In 2008 my life changed forever as I had what doctors believed at the time to be some sort of stroke that left me paralyzed on my entire right side for several days. I also weighed an astonishing 500 pounds at that point. For details on my journey of health and weight loss, be sure to read that page of my site.
I have purposely taken my time in weight loss to let my skin retract as much as possible and that slow and steady approach has very much paid off. I still have some excess skin but nothing like I would have had if I lost more rapidly. I am now down into the 250s in my weight loss journey and am closing in on the finish line of that portion of things. By God's grace and mercy, I have not gained a single pound of it back so far. Thats a total weight loss of between 240 and 250 pounds to date or right around 50% of my original body weight.
In our fast pace culture of instant everything, the timeless wisdom in pacing and taking your time in certain areas has all but gotten lost. This "hurriedness" has also crept into the church on many levels. Indeed, today we see church after church trying to polish their act to get it all to fit nicely in one 60 or 90 minute presentation.
I was asked recently to help do some worship at a local conference. I always get expectant when a leader reaches out asking for my help because asking is one proof of humility and humility always sets the foundation for God's power to flow. Sadly, after hearing what they wanted from me, I had to apologetically decline as they wanted a quiet hymn or two and what's worse, the folks putting it on were more worried about making a good impression to the religious in attendance than seeing an actual and real move of God's spirit in worship. It would have been dishonest for me to come in and be forced to constantly stifle God's spirit from flowing through me just to appease others so I have learned over the years that if I don't have a green light to function freely, I simply allow someone else who is more crafted to that style of things to step up. This protects all parties and maintains the integrity of the anointing all the way around.
All that to say, when I lead worship, i take my time. I am not in a hurry because God is not in a hurry...ever... at all.
There is a quiet beauty in taking your time and not rushing thru something, especially when coming before the throne of Grace in worship or deep prayer for that matter.
When God talks to you about something long term, it's gonna require you to settle into a new way of thinking that is usually more long term than you are currently used to.
I had prophetic instructions from the Lord in 2008 and I held onto them and still do to this very day. Note here too that I did not get frustrated and run around chasing various men and women of God for yet another prophetic word just because the first one didn't instantly come to pass. I knew my personal choices needed to align with His word over me... let me say that again and put it in bold type...
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