Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just DONT Take a Bite !!!!

Let's go there for a become vulnerable with your emotions. Your heart is a powerful part of your daily living.  It's the source from where our passion and compassion come from.  It moves us and drives us with energy, excitement, and focus. Relationships are built, movements are created, and people are inspired to make incredible changes because the influence of the heart.

 On the opposing side, things can go terribly wrong.  You  are presented with an apple.  This apple is toxic.  It represents everything that wants to block the good plans in store for you.  You are discerning enough that you can feel that something seems sketchy but you are drawn to hold the apple.  Now that you are holding the apple, the emotion is heightened.  Some would say, "There's nothing wrong with holding the apple" and I would have to challenge them and say YES! That means it's one step closer to you taking the bite! 

In the story of Snow White, the beautiful Snow is vulnerable in her emotions and holds the apple.  While she is holding the apple, it gives the enemy time to speak to entice with words that speak to her fleshly man.  You see if the enemy can get to our fleshly man first and that fleshly man is bigger and stronger, he will crush the spirit man!

So Snow HOLDS the apple.  It is placed perfectly in her hands to raise to her lips.  Do you see the ownership here?  The enemy didn't stick that apple in her mouth....SHE RAISED IT TO HER LIPS WITH HER OWN HANDS!   She took the bite!  Then the story reads: (from My Princess Collection Books)

"Something was wrong. I felt dizzy. Then, I couldn't stand and I fell to the floor.  The apple made me fall into a long, deep sleep."

Poison puts you into a long, deep spiritual sleep.  It paralyzes you from progress, from moving forward, to His personal best for your life.  What apple is being placed in front of you at this moment?

The apple of procrastination
The apple of offense
The apple of jealousy
The apple of bitterness
The apple of laziness
The apple of greed
The apple of depression
The apple of irresponsibility
The apple of defensiveness
The apple of being in control
The apple of distrust
The apple of lack of faith
The apple of worry
The apple of self
The apple of anger
The apple of pride
The apple of hidden sin
The apple of insecurity
The apple of negativity
The apple of giving up in your spirit

All of these apples are very real.  His word says:
"They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes." Proverbs 1:31

The message reads like this:
"You wanted your own way-now lie in it; Don't you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?"

There is no condemnation here. We've all held the fruit.  We've all been enticed and taken action to take a bite and we've all fallen in a long, deep sleep.  BUT THEN

Our Lord, our Savior, our Friend, our Father.....kisses us with a kiss of grace.  He awakens us to true love.  He holds us in His arms and reminds us that His Spirit is inside of all those who believe.  He gently and lovingly corrects and teaches us from His word that is living and active.  He gives us strength to reject holding the apple.  He holds your head up to tell you there is no shame in holding the apple or even taking a bite but He wants you to have a teachable heart and be corrected.  He is the GREAT teacher and has high expectations for His children.  There is no shame in that!

The only eating you need to be doing is from His word!

In His Grace,
The Mrs. Pastor

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Dipping

One of my favorite things to watch at Disney Parks, is the creation of food through the view of the outside windows.  These professionals have mastered the art of taking ordinary food and turning it into a piece of art by simply dipping it into chocolate or wrapping it in some type of fondue.

This simple act of dipping changes things as it does for our spiritual lives as well. 

Lately, I've been drawn to the verse in Romans 7:15 MSG
"What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise."

I get so frustrated at myself for doing or saying things I loathe.  I think negatively then speak it, Ugh! I am quick to respond in a fleshly, stinky way, Ugh!  I paralyze myself when I know I should move to action, Ugh! I doubt, Ugh! I take a bite of offense, Ugh!

Can I get an Amen?

We can't be too hard on ourselves because there is reason behind this, but reason with a solution!
If you continue reading on in Romans, it tells us that nothing good dwells in us, in our flesh (that's not very encouraging is it?). 

This is why mankind needs Jesus, because we need His grace and mercy and His word.  His word is the "dipping" process if you will.  When we read, study, and apply His word to our lives we are walking in His anointing, his "dipping".  He takes something ordinary and creates  something special.  He adds His grace and mercy to this creation because we live in a fallen, broken, sinful world.  Grace and Mercy don't excuse sinful actions, it just loves and grows us through it. 

