If God told you to do something…

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Well, I had to read my last post to remember where I left off.  And as I imagined, I am starting where it seems to be the right place.  First of all, remember me telling you about the new real estate company I went to work for that was not at all what I thought it would be?  Well, after 4 months, I canned it.  Yes, I am too old to put up with too much BS!  Let me say it again louder – BS!!!.  Anyway, I canned it.  I just could not allow myself to tolerate working in an environment I did not believe it, and you know the funny part is they did not even ask why I was leaving.  Geez!  How do you get better or fix an issue if you don’t ask?  I guess they did not care which was fine by me because I would have been glad to tell them.

So let’s talk about how this came to be.  I awoke on a Thursday morning at 6:00 am already thinking about how I was dreading to go to the office.  I started to pray and ask God to tell me what to do.  I had decided a few years ago I would stop doing anything that did not make me happy because life is to short to be miserable – another thing you realize as you get older.  As I stood in my kitchen praying.  I heard the loud voice of God say “Do it yourself!” It was clear as day and so loud I could not deny he said it.  I know you might not believe me but if you are a Christian and you listen – you will hear God talk to you.  This is something that I just started recognizing a few years ago.  I look back and realize God has always told me things but I did not know it was him speaking to me.  I thought it was me thinking these things myself – NO – I am not crazy.

Let me give you an example.  You see a homeless man standing on the street and you look at him and think to yourself – “There is a homeless man.”  That is a thought you put in your own head. If you see a homeless man and you are looking at him and all of a sudden you reach into your pocketbook and think I need to give him money – and you kinda know you don’t really have a lot of money but you are thinking about it so you do it.  That is God talking to you.  Any thought you know you are thinking is you.  Any thought in your mind that you know you did not put there and it just appeared in your head is God talking to you.  Does that make sense?  I sure hope so.  If it does, then maybe you have heard God talking to you and you did not know it.  I know I heard things like this a lot and never realized it was God talking to me until several things happened that could not be denied which he told me and they turned out to be true.  – Another story for later.

So as he said the words – “Do it yourself.”- I decided I would do exactly what he told me to do and start my own real estate company.  This has been a long time dream of mine but the last few years I had kind of just decided it would never happen.  There has been just too much going on in my life that did not seen to be working out.  But on this particular Thursday, I decided if God told me to do it I could not fail.  So I got on the phone and got the ball rolling and in 48 hours I had a company name filed with the Secretary of State, IRS number, Logo, Sign Designs, etc.  It was freaking crazy!  I mean Crazy!  I could not believe how much had happened to get my new company up and running in two days.  By the end of the first week, I had leased an office, had a sign made, got a corporate bank account, and started marketing my new company.  I was shocked – Totally shocked.  I could not believe I had done all of this myself.  It has been like a whirlwind.

For the past month, I have been so excited because I know God has given me a plan and I know in my heart I am going to be great and have the ability to do great things for a lot of people – agents, customers, and clients.  The issue is now that the first month is over and things are supposed to be ramping up, why do I feel they are just standing still?  I joined the Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston so I can interact with other female business owners and I can’t wait to ask them are my feelings normal?  Do you feel like you are on a high and then you just fall flat?  Where do I go from here?  I have interviewed a few potential agents but everyone I have talked to has their own needs such as not really working the business full time, they need tons of training, they want to be in the administrative area and not sell.  I felt a little let down by all of the personal issues I keep hearing.  How do I stay excited and share my message of loving people, helping people, and being someone they can trust because there are so many shady real estate agents in this world – even in my area. Sad to say but true.  I know in my heart how good I am and how much I care.  The past few days I have been feeling like what did I do!  Was this the right thing?  I am trying not to doubt God told me to do this.  To have faith in the purpose God has given me, but I feel no one cares about the purpose.  They just care about the themselves.

I mean money is extremely important.  We need it to live – pay bills, etc.  But life is about helping people – right?  Or at least that is what I believe.  I always seem to give more than I get in the deal.  Or if I get a lot, I have definitely put up with a lot and by the time the property closes it is like getting paid minimum wage.  You definitely have to love what you do no matter what it is.  I need prayers for my business, my life, and anything else you can swing my way.  I always try to do the best I can and be the best person I can be but it gets hard.  Am I wrong for taking another leap of faith and going with what God has told me to do?  OR – was this really a thought in my own head put there by me and now I am confused by thinking it was from God?

