Saturday, November 3, 2018

My Faith Journey to Toronto

I can’t help but feel like I am on this incredible new journey into the unknown path that God has for me. I have prayed and reached out for clarity, for deliverance and that he will always lead’s me down his path, instead of my own. 
   People ask me if I am nervous and I can honestly say that I am not. I am not nervous because I feel so at peace that this is the right path I need to take. Everything has aligned thus far in God’s perfect timing instead of my own.

A bit about my journey to Toronto:

  When I first felt God’s call to move to Toronto I wasn’t sure on the date of the move because I had a lot going on over the next few months and work was going into busy season, on top of that I had to sell all my belongings so I wanted to ensure I had time for to do that. I prayed about it and finally decided I would move November 1st and a week after I decided the date (and I hadn’t told anyone yet) my landlord told me she was selling the apartment I currently live in and had to be out November 1st. Then a couple from my church asked me about the place, came and viewed it and then bought the apartment two days later. (Talk about God’s timing). 
 I had booked a trip to Toronto the first week of September to check out different area’s and hopefully look into apartments (although if I was moving in November then September was a little to far in advance to look for an apartment). I was only going to move into a shared apartment or room as I knew furnishing a new place would be expensive and I wasn’t sure about work, but I saw an apartment listed and instantly had a feeling about it. I emailed about it and viewed it the day before flying back to Vancouver. 

     When I was in the apartment I kept hearing God tell me that he isn’t pulling me backwards, he is pushing me forward and I instantly knew I had to set my standards of living to the same living standards I was living in Vancouver. The landlord showed it to me and didn’t even respond to any other email inquiries because he liked my email and how I had presented myself (which if you know the rental market in Toronto, this is crazy in itself) and I ended up signing the lease and finding a home. (God is so Gracious) 

   Before signing the lease and knowing what area I would be living in, I saw a job posting for a job that I knew would fit me so well. I applied for it, and ended up getting an interview with the company (as they are based in Vancouver). 50% of the interview we ended up talking about my faith and God’s plan for me (which I am always a bit hesitant to bring up to people I don’t know, especially in a professional setting). They said I was so refreshing and that I am going to thrive in my life. It was just another confirmation that I am on God’s path and not my own. Oh, and the job just happens to be basically on the same street as my new apartment. I didn’t hear back about the job for about a month and I was eager, anxiously awaiting, checking my emails multiple times daily.  

     It was a long process of waiting, then I felt God tell me I hadn’t surrendered everything to him yet and that I wouldn’t receive job security until I realized that he was my security and nothing else. I felt him telling me to put half my savings into my investments so I couldn’t touch it when I got to Toronto and so I did. I knew if I was going on this journey God’s way then I needed to rely on him as my security instead of a job or bank account. The day after I invested my money I heard back that I got the job. It would have been too easy to receive the blessing of this job right away, but instead God had to work on my foundation so I would surrender everything to him. 
 Of course occasionally I couldn’t help but to worry about things like will I get the job?(before I got the job) or the stress of finding an apartment (before I found one),  or am I making the right choice? Financially is this sustainable (new city, same high prices), and I have to refurnish a new apartment, which if anyone has to start over from scratch financially that takes you back a lot (and if you know me I am always someone who needs to be going forward in life instead of backwards). All these things are not God’s path but the enemy trying to tell me I am not worthy, that I need to have fear and anxiety through this journey, but then I pray about all these things and the first verse that usually pops in my head is “Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6. 

and I go right back into TRUST! 

     Trusting that God’s plan is better then my plan, that he has plans to prosper me, to not harm me but to give me hope and a future. He has lined up everything for me, and he is already exceeding my expectations of what is to come.
Matthew 19:29  says “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

God promises that those who leave their home or property and surrender to him will receive a hundred times as much. & I believe that the blessings he is about to uncover in my life will be more then I could ever ask for. 

God is leading the way and I am so excited to see where he is taking me. 

So I leave you with this “Have faith in God,”  Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain,
‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:23 

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