When I am preaching, teaching to 2nd graders, parenting my children, communicating with my husband, relating with my friends....all these require God's supernatural anointing. I have nothing good in me without God! 

So daily, I seek His face.  Daily I read His word.  Daily I apply it.  Daily I hear His voice to correct me and don't see that as a bad thing.  Daily I ask Him to reveal qualities in me that need to go and ask for His forgiveness.  Daily.  This is all part of the "dipping" process. 

Speaking the Word over you: (from Romans 8)
I pray over my friend at this very moment.  I thank you that you gave them the Holy Spirit to help do the impossible in their lives. 
I pray that every moment that they are reading your word they are diminishing the ways of the flesh and being empowered by the Holy Spirit.  I pray that throughout the day they set their minds on things that please the Spirit and cast down the things of their flesh that are toxic....even their reasoning of the mind.  Show them that what sometimes seems reasonable to the world is not reasonable with You.  Remind them daily that if they live according to the flesh they will die. That is truth and it is in your Word!  Anoint my friend so they can be prospering in every area of their life! In Jesus Name....Let it be so, AMEN!

Jumpin' in for a Dip,
The Mrs. Pastor

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Set Apart

Why do things get complicated? Why do WE complicate things?

You are reminded today that YOU are set apart.  There is much in that statement.  There is a purpose, a promise, and a responsibility on your part. 

You were created to be in a relationship with Him (purpose).  That is a choice though.  That means some will not choose that option, so that requires more from you (responsibility).  God uses YOU to bring people to Him with your words, actions, and relationships.  When this is in motion, there is blessing (promise).

But some of us get caught in a fog of our "to do list" doing and forget that we are SET APART.  We forget what that means and the power behind that! 

"Do this because you are a people SET APART as holy to God.  God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure."
Deut. 7:6

We know this verse is to the Israelites, His chosen people, but if you read further it confirms this is also for us, for those "who love Him".

"Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations."

Things get messy when we aren't being used for our set apart purpose.  When we get too close to the thinking and doing of this world, we are not "set apart".....just "part". 

God has put inside each of us gifts and talents but not to use for our benefit or for us to brag how good we are.  The gifting and talents are merely an avenue to reach a certain group that only you could connect with.  That's why it is so important to be responsible.  Be responsible with your words, your thoughts, your actions, your duties, your time, and even your social media.  

Let's put it in elementary terms:
A vacuum was created to clean up dirt. period.  Not to dust or do the dishes.  It's purpose is powerful.  If you don't believe me, try being without one for feel NASTY! 

A flower was created to reflect the beauty of its creator and yet it is set apart for a greater purpose of pollination. 

Now, what happens when something that was created with purpose, set apart for a righteous purpose is not responsible or veers away from what it was called to do?  The answer is destruction.  A fire was created for warmth or a source of energy to keep things in motion but when used irresponsibly can cause destruction and even death. 

I am reminding all of you that are second guessing where you are at or what use you have.....YOU ARE SET APART!   Maybe you got a little side tracked and it became about you.  Maybe you started looking and thinking exactly like the world.  Things got messy and confusing and now you see the destruction in that.  Your responsibility is to keep it about Him.  This will be difficult in the culture we live in today.  We are surrounded by "self" promoters, hostile issues and people, lovers of pleasure, rebellious to authority, haters, easily offended, and paint followers of Christ as the "evil one".  This seems impossible, right?   BUT WITH GOD....all things are possible.

Your focus is not on all that.  Your focus is the job at hand that God has given YOU.  A purpose set apart for Him.  He is big enough to handle all "that".  You be responsible with what He's given you. 

I leave you with this blessing: (promises straight for His word in Deut. 7-8)
As you are watchful to follow His word, may you live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your Fathers!  As you are being used for His purpose may your land be plentiful where you eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it.  May you see how God is using you and call it "good".  When you veer away and start to look too much like the world rather than His image may you receive His correction.  May you know in your mind and heart that as a man disciplines and instructs his son, the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you. 

