Five Simple Steps to Discover God’s Plans for You

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That very title, “Five Simple Steps to Discover God’s Plans for You” has some of you already objecting with, “You’ve got to be kidding! Simple? Discovering God’s Plans?” Others of you are already forming your questions:

Who should I marry? Should I go back to school? Is this the place where God wants me to serve? Should I start my own business? Should I homeschool my kids? When should I buy a home? When should I retire? Where is God calling me? Is this job a dead-end? What’s the next step in my life? Which church should I attend? Am I really on track with God’s will for my life?

Does “Five Steps” sound too simplistic? Maybe. Is it possible we sometimes complicate God’s will or God’s plans for our lives? How do we figure out those plans? Just what ARE those plans? 

God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 gives us a clue: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)


From that verse we can believe two things:

1. God’s plans are always good (not harmful to us).

2. God’s plans are always designed to bring us good (hope and a future).

But how do we handle the big decisions in life? How do we know if we’re making the ones that will bring good for us?


Here are five simple steps that might help. They’re not exclusive, and may appear too simple for you. But I believe they work:

  • ASK. You want wisdom? James 1:5-6 says to ask God for it. But believe God will give it to you. Most of us have a tendency to figure things out on our own. God is saying, “Hello, I’m here. I made you. Trust me.”
  • BE FAITHFUL WHERE YOU ARE. God will not give you greater opportunities or responsibilities if you aren’t faithful with what He’s already entrusted you in the smaller areas of your life (See Matthew 25:21). Serve Him cheerfully, gratefully, faithfully, wherever you are, no matter what your lot in life may be right now.
  • LISTEN. Continue to study and pray (and even fast), watching for insights from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Other trusted believers can help balance your perspective. But in the end, God and His Word never change. (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17). God will not “tell” you to do something that is against His righteous character or contrary to the principles in His Word. His Word is powerful, bringing instruction, correction, training, and equipping us thoroughly “for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Trying to make decisions without consulting God or His Word is like trying to find our way through a dark tunnel without a flashlight.
  • WAIT. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, waiting is not always easy. Sometimes God gives you more than one good choice. That happened to us one year when two churches were interested in my husband coming to serve as a new staff member. Both churches seemed like possible fits. We considered both, but had no answers. So we waited and prayed. Before we had to make a decision, God had eliminated one and cleared the way for the other.    

However, another time earlier in his life, Larry faced two good decisions. Both seemed great choices: attend college or serve in a missionary program for two years first. He ultimately decided God would have been pleased with either choice. So he ultimately chose one with confidence.

But either way, waiting on God before you act or decide allows you time to think, pray, and listen for that wisdom God has promised.

I confess to being a “show-me” kind of woman. “God, will you please show me clearly what to do and when to do it?” Waiting is not my favorite thing to do. Yet through the years I’ve discovered that God sometimes delays His clear-cut answers to cultivate our trust in Him alone–and not on our own wisdom. Unfortunately, I often learned that the hard way!

It’s not always a matter of us waiting on Him. Sometimes God is waiting on us…for our character to catch up with His desires for us (or for His plans to become our plans).

  • OBEY. Similar to #2 above, simply keep doing what you know to do, day in and day out. Stay faithful, keep growing, stop worrying, and obey God with the light that He has given you. If your heart’s desire is to please and honor the Lord in all you do and in all your decisions, will that decision really be a “bad” one? 


Still have questions? But what about….what if….? We’ll always have questions. Remember the two things we can count on about God and His plan for us. Then remind yourself of two more familiar truths:

  • There is a God.
  • We’re not Him.

Bottom line: Does God keep His promises? Absolutely. Can we trust a God who never changes? Yes! Is God faithful? What do you think?

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87 Responses to “Five Simple Steps to Discover God’s Plans for You”

  1. Betty on February 28th, 2011 8:43 pm

    Dear Rebecca,

    Words just cannot express how much I enjoy your news letters.
    They are so inspiring, and very helpful, and you always brighten my days.



