Episode 72: Answering the Call: How to Discern God’s Calling and Step Out in Faith

January 3, 2024

Does answering God’s call make you feel confused? 

Are you staying stuck in a job you hate because you don’t know the next step?

What if instead, you could take a step of faith and know that god has your back? 

It’s possible. And in this episode I share my own journey of confusion and unexpected opened doors. 

If you’re like most Christians, you want to obey God. 

In today’s episode, I share how taking one simple step can and will open new opportunities that you never thought possible. 

Whether you feel unqualified, disqualified, or simply feel confused….

You can embrace your own unique calling. 

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • How one small step can open multiple doors

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Full Episode Transcript:

Answering the Call: How to Discern God’s Calling and Step Out in Faith

Is there a persistent tugging at your heart, a deep-seated feeling that there’s a calling waiting for you to answer? 

Many individuals grapple with the question, “Is this God calling me to step out in faith?” 

It’s a journey that involves confusion, self-doubt, and the need for clarity. 

The journey of discerning God’s calling is often met with external opinions. Sometimes those opinions can be very discouraging. 

I will never forget when I first told others about the tugging on my own heart.A tug that involved reaching out to churches. 

I had no idea what it meant at the time but I knew it was from God because it would not go away. 

I remember being so confused I shared the heart tug with two coaches and my pastor. One coach said it was a great idea while another told me it would be a waste of time. 

Which by the way as  a coach myself and a coach trainer I want to share with you that a coach should never give you advice, talk you out of something, or discourage you in any way. 

A good coach will ask you questions that will get your brain to come up with the answer. The answer that you already have inside of you. 

Okay now that I’m done with that little tangit…. 

The external advice I got only led to more confusion, with conflicting opinions about whether to reach out or not. 

But the biggest question of all was why was I reaching out to them? I felt like I was never coached on the core problem. 

Looking back I now know that meeting with my pastor was one of the first steps. I truly believe becoming a coach was one of my very first steps. 

After talking to my pastor an unexpected door opened up and I became a coach trainer for Life Breakthrough Academy. I’ve talked about this in other episodes. 

After that door opened I reached back out to my pastor and shared that I thought maybe that was the heart tug to reach out to churches.

After all, I believe there should be a coach in every church. Actually to be honest I believe everyone from parents to teachers to bosses should have to go through some sort of coach training. 

Even if you never coach someone and get paid for it the training will still change your life and those around you. 

So after becoming a coach trainer that heart tug was still there but I still felt like something was missing. But I kept moving forward. 

That is when another door opened up a few months later and I became a Christian Motivational Speaker. 

All of these steps of faith lead to unexpected opportunities. 

Becoming a coach came about because I was laid off from a job I thought I would retire from. 

I didn’t even think I would be able to coach and to be honest I wasn’t a very good coach at first but I kept going and learning and got better. 

Becoming a coach trainer was NOT on my radar. In fact the first day of class I had a thought “You will be a trainer one day” I remember fighting that thought and pushing it so far back in my mind that it stayed dormant for 2 ½ years. 

Until one day God said it was time and opened that door. Again I didn’t think I could do it and it was one the hardest things I did last year. 

But after becoming licensed to teach the curriculum I found that I actually really enjoy it. 

The biggest accomplishment of all was saying yes to becoming a Christian Motivational Speaker. Again this wasn’t on my radar. 

Well let me back up. It was on my radar because this too was a heart tug that I have had for many years. 

I can remember times as a single mom laying in bed and I would get this vision of standing on stage encouraging others. 

At the time I remember thinking things like “Ha, that will never happen.” or “Who am I to encourage anyone?” 

This all demonstrates that sometimes, taking the first step, even without a clear plan, can open doors you never thought possible.

My greater purpose or as I like to call it my Unique Calling is to encourage and motivate other Christians, like you, to find and embrace your own Unique Calling. 

I do this through Speaking, Coaching, Podcasting, and even Coach Training. 

As I reflect on my own journey of answering the call, I realize that discerning God’s calling is not always about having a detailed roadmap. 

I learned this the hard way. 

It’s about taking that initial step of faith, even when it feels uncertain.

One key lesson I’ve learned in 2023 is to trust God. 

Amidst the confusion and conflicting opinions, spending time in prayer will allow you to connect with your own convictions.

 It was through prayer that I found the courage to take those seemingly uncertain steps.

But most importantly, trust God. 

In the process of discerning God’s calling, it’s essential to trust the journey, even when it doesn’t make sense. 

2023 was a year full of pivots for me and let me tell you nothing made sense. 

Your path may be unconventional, and the destination may not be immediately clear. 

However, with each step you take in faith, you will gain that much more clarity around your unique calling.

I want to encourage you to embrace the uncertainty that comes with discerning God’s calling. 

It’s okay not to have all the answers right away. What matters is the willingness to respond to that inner tugging and take that leap of faith.

As you navigate this journey, it’s crucial to surround yourself with someone who believes in and supports you. 

However, always filter external advice through the lens of your own convictions and prayerful discernment.

Remember, the journey of answering the call is not a solo expedition. God often places people in your life who play a role in shaping your path. I can definitely see how He has done this in my life. 

Be open to unexpected doors and opportunities that may present themselves along the way, just as they did for me.

We all have a unique calling, but our journeys will look different. 

He may be calling you to run for office. We could sure use some more folks like Mike Johnson in office. 

Folks who love Jesus and our country. 

Or He could be calling you to foster children,accept a promotion at work, or simply to take up your cross and follow Him. 

Whatever your unique calling is, it is crucial that you obey and have the courage to embark on the adventure, even when the destination seems unclear.

As always I will leave you with something to think about: To those still wrestling with the question of whether to step out in faith, just know that God’s calling is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

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