My word last year was Patience.  God gave me this word and I held on to it all year.  I kept telling myself I would learn how to be patient and believe me it was hard and it still is hard.  This year in January I asked God for another word and he told me Abundance.  I thought why am I getting this word in my head when I know there will never been abundance of anything in my life – not that I believe.  But that was my word and I accepted it.  I kind of felt I would wait to claim this word because I was very skeptical about how this word would play out.  Then now, he tells me to Do it Yourself and here I am with a new company and thinking what do I do now?  Is this where the word abundance comes in?  Abundance in what Lord?  Money?  Problems? People in my life?  Making my mark to give back to the world in some way?  I have no clue.

What are your thoughts?  I could really use some advice.  Do you or can you relate to hearing God talk to you and how has it worked out for you?  I would love to hear from you.  Prayers appreciated.  You know I came back on my blog today to delete it thinking I don’t have time for it anymore and I just need to stop but was surprised by an increase in followers.  WOW – thank you – someone is reading my words.  I can never guarantee I will have the answer to anything or be witty or funny.  I just write what I write and hope it touches someone’s life or mind.  God Bless – and if you are ever in my area and need a real estate service, I know a really great Realtor.  : )  Thanks for reading my blog and praying for me.

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  1. anstalmi says:

    It’s been just that kind of a day, week, month, or maybe it is always like that. I can relate to what you wrote here today and I go through the same things. For some reason today I have been finding posts that have been giving me encouragement, but I go through what you described here all the time. I feel like maybe the mere fact that I do that is a barrier to what could come in to my life. but for some reason, you wrote today, and I found you today. I know that I believe that what I want to do is help people, inspire them. You do it with your real estate, I can only hope I can do it with my photography. Please keep writing about your feelings, I will keep reading what you write.

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    • Hi, I received your comment yesterday but wanted to wait until I felt like I had something meaningful to say to you. So today, I am replying and not really sure I do have something meaningful to say, but I can tell you what is on my heart. I hear you. I understand you, and I appreciate you reaching out to me to also let me know you feel the same way. Life is hard. It was never suppose to be easy. Matthew 17:20 – Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” I have faith – lots of faith – but there are days when I know my faith is as small as a mustard seed. We get knocked down. We get up and try again. Sometimes we think we will just stay down but we know we have to get up even when getting up is hard. We try to live a Christian Life but that is hard too. I remember when I got saved many years ago. I was so proud and my Dad was proud but the words he told me were not what I expected to hear. He said if you thought you had problems before, you haven’t seen anything yet. I thought I was finally safe but what he was trying to tell me is the work of the Devil is just beginning. He knows he doesn’t have you and his mission is to get you. He will not leave you alone until he has you in his hold. So now I understand. How does he do this? I see the day to day battle of just trying to live a good clean life. He makes everyone and everything in our life stressful. The people we interact with can sometimes be defeating. We expect too much and we get let down. We need not put our faith in man because man will let us down every time. One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I have to keep remembering this constantly that when I am down and out I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength to get up and try it again the next day. Each day is a start over for what did not work out the day before. Use your photography to see and display the beauty in the world. Be different. Be you. Being you is the best version of what you can give to your work. Use social media, anything and everything that will get your message out to the world that you are different, you are special. You have a God given talent that is a blessing. Anyone can sell real estate, I already know this, but the eye of a photographer is a gift. You see things the average person like me doesn’t see. With my work, I just try to do it my way by being a blessing to others and a witness for Christ. I can’t tell you how many people I have had conversations with who pick up on the fact I am a Christian and we get into some amazing discussions about life in general. We stand out in a crowd – I am sure you do as well. Sometimes I feel comfortable but often times I feel uncomfortable about this fact. We have to get comfortable with who we are and what God has done in our lives and continues to do. Be the voice of the Lord through your work. Take those amazing photos and find your niche. Let your heart speak to you the way nothing else in our lives can. God is there all the time. As he says to us in Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them (meaning us) to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (could be through our work etc.): and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world – where if you are like me I just want to know he is with me today and everyday. This versus tells us that. No matter what, we are never alone. Go out and do great things in the world. Surround yourself with people that love and care about your future. Keep in touch with me to let me know how things are going. I will pray for you as I hope you will pray for me as well. We need to be able to financially take care of ourselves through our work. Being self-employed is hard and sometimes scary. You can do it – you can do anything you put your mind to. Focus on the positive and spread your wings and fly my sweet friend and don’t forget to always pack your mustard seed! ❤

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