  2. JASON FROM BORONIA VICTORIA AUSTRALIA on February 28th, 2011 10:31 pm


  3. Rebecca on March 1st, 2011 1:40 pm

    Thanks, Betty. I appreciate your encouragement.

  4. Kemba on March 10th, 2011 11:57 am

    Wow, your message was on key. I thought to myself ” we could be friends, waiting can be so tiring but I trust God his plans are the best”.
    Keep up the good work

    With love from Trinidad and Tobago

  5. Rebecca on March 10th, 2011 7:25 pm

    Thank you Kemba, for your encouragement!

  6. Paula on March 24th, 2013 8:28 pm

    Thank you for your faith and your wisdom and for sharing this with your readers. Your words gave me great comfort and a reminder to trust in the timing of The Lord.

  7. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 26th, 2013 9:41 am

    Thanks, Paula, for stopping by, and for your encouraging comments.

  8. Elle's Ekpes on April 3rd, 2013 3:34 am

    It’s great to have read ur message inspiring and worth presentation to an audience of the people of God. Thanks a lot and Godbless

  9. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on April 5th, 2013 8:40 am

    Thanks, Elle, for stopping by.

  10. Elina Munkondia on April 8th, 2013 4:23 pm

    Dear Rabecca,
    I am truly inspired by your words. I’m at a point in my life where I ve done all I can in my own strenght and its failed. I don’t want to do that any more. I want to obey God and trust that he knows exactly where he wants me to be. Keep up the good work.

  11. Abraham kwapong on May 10th, 2013 8:02 am

    I want know God well,and serve him well.

  12. samuel on May 14th, 2013 10:35 am

    Thank u so much for posting this message on your blog, is has realy helped me learn to wait on God rather then rush through life,
    I am 22 and want to do God’s will in my life and your message is very inspiring and encouraged me to have patience

    God Bless.

  13. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 17th, 2013 10:31 am

    Samuel, I’m grateful that this post blessed you. Thank you for stopping by. God bless you as you seek His will.

  14. Joshua on June 25th, 2013 11:06 am

    I mst say dat i have not be dis happy lik i am now am so glade dat am now part of dis God’s wrk.

  15. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 29th, 2013 3:49 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us, Joshua.

  16. Santiago Gomez on July 3rd, 2013 10:53 am

    thank you so much for these words, they have help me somehow and yeah I still continue looking for what God wants me to do. I think about it everyday because I have so many options in front of me, I know is hard but you are right we should wait patiently, pray about it a lot and never stop seeking our father. I definitely will mediate these scriptures you mentioned on the steps. Thank you once again, this touches people’s lives including me God bless you 🙂

  17. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 3rd, 2013 11:34 am

    Thank you, Santiago, for your affirming words. May the Lord continue to give you wisdom as you wait upon Him.

  18. debbie vance on August 11th, 2013 4:02 pm

    I have put in some applications at some other health care places and pray that I will get hired at one of them. I pray that God will see in his heart that I want this, but so far no luck. I am trying not to get discourage for I am wantinga new life and change in jobs. I sometimes wonder. Please give me some encouragement.

  19. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 13th, 2013 9:42 am

    Debbie, thanks for stopping by. I tried in this blog to encourage those who are seeking to know God’s will for their lives. In other posts, I’ve written about being in God’s waiting room. God knows where you are and what you need. He has not and will not forsake you. You will be in our prayers often that God will open a door for you, and that you will draw closer to Him in the process, no matter what happens. He is faithful. His Word holds the best encouragement for any of us.

  20. Adelabu N O on September 2nd, 2013 8:47 pm

    God is faithful and should be trusted

  21. Janine on September 27th, 2013 4:57 pm

    I grew up very withdrawn from people and went through a lot as a child and still dealing with many issues in my life. I keep getting prophetic words that God loves me but I just wish he could reveal a small bit of what he has planned for me. The information above will help me in the future but any other words you can share with me will be appreciated.
    Janine, 19 of age

  22. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 28th, 2013 11:26 am

    Janine, God’s Word is filled with promises that assure us of His love. All of us would love to know His plans for us–even a small picture–ahead of time. But I guess that’s where faith and trust in a Sovereign yet loving God come into play. Though we can’t see or know ahead, we still believe that His plans are for our good (Jeremiah 29:11). I have a strong belief that if we are truly seeking to honor God with our lives, we can’t go wrong. We’ll make mistakes, but He will work those out for our good. And He will provide the Christian mentors or friends who can help us deal with some of those difficult issues. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a wonderful promise.