I love His word!
The Mrs. Pastor

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I Want Something Easy....

Picture this:
Teacher puts students in small groups and each group is working on a different skill.  They are with partners of all skill levels to allow for help, communication, and most of all growth.  One student, working quickly to match definitions with words , gets very frustrated when the teacher passes by the group to check on their progress and points out some errors.  The student pops up and says, "I want to go to another group....I want something easy!"

You can imagine my mind spinning......that will preach!!!!

I'm not the only one that recognized this to use as an example.  Mark Batterson in his book The Circle Maker  (Chpt. 8) writes of a study done between American and Japanese children in first grade.  Each of the groups were given a difficult puzzle to solve.  The researchers weren't interested in who could solve the puzzle but rather how long they would try before giving up.  The American children lasted on average, 9.47 minutes and the Japanese children lasted 13.93 minutes.  This lead the researchers to conclude that the Japanese children weren't necessarily more intelligent but simply tried harder. 

I can't help but think this is a common response of our human want something focus and have hope for 9.47 minutes.  I'm certainly not one to throw stones because I naturally want to gravitate toward easy and comfy.  That is until about two years ago....

We were at a ministers meeting and the Lord did what He does best.....SHAKE ME!   In the most loving and gentle way of course.  I was at war with myself.  I knew what He had called me to do, I understood my gifts and talents, I recognized my role but the problem was.... I wanted easy. 

I knew my calling to preach but I hesitated being side by side with Steve because I was overwhelmed in the preparation time it took,  I made excuses with my lack of ability with technology, and lastly I didn't want to cripple Steve's teaching ministry.  If I were to preach, it would need to compliment him and I wasn't confident I was up to the task.   Then the Lord spoke very clear to me and asked for my obedience and promised He would take care of the "time"....since He created time in the first place. :) He also would be patient to teach me how to feel comfortable on the Mac computer but to keep my focus on the message and the anointing.   He also gently reminded me that He called both Steve and I and that the ministry is not "performance based" but faith based. 

That has revolutionized my preaching ministry.  I honestly don't look for any praise or words of affirmation from anyone.  I study, prepare, pray, deliver the message, and leave the rest in God's hands.  I walk away from the pulpit and praise the Lord for the opportunity to be used by Him and ask Him to continue to grow me for His Kingdom.  I'm not saying it's "easy" now but definitely more natural.

But if only ALL things would be as natural with obedience.  I have an area that I long for the day to be "easy".  It's the one thing that is at the top of a resume for all ministers wives..... being relational.

This is where I'm like the student in my class and ask the Lord, "Can you put me somewhere know where I don't have to make conversation with everyone?"  "Lord, I'm just not good at it." 
I can relate to Moses in Exodus 4 when  he told the Lord  "I'm not very good with words. I never have been, and I'm not now. I am slow of speech and tongue." AND the Lord has a reply as He always does, "Who made your mouth?"

Now don't get me wrong....if someone comes up to me and makes conversation....I can do it!  And when I am having conversation with someone....I'm genuine.  I really am invested in what they are saying.  I care.  But to go beyond that in a big group I literally tense up.  Which is crazy because I can get up in front of a large crowd and preach my guts out but can't work a crowd.  If people knew how difficult this was for me they would be shocked....but I push myself past "easy" and know that the Lord  will patiently grow me and honor my obedience if my heart and attitude are in the right place.  If I'm doing it grudgingly because I "have to" will be wasted efforts and painful to perform and even watch. 

What are you demanding of the Lord to be "easy"? 
 Your marriage?
Your children?
Your job?
Your dreams?
Your health?
Your finances?
Your ministry?
Your prayer life?
Your weekly schedule?
Your confrontations?
Your spiritual growth?
Hard hearted people?
Your gifts and talents?

