Called to Stay

For those of you who don’t know, my theme for 2015 is “Called by Christ.” I know God has called me to be His. I am His child, and I am more excited about serving Him than I have ever been. However, the biggest calling He has placed in my heart right now is the call to wait.

The call to remain where I am right now. 

1 Corinthians 7:20 says, Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.” 

Called to StayNow, I don’t know if you have ever been excited about something, but sitting and doing nothing, isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do in that situation.

The sermon my pastor preached on Sunday was on the book of Jeremiah. How God had a plan to prosper His people, but not for 70 years after He told them about His plan. That’s a long time. I’m hoping above all hope that God doesn’t want me to wait 70 years before He reveals His plans for my ministry to me, I’d be over 100 years old! However, I know that His timing is perfect.

One thing I am thankful for is knowing His plan for my life.

I won’t be trying out 1,000 new things this year, or striving for something and failing, because I know that I am right where God wants me to be.

I have security in that. 

I think part of the reason He is calling me to stay where I am is because I’m not ready for more. I have been struggling to balance my current workload, family life, and ministry goals for a while now. The end of 2014 was rough for me. And while I thought cutting back was the answer, God has prompted me that what I really need to do is sink into Him.

He can’t use me for great things if I don’t rely on Him and trust His calling and will. 

So for now, He has called me to stay. Not to step back, not move forward, but to stay right where I am, and lean into Him.

What is God calling you to do?



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  1. What a challenge! But what joy awaits you as you wait on the Lord!

  2. Jenifer says:

    Great encouragement! God bless and thank you for linking with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday! Please join us again next Wednesday.
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  3. It does feel like 70 years sometimes! It’s been really hard for me to learn to wait and remain in the situation where God has put me. It is a bit easier with time and I feel that God has spoken to me that I need to learn what He wants to teach me, before I move on. So, typically I ask Him to teach it as soon as possible, LOL. Well, it doesn’t always go as well as I would like to.
    Joanna Sormunen recently posted…Adore and Venerate God – Wednesday WorshipMy Profile

    • Heather Hart says:

      Lol, Joanna! I have to admit, I am speaking at an event this summer and I would really love to have my new ministry started before then – even though I don’t entirely know what it is! But God’s time is not our time, and I have to trust that His plan is best.

      This morning the verse He brought me to was Psalm 130:5:

      “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (NIV)
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