  23. Karlee on November 17th, 2013 10:59 pm

    I have been thinking about my life rebecca.
    The reason is that I am 11yrs old and I am
    sometimes very concerned about my future.
    Its just that I think my purpose is to be a sing
    for god but I don’t really know.I would appreciate
    If you would help me understand this all and that
    you can answer back to me soon.
    P.S i hope u can answer I’ve never talked to
    a well known blogger before or even got an answer
    form one. :/. Sincerely,Karlee

  24. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 21st, 2013 8:56 pm

    Hi, Karlee, thanks for writing. If we know Jesus and are a follower of His, He has a plan and purpose for all of His children. Keep trusting Him, praying, reading His Word, and asking God to show you His plan, and He will do that. He will also provide wise counseling and training if music is the path He wants you to take. The main thing is to live for Jesus, and to honor Him in all we do, however He directs our lives. We can trust Him to show us everything we need to know.

  25. Karlee on November 24th, 2013 9:28 pm

    Thanks Rebecca it really means alot I hope god himself has told u what good u have done for others and if he hasn’t I bet he will 🙂 nay god bless u till u die and forever more after

  26. Hermione on November 27th, 2013 9:00 am

    Hi Ms. Rebecca,
    I googled for “how to know God’s plan” and your website is one of the links that appeared first. It’s really nice to read your article, and it made me feel like I’m not alone in this battle. There are others who are just confused as I am.

    I am 23 years old, currently unemployed. I took a course (BS Nursing) in college which my parents forced me to take, and now I’m having a hard time getting a decent paying job just because there are too many nurses here in our country. My mom then told me to apply for a position in her previous employer (a very BIG shot bank) because of the benefits I could possibly receive. The thing is, I don’t want the position she’s telling me to apply for. I’m halfway through the application process when I backed out. Today, I went to the bank with her, only to embarrass myself and my mom because I ended up crying in the hallway, her former colleagues staring at me in disbelief.
    Please help me, I don’t know what to do. I am so disappointed with myself. I feel so immature and unreasonable just because I didn’t want the position, I backed out. I mean, it is a great opportunity. but I don’t think I can handle the pressure. I’mm just so sad and frustrated right now. 🙁

  27. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 27th, 2013 7:32 pm

    Dear Hermione, I’m sorry for the difficulty you’ve been facing. Finding a place that fits your passion and heart is not always easy. But God is there to help. What is it you really enjoy doing? What kinds of things are you good at? What are your skills? Being unemployed can attack our self-esteem. But remember that your worth comes from the Lord, not from anything else. I am not a counselor, so I can’t tell you what to do. But God has promised to give us wisdom when we ask. You are in our prayers that He will show you what to do. Sometimes it’s while we are working in other jobs that God begins to make clear what we really are to do. The most important thing is that wherever you work, that you remember your real work is to honor Him. He is your real employer. He will give you joy in any situation, if you are seeking to please Him.

  28. Hermione on November 27th, 2013 11:52 pm

    Thanks a lot for taking your time to reply to my comment, Ms. Rebecca.
    I really appreciate it.
    Hopefully, I’ll be able to discern God’s plan for me. Thanks for the support and prayers.

  29. paul-apostle on November 29th, 2013 12:10 am

    dear sister in Christ , praise be to the lord always !
    the revelation you have shared with is awesome and to the point.
    its been so healing and wonderful. praise God. Let God bless you in every way in all your works and in your ministry for God.