We need to stand on His promise in Hebrews 10:36
"Patient endurance is what you need now,  so that you will continue to do God's willThen you will receive all that he has promised."

and Philippians 1:6
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

 You might not be able to relate to me and my difficulties but you have something. We all do.  Are you running and hiding from something because it will require much of you?  Are you putting something off? Are you focusing on the outcome rather than the present-tense of doing.  Does it seem like too big of a sacrifice...not easy enough for you?  Go ahead and challenge yourself to push past the 9.47 go beyond....way beyond.  To not give in to "easy" but to strive for obedience and faithful endurance.  Even though the scripture in Luke 21:19, when seen in context,  is referring to persecution, I believe all scripture is applicable to our lives.  " By your endurance you will gain your lives."
Our enemy, the devil, is using "easy" to stop us from being in God's will and being used in powerful ways.

Push against easy,
Mrs. Pastor

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Will You Be Silenced?

Yes, today is an important day in history. However, this post isn't only about what will be taking place at the poles from 7a.m. til 7p.m., it is about your voice every day, ever minute, 365 days a year. 

Since the beginning of time, the world has tried to silence us. 2000 years ago, they killed people for having faith.  They put people in prison. They placed their bodies on stakes and used them as lanterns in their garden.  They cut off heads and put them on platters to shut them up and even hung them on a cross, naked for the world to see.  Today, in some countries, those extreme things still may take place.  Here in America, they call us names, they write nasty things about us on social media (with the wide range of expanded, intelligent vocabulary they have), they create laws that take away our freedoms, they use media and entertainment to paint a picture of believers as hateful, close-minded, ignorant people.  They want to silence you......and for some it's working!  They believe the louder they speak...the more we will be shut down and that very thing could happen if CHRISTIANS DON'T WAKE UP AND BE HEARD! We don't have to be loud and belligerent to be heard. 

Apparently, 1/3 of America has already chosen to be silenced by not registering to vote.  The next 1/3 are registered but choose not to vote.  They say, "it doesn't make a difference."  They say, "this won't fix the problem."

Do we only use our voice when we see the immediate fruits? 

Is this how we view prayer?  "I can't see anything changing, so why do it?"

There was a man named Daniel who was threatened with his life to be silenced.  They wanted to shut him they created a law (see, nothing new under the sun).  If anyone was caught praying to anyone other than their king, they would be killed.  Did Daniel have to be loud and make a scene? No, he stayed true to who he was and what his loyalty was to his God. 

"When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house .........He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously."  Daniel 6:10

He was not silenced.  He was not moved by the outcome. He did not say "it doesn't matter anyway, it's a law now".  HE CONTINUED on and gave thanks.   And what happened?  The entire situation turned around!  It took ONE MAN people!  We should not allow it to be said anymore that "my voice doesn't matter anyway"  !!!!

That isn't the only example.  There were two men named Paul and Silas.  They were in prison (for their faith).  They used their voice and began to sing hymns to God....

"suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison shaken.  And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened." Acts 16:25-26

AND THE JAILER GOT SAVED!  Two men, with a voice!  In what looked like an impossible situation. 

I could give many more examples, but I try to keep these blogs short and to the point yet powerful. 

God is going to have his way regardless. 
Psalm 46:10
"I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

You get to make the decision to be a part of His plan by using your voice,  your actions, your prayers, your living out loud for Him.  And we don't choose to look at the outcome as our deciding factor.  Whatever happens in this election.....whatever happens with the state questions....whatever happens in education....We will remain faithful.  We will not be silent. We will stand on 1 Peter 2:15
"put to silence the ignorance of foolish people."

AND 2 Corinthians 11:10
"As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced...."

I close today with the words of Elijah, who was not going to be silenced.....

"Let it be known this day that you are God" the United States of America,
The Mrs. Pastor

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Seasons

We understand the changing seasons.  Even though you may have a favorite and a not so favorite, it's inevitable they will still happen.  We can find something good and not so good about each one.

Summer with it's late sunsets and bright sunshine smiling down on bright flowers and fresh cut grass. Sunscreen for protection but welcoming a sweet kiss of sunshine.    It also, depending on where you live, brings high humidity, mosquitoes, extreme heat, and sunburns. 

Fall has a smell that just screams FOOTBALL!!!! The beautiful changing colors of all the trees just make you feel like you are in a Hallmark movie. It just feels so cozy!   The only negative I can think of is you might feel bi-polar with your it summer? is it fall? cold in the morning? warm in the afternoon? (I'm sure that's just Oklahoma!)

