Grace to Fulfill God's Plans

Grace to Fulfill God’s Plans

Grace to Fulfill God's Plans

I still remember several years ago when I knew it was time to take a step back from my full-time career. I had been with the same company for 11 years and it was the only job I knew after college. I spent 40 hours a week at the same office with the same people for 260 days a year.

When I started to get the nudge from God that it was time to quit, I just didn’t understand. What would it look like leaving my 11 year position? How could I quit after being awarded one of the top employees? What changes would we have to make to live on one salary? What was I going to do with my spare time?

Once I began to feel the nudge I tried to work out a part-time position, which turned out to not be an option. I then proceeded with what I knew I needed to do and turned in my two-week notice.

Gulp.

I wish I could say the decision was easy, but it wasn’t. I wish I could say I obeyed the second God nudged me, but I didn’t.

But finally, after 11 years of day-in and day-out life looking very similar, I found myself at home with no routine, no schedule and no paycheck.

The last day of my job was in April of 2017. Since I gave God my yes 2.5 years ago, even when I really didn’t understand, He has continued to show up in ways I never would have thought were possible. He has given me everything I have needed, especially His grace, to fulfill His plans for my life.

To share a few things that have transpired since I quit, Moms in the Making officially became a non-profit. We have hosted 2 (and almost 3) Moms in the Making conferences. In addition, I am now overseeing 30 in-person infertility support groups as well as co-hosting A Cup Full of Hope Podcast, which is released every week.

I didn’t understand what God was doing at the time, but He nudged me to quit for a reason. I often think about what would have happened if I hadn’t had said yes.

Is there something that God has put on your heart? Maybe like me, it’s to take a leap of faith to quit your job. Maybe it’s to pursue adoption or IVF, which was never on your radar. Maybe it’s to start that business that you can’t stop thinking about? Perhaps it’s just the dream of becoming a wife or a mom or owning a new home? Maybe it’s something on a much smaller scale like taking a step of faith to attend a conference, even when you don’t know anyone.

I think what we need to understand as Christians is whenever God puts something on our heart or calls us to do something, then He provides every single thing we need for the dream to be fulfilled. He gives us the grace, along with the tools, to carry out every plan or desire He has prompted us with.

In my example above, God wouldn’t have led me to quit my job without providing financially for our family. Why? Because He is Jehovah-Jireh, which means, my provider. So as much as I could have let fear of finances hold me back, part of saying yes to Him was knowing He would show up and provide.

The same holds true for you. If you are walking intimately with Him and you have sought Him with your life then whether it’s to get married, have a baby or something different, He will come through. He’s not a man who lies or teases. He doesn’t give you desires to confuse you, but He gives them to you to fulfill them through you.

What has God put on your heart? It might take a big step of faith for you, as it did for me, but He always, always shows up. Are you trusting Him?

Are you trusting that if He told you to adopt, He will align the agency, the finances, the paperwork and the baby? Are you trusting Him that if your heart’s passion is to attend a conference, He will provide the time off work as well as the finances to pay for the conference ticket? Are you trusting Him that if He put the desire on your heart to be a mom, then without a doubt, He will fulfill it?

God can’t use your disobedience. But when you obey and follow Him? He shows up and does more than you can ask or imagine with your Yes. He will go above and beyond. Will it take a leap of faith? Absolutely! But you can always jump because you know He will catch you.

Know that there is a grace to fulfill all of God’s plans for your life. There is a grace for the season He is calling you into. He will show up to protect you, to provide for you, to guide you and to give you everything you need to cross the finish line of the race He has called you to. His grace is sufficient to carry out the plans He has for you. Don’t let fear of the unknown or unbelief stop you from saying yes and stepping into all He has for you because His plans are way better than you could think, as or imagine and His grace will carry you through.

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3 Comments
  • Jen
    Posted at 06:49h, 12 September Reply

    Such truth! Two years after faithfully following a seemingly impossible dream God laid on my heart, it is all coming together. And if it had happened as quickly as I wanted it to, essential parts wouldn’t have worked out. God was behind the dream and beautifully orchestrating the perfect timing. Love these words today Caroline, thank you!

  • Leahl
    Posted at 08:58h, 12 September Reply

    Thank you so much for today’s post. It truly spoke to my heart. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

  • Amie Price
    Posted at 12:07h, 12 September Reply

    It’s so crazy you mentions this I literally just got my usual emails from Jenny Allen and this one was about her upcoming IF conference. I have never attended one, or anything like this for that matter, but thought to myself maybe this year if I can get tickets I can make this work and take a friend. The logistics is normally the problem with my husband’s work and toddlers daycare but I am thinking I may ask to go to this for my birthday present! All that to say I believe that was God putting that on my heart.

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