  30. Karlee on November 30th, 2013 11:48 pm

    Wow sometimes I feel like saying this in my head “am I even meant to be here is life real I don’t know why I think that I am just a kid shouldn’t I be normal and think about things a regular kid would think.I don’t know how or y but my life has been scarred both emotional and physically I have gone through alot of difficult things that a child my age shouldn’t go through please Rebecca would you help me I don’t know what to really do I thing what purpose has god put me on this planet I am a failure and a clumsy idiotic feeling being should I even deserve to be one if gods creatures I am not worthy to be here I do not fit in I have so much pain emotionally and phisically I have tookin hit after hit after hit y can’t I let go y can’t god just let me go y not let me die I am not important in the world I have no useful purpose on earth what am I supposed to do how should I feel y do I bottle up my feelings like this is it normal I get confused at school from this guy I don’t understand everytime I have to do something in front of him I end up feeling like having a anxiety attack in fact I sometimes do I don’t think I should have anxiety attacks at 11 yrs old do u please help me with my problems I am facing Rebecca

  31. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 1st, 2013 2:32 pm

    Karly, perhaps it would be helpful to talk with a trusted Christian counselor who can help you. One thing I know: You have great worth and value in God’s eyes. Jesus died for you–and for everyone. He loves us all so much and wants each one to know His plan for us. His universal plan for all of us is to love Him and give Him glory. No matter what we go through, He will never leave us or forsake us, even if others do. None of us deserve any good thing. But God loves us and He says if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He wants to bless us, and He has grace to give to each of His children. Cry out to Jesus. If you have never asked Jesus to come into your heart and to be the Lord of your life, that’s the first step to finding peace. No matter what we have been through, Jesus will give us a brand new life with a deep down peace–forgiven and loved and treasured by Him. He will take our anxieties and fears. He loves you more than you know. We all go through difficult seasons of our lives, some much more than others. But Jesus is the same, yesterday today and tomorrow. If you have a Bible, read about His love for you daily. The book of John is a great book in the Bible that talks about His love. Be patient with yourself. All our lives we are growing, little by little, stronger and stronger, as we seek Him first and trust Him daily.

  32. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 1st, 2013 2:33 pm

    Thanks for your encouraging words, Paul.

  33. Karlee on December 1st, 2013 11:39 pm

    Bless your heart:(

  34. Karlee on December 17th, 2013 10:57 pm

    Rebecca u have so much knowledge when I read ur response I thought it sounded like god was speaking through u and he probably is I just want to thank u for helping me giving me hope giving me faith giving me knowledge I how u continue to light the way for others and get them to know god as he sees us and how much he loves us

  35. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 18th, 2013 8:57 am

    Thanks for your encouraging word. God’s blessings to you this Christmas.

  36. Karlee on December 25th, 2013 12:22 am

    🙂 merry Christ mas let us all celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ rejoice rejoice for the son of god was born this day amen let god bless everyone while watching over us

  37. kevin on January 12th, 2014 3:22 am

    Hello Rebecca.. I am 21 and I am currently pursuing engineering..(btech).. I was a failure during my first two years.scored very less marks.And side by side I noticed that my relationship with God was fading away..negative things started happening in my life.. It was this year that I started reading bible daily( had,stopped reading bible two years ago) and praise the Lord, I am able to enjoy his love and peace in each and every area of my life..things have started getting better.. And I am havng a thirst and hunger for his word..however I am very concerned about mt future after is my dream to pursue masters in US.. But our financial background is not too strong for it.. Parents cant afford and I know that.. I. Am very,confused and I pray to God everyday for his plans to be fulfilled in my life..
    And your word gave me a lot of hope regarding Gods plan forcmy life..and I have a firm belief that nothing is impossible for Jesus.. If doing MS is there in his evergreen plan for my life,then there is no stopping..but I am really confused how I will know what is his plan..??I knw I have to be patient but m afraid if I end up doing anything against his plan.. Please help..I am confused

  38. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on January 13th, 2014 10:24 am

    Kevin, thanks for stopping by. Your questions are common, and ones addressed, I think in the blog. Part of what “trusting God” means, is that we move ahead each day in the “light” and wisdom He gives us, even when we don’t know what will happen in the future. God’s universal “plan” and purpose for us is that we honor Him and bring Him glory, no matter how that “work” shakes out. When your chief desire is to honor the Lord, you will not need to fear “doing things against His plan.” Keep asking God to affirm and confirm where He wants to use you and place you, following the open doors, and asking for wisdom when a door closes. What God is concerned most about, I think, is that we are becoming like Jesus in our journey. Christianity is not an exact science. It is a faith journey. He has promised to finish the good work He started in you (Philippians 1:6).

