The Strength Of Quietness & Confidence

 In quietness & confidence shall be your strength.’ Isaiah 30:15

Living in western society many of us have  often determined our value by how busy we can become.

After more than five decades I am starting to unlearn this.

Since selling one of my businesses, that I had owned and operated for seven years and built up from nothing, I spent the next twelve to eighteen months redefining myself and rediscovering who I was and what I was to do with the rest of my life.

Little did I realise that I had attached much of my self worth and identity to that business, although I had told myself time and again that I no longer suffered from an identity crisis when something or someone of influence was suddenly removed from my life.

As I have now embarked on other roads and pursued other ventures I had a surprise, though long expected, interruption in my life. My very first grand daughter.

That has changed my perspective totally.

As one who wishes to be one of the major influencers in the life of this precious bundle, I am learning more and more to operate from a place of quietness and confidence.

My prime desire, above all else, is to be in the company of the ones whom I love, being my family, and yet at the same time  to pursue the God-given dreams and increase the God-given influence that I have been pursuing now for many years. Some dreams have come to pass. Some have been suspended. Some have been expanded. Some are yet to be realised.

And yet in the midst of the fulfilled and the unfulfilled I am learning afresh of the importance of resting in the knowledge that my Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for my life, and that I can be confident that His plan will be worked out little by little as I am diligent with what each day hands me to perform.

Many years ago, while I stayed in a castle in Scotland, after a four month stint of ministering throughout different parts of Africa, with my young family in tow, I was pulled aside by a couple of the leaders of the organisation that utilised this castle as their base for ministry into Eastern Europe and they prophesied over me.

More than twenty years later I am starting to see that prophetic word unfold in my life.

After more than two decades I now know why we need to quietly and confidently hang on to what God has spoken over our lives. For therein lies the strength to live through twenty years of ups and downs and detours.

May I encourage you to hang on to that which has been spoken over your life – for if God has spoken it, even through the agency of man because God does often speak in that manner, watch what wonderful things will come to pass, even sometimes twenty years down life’s road, so that you can fulfil your destiny.

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