Follow the Favor...

What does it mean to “Follow the favor?”

Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Working things for GOOD….

At Jeanne’s Creatively Made Business Workshop in Palm Springs she mentioned this saying in terms of business, and that is a completely worthy practice. If your business is doing well in one area and not in another, then follow the favor with what is working. That is a very simple business strategy that helps you understand how to go down the right path and be successful.

But you can also look at this term spiritually. When we aren’t sure where the Lord wants us, or we don't know what to do next, look to the Lord and see what He is doing in your life. I’m going through a study called “Let God show us the Way” on YouVerson and it asks these questions:

What do you love to do?

What things can’t you stop thinking about?

What are your gifts?

Jeanne also asked us to write down our gifts at her workshop, and you know what? I had a HARD time articulating my gifts and strengths. I will admit that I’m probably someone who doesn’t have a good sense of herself, but I’m trying to change that. I’ve never taken the Enneagram test or a personality test. So if you are like me and don’t know how to articulate your gifts and write them down, ask others that are close to you. This is what I did, and it helped me hone in on what I thought I was good at and it helped to see where my gifts shined to others.

I think following the favor also means finding the things that set you apart and that you are just naturally good at… and then get good at following those things that He has put in your life. Learn to see them and be willing to USE them. Because these are your gifts that He has given to you.

I came upon a great verse in researching what the Bible says about FAVOR. What I found so interesting is they precede my favorite verses in the Bible and I did not remember that! (FAVORITE is Proverbs 3:5-6)

Proverbs 3:1-4 says": “ My son (or daughter), do not forget my teaching, but keep my commandments. for length of days and years of life and PEACE they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. SO you will find FAVOR and good success in the sight of God and man.”

Don’t let go of what you LOVE and being FAITHFUL in that. Don’t forget to read God’s Word and keep it. This is KEY in finding favor and having good success in God’s eyes and mans! I love this easy to understand Proverb that has so much packed in there. I actually have a necklace with my favorite verse that I wear around my neck. I didn’t actually think of the significance of that until just now…

So tell me… what do you love to do? What is personally unique about you?

I want you to take a few minutes and write down 10-15 things you love doing, that bring you JOY…
Just grab a piece of paper or write it in your phone notes.

Ok, Did you do it?

Here are some of mine:

~ Creating/Making things
~ Bible Journaling
~ Painting
~ Writing
~ Reading
~ Gathering women
~ Devotional time
~ Family meals together
~ Traveling
~ Buying gifts for others
~ Organizing and preparing my events

I have lots more, but just so you can see a little bit of my list, they are simple things that I LOVE doing.

Now, I want you to take your list to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to show you how these things can be used for His glory in your life, and how they can become your PURPOSE!

Purpose is my word for the year and it’s amazing how when you focus on a word the Lord has given you, it creeps up EVERYWHERE! hahaha (probably not the best choice of words, but oh well) But it is GOOD that a word keeps showing up. It gets our hearts and minds to focus on it… AND, it helps us follow the favor the Lord has for us.

So in that prayer you’re about to pray I want you to ask the Lord to show you His path for you in these things that you love doing and that bring you joy. Because ultimately we are to point people to Jesus, right? And what an amazing testimony we have when we use the gifts God has given us and they not only bring us joy, but they bring OTHERS joy and they show the world how awesome is our GOD!

I get that this may take time to not only understand what our gifts are, but also how to use them. We may be down a path financially that we can’t just stop and change courses overnight. I totally understand that and was there at one point as well in my life. That’s OK. What I am asking you to do is to start thinking is such a way that you are INTENTIONAL about your gifts and your time SO THAT you can start going down that path. I’m telling you now, if you do this the Lord is going to show up and honor that you are following Him.

I know I’ve said this before, but when we honor the gifts God has given us, He is going to show up BIG TIME. He has plans and a path for you, and they are bigger than you could have imagined on your own. Lately I’ve been sharing what the Lord has been doing in our lives and why we moved to Colorado and to me it’s just part of my story and my every day. But I’ve realized it’s not a little thing… and when I tell people the story not only do they say how moved they are by it, I AM TOO. I am reminded how GREAT our GOD is… and all He is asking us to do is Follow His Favor…

It will lead you to the PURPOSE He has for your life.

I’ll leave you with Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

The joy that is coming when we see Jesus is beyond our imagination! But he also wants us to live NOW with joy and an abundant life, here. I don’t know about you, but I want that life. So this year I’m going to focus on what the Lord has called me to do, and I hope this speaks to you as well in your life.

I’d love to hear what you find JOY in and what you feel the Lord is calling you towards in 2019.

Have such a beautiful day!

I’m in the middle of Bible Journaling my word PURPOSE and I’ll share it once I’m done.

Hugs,

Laura McCollough