  39. winny on April 3rd, 2014 9:07 pm

    Dear Rebecca, thank you so much for this message. I really know that God is waiting for my character to to catch up with His desires.

    with love from Jakarta Indonesia

  40. Khushboo on April 29th, 2014 12:52 pm

    At this point in my life ,when everything seems to be wrong ,I have left everything to God and truly believe that he has definitely planned something good for me in future .This is the only belief that has kept me alive till date .

  41. Drew on April 30th, 2014 12:12 pm

    You really are such an amazing inspirational person! I am almost a junior in high school and I have so many plans for myself but I don’t know which one God wants me to do. Become a worship leader? A writer? Maybe even a pharmacist! I don’t know what to choose but I guess I’ll have to trust in GOD!!!
    God bless you!

  42. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 2nd, 2014 2:36 pm

    Khushboo, it is always wise to leave everything in God’s hands. He will never disappoint, and He does have good plans for all of us. May He continue to direct your life.

  43. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 2nd, 2014 2:39 pm

    Drew, thanks for stopping by. God will lead and direct your steps when your life is committed to Him. As long as your desire is to honor Him, you will be a blessing to Him and to others no matter what you choose.

  44. Justin on May 5th, 2014 1:26 pm

    Rebecca, I’d love to ask you some questions regarding my personal situation in regards to Gods humbling me and growing me at my current job and the opportunity that is before me that I am hesitant to take because I want to first know it is in fact a good thing from God and not just my desires.. (new business venture)

    I Would love to hear from you!



  45. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 6th, 2014 10:13 am

    May God grant you wisdom. He’s the One to turn to for for answers in this situation.

  46. Derrick on June 10th, 2014 9:25 pm

    Several years ago I preached a sermon on God’s Plans For You, and made reference in my sermon on your “five simple steps to discover God’s Plans for you.” I am currently completing a book, and I am including the sermon I had previously preached with your reference, but just realized that I did not obtain your permission. I am hereby requesting your permission to use this reference in my book. I am a retired pastor, and is using my time for writing. I will be waiting on your permission if so granted by email. May God bless you.

  47. Pamela Robertson on June 16th, 2014 4:50 pm

    I enjoyed the blog today; in my studying on should I plan for my future I found this, and everything I’m studying points me to the same thing. Live today, trust God, and know he knows the plans he has for you.
    Thank you,

  48. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 17th, 2014 11:32 am

    Thanks, Pamela, for stopping by. God bless as you continue to trust God for His plans for you!

  49. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 17th, 2014 11:59 am

    Derrick, you did not specify exactly what “reference” you mean. Before I can consider granting any permission, I need to know more about your request. Did you use material from my blog, or just refer to the title? As soon as you let me know, I can respond.

  50. Henry kaweesa on August 25th, 2014 11:17 am

    I believe that GOD is the creator, owner and giver of life for the many hearts in grief of their sins and not sure of Gods forgiveness . trust in his will,for you are only a child in his eyes many times playful ,many times burnt with sin but just like any father willing to lay down his life to protect his family so will GOD protect you even in your deepest despair ,never accept the devil create fear in your heart but only allow the courage of GOD Through his son Jesus Christ to overwhelm you and take control thats when his gift of forgiveness ,mercy, faith, love and hope will lead you back to your FATHER where your soul and spirit will have a rest . just believe ,do his will ,trust in him and always watch out for the devil and his traps even when you think you are very holly do not get complaisant ,every hour is an hour for your creator .so give it to God , always seek God first with all your heart all your body and all your mind and soul never give up even when you think your down with the worst of sin know your lord and farther in heaven is looking down to bring you back in his majestic arms and clean you of all your sin to become anew baby in his eyes and walk properly in his direction for you .thats why people like Rebecca and family exist to give you hope just when you need it the most to give direction out of the pit of sin and show you the right direction into the light.God sent down his only son of whom he is very pleased to die for our sins so lets understand the love and sacrifice he made for us and even continues to love us more so lets come together as one big happy family and rejoice ,take away all your fears and get up and rejoice to your GOD the one who loves you even when every one fails he will still love you .thanks Rebecca, keep up the good work serving and doing GODS Work .GOD bless you.
    from a friend
    Henry kaweesa.

