Last year God confirmed for me the calling on my life, prophetess… Um no thank you! They are weird and only want money, is what I thought LOL! It’s not one that I would have chosen as I would much rather be left in a corner somewhere with tons of books, coffee and notebooks and pens! It’s not a call of glitz or glamor as some try to make it seem. If done God’s way, you may or may not get much recognition which I’m ok with but this call requires death more than the normal dying to self. There’s lots of tears, separation, isolation, seeing and hearing things that others don’t and knowing when to say something and when to keep your mouth shut! Which I learned the hard way. There’s the lonely walk of being utterly misunderstood and saying things that people don’t want to hear but they need to hear it and so out of love and obedience to God, you put yourself out there to please an audience of One. I always knew I had ‘something’ on me but would never fully accept it. I always wrote if off as me being crazy, too sensitive or making up things but then I heard the Lord say to me, “If you don’t accept the calling on your life, you will never grow in it.” Well, that was rather eye opening! I didn’t want to just be a lukewarm stagnant Christian and I certainly didn’t want Him to take it away. And who am I to deny what God almighty has called me to do?! So I accepted and with that acceptance, my eyes were opened, my heart and mind were opened to receive what He was trying to teach me and then I began to grow!
Now, this journey to acceptance or walking in acceptance isn’t an easy one. Sometimes we are called to accept where we are and it’s not where we want to be. When we’re in a place where we don’t want to be, we want to just blow right through it and get it over with. We just refuse to accept places of pain, frustration or struggle. But I can hear the Lord saying, “if you don’t accept it, you won’t grow.” I challenge you to stop and take a look at where you are. Just because you accept where you are doesn’t mean that you have to stay there! Acceptance = Growth! Take a look at where you are and ask God why you’re there? Sometimes He’s placed us in a certain place or situation and sometimes it’s of our own doing but ask God, what is it that I’m supposed to learn from this? Whatever you learn from the situation causes you to grow and prepares you for the next step.
So, whether you’re where you want to be or not, are denying the call of God or sitting and holding on for the ride to be over, stop running and accept where you are so that you can move forward!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Prophetess Shannon Nicole Taylor, fully accepting and growing 🙂