“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Psalm 3:5-6)

God has a plan for us, and that involves our work-life: whether it be the work we do, how we perform it, who we work with, and/or if it is time for a change.

Take a moment to consider the amount of time we spend at work and the opportunities as well as emotional impact it can have on us. Regularly talking to God and listening to Him about our work situation is crucial.

God wants to guide us in these steps; our role is to listen.

God wants us to hear what He has to say; our role is to listen.

God wants us to be encouraged and at peace; our role is to listen.

Spending time with the Lord to hear what He wants to tell us will give us the knowledge to do what He wants us to do, the wisdom to know how to do it, and the courage and peace to step into what might be an unknown or new situation.

I recall a past interview for a physiotherapy position at our clinic. When we asked the person about their experience with a well-known physiotherapy approach (which everyone in our clinic is expected to use), this person said they did not believe in it. When questioned further, it came to light that the interviewee had never taken a course on it nor used it. They made a statement about something known to be effective yet had never even tried it. Are we sometimes reacting that way? Are we saying “no” to something based on something other than trust or knowledge? God has told us He will direct our steps and that we do not need to be anxious or fearful. But we need to be taking time to listen to Him, so He can give us clear direction.

The Centre for Bible Engagement conducted a study in 2009 looking at people who read their Bible once, twice, three times, or four times per week. They found that reading the Bible less than four times per week did not change their lives. However, there was an exponential change in a person when they read the Bible four times per week. Unhealthy habits dramatically decreased, and spiritual habits significantly increased. This provides clear evidence to us of how often we need to be studying God’s Word and listening for His voice.

As you are listening to God and waiting on Him for direction on a specific issue, you must be honoring Him in all areas of your life: your actions, reactions, and interactions. While waiting on the Lord to know the right thing, we can continue doing the right things daily.

“The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander who does no wrong to a neighbor and casts no slur on others; but honors those who fear the Lord who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15:2-5)

In Part 1 and Part 2 in Overcoming Fear at Work, we shared ten initial steps to take. The active component was to expectantly read a Psalm every day and spend quiet time in a listening attitude toward God. Have you taken your specific fear to the Lord and listened to Him? If like the person we interviewed, you have not taken the time to listen quietly to the Lord, you therefore will not know how the Lord wants to guide and bless you. Make the choice to start today!

Taking This to God in Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, You know the fear I am dealing with. Help me to sit quietly before you, expectantly read a Psalm, and then just listen for You to speak. Help me to clear all distractions and solely focus on You. Speak to my heart, Lord, and help me listen well so I may hear Your voice and discern what I should be doing. I am so thankful that You want to give me clear direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Have a great week, and may God richly bless you as you commit to reading His Word at least four times per week as you intentionally listen for His Voice.

God Bless!

Bonny, Christian Women at Work

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“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)

How was your past week at work? Were you aware of any fears you have not yet worked through? In the ideal situation, we do not have any fears, but in reality, there is often something we are dealing with. God does not want us to be "stuck in fear," unable to move forward to a solution.

Last week, we reviewed the first 5 steps of dealing with fear at work. They were:
  1. Acknowledge you are afraid: what specifically have you determined is a concern or stress you have not yet dealt with?

  2. Identify your fear: what exactly is it? Sometimes, you may need to go a little deeper. Perhaps it is not a fear of public speaking but a fear of rejection. Maybe it is not a fear of taking the promotion but rather a fear of failure.

  3. Be honest about the difficulties: What keeps you from taking the next step? Is it a fear of the unknown? Although you do not know where the next step will take you, God knows. Is it a fear of what people may think? In that scenario, we are reminded we are to please God, not others.

  4. Acknowledge your lack of courage: if you could have moved forward, you would have. However, you have recognized you need God's strength. That is a good thing.

  5. Commit to seeking God: at this point, you must commit to spending time with God to determine what He wants your next step to be.

Part 2 of overcoming fear at work involves spending time with God and listening to Him.

If you have not fully completed the first 5 steps, then take another week to do so. This is meant to be helpful, not stressful! If you have had an exceptionally crazy week, take some extra time to reflect on fear at work. Once you are at the point where you are committed to seeking God's direction, then you are ready for the next 5 steps.

  1. Commit to acknowledging God in all your ways. As you seek His direction, seek to acknowledge His principles as well. All things work together when we strive to seek Him and live the way He wants us to. Do you have a serious decision to make? Seek advisors as God advises in Proverbs.

  2. Trust He will direct your path: As you commit to seek Him and acknowledge Him, also commit to trust Him 100%. Not 90 or 99%. Trust 100%. Are you doing that?

  3. Humbly surrender yourself to Him. Worship God, depend on Him, and thank Him for what He will do. Give the issue to Him and commit to praying and listening.

  4. Commit to praying every day for the next 30 days about the issue. Set aside a time every day. Try to keep it the same time of day, but the important thing is you are making a covenant time every day with God to come before Him with the issue. Pray for His direction.

  5. Commit to listening: after you have prayed, expectantly read a psalm. Start with Psalm 1 on your first day, Psalm 2 on your second day, and go forward for 30 days. As you read the Psalm, is there something that "jumps out from the page" to you? Is there something that resonates with the issue you are dealing with? Then, quietly take time to listen to God. Keep distractions away, and let your heart and soul listen quietly to what God wants you to know. Do this daily for a month and write down what you feel God is telling you.

Following these steps results in walking closely with your Heavenly Father as you make the decision that will honor Him. When you seek God for direction and commit to spending time in prayer, He will be faithful and direct you.

Taking This to God in Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I am dealing with _______________ at work and this is still a fear or stress for me. I have been trying to do this on my own strength, which has not worked. I know you have a plan for me, and I want to follow this plan. Over the next month, I am committing to spending covenant time with you to deal with this issue and deal with it in the way You direct me. Thank You, Lord, for Your love and faithfulness, and please give me the ability to wisely listen to Your voice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

May God bless you this week as you commit covenant time to Him.

Have a wonderful week.

Bonny, Christian Women at Work

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"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

As the world collectively and personally grieves the death of Queen Elizabeth, we have the opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary life and dedication. We can be thankful for the person she was, and the example she set.

The day the Queen passed, I was on my way to England for a pre-planned trip. As I arrived at the airport, there were beautiful pictures of the Queen. As I walked around tiny English villages the next day, shop windows were full of more photos of Her Majesty, with one window displayed the different stamps with her picture. People expressed affection and respect for the Queen as I spoke with them. The Royal Family has shared their grief, love, and thankfulness. The news has been full of pictures of the outpouring of affection towards her, as people talk about their respect and love for her. Leaders worldwide have emotionally expressed what she meant to them and how much she will be missed. All examples of a life well lived.

As I listened to people’s stories, I could not help but think of Micah 6:8 and how Queen Elizabeth has been an example of living what God requires of everyone. What does that involve?

“To do justice, love kindness, and work humbly with our Lord.”

The intent of this verse was part of the oath she took at her Coronation, shared below. She asked God to help her keep these promises. Queen Elizabeth focused on doing the right thing, no matter how difficult that would be. She demonstrated kindness and mercy and walked humbly with her God. She often referred to her faith and Jesus.

Oath graphic found at: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/jubilee/gallery/queen-elizabeth-second-highlights/coronation-oath/

I cannot help but think that God, her Master, has said to her: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.’

As we mourn her death, let us all take a moment to thank God for her life and also reflect on what we can learn from her example. May everyone who loved her be comforted in their grief, and may God be honored as we remember Queen Elizabeth.

Bonny, Christian Women at Work