  51. karyn on September 8th, 2014 2:30 am

    thanks for your help and advice but i still have a question: am just an 18 year old wanting to start my own business how do i go about that without a business backround?

  52. jacob on September 14th, 2014 12:58 am

    thanks U very much

  53. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 14th, 2014 11:00 pm

    Karyn, that’s a question you probably need to ask someone else. I would probably seek out some Christian business people or entrepreneurs who could give you some help in that area. Business is not my background, either. 🙂 There might also be some community college business classes you could take if available that would help–or maybe talk to a college business teacher.

  54. Lois b on November 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm

    How can I believe in gods plan when I am 55 years old, homeless and unemployed?

  55. Lois b on November 22nd, 2014 10:25 pm

    They say give your worries to god. What if he won’t take them? Really losing faith in this whole god thing

  56. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 25th, 2014 10:13 am

    Lois, it sounds like you are in that “waiting room” we talked about in the blog. I am so sorry for your situation. No one can identify with you unless they have walked in your shoes. I am neither a theologian nor a counselor. All I can say to you is that God is and has been and always will be faithful. He can handle our questions, doubt, and confusion–and our honest seeking for answers. I gave up trying to figure out God years ago, and decided to trust Him in good or in bad. In this fallen world, He says we will have “tribulation”: trials, troubles, difficulties. But He has told us that He has overcome the world. God’s plan for all of us is to know Him, to love Him, and to be faithful to Him no matter where we are, no matter what the circumstances. That’s not an easy thing to do. I can tell by your honest searching that God is at work in you, and that you have the potential of being a strong and devoted Jesus follower. He does love you more than you can imagine, and His sacrificial death was for you. Ultimately, He wants to transform us to be more like Him. He has a lot of work to do in my life–in all our lives–to accomplish that. I can’t answer your questions. But I do know that God does care; He will take your worries as you cast them all on Him. And He will give you what you need, one day, one step at a time. We are praying for you, that God will restore your hope and meet your needs, and that He will make Himself known to you as you seek to know Him. If you have access to a Bible, read Psalms–and Job. King David’s doubts ring out, even as His awareness of who God is rises to the surface. Same is true with Job. Thank you for your honest questions.

  57. Stanley kalu on December 9th, 2014 2:17 am

    I so much enjoy your inspiring words God bless you

  58. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 9th, 2014 10:08 am

    Stanley, I’m blessed that this blog inspired you.

  59. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 16th, 2014 10:21 am

    Stanley, I’m glad the blogs inspire you.

  60. Kathy on January 17th, 2015 9:15 am

    I am a 65 yr old caregiver ( for 25 yr) I try to keep God first in my life and love my job working with less fortunate people. I am very blessed in my life .i have some problem loving a couple of coworkers. I am praying for wisdom to know if it is Gods will for me to retire. I feel it would give me more freedom and the opportunity to help out more at church and home

  61. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on January 18th, 2015 6:17 pm

    Kathy, thanks for stopping by. May God give you wisdom for your decision. He is faithful!

  62. Genevieve on February 2nd, 2015 11:42 pm

    Please pray for our family we need a breakthrough from God urgently. We received a prophetic word many, many years ago that God will bless us in our 40ties tremendously we are there now for almost 8 years. And it seems that for the last 8 years all hell has broken loose. But we are keeping the faith God is God. I am praying and believing that God will strengthen my faith. Because above everything else I’m trusting the Lord to strengthen my faith.

