5 Signs God is Opening a New Door in Your Life

Where is God leading you?

By Lesli White

The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). While God assures us that He is clear on His plans for us and that those plans are for good, it’s not always easy figuring out where God is leading us. God may be trying to reach you to encourage you, guide you and lead you down a path of greatness. If you want to know if God is directing your down a certain path, it’s important that you pay attention to the signs. He will put these things in front of you so certain things will be revealed to you. Here are five signs God is opening a new door in your life.

You Feel Like Something is Missing

Sometimes, we begin to feel a strong sense of emptiness, as if something important is missing from our lives when God is beginning to open a door for us. All Christians have feelings of spiritual emptiness from time to time. This is a sign that God is pointing you in a different direction. Sin may be a big reason for your spiritual emptiness – possibly the sin of apathy toward God or sluggishness in your daily life. Also, how we feel physically can impact how we feel spiritually. Remember, God is close to those who are in need of direction. Reach out to God through prayer, and meditation and ask God what door He may be opening in your life. When you seek, He will reveal this to you.

You Feel a Shift in Your Life

God often opens doors in ways we never imagined. Sometimes, God is opening a door in your life to get your attention so that He can guide you to your higher calling. This may translate into a career shift. As Mark 10:45 reminds us “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” That means that we should live lives that reflect our service to others. If your current job doesn’t reflect this and you feel like something is missing or isn’t feeling right, Jesus is trying to get your attention. The door God is opening up in your life may not be revealed to us overnight. However, through the use of gifts and talents in our careers, many of us discover what feels right and grow in our development.

You Feel a Calling

Sometimes when God is opening a new door in your life, you feel a calling to do more for others because you simply feel led to. The Bible tells us, “Now you belong to Him…in order that you might be useful in service to God” (Romans 7:4). One of the greatest ways to displays God’s love and reflect Christ’s presence is through acts of kindness and giving back. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. If you feel an underlying urge to do something bigger than yourself, to benefit the greater good without any need of reward, God is leading you to a Christ-filled life. Listen to Him. When you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling.

You Begin a New Relationship

Starting a new relationship is a big indicator that God is opening a new door in your life. It’s important that you’re open to listening to what the people in your life have to say, especially the spiritual ones. They will guide you, especially if you’ve fallen off course with God. These people will also affirm you. They are placed in your life by God so that you can recognize your full potential and God might be sending an important message through them. On the other side, be mindful of people who take you off course with God. Anyone who causes a separation between you and God is not a good person to have in your space. Once we remove these people from our lives we are in a better place to see where God is leading you.

You Have a Desire to Reconnect With Your Faith

Another big sign that God is opening a new door in your life is when you have a desire to reconnect with your faith. If you’ve been out of touch with God and off course spiritually, you may not have been to church in a while. If you have been attending regularly, you may feel disconnected from the service and message. But if you’ve found your way back to church, or you’re in church and a verse, a song, or something in the pastor’s central message catches your attention, it is a sign that Jesus is reaching out to you to listen. Don’t think this is just by chance. The Holy Spirit is active and may be sending you an important message.Embrace whatever that is for you and watch good things begin to open up in your life. Also, don’t be afraid of what may be revealed through these messages.

As Christians, we want to know where God is leading us. Sometimes, we may even be anxious to discover the door that God is opening in our life. It’s not always easy figuring out what God is doing with our lives. We want to know the one grand purpose God has for us and what paths Jesus is directing us down so we can make the best decisions. Ultimately, God is directing us to love Him, love others, obey Him, and take care of those around us. If we can concentrate on fulfilling the responsibilities He’s given us, God will open up even bigger opportunities for us.Lesli White is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in print and online journalism. In college, she took a number of religious studies courses and harnessed her talent for storytelling. White has a rich faith background. Her father, a Lutheran pastor and life coach was a big influence in her faith life, helping her to see the value of sharing the message of Christ with others. She has served in the church from an early age. Some of these roles include assisting ministry, mutual ministry, worship and music ministry and church council.   

Family Talk Night Light for Couples

IF ONLY

“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure…. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God.” 2 Corinthians 1:8–9

In my (jcd’s) book When God Doesn’t Make Sense, I wrote about the burdensome situations in life that we can’t understand. Some are painful or life‐threatening, others are simply inconvenient or uncomfortable. We know that God could eliminate these problems with a whisper, but, instead, He allows us to struggle.

Why? One of His greater purposes is to reveal His power to us. This understanding comes straight from the apostle Paul who wrote, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels [clay pots], that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7, kjv).

Instead of accepting the irritations of life, many people struggle with what I call the “if onlys.” “If only I didn’t have diabetes (or deafness or sinus infections).” “If only I were not infertile.” “If only I hadn’t gotten into that bad business relationship (or lawsuit or loveless marriage).” “If only we didn’t have a sick child.” “If only we weren’t so strapped financially.”

Are you struggling with “if onlys” today? If so, we encourage you to release them to God. He has a perfect, loving plan for all of your life— even when life seems less than ideal. We may not see why God allows hardship in our lives, but we can be assured it is part of His eternal plan for our good. He asks us to accept His love and reach in humble dependence for His sufficiency.

JUST BETWEEN US…

  • Have we become discouraged by “if onlys” in our lives?
  • Can we learn to depend on the Lord at this point of need? Has God been able to use our “if onlys” for His purposes?

Lord, help us rely on Your great love for us even when we feel weighed down by disappointments. Comfort and strengthen us in our need. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Family Talk Night Light for Parents

BAD COMPANY

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

Every parent is under terrible pressure in today’s fast-paced culture. The demands of jobs, maintaining a house, keeping up with financial commitments, church responsibilities, and trying to raise a family keep us running at breakneck speed. As a result, too many kids are regularly left at home to care for themselves (41 percent of children ages twelve to fourteen, according to the U.S. Census Bureau). It’s no wonder that we are sometimes barely aware of what our kids are doing day to day. In an immoral culture, that can be disastrous.