Winter brings hot cocoa, soups in the crockpot, Christmas decorations, sometimes snow, and my favorite....A FIRE in the fireplace!  As much as I love this season, I HATE TO BE COLD!  The chapped skin, crusty lips, layers of clothes to put on (and to keep up with), and cold feet.  (Why doesn't my husband like my cold feet on him?)

Spring is a sign of life again.  After what seems like a long winter, we find hope in the rain and flowers that pop up around.  However, this season  (for many in middle America and southern states)brings more apprehension than the others with deadly and destructive tornadoes and flooding.  The constant rain can also impact people's mood and it feels like you're surrounded by gloomy people.  At this point, I am praying for sunshine! 

I did not share anything that you did not know already, but you probably didn't realize each season can also be just as real in our spiritual lives.  Just as God created the world and everything in it, He also created the seasons.  He sees good in each one, even if you don't!  Season's represent a time for something:

2 Timothy 4: 2
"preach the word; be ready in season and out of season"
Here Paul is teaching us that there will be a season that people will receive the teaching and a season that people will only receive what feels good....But regardless PREACH.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven"
Celebrating, mourning, abundance, very tight, mountains high, valley low, birth, death, planting and harvest are all words we will experience in our lives at the right time (and yet we welcome some and question others)

Galatians 6:9
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
This just confirms that God knows they'll be seasons we won't He tells us to do good.

I wanted to sum up your spiritual seasons in comparison to our earthly seasons:

A Season of Pleasure: This is your summer of abundance.  The sun is smiling all over you.  Things aren't just growing but are beautiful.  Breathtaking sunrises and peaceful sunsets, which are all the things that make you smile, feel proud, and even at peace, are bringing you closer to your maker.  Who wouldn't want to stay in this season forever?  God knows that it would not be healthy to remain here, never to be taught, stretched, and challenged. 

A Season of Pushing/Prompting: This is your Autumn.  You are feeling cozy, enjoying the smells, watching the beauty of nature around you and the Lord starts pushing you out of your comfort zone.  He understands that all the beauty that you are looking at, took a lot of hard work to get to that point.  He sees potential inside of you.  He knows that you'll have to rely on Him and He will reward your obedience.  When He pushes...don't push back.

A Season of Preparation: This is your winter where everything feels dead but it's very much alive.  Things may seem dormant in your life but God is preparing you.  Preparation is overlooked.  Without preparation, there can be no victory, no celebration, no relying on God and only relying on our self. We can not grow and mature without preparation.....we only complain and remain until He sees that we are ready to move forward.  In this season don't overlook the mentors and opportunities in your path.  They are there for a reason. 

A Season of Planting and Pruning: This is your spring.  Both planting and pruning require your time, hard work, and don't always feel good.  I see this season when God is asking much from you.  He is cutting things back.  None of it feels good and He is keeping your focus on the work rather than on yourself.  It can get messy.  It can feel gloomy if we let it (remember this is the season I am praying for sunshine). 

The seasons will come and will go so don't fight it.  Just as we find something good in each of our earthly seasons, we need to embrace our spiritual seasons. 

I can boldly say that I appreciate and look forward to each season.  I hope that means I'm maturing.  At one point in my life, I was a whiner, for every season except "pleasure".  If things weren't showering me with abundance.....It must be a spiritual battle....or so I thought.

Yes, our enemy, would like nothing more than to kill, steal, and destroy us.... BUT GOD has the ultimate plan and say.  Give Him more credit than that!  Trust Him. Obey Him. Listen to Him. Serve Him. Look to Him. Honor Him. Thank Him.

Embrace the Season,
Mrs. Pastor 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Driving a Parked Car?

Think back with me when you couldn't wait to drive.  Go ahead......think way back.  You'd get in the drivers seat and imagine how great it would be.  If you were lucky, you lived in the country and got to drive the old pick-up in the field.  When my girls got their permit, they always wanted to go get the car right after church and drive around the church parking that's desperate to drive!

