6 Key Ways to Know if You’re in a Transition

Change is never comfortable.  Sometimes it can be downright painful!  But it’s part of life, and at times the will of God.

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Change can manifest in different areas of our lives and when it comes, we are not sure how or the best way to respond.  Relationships, such as marriage or divorce; Emotions, such as death or birth; Career, as in promotion or retirement and Spiritual Growth – it’s all there.  We find ourselves going through phases, a shift, growth – a transition.

Are you in transition from your purpose to your vision?

What is vision? “It is the big picture of what God says is possible for your life.”

Here are 6 key ways to know if you’re in a transition.  A vision transition.

1.     An Inner Restlessness

When you’re in transition, especially at the beginning stage, life may feel as if it’s in limbo.

There is discomfort and discontent.  Not physical discomfort, but emotional and spiritual discomfort.  Your old self seems to be disappearing.  The things you once did you don’t enjoy as much anymore.  The people you associated with, you’ve withdrawn or don’t seek their counsel any more.  And the spiritual walk you had before – or lack of – doesn’t seem to be enough.  You find yourself seeking a change, but what sort of change you can’t describe.  Something is off, but you don’t quite know what it is.  You don’t feel like “you” and you’re desperately trying to figure it out.

2.     A Desire For a Deeper Relationship With God

The word relationship means having a connection, association or involvement.  Have a personal one means having a deeper, one-on-one connection, association or involvement.

When your mind is a-twitter and you can’t seem to put your finger on what’s out of place in your life. When you start experiencing feelings of discontent and life feels meaningless, then you start searching for answers and comfort, encouragement.  You go to the one whom you know has the answers; God.

A relationship starts to build and you have a desire to know and learn more about Him.  In this stage you may start attending church services regularly, or find yourself in the Bible more often.  You start growing and God starts to speak to you in your own way.  His Spirit is there cocooning   you as you grow.

The more you seek after Him, the more you grow.  Your faith grows and His desires for your life are revealed.

3.     The Soul Searching

Soul searching, it sounds so deep and serious!  But it’s really a good time. In this stage you’re asking questions.  Questions like, “God, what is your plan for my life?  What is my purpose?  Why am I here on earth?”  You start to look deep within yourself, searching for clues as to who the real you is and how to live this real person fully and authentically.

You develop a desire to please God and you start asking and wondering how you can live a life that is on purpose with Him at the center of what you do.

You consider serious changes to your life, career, family and finances.  There is a lot of introspection and examination. You may consider the ultimate question of “If I could do one thing for the rest of my life and not have to worry about finances or time, what would it be?”  God reveals even more of what He has for you and your purpose, the ultimate reason you are here on earth is ignited.

4.     Quest for knowledge and understanding

Clarification, direction, purpose, reason; these are all information you are in search of.  This stage usually consists of individuals wanting and seeking more knowledge and understanding.

It involves a lot of digging deep and doing some research and examination.  You learn things about yourself in this phase that you didn’t know about.  Things you’re glad you learned and others you would have preferred to not acknowledge.

Some call it a wilderness experience.  Some may say it’s a breaking experience; however, both are due to the purging, cleansing, improving and repenting that happen in this stage.

You seek guidance and direction from individuals that can assist in getting clarity and direction in life; individuals such as Life Coaches, pastors or business leaders.

Seminars, workshops or conferences that will empower and guide you, are usually prevalent during this stage.  You research and follow others that you feel can speak into your life through their sermon, classes, speeches, or books.  You read, you listen, and you apply.  A change starts to happen.  You can feel it and others can see it.

You invest in yourself.  You don’t mind spending money on the resources that will help you to grow and move into a more fulfilling life in Christ.  You start to flex your wings and test what you’ve accomplished so far.

5.     Ready, Set …No, wait, I think I’m stuck!

The most challenging phase!  In this stage you’re ready to walk into what God says is yours.   You’re ready to do what God has asked you to do, or place in your heart.

