the PROVISION. Our response just has to be Yes, Send Me.

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I have known for years that the work I do in my career and ministry (teaching, training and coaching) was global and would reach people from different parts of the world. When I think about it I get a little nervous and then I am reminded of what God has already done and that He’s the one that provides and opens doors.  He will continue to show me the next steps and provide the provision needed. The work that I do in Africa and Europe continues to amaze me. I am a female, daughter, mom, sister, and friend, from Nashville TN that took time to say yes to a call. No matter your background and experience God will do the same for you when you just say yes, and take the first step even when you don’t know the second one. There is only one way and no shortcuts.

 

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We sometimes see a call come in and we ignore it or we let it go to voice mail so that we can respond later. Sometimes calls need to be answered immediately. What is God calling you to do? Two years ago during my visit to Nancy and Paris France God was showing me a bigger picture than what I could see in front of me at the time.   I know sometimes we only ask for what we feel God will do, but He is waiting for us to ask for the impossible.

 

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WHAT IS GOD CALLING YOU TO DO?

 

 When it is bigger than us we are reminded that we will need Him in order to do it. During my trip in 2012 many in France were asking for me to bring a team back with me to do worship, and leadership training for the people in Nancy and Paris. Because of my background and contacts I started thinking about all of the, well-known artist that I knew who would be great. I prayed for months and didn’t feel a release to move forward and go back in 2013. 

I began to think it was just my idea. You know we can come up with some stuff that’s not bad, but may not be in God’s timing. So I continued to pray and God began to show me what to do next.

 

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During my prayer time it was clear that I wouldn’t be bringing well-known artist, but young independent artist that would teach and train and also be launched into their next level of ministry.

 

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Sometimes when God is calling you to do something it’s not just about you, but about helping someone else walk in the call and destiny that God has for them. When you do that He shows you your next steps as well. God began to reveal whom he wanted to use on the trip. He showed me many people, so I began to invite them to informational meetings. Sometimes you don’t need to know all of the information, because sometimes God is trying to see if you will respond to the call. The call was made and those that God intended to join the team showed up. Some I could tell weren’t sure of the call and I knew God would speak clearly to them.  

Yes, there is a time and a season for all things and I know it wasn’t the time for some, but God knows what He has for all of us and He is faithful to do what He has already promised.

 

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During the trip God did over and above anything that I would have known to ask or think. He showed me that worship is about humility, an open heart and passion. Even if you don’t have all of the equipment and sound that you need God is asking “Will you still worship me with a pure heart”? Sometimes it is not about our plans and agenda but Gods.  

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 19:21.

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Many people came to know Christ in a more intimate way, some came to know Him for the first time, others healed, delivered and launched into the next season that God had for them. I saw new faces on our team as they walked confidently in the purpose and destiny that God had for them. They not only served the people in Nancy and Paris France they also were restored, refreshed and pushed to their next level. Sometimes we allow people to put ceilings on our gifting, but God has no limits. A big thank to the entire team who lead worship and training sessions with excellence and to Joshua Jamison who provided great leadership to the worship team. It was a great time doing ministry together and enjoying the beautiful city of Nancy and Paris France.

 

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“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called” Your job is not to know everything you just have to say YES! Send me.

God was faithful and helped many embrace new callings and visions as they opened the eyes of their hearts.   I am grateful, honored, humbled, and blessed to have been able to serve, the people in Nancy and Paris France. God is the best connector. He builds spiritual family like no one else.  I am excited and prayerful about where God will send me next and looking forward to visiting again with my new friends and family. ARE YOU READY TO SAY YES?

 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

FRIENDSHIP = SEASON - REASON - LIFETIME - FAMILY

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 YOLANDA CONLEY SHIELDS 
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FRIENDSHIP - The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends. MUTUAL ATTACHMENT, BOND, TIE. LINK.

Some of us use the word friendship very loosely.  I believe all of our social media contacts have contributed to this.  I have 1000’s of social media connections, but I don’t consider all of them my close friends.  There is no way to give that many people the attention that close friends deserve.  You will support encourage and mentor many that will not become your best friends, and we should be okay with that and not feel the pressure to be something that we are not. 
The many close friends that I have in my life are people that I have spent a lot of time with, shared achievements, crises moments, happy and sad times for many years.  Some I have known since high school and some over 10 years and some are people I have just met in the past couple of years.   I have a core group of close friends, who include my sisters; others I have connected with are like my children, daughters, mentees, and sisters. They know who they are and I cherish every moment that I am able to spend with them.  Some I started out working with and have become like family to me and now I am watching them raise their children and learning to build a life as a wife, mother and friend.  It is great to watch the growth. I even have new friends that I have just started building a friendship with through ministry and praying together and even planning some travel adventures.  At what ever level the friendship they are important to me. 


Sometimes people are only connections, acquaintances, or someone we met one time, but we have a strong connection to them.  I think we sometimes feel we have to make the statement “my friend” to make people feel a connection or comfortable with us.  Friendships are built over time.  I do believe we can meet people and feel an instant connection and have a divine connection that we know was supposed to happen.  Remember friendship can fall into categories.  SEASON REASON LIFETIME AND FAMILY. Make sure you know the difference, because I have seen many people hurt because they didn’t know and expected something from a friend who was in a different category than they thought or hoped for.  

The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means "family." The connotation suggests a bond between people who've made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past.  You will encounter a few people that will fit into this category. It could be someone that you don’t see or talk to everyday, but when you see them it is like you never have been apart.  Time and distance do nothing to diminish the bond we have with these kinds of friends.


Proverbs is another good source of wisdom regarding friends. "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" Proverbs 17:17. "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" Proverbs 18:24. The issue here is that in order to have a friend, one must be a friend. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17.
The principle of friendship is also found in Amos. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:. Friends are of like mind. The truth that comes from all of this is a friendship is a relationship that is entered into by individuals, and it is only as good or as close as those individuals choose to make it. Someone has said that if you can count your true friends on the fingers of one hand, you are blessed. 

A friend is one whom you can be yourself with and never fear that he or she will judge you. A friend is someone that you can confide in with complete trust. A friend is someone you respect and that respects you, not based upon worthiness but based upon a likeness of mind.  Cherish your close friendships with respect and love that it deserves. 

In both Testaments the ideas of friend and friendship involve three components: association, loyalty, and affection. There are also three levels of meaning: friendship as association only; friendship as association plus loyalty; and friendship as association plus loyalty plus affection. 


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