New Territory: Time to Un – Learn.

Over the last couple of weeks I have taken on writing and leading workshops full time. It has been an exciting, scary yet fulfilling journey and the way God has opened doors is amazing. It is strange how He seems to constantly amaze me! Despite all the great things happening I have found that my mind and the way I view things is my biggest obstacle. The naysayers and other people’s disapproval I have learned to take with  a pinch of salt but my own negative thoughts and unbelief are my own worst enemies at the moment. Thankfully I am aware of the destructive thoughts and when I start thinking fearfully and contracting under a burden of worries, I have to remind myself about how far I have come. I remember how bad it felt to be doing a job that I did not want to do and how hard I worked to come out of that frustrating situation. I also think about the many small miracles and miraculous doors that God has opened. When I have prayed and taken time to meditate on the Word I find that I move from fear to faith and something within me trusts that since God has brought me thus far, He is unlikely to leave me now.

A question a lot of people often ask me about my references to God’s leading is: How do I know that it is Him. There is no set way to hear God’s voice. The only way I can describe it is: the more time I spend in quiet time, shutting out the confusion and noise of the world, focusing on the words I read in the Bible or the words of a worship song, there are certain things that come to mind and I know that it is more than me. It is a stronger conviction. I spent a long time trying to explain away and delay these convictions previously and have found myself in a frustrated and vexed place. I have had to learn to distinguish my own good ideas from God ideas and submit myself to the will and prompting of the Holy Spirirt.

An important part of this journey has been un – learning the almost reflex negative thought pattern. I got so used to explaining why I could not do something or looking at the obstacles that I forgot how Big and Awesome God is. I now know that when I am taking a step of faith it is imperative that I focus on God. When I am wrapped in the arms of His Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit there is no room for doubt. I am able to take new territory in my stride and achieve way beyond I could have done should I have been consumed by own doubts. Often we can keep ourselves bound in situations we hate because we are too scared to take a step. Just one step. That step is to take our eyes of ourselves and focus on God.

Nissi x

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About Plantain Periodicals

Hello! Welcome to the Plantain Periodicals blogs. The name stems from the kitchen moments I had with my friends at university cooking plantain and planning our lives together. I have used this space as a window into my mind and the way I make sense of all my experiences through writing.This is where I share those conversations and moments that happen inside my head as a young woman growing up in 21st century London. Hopefully you'll be entertained and also learn a thing or two. My main blog ad: My literature blog: NMx
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8 Responses to New Territory: Time to Un – Learn.

  1. So well said, Nissi, and so true. Reminds me of a tweet I posted today: “There’s not always a visible difference between bluffing and stepping out in faith.” Both actions are great, often nerve-wracking leaps into things that are not yet realities but could be. The big difference between the two, of course, is GOD.

  2. Also so true about how God speaks to us. I love your instructions here. A persistent, habitual, quiet waiting on Him, with a focus on His Word. That’s how it works with me too.

    I once asked a Bible teacher who was known for stepping out by faith in courageous ways how he knew the voice of the Holy Spirit from his own, or other voices, when he feels the urge to leap into a conversation, or an action. He said, “I don’t always know. I just jump in and fumble around.” His thought was that if it might be an urging from God, he should follow up on it, just in case. And he trusted that if he made a mistake, it would be an honest one, and God was big enough to take care of the consequences.

    I think we are so hampered by our unwillingness to take risks that we err on the side of caution. No wonder we don’t accomplish anything!

    • It’s true we do not always know but like the Bible teacher I believe it is better to step out in faith rather than be held back by fear.

      Also when we are pregnant with dreams and ambitions and we follow through, to quit midway is terrible. Often the premature halt causes more frustration than if we would have followed through.

      Nissi x

  3. So here I am, cluttering up your blog comments section this morning. I just realized I slightly misquoted the Bible teacher above. He said “I just TUMBLE in and fumble around.” “Tumble” is so much more verbally effective than “jump.” I figured you would appreciate the nuance, as a writer/poet. 😉

  4. Candy S says:

    You were definitely speaking to me through the Holy Spirit today! Let Him continue to use you. Thank you 🙂

  5. WOW… So powerful and amazing.

  6. This is such an encouraging piece…and it speaks to exactly what I have been feeling of late. Thank you so much…excellent post! 🙂

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