You want to get out there because it’s been simmering within you for so long.  You want to do His will, but you don’t quite know how.  In this stage you may have to learn new skills, change a mindset, move to another state, get rid of some friends or take big steps.

Defeating qualities such as fear, doubt, or insecurity begins to raise their ugly heads.  You struggle to move from the idea, the mandate, to the actual progression and manifestation of what you know is possible for your life.  In essence, sometimes the individual becomes stuck.  Not because of a lack of desire, but because of a lack of faith.  The foothold of fear is refusing to let go.

6.     A Walk of Faith

This stage is the best one!  I call it the “okay God, I don’t know how, but I’m doing it anyway” stage.  In this stage you have moved beyond the fear and doubts and other hindrances and is actually doing God’s vision for your life.

You literally depend on God to lead you and guide you in your vision walk.  You go to Him and wait for Him to answer before you move.

Your study of the word is deeper, your faith is stronger and you not only know the word for yourself but your authority in things of your vision is on point.  You are speaking those things that are as they should be and you have no

Doors start to open.  Favor and blessings are manifested and individuals are drawn to you in bringing the vision into reality.

You are bold and confident with no apologies in what is happening in your life and where God is taking you.

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These stages are not set in stone but are a guide for the person moving from purpose to walking, doing and living their God ordained vision.

Transition is an ever-changing and learning process.  There are different levels in any stage and it can take an individual several weeks to several months or perhaps year, to go thru the refining process that God has for them.

As long as we keep God in the fore front and understand that He has already laid the plans he has for our lives then as we walk through the path of life, we can place our faith in the fact that He’s got us in His righteous right hand.

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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ARE YOU READY TO GO FROM THE OLD INTO THE NEW?


When you look at the definition for the word Transition, it is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, concept, etc., to another; change.

We all go through a transition in life and they can come in different phases and forms.   A spiritual transition can come when God is ready to elevate you to His next level.

Several months back I was participating in a conference call on moving forward powerfully in our business, when the topic of “old wine skins” came up.  Specifically, “old wine skins that God wanted us to get rid of.”

The old wine skin that was being referred to was our “old selves”; the “old us.”

In order for those of us on the call to go where God was taking us, we had to let go of our old belief systems, mindsets and fears. African Americans,African descent,business men,business women,businesses,happiness,happy,men,nature,outdoors,persons,photographs,smiles,smiling,women

And that’s my question for you today:  What is your old wine skin that is keeping you from truly stepping out into what you earnestly desire and God’s will for your life?

What is that fear; the unbelief?  What is the mindset that has been a part of you for so long you don’t even recognize it?

To be transparent, let me tell you what my “old wine skin” was: Aloneness.  Not alone as in company or comfort – having people around, but Aloneness as in support.  The integral support I needed to move the vision God had given me forward. There is a difference.

Matthew 9:17 says “neither do people pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”

During the time of Jesus wine was placed in animal skin – leather, and usually goat skin, to ferment.  The skin would bulge and stretch from the carbon dioxide that was being released and cause the skin to stretch almost beyond their limit.

Well that’s you being stretched.  You’re almost to bursting with all the old stuff God had to clean out of you.

Before God can pour more of Him into you, before He can take you to that next level, He needs you to get rid of one last thing.  That thing that has lain dormant hidden behind other issues and causes: Your Old Wine Skin.

You can’t carry it with you to where He’s taking you.  Where He’s taking you calls for total trust and faith; even when it seems impossible.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Tim 2:21 KJV.

Note: As you travel along the road to walking out your vision and manifesting your purpose, there will always be new levels you will have to attain. Each level you arrive at will require you getting rid of “old” things: Things that you acquired along the way and God does not want you to bring to the next.

Ask yourself, your old wine skin is it a belief system, a Mindset?

  • I am too old to start something new
  • I am not as educated as others will be in the field God has called me to
  • I have a past and people will look down on me
  • I have done lot’s of bad things in the pass; God may have forgiven me for some things but not all

Your old wine skin, is it a Fear?

