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Taking the Lead from God

by | Nov 11, 2013

So many can relate to the Book of Nehemiah because we all face projects of overwhelming proportions today. The obstacles are all too familiar – limited resources, disengaged team members, ruthless competition, naysayers.

We had a major insight during one discussion – Nehemiah experienced the same feelings of anger and frustration that you and I experience from time to time when things go wrong. But he didn’t act on those feelings. Instead, he went to God in prayer – sometimes long prayer and other times emergency prayers – and sought God’s will. God gave him the words to say and the steps to take. Then Nehemiah followed God’s lead. The results were nothing short of miraculous!

It’s in our nature to take matters into our own hands, particularly when something needs fixing. Each of us (myself included) need to be reminded to hit the pause button and go to God first. It’s the best investment of time you could ever make.

Over the next month, we challenge you to be intentional about praying first – before you start the day, before each meeting, before responding to each problem, before acting on your feelings. Then say and do what God speaks to your heart and watch what happens!

We’re confident you’ll notice a big difference.


Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates is Executive Director of Women in the Marketplace, a nonprofit marketplace ministry that equips working women to confidently pursue their faith and career for the glory of God. She is also the author of The Confidence Cornerstone: A Woman’s Guide to Fearless Leadership. Learn more at womeninmarketplace.net.