Lonely and energetic adolescents in this situation are especially vulnerable to the worldly influence of peers. Their need for acceptance by friends at this time is overwhelming. To protect your children from these potential dangers, we urge you to stay close to them. Know who their friends are; have them over for dinner or a family activity. Talk to your kids about your spiritual beliefs and values. Explain the impact of peer pressure and how difficult it can be to go against the wishes of the group. Then remind them of God’s position in Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Your encouragement at this critical time can help assure good character in your kids—no mater what company they keep.

BEFORE YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT…

How well do you know your children’s friends?

How can you initiate conversations to get to know them?

How much unsupervised time do your kids have each week?

O God, we want to encourage our children as they enter the difficult years of adolescence. Grant us the wisdom to guide and lead them with eternity’s values in mind, and to show that Your acceptance is all we ever need. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Statistic from “Census Bureau Says 7 Million Grade-School Children Home Alone,” U.S. Census Bureau, 31 October 2000. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2000/cb00-181.html (accessed 16 July 2002).

6 Ways to Hold onto Joy in Troubled Times

The joy we seek can be found in God.

By Lesli White

There are many verses in Scripture that refer to how God is good to us, especially troubled times. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God never gives us what He knows would harm us. His desire is for us to live. God distinguishes between our wants and our needs, and He is concerned with every part of our being. God provides for us beyond anything we can ask or imagine. He uses the tough times to not only shape but also transform our lives. We can trust His guidance, goodness, and intention to do more for us than we could ever do. There are times when we may doubt His power, but God can see us through all circumstances. Here are six ways to hold onto joy in troubled times.

God is Preparing Us For a Joyful Future

We should see the challenges and trials we face as God’s perfect way of preparing us for a brighter future. When you are going troubled times, God often puts someone in your path to assist you through your trial period by lending you emotional support. Often, these are friends, family, and loved ones, but sometimes God will even place strangers in your life to bring you through tough circumstances. If you close yourself off from the world, it may be hard for you to see that God is putting someone in front of you to help you and working through that person to get you through the situation you’re facing. However, when you open yourself up, this person can guide you out of the pit so that you can experience joy.

This is Only a Trial Period

Going through troubled times can be frustrating. Life can feel unpredictable and out of control during these periods. During this trial period, God can inspire some great ideas to turn your life around. For example, if you are unemployed and stressed, God may inspire you to think of new and creative ways to produce additional income, while also channeling your talents. You can begin by making a list of services needed by people around you and find a way to make yourself useful in those areas. This may be a test by God to humble you, while also helping you to grow. Trusting in God and having a positive mindset will help you think outside of the box and transform your life.

Turn to Scripture

If you happen to be struggling through hard times today, Scripture is an excellent healing place. The words you read can be a great blessing through difficult times. We can find incredible joy when we trust in God’s Word. Scripture can lead us to exactly where we need to be, even during our darkest trials. Sometimes, you can run through Scripture, stop on a passage, and discover that God is speaking through those words. Other times, you can listen to the readings or the pastor’s message on Sunday and hear God speaking to you through those verses. No matter what circumstance you are facing, you can always rest in the fact that God will always be faithful.

Remember the Presence of the Holy Spirit

God’s Spirit is present in all creation and sent out to bring about God’s new creation. First and foremost, the Spirit is God’s presence. You have felt the quiet confirmation in your heart and mind that something was real, and you knew that it was inspiration from God. For some, it may have come during a talk, lesson, or hymn in church. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. You feel peace, hope, and joy when He speaks to your heart and mind that something is true. When you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you, darkness can be dispelled, and the desire to do right and transform your thinking grows. When we’re going through troubled times, the key for each of us is to accept and hold the gift God has promised us.

Listen to Words of Encouragement

Sometimes we wake up in the morning, and before our feet even hit the floor, we know the day is careening downhill fast. Life hits us with disappointments, challenges, and heartache. Sometimes, there is no apparent reason – our mood shifts from light-hearted to heavy. In these moments, it feels like joy is absent. When you are going through troubled times, sometimes just hearing encouragement can lift your spirits. It would help if you had some momentum to reframe your thoughts. Often, God puts a person in your path who will say something that catches your heart and makes you feel better about what you are going through. Other times, we will run across words that show up to brighten our day. These are little reminders from God that we are His beautiful children and that He loves us.

Listen to Music

How often have you turned on the radio or a playlist, and a song speaks to you? The song playing right at this moment is not accidental. God’s timing is perfect, and He shows us so much grace and love while we walk through calamity. God will play certain songs at the right time, so you know that He is present and that things will be ok. These moments are wholly unexpected but can brighten our spirits when we are feeling particularly down. Going through hard times can be extremely stressful and seem never-ending, but God works in mysterious ways and provides the spiritual gift of music to some to help people through some of their darkest trials. Music can pull you out of the pit during troubled times.

Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give away and the mountains fall in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” God never says He will provide for your wants, but He clarifies that He will provide for His children’s needs. This is one of the many reasons we can trust God to be there for us, not only when times are good, but also when times are rough. God is faithful, and He knows our every need. God will provide, even in difficult times. The days may be dark now, but God is preparing us for something greater.Lesli White is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in print and online journalism. In college, she took a number of religious studies courses and harnessed her talent for storytelling. White has a rich faith background. Her father, a Lutheran pastor and life coach was a big influence in her faith life, helping her to see the value of sharing the message of Christ with others. She has served in the church from an early age. Some of these roles include assisting ministry, mutual ministry, worship and music ministry and church council.