  • God will not provide the help I need to carry out the vision He placed upon me
  •  I will not be able to find the mate I God has promised me and I will always be a single parent
  • I will not have enough money to do the things God desires of me and me of myself
  • I will fail and bring disappointment on myself and God

Most, if not all, of the mindset and fears had one thing in common, did you notice it?  Lack of faith!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Prov 18:21

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 12:1

I will not; I have done; God will not.  These are all phrases that cancels out what we should be believing God for. Take some time and go before the Lord and inquire of Him what your old wine skin is.  Ask Him to show you where unbelief still resides.

Unbelief is tricky, it has many faces and it shows up in different places.  Places you wouldn’t think of.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11: 9-10 KJV

So as you transition into your new wine skin, know that it is to make you a vessel of honor, ready for the master’s use!

The old you can’t hold the newness that God is getting ready to bring you into!

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Use What God Gave You to Build the Empire (vision) You Desire


Recently I have been noticing quite a few individuals on a popular social media site promoting their upline businesses.

Let me just say here that I am not against anyone trying to make an honest living as I have tried some of them myself.

However, instead of working on every quick-fix that you think will alleviate your financial woe, have you ever considered just living your purpose?

What do I mean by that? Well, when you are living, working, and doing the purpose God has ordained for your life you are happier, more fulfilled and it will ultimately lead to bringing in an income.

Take the same skills you are utilizing for others in building up their up line. Use that skill to seed into a life of purpose filled with God’s wills and desires. Do His will. The word says to acknowledge Him in all of our ways and He will direct our paths

God knows the desires of your heart; he knows you desire to eradicate lack; to find that one thing your good at and can turn into an empire. He knows the desire for a life that is fulfilling.

He wants to give them to you but He can’t until you seek Him and what He has for you to do. So, seek His face and allow Him to use your talents for His kingdom while at the same time opening doors of favor and blessings and income into your life.

“A vision we give to others of who and what they could become, has power when it echoes what the spirit has already spoken into their souls.” TWFYT 040312

Copyright 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Doing It Alone

If you have a personal relationship with God then you know he has a way of speaking to you and answering your requests.  Sometimes it’s straightforward, other times it’s through people or things.

For a couple of weeks I had been studying the characters of Moses, Nehemiah and even Jesus.  See, I felt I was at the end of what I knew to do alone and I needed help!  So I told God about it.  Again, and again, and again.  Did I say, again?

If you’re like me, then God has given you an assignment, a mandate, a vision that he expects you to deliver.  As you walk out your assignment, your purpose, you question yourself.  You ponder if you will ever complete and do what is required of you and how!

You end up bogged done with the day-to-day activities, the back-end administrative type work you come to dislike.  The type of activities that keep you working in the assignment but not working the assignment; there is a difference.

When God called Moses and gave him the assignment of bringing his chosen people out of Egypt to the land He promised them Moses first thought was “Not me, Lord.  Send someone else!”

As Moses stayed under the leadership and guidance of God he learned how to be the leader God had already pre-ordained him to be.  But there is a lesson we can learn from Moses.

Moses assumed that the total responsibility of teaching, guiding and governing the Israelites fell on him.  And so it is with many of us.

There are many that God has given an assignment or vision to and you’ve endeavored to carry it out.  You’ve persevered, been obedient and stayed true to God’s instructions.

But at times the load is too heavy to bear.  Sometimes you feel that since God called you, you have to do everything and be responsible for everything.  You can’t.

Just as Moses listened and heeded wise counsel from his father-in-law, let us heed wise council from his story (Exodus 18:18).

Talk to God and tell him you can’t do it alone.  The vision or assignment he has assigned to you is too heavy to carry alone.  Ask him to send individuals to assist you – just as Moses did (Numbers 11:14).  It’s not that you are weak.  It just means that you recognize when you need help.  Sometimes God is just waiting for us to ask for help.

