Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Doors of Opportunity - Will You Walk Through?

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I’m thinking a lot about open doors. . .doors of opportunity.

There’s something about a doorway that can either be an invitation or a barrier.

I wonder: Where does it lead? Should I follow? Do I dare?

What will I find on the other side?

Opportunities for adventure sound exciting but may be a bit scary, because of the unknown.
But God calls me the same way He did to Abraham saying, “Go to the place I will show you” and He leads me one step at a time. Not a lot of info—no itinerary but to follow Him.

Here are some verses I read this week about doors:

Colossians 4:3 says, “…that God may open up to us a door for the Word…”

1 Corinthians 16:9 tells me that “…a wide door for effective service has opened to me.”

In 2 Corinthians 2:12, Paul recalls a time “when a door was opened for me in the Lord…I had no rest for my spirit.” He wanted to go one way and the Spirit of Jesus hindered him. He led Paul to Macedonia instead. This was the open door prepared for him.

Doors of opportunity open so we can be effective in the world. We can miss them—I know I have—because we are either too busy to notice or we explain them away; we question whether they are real or not. We can second guess them to death—I have done this too.

Photo by Jeanne Doyon
God is the one who opens and closes doors (click to tweet) whether we are praying for a receptive heart for one who doesn’t know God or an opportunity to serve.

Revelation 3:8, Jesus is speaking to the churches. He says, “…Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut.”

A door may open for us—one that we would never expect, yet once it does, it makes perfect sense. It’s like God has been preparing us for it all along.

So, I pray I don’t miss what God is doing around me. I want to take notice of an open door and enter as He leads.

I have a couple of open doors before me this week; will you pray with me as I walk through them?  

Can I pray for you?

Do you sense an open door has been prepared for you?

Are you unsure about going through it?

Ask the Holy Spirit to continue to confirm His door of opportunity. Commit to follow Him wherever He leads; you will know what to do. 

Take notice of His opportunities; There are open doors all around you.

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  1. Hi Jeanne - I just discovered your wonderful blog!!! God has opened many doors for me, especially over the past year. He has accomplished the seemingly improbable and impossible. The hard part is the waiting between doors and I have to remind myself of this scripture: BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD! - Psalm 46:10. May we continue to allow God to lead us in our everyday lives. Anne McAwley-LeDuc

  2. Thank you for your comments, Anne. I love to watch God work in the lives of His kids :)
    That includes me :)
    He leads us step by step and propels us through the doors He has planned for us. The wonderful thing is, He goes with us. Alleluia!!

  3. Hi Jeanne,

    I want to walk through that beautiful iron gate into the garden (the photo that starts your blog). It is cozy, inviting and looks warm on the other side. Like I could sit there with a coffee and Biscotti! I wish all decisions were that easy. We have a door that appears to have opened and have been praying for another door to open. Don't want to miss either by rushing through the wrong door and miss the right door. I will continue to pray for clarity. Thank you.

  4. Tammy Sue,
    I fell in love with that image also. Save a biscotti for me :)
    I will be praying for you as you discern how God is leading. It is most often not easy to know.
    And, I can get so afraid of making a mistake, I do nothing. Not good either.
    His door will become more plain to you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  5. Love this message, Jeanne. And thank you for the shirt! Praying for you tonight. :-)

  6. Thank you, sweet Vonda. You are welcome (t-shirt) and I hope you enjoy it. It will probably make a good nightgown.
    Tonight went AWESOME!!! Thank you for praying

  7. Thank you, ShorelinePhoto. I've been thinking about the doors of opportunity - some we see - others we miss.
    I want to pay attention to what God is doing around me so I will see more often.

  8. I need this post, Jeanne! My husband changed jobs and we're not sure whether we'll have to move or not.It's a great job but there are a few unanswered questions. The door's standing open but we can't see what's on the other side. It's never easy to wait on Him!

  9. Sherry, I will pray with you that the door will either open wider or close....though sometimes we just need to take a step of faith.
    Praying you will have peace and know what to do.

  10. Hi Jeanne. I'm not late in discovering this message, you just posted it early ;) I appreciate the message. Like many of us, I sometimes walk right by open doors because I'm not attuned to the Holy Spirit. So thanks for the reminder, and your voice.

  11. Thanks for arriving right on time, Bruce - and for your comment. I also want to be more aware of the opportunities around me. Some doors have my name on them and a doorknob that works. And, others are good doors, yet God is not leading me to enter. The leading of the Holy Spirit is the KEY


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