Restoring Vision

In the past week or so, I have been struggling to just want to quit everything. It didn’t matter if it was work, motherhood (being honest here), working out… I just wanted to quit. It felt like this invader of some kind had taken over my mind temporarily because I don’t think like this. I was always raised to try, try again. Never give up. Always give 110% no matter what you do. So why was I fighting this feeling of throwing in the towel?
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The devil and his army is a very real thing. He will creep in without you knowing. This is the importance of making sure you mind is always filled with Godly things. (If your closet is full of clothes, you can’t put more clothes and shoes in it. If it’s empty or half filled then you will be tempted to buy more clothes and shoes!! 🙂 ) Back to being serious, if you have encountered him you know what I am referring to. He has a lot of authority but only as much as we allow him to have. On the way to work this morning, I was listening to the set list my team was singing for Sunday and I began to just pray in the spirit. (I wish I could be on the outside looking sometimes – just to catch a glimpse of what people are seeing. I’m sure it’s quite funny.) The Holy Spirit began to fill me with an urge to pray for fresh revelation, restoration and new energy. I began to see a roster of names to pray for. It was as if movie credits were scrolling. Then – the Lord spoke to me.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
WOW. This is why I had felt like I wanted to quit because I had allowed myself to lose sight of HIS vision. Ironically, I had just read through the book of Ruth – Where you go I go? What you say I say? We can’t very well follow and repeat if we aren’t in tune with where He is going and what He is saying. We have to know the vision. Heard of a vision statement? Same thing. What is God’s for your life? Otherwise, we are just flying by the seat of our pants hoping we just happen to follow Him in the right direction or just happen to repeat what He says.
I want to encourage you to stay focused. I don’t find shame or embarrassment in sharing this with you because I am human. You and I struggle alike – different topics probably/possibly – but we still struggle. Men and women both struggle. Young and old both struggle. So I encourage you today, if you have lost sight of The ALMIGHTY’S Vision for your life, find it again. Not sure where to begin? Get in your Bible and just start reading. And pray – ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. You will be surprised when reading how words will just jump out at you or appear as if they are highlighted on a page. Someone may call you randomly and say, “I just had it on my heart to tell you (insert something here).” If you ask sincerely, He will answer.
A project I have been working on seems to be taking a long time. But that is okay. I know that God is going to open up opportunities for this project when it and everyone in it are where HE wants us to be. Recently, I had a situation where some rehearsal space that I thought I was going to be able to use was no longer available. This meant rehearsing in my basement – which is small for 6 adults and music equipment. I was really concerned these people were going to get tired of rehearsing like this and quit. But the Lord reminded me, when we are called BY Him we are sustained BY Him. I don’t worry about that anymore. There are plenty of things out of our hands – our faith will take us through one step at a time. And OH the lives that are going to be saved in whatever God has planned for you and your life. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to start praying for those souls that are going to join the Kingdom of God. When they make that initial, most important decision of their lives, you know the struggle that comes next. The backlash from family and/or friends they will receive. We have the power to pray on behalf of them. We are filled with the power of Jesus Christ and all that He is. Our mouths are one of the most powerful things we have – and I believe without a shadow of a doubt prayer changes things. Please join me in praying for these souls. You are a city on a hill… lighting up the world for Jesus!!!!

My New Song of Life

I used to write music all the time. For a while, I got frustrated and stopped. As quickly as I picked up a pen, I put it down and never did it again. That is changing after this weekend’s phenomenon. I have been saved since 1997 but that doesn’t mean my soul doesn’t get tired and need reviving. CPR if you will! My personal motto is “Whatever it takes.” Whatever it takes is what I want God to do in my life to keep me on track. As a thank you to HIM and in reverence to HIM, I have decided to pick the pen back up and write what comes. Here is what was on my mind today…

My Genesis

You saved me from  myself, you picked me up
You wrapped your arms around me and gave me love
My old ways have been washed new
All of it, all of this, it’s all because of you

You kept me from stepping off that ledge
You heard me every time I cried and begged
For the moments I didn’t think you were there
You were actually carrying me because you cared

This is my Genesis! This is my new beginning!
And it’s all because of you and your forgiveness
I’m standing tall – I’m standing proud
No one is going to tear you down
Because I will stand in the gap to proclaim
The righteousness of Jesus’ name

In my lowest times you stood at my side
In my highest times you allowed my pride
In my moments of silent tears and shame
Your loss… has been my gain…

© 2010 Jade Getchell

My New Shoes

We have shoes to fill all the time. This past Sunday at church, my pastor spoke about whose shoes were you going to fill? Essentially, everyone is fulfilling a job, eventually someone will move on from the position and then someone else will come into those shoes. The entire time he was preaching, all I could think about was how I didn’t feel like I was going to fill a pair of shoes already made of responsibilities of someone else. At the end of the service, pastor asked those who were willing to fill shoes to come forward. I went forward and began speaking to God telling Him how I was feeling. (As if He didn’t already know what I was thinking! Cracks me up… haha)  I said, “God, I don’t know if I’m wrong for this but I don’t feel like I’m filling shoes with this vision you have given me, but I feel like I’m going to create a pair of shoes for myself.” As you can imagine my struggle was whether or not I was being to “human” and not enough focus on His will spiritually. By no means do I want to go out of His path for me! After church had concluded, a man told me my talent was more anointed than I could imagine. He also told me he just didn’t think I was going to fill a pair of shoes – but instead create a pair. OH GOSH! I lost it. God had confirmed for me I wasn’t being too “human” but was actually on the path He has for me. And boy!!! Was I excited! Another step in this vision God keeps giving me. A step closer to reaching it!

Hebrews 11:1
Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.

I know you are probably lost as far as this “vision” I keep speaking about but soon enough a blog will come about that too. I’m just not quite ready! lol

Yesterday, I received two opportunities to further my vision from the Lord. Again, sorry, not going into details yet, but regardless, it’s happening. God is laying out these opportunities in front of me that keep getting larger and larger in size. With that size increase (and blessing increase) comes Satan though. The larger the blessing, the larger the attack. Keeping myself clothed in the Armor of God, my bodily and spiritual protection is soooooooo important. I know I have others out there who are praying for me and with me — you know who you are — and I thank you for your diligence. To my personal prayer partner, I love you tremendously. So much is going on and it’s nice to know I can call anytime and speak with you about my nerves in this process! (and you don’t judge me for being crazy!! haha) To my husband – you support me. What more can I ask for?  God gave me a perfect partner for my life both spiritually, talent and personally.

God is opening doors, times are changing and heading in a different direction. Be prepared, be stealth, and pay attention. When you think God is speaking to you (and remember He doesn’t always do it audibly, it can be done through others, through a program on the radio or TV, through the Bible… the list is endless). Most of all, don’t be scared of it. Every time a new “step” comes along and I must decide to take it or not take it – I’m petrified. (Psalm 56:3 Even when I am afraid, I still trust you.) Petrified because I have no idea where it’s leading to, but excited because I TRUST in God and have FAITH in God and where He is leading me. So should you.

Hebrews 11:7
Faith led Noah to listen when God warned him about the things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a ship to save his family. Through faith Noah condemned the world and received God’s approval that comes through faith.

Psalm 111:7
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

Romans 1:16
It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”