As you seek out specific individuals ask God to place the same anointing He has on your life on those individuals so His vision which is your vision will become their vision (Numbers 11:16-17).  Ask that they will be loyal and committed and love the Lord with their whole heart.  That they are clean from within the heart – because we all know that what comes out of a man is what defiles him (Matthew 15:11 & 18).  That they will desire to use their gifts and talents to glorify him by being used through your organization.

IN DEPTH EXAMPLES

  • Moses developed an assembly of people to a mighty nation with rules and laws.  A nation that could say God has brought them from a mighty long way.  He could not have done it without the 70 elders he appointed at the beginning.  He was their leader, but they were his arms.  As he equipped them to carry out what God gave him to give to the people, Moses was freed up to do what He really needed to do – sit before God and hear his instructions.
  • Nehemiah had a zest and zeal to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and God favored him to do so.  But he literally could not do it by himself he needed help.  He had to have the participation of the remnant that remained in Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city.  He was the leader but the people were his arms.
  • Jesus came to do the will of his father, God but he knew that in order for what he started to continue he would need helpers, hence the disciples.  He was their leader and while on earth he taught them what they needed to know.  When he left he continued their help by sending the Holy Spirit to be that guide – to us all.  His disciples, then and now, continue where he left off: spreading the good news, the gospel, to the four corners of the world and serving those in need.

You are the visionary and your job is to make sure you hear from God, follow his commands and encourage, teach and guide others into completing His task, in and over their lives.

With help you have more time to spend in God’s presence.  With help you have more time to do what you are graced to do (write, teach, study, prepare sermons, sit and listen to God speak to you, sing, meditate, paint, organize, etc.), to glorify God.

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  1. Go to God and lay your request before Him (as Moses did).
  2. Make a list of things you are doing that others can do.
  3. Determine who and what skill sets are needed.
  4. Ask God for discernment, wisdom, guidance and patience as you start your search and start building your team.
  5. Don’t forget to ask for the help. When you do your part, God will do His.

Never give up on what God has already pre-ordained for you.  Stand tall, stand strong.  Persevere, be patient.  Be kind and bless others.  Pour into others and others will eventually pour into you.

Sometimes the way seems cloudy and the assignments seem too large, but just know that if God called you for it then he has already placed within you everything you need to get the job done.  You are already anointed for it.

Believe in yourself.  Trust God and remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

Copyright 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quitnana

Check Your “I” Meter

I read an article by Joyce Meyers that had this one sentence in it that really made me laugh – at God.  The sentence read, “One of the surest ways to know if you’re operating in the flesh is if you’re frustrated all the time.”

Well, I had been frustrated in getting my vision out a lot lately!  One day it got to the point I became so upset at the task I was doing and the fact it was not cooperating with me, that I gave God an earful amidst tears and screaming.  I literally yelled at Him that I was doing and trying and it WAS NOT WORKING!

I told Him that I was trying to be obedient and do things His way and not mine.  I then screamed what else did He want from me?  What was I doing wrong?  I needed Him to tell me.  I was so emotionally spent after that outburst that I went and laid down on my bed.

As I laid in bed, still a bit peeved, thoughts of things I were trying to accomplish ran through  my head.  And as they flashed I started recognizing where self had played a part.  There were a lot of “I don’t” or “I want” or “I feel” or “I don’t feel.”  A lot of I, I, I’s were being revealed to me.

He allowed me to see that although I was being obedient in doing, I wasn’t quite so obedient in the how.  I thought my way of handling the how was better because, well, it was concerning me!

But guess what?  It’s not about me.  I’m just the vessel.  So, if you find yourself frustrated in walking out the vision God gave you; if you find that you’re being obedient, or think you are, and stuff still isn’t happening or doing they way you want them to, check your “I” meter.

If there is to many “I”s then it won’t work.  Frustration is all we will have.  Remember, we can do nothing without Christ.  He gives us the power to accomplish His will.  At the end of the day we are the clay and God is the potter and it’s not about us, but about God!