Finally, the day arrives and you are driving.  Time moves on and you are living life and you get in an accident.  You become a reluctant driver and would rather someone else drive.  The problem is that you can't stay that way forever.  You eventually need to move forward.  You can't drive a parked car!  Unfortunately, there are many who want to move forward but are just sittin'.....sittin' while time is passing and purposes need to be fulfilled. 

There are things at this very moment that the Lord has in mind for you but there are certain things holding you back.  I've made a quick list of some things that put a person in a parked car:

1. Pride:
 Probably the number one killer of any success in relationships, careers, ministry, family, parenting, and leadership.  Pride is a form of self-preservation.  You think you are protecting yourself but in actuality you are hurting yourself.  It might feel very comfortable in that parked car but you are getting no where.  The enemy is winning on this one....and we are letting him! 

Proverbs 11:2
"When pride comes, then comes shame;"

Proverbs 13:10
"By pride comes nothing but strife,"

Proverbs 15:25
"The Lord will destroy the house of the proud"

Proverbs 16:18
"Pride goes before destruction"

2. Teachable:
This one is closely related to pride.  In fact, they are probably brothers.  We were created to have a teachable spirit, an obedient spirit.  The problem is that we get a little momentum, a little successful, find our voice in a leadership position and BAM we are listening to the wrong voice.....our own.  We have made "experience" or "age" or even "time" our god.  This will park you faster than you know.  It may look like on the outside that you are busy making things happening but in reality you are just sittin' in a parked car.  God can not use people who are not teachable.  Being teachable is not only receiving instruction (whether from God's word or people He places in our path) but also correction (from the Holy Spirit or people).

Psalm 32:8-9
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.  Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come."

Proverbs 4: 3
"Don't be wise in your own eyes."

Proverbs 5:12
"How I hated instruction, and my heart despised correction!  I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers , nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! I was on the verge of total ruin..."

Proverbs 5:23
"He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray."

Proverbs 13:18
"Poverty and shame will come to him who disdain correction, but he who regards a rebuke will be honored. "

3. Fearful:
When we take a step forward, anything and everything could go wrong. YES, it could.  But it also could go very right.  This is where pride and not being teachable come into play.  WE ARE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES.  If we have a growth mindset, we are learning from them and making them less often.  We are being humbled and used and molded at every moment.  There is no shame in that.  There is shame when "pride" is your best friend and you think more of people's opinions than God's.  When you can't forgive or apologize and move on.  God honors obedience and if you believe His word you have nothing to be afraid of!

Hebrews 13:5
"I will never leave you nor forsake you."

2 Timothy 1:7
"For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind."

Proverbs 14: 26
"In the fear (respect) of the Lord there is strong confidence."

Psalm 32:7
"....You shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance."

and last, but certainly not least is....

4. Contentment:
What???? What's wrong with a state of peace and happiness? Nothing is wrong with this.  As a matter of fact, we pray for this in all of our lives.  The problem is that we get so cozy that we don't move.  We can't "drive the car" to a place we've never been before!  We might get lost, we feel uneasy, there might be a lot of traffic or.....PEOPLE!  We might have to interact with PEOPLE that we don't know or even like.  We might have to sacrifice our time to do good.  NAH.....I think I'd rather just stay here in my parked car and take a big whiff of "new car" smell. 

Proverbs 3:27
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so."

James 2:26
"For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead." [you gotta get out there and DO SOMETHING .....possibly for SOMEONE ELSE.....not about YOU].

Go ahead, start the car and start moving forward.  You can not go wrong if your heart and steps are being obedient to God.  Don't over-think it.  Just look to His word and be obedient. The promise will follow if you are letting wisdom, understanding, and knowledge guide your steps:

Proverbs 3:21-26 [YOUR PROMISE]
As I keep sound wisdom and discretion, they will be life to my soul and grace to my neck. I will walk safely in His way and my foot will not stumble. When I lie down, I will not be afraid; yes, I will lie down and my sleep will be sweet.  I will not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from  the wicked when it comes; The Lord will be my confidence, and will keep my foot from being caught."

See ya on the Highway,
The Mrs. Pastor