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“I am calling you, I am calling you, I am calling you” is what I heard almost 3 years ago while meditating and listening to an instrumental CD. I wasn’t expecting to hear the man’s voice and the only words on the CD. “I am calling you.”

I knew in my spirit that it was God calling me to step out in faith and leave my job of 20 years as an Alcohol and Drug therapist to start my own business as a Spiritual Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Retreat/Workshop leader. This calling came one month after Simply a Woman of Faith was published. I prayed for 1 year and meditated to make sure it was God’s will and then took the leap in faith.  

A call is God’s invitation to use your gifts and talents for the good of all involved. 

  •  What is God calling you to do?
  •  What is God inviting you to do?
  •  What are your gifts and talents?

I believe God is calling each one of us to be His/Her hands, feet and mouth. The world needs you and your special gifts and talents. God has a plan for your life and for my life, but we must say YES.

 That calling may show up as a persistent nagging feeling that you need to do something and make a difference in the world.  It may be fighting for a cause, helping someone, working with children, animals, the elderly or writing a book about your life experiences. And the list goes on.

What I didn’t expect was God to shine his flashlight into my life and bring to light false unconscious beliefs that were limiting me and keeping me a prisoner. There was much inner work of changing my thinking that needed to be done. It was sometimes painful looking at myself and the story I created (that was not true.) I didn’t always like what I saw and kicked and screamed at times. During this pruning process of old beliefs, I have learned to ask for help, be vulnerable and be authentic and real.

It has been almost 2 years since I left my job.  It has been exciting, fulfilling, scary, challenging, growth provoking and a time to trust myself and God deeper.  Doors have opened that I never expected to open and many people have helped me along the way.

We must be willing to allow the work of Spirit, no matter how painful or overwhelming.  Saying YES to God’s calling means showing up daily and plugging into the power and trusting the process. It’s following God wherever you are led and using your gifts for the good of others. It’s the only way to live a joyful, fulfilling life. Face your fears and walk tall in your own truth.

Will you say YES to God and use your gifts for the world?  The world needs you and your talents. It is time! Are you ready?

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  1. Pat, it does take bravery to step out like that. And your choice has changed many lives for the better–not just yours!

    Comment by Lisa Tener — July 14, 2010 @ 1:41 am

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