Copyright 2012

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Your Vision in Reality

Several evenings ago I attended an event that as a requirement you had to dress and portray in character the overall vision God had for your life.  In other words it was a“Vision Party” and you were portraying yourself as if your vision was already manifested.

So, if the vision that God gave you were being a national bestselling author, a well known speaker that traveled all around the world evangelizing to others and doing signs and wonders, or even a financial expert with their own television show touching the lives of believers, you came as such.

And it was fun!!!

The amazing thing was hearing all God had placed within the lives of the women that attended and how each person’s vision was somehow interconnected with each in some way, shape or form.

When God has given you a vision and you are walking out your purpose in life sometimes it can seem huge!  You can see it, but many times others can’t.  They just can’t see you, the person, accomplishing, being, or doing the things God has purposed for your life.  They see the now; not the “to be”; the future.

I have written my vision down – many times.  I have envisioned it; dreamt it; prayed on it; fasted on it.  I know what it looks like.  But that night when I physically went from working it to actually being it, I felt like it was a new beginning, a new chapter in the book God has already written for my life.

As I stood in front of the ladies and spoke out loud the ideas and thoughts God has given me.  As I walked around the room, in character, as my future self.  As I listened and watched the women portray their future selves: confident, strong, leaders, trailblazers, world changers, authors, philanthropist, and entrepreneurs; I felt the awesomeness of the moment.  I felt the reality of God’s vision for my life and theirs. I felt God’s words that were uttered over our lives from before we came out of our mother’s womb, start to bud and the words that were sent forth by God, accomplishing that which He pleased.

“I have given them [God’s Children] the solutions to solve all of the world’s problems…” is a quote that was given to author Ericka D. Jackson when God was ushering her into her purpose in life; her vision.  And that evening, I can honestly say I saw the absolute truth to that statement.

Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life is in the power of the tongue.  We also know that we frame our world by the words we utter out of our mouths.  And that evening, I could feel destinies coming into alignment.  We were literally being the person we saw ourselves to be in a God ordained future.  There were no apologies for our greatness and no walking small!  No doubt and no hesitancy.  It was all purposed filled life!

So I ask you, what is God’s vision for your life?  What is that thing that when you think on it, dream it, envision it; it feels like, “it is already yours because it is within you waiting to [burst] forth?”

Whatever it is just know it’s already done.  So start walking towards it and live your vision in reality!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

Write Your Vision In Ink!

“Pencil in your plans but write your vision in ink.”

That’s a sentence I read recently in a devotional.  A sentence that made me think “wow!”   See, many of us know the scripture that talks about vision, you may not remember the book (Habakkuk) or the verse (2:2) but you know what it says, “…write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

So as you “write the vision, what do you see accomplished, achieved, attained?  What do you see as the “big picture” of God’s will for your life?  Write that in ink because it is already done.  It cannot be erased.  God said “He knows the thoughts He thinks toward you …to give you an expected end.”  Key words:  Expected End.  God already knows your capability.

Your plans, well, those you write in pencil.  Why?  Because just as I write this work on a tablet with a pencil, and having erased numerous times as my thoughts flow and change, so will your plans on how your vision will be attained.  Keyword:  Plans.

You may plan to do something a certain way, and it doesn’t work out.  So you have to go back to the drawing board.  You may have planned to go a certain route and God said, “No.”  Hire certain individuals, take certain positions, go certain places or manifest the vision a particular way – and all were subject to change.  Why?  Because you are the vessel and He has the authority to rearrange things as He sees fit.

So as you write the overall vision (the one that God orchestrated for your life. Not you for your life) for your life in ink, and plans change, stay strong, be of good courage and God will not only strengthen you, but lead you in the path of His righteousness.

I liken the above quote on penciling your plans to a quote God gave me: God never changes; only the circumstances do.

Question:  What is the “big picture” of what God says is possible for your life?  What is His vision for your life?  Write it down today.

 

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012