For the last few days I have had unshakeable thoughts on Nehemiah, so I picked up my bible and started reading his story. There are many ways God speaks. One of those ways is through continuous nudging or those unshakeable thoughts of a scripture verse, word, phrase, picture, name, person etc. This is God's way of saying, "Hey, I need to talk to you!" Unshakeable thoughts are a simple, yet effective way that God uses to covey a message.
Nudges are like a child who repeats a sentence over and over and over again until you respond. Nudges nag at you until you respond. I think you get the picture.
Nehemiah's story is a story of a man grieved by the conditions of his home in Jerusalem. His solution to his grief was to, "build." I believe we are in a building season. In the building season our blueprints of creative ideas and entrepreneurial dreams come to fruition through the construction process. The first stages of building begin with three keys.
Key 1. Recognize Your Assignment
Oftentimes assignments are connected to a pain point. What is a pain point? A pain point is a place or time or concern that grieves the heart. A pain point can also involve some past event or experience that caused a person some type of affliction. Pain points are areas that a person is adamant about; something you said you would NEVER allow to happen again; something that grieved you in a way that drives you to help others. This is a pain point. When used properly it is an assignment that can be used to help others. In Nehemiah 1, when Nehemiah HEARD the wall of Jerusalem had been torn down and the gates destroyed he sat down and wept. It goes on to say that for days he mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Ask yourself, what is my assignment? What grieves my heart or has caused me pain? Your assignment is your mission. Your assignment is your purpose. It is tied into the problem you are called to solve.
Key 2. Develop a Plan or Blueprint.
A plan or blueprint should be written to include counting the costs, assessment, and addressing a specific problem or need. Nehemiah spied out the place, telling no one but those who were with him. He evaluated his needs in a way that allowed him to answer specific questions, such as: What is the goal/objective/vision? Be very specific, always beginning with the end in mind. How long will it take? This is the measurable aspect. What resources are needed? (e.g., How much money? What type of materials? How many people are needed and who will do what?) This sounds very much like a business plan, doesn't it?
Key 3. Build.
Build according to your purpose/assignment/vision. Building with a plan and purpose makes it easier to stay focus and committed. When you truly understand your assignment it is easier to stay focused, remain diligent, and on track. When building according to your God-ordained blueprint there is no need to plagiarize, copy, mimic, or switch lanes. Build according to your purpose and may God give you the grace to finish!
Stay tuned for part two.
Deborah Taylor is an innovative creative visionary, writer, author, and calligrapher. She enjoys traveling, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband, Randy, and their rambunctious dog, Reuben. They live in Shelby County, TN.
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