Don’t Look Back, Press Your Way

What’s up my people?  I just wanted to check in and share what’s on my heart today.  I want to tell you that when you make up your mind to trust and obey God, all hell will come against you.  It will look like everything in your life is falling apart.  You will feel overwhelmed and powerless.  Everything in you will want to turn back to what is familiar.  For me, the familiar is nursing.  I worked as a Registered Nurse for many years before beginning my homeschooling journey.  Every time the money gets tight and the bills start piling up, I get the urge to run back to nursing.  I know that I can get a job and make decent money as a nurse.  I don’t have a clue if I can make money with the things I am moving into right now.  I am learning so many interesting things that are awakening my passions and bringing me a sense of fulfillment but, it’s not bringing me any income.  The flesh wants to turn back to what is familiar.  The flesh gets weak but, I can hear the spirit saying “Don’t turn back!”  For the past two Sundays, I have watched Bishop T.D. Jakes.  His messages have been speaking to my heart.  Last week, he preached about Ruth and Orpah.  He said that Ruth moved into the unfamiliar and received her blessings.  Orpah stayed behind in what was familiar.  It wasn’t a good place because it was filled with dead things.  Her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law had all died.  Orpah stayed in that dead place because it was familiar to her.  Many of stay in dead places because they are familiar to us.  The dysfunction and misery are what we know.  I can’t say that I was ever happy in the field of nursing.  I feel that I was a good nurse and I enjoyed taking care of my patients.  However, I was not happy with the fact that the hospitals always worked us with short staffing and we had no union so we really didn’t get paid adequately for the work that we did.  Nursing is something that is familiar to me but, it’s not something that I want to return to.  I want to discover the work that makes my spirit soar.  Only then can I really be a light that shines brightly in this world.

In this week’s sermon, Bishop Jakes said that we have to STRETCH to get to the next level.  He said that the flesh will try to make you stay where you are.  Stretch past the discomfort.  That’s where I am folks.  I am having to stretch past the discomfort and press forward into the unknown territory of blogging, entrepreneurship, writing, and speaking.  I just want to encourage you that are on this “reclaiming my time” journey with me to continue to press your way forward.  I am pressing toward the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.  No turning back!  No turning back!

Author: Cescelie

Cescelie Cowser Jelks is a blessed and highly favored child of the Most High God. She is a loving wife and mother of two teenagers. She is married to her high school sweetheart of 35 years. She is a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Education. Cescelie homeschools her children with an emphasis on African American studies and STEM education. Cescelie recently launched a nonprofit organization called "Blessed to Be a Blessing." The purpose of the nonprofit is to empower women and underprivileged youth. Cescelie's vision for her life is to be a highly sought after author and motivational speaker who travels around the world motivating the masses.

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