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beyond vision into God’s provision


The nudge in my spirit was sudden & unexpected. Almost audibly I heard, “Encourage authors. Encourage writers.” In response, I mentally argued with God. Because that always works well.

“And how am I supposed to do that? I don’t know any. What would I have to say? Why would they want to hear from me?” But my words fell into silence as the initial message reverberated.

Encourage authors. Encourage writers.

“Okay,” I replied, “now what?”

I’ve asked God that question a few times before; like when we ran a library, started a non-profit, or moved to foster multiple children on a ranch. When I sense a nudge to do something bigger than me it seems scary and comes across vague. I think I need to know all the answers up front to make sure I’m hearing correctly. Because, surely, God provides road-mapped details when starting a new journey.

Doesn’t he?

Yeah, not so much. I’ve learned the best thing to do is take one step forward while incessantly praying. Faith requires putting trust in an unseen, yet sovereign, God. Putting faith in action means moving ahead in unknown territory. I don’t like not knowing, but I’m learning to trust the God who knows.

After a few minutes of reflection, I realized God was already leading me towards this new call. It began without pretense through a misunderstanding and a misreading. While skimming through Facebook, which sometimes blends words and ideas together, I saw something that wasn’t there. A prompt to write on Christians and platform. I knew I needed to write on this topic with only a vague idea why. Then, the thoughts flooded in. Maybe that was God telling me to get off my tushy and start.

God revealed insights and vision while igniting a passion to do exactly what I believe he asked me to do.

The process began with a name, and then inspiration for a whole lot of work which is yet to be accomplished. I wasn’t sure where to start, but felt continually pressed to just begin. So I did, and bit by bit the path become clearer.

He said, “Start with a newsletter.” I responded, “OK, God,” and people started signing up. He said, “Start a community.” So, I did. In the coming months I would meet many writers, authors, speakers, and dreamers. All in need of encouragement as we battle the tension to follow Christ while gaining followers.

Eventually, a vision and mission statement worked out and the dream became more real. Rise Up Writers began, where we seek to know Christ more in order to rest in being known by him so we can make him and his truths known.

Since then, he’s given plenty of ideas, but also asks me to wait. I know enough from my years of working and doing far too much that when God hasn’t yet said it’s time to move, it’s best not to.

Y’all just need to know; going slow & trusting God as I move forward in uncertainty does not come naturally to me. My tendency is to plunge forward and pick up the fallen pieces later if I need to. I get worn out with decision-making so sometimes I forego the process altogether and move ahead rashly. Often, ahead of God.

If God isn’t showing me how he’s going to provide, I tend to just figure it out myself. The outcome isn’t pretty and it’s often a whole lot hard.

Maybe you’ve moved ahead of God too? Or you feel that nudge to wait? Or to move without assurances of what’s to come? Conflict grows in the heart of one who sees God given possibilities but is asked to wait for God given provision.

As dreamers and doers, we often find ourselves steeped in vision and tempted to forge our own paths through. We are also stretched in all the ways which cause our faith to expand and our dependence to go deeper.

In this place, God’s vision reigns which means it’s the safest and best place for us to be. He is the dream giver and the dream provider.

One day, one step at a time. God gives the vision and asks us to trust in his provision.

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Have you felt God lead you in a vision then ask you to wait for his provision? What happened?



5 Comments on beyond vision into God’s provision

  1. Nudz
    July 30, 2018 at 9:36 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s amazing how a Google search for business prayers led me here. Just what I needed right now at this very moment. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you to write. I wish I was as obedient…lol. May God bless you and keep you.

  2. Naomi J
    January 24, 2018 at 12:28 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely piece Jolene. Thanks for sharing this and for listening to God as He’s led you, equipped you, prepared you. . . and voila’, here you are! (Sill being led and equipped I imagine eh? Smiles).

    Anyways, glad to make your acquaintance. Carey Scott sent me your way.

    Looking forward to peeking around more and seeing what the Lord has for me.
    And yes, I’ve signed up for EVERYTHING. (Of course. Couldn’t resist. Got me pegged.)

    Blessings, thanks, and hope to connect further. . . as Big Brother leads. (Mark 3.35)

  3. Michele
    February 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I so relate to this! When I started looking into a blog/website for my home business last summer, the Lord started speaking to me about creating it for something bigger and better than I had intended. I was excited about the idea and felt the urge to hurry and make it happen. ASAP. However, I soon became overwhelmed and bogged down in all the details. So I stopped my craziness and started seeking Him and asking Him to order my steps. I finally realized that He just wanted me to take an extended period of time to seek Him, pray and rest in His presence. I began to feel assured that He was going to Show me what I needed to know when I needed to know it. It didn’t feel natural at all to slow things down, but felt so much better than running ahead of God! Now I feel like I am following his lead. Things are slowly coming together and I have lots of peace!

  4. Lisa Tindal
    February 1, 2017 at 6:51 am (3 years ago)

    Just this week, I’ve had a steady and lingering thought stream saying…Don’t give up. God is getting you ready.”

    • Jolene Underwood
      February 1, 2017 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

      Lisa, I LOVE that! When God repeatedly prompts our hearts to stick with Him it’s powerful. He’s been doing the same for me lately. I’m saying a prayer for you (and me) now. May we stay where we’re supposed to stay and move where we leads us to.


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