  63. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on February 3rd, 2015 4:30 pm

    Genevieve, you will definitely be in our prayers. Remember that sometimes His blessings come disguised. God is indeed good, and He will strengthen your faith. He loves to bless His children. His Word verifies that God wants to bless ALL His children. May the Lord open your eyes, strengthen your faith, and give you wisdom to see His blessings daily! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  65. Delia on September 17th, 2015 3:05 pm

    Thanks ma for i will apply those five steps and you hear of my testimony soon . Thanks for doing this may thy Lord increase

  66. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 21st, 2015 8:45 pm

    Delia, you are most welcome. I’m glad they were helpful.

  67. Lindsay on September 30th, 2015 5:10 pm

    Hello, I just happened across your page during a google search for What is God’s Plan For Me? I am at a point in my life that I don’t know anymore…. what to do or go etc. I was never a Christ follower growing up, I had some pretty horrid things happen and I told myself if there was a God why would he allow this. Fast forward to 4 years ago, I met my husband in such a not so good way but I knew there had to be a reason, even tho he didn’t live a Christian life he believed wholly in Christ. We were only together for a very very short time and I found out I was pregnant which was a shock since I had been told by many doctors that would be impossible. I was in pregnant bliss until the I was 22 weeks and things went horribly wrong and we lost our Gabriel December 11, 2011. Instead of blaming the God I didn’t believe in I actually turned to him, I felt peace as I sat there and held my precious little boy. Just a few short weeks later we found out I was pregnant again and too afraid to bond because I didn’t think this pregnancy would go through to my happiness it did and we were blessed with our daughter. Before she was born I did spiral down with grief, I never really dealt with it til now almost 4 years later. I have had my moments of relapse of not trusting God or believing I am worth his time, now we have a home church and I am praying each day and reading the word something I never had done before. But I still feel lost…. I see everyone around me being fulfilled with their purpose, and here I am praying for Mine to be revealed. I want to do all I can for God, live for him, give it all to him. I want to hear so bad from God that some days I feel that he isn’t listening to me. I am going to try your 5 steps in hope and belief that I will know my purpose in this life. Thank you and God bless.

  68. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 4th, 2015 7:15 pm

    Praying these steps will help you, Lindsay.

  69. Louth Silner on November 28th, 2015 12:58 am

    I do love God and I want to live for God until I die …but I do not see anything for my future, I’m 32 years old.

  70. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on December 1st, 2015 3:27 pm

    Dear Louth,

    You may not see anything for your future, but God does. He has a wonderful plan for every life, and He will show you if you keep trusting Him. He loves you more than you can possibly know or understand and wants you to love and live for Him. Through Jesus, He has given all of us the right to become His children, as we trust Him, believing that Jesus died for us so we can live!You are in our prayers that God will show you how much He loves you, and that He will give you hope and peace for your future. Even if all we have is Jesus, it’s enough! He will give us the strength to love Him and to love others.

  71. Clauette on June 28th, 2016 1:33 pm

    Thank you so much, this really blessed me and answered some questions for me. Thanks for sharing

  72. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on June 30th, 2016 9:48 am

    Clauette, my pleasure! I’m glad it blessed you.

  73. Ro on August 20th, 2016 2:29 am

    Am a 40 years old mum of 2. I lost my mum 6 months ago, she was my everything.
    I was feeling lost and and without a purpose and depressed before she passed and now it is a whole lot worse.
    Have just moved out of our house and into my in-laws waiting for our next house to go through….new area news schools…all overwhelming and am very anxious. I’m also unhappy in my job but cannot find the motivation or confidence to move or know where to go next in life.
    Praying and waiting feels so hard. Will God make it all clear as to what my next steps should be? How can I know what I am to do?

  74. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 21st, 2016 5:56 pm

    Ro, we hurt with you in the loss of your mom. Waiting is hard when situations seem overwhelming, but our relationship with Jesus our Savior gives us daily strength to go on as we refuse doubt and continue to trust in Him. May God grant wisdom and direction to you in His time as you continue to wait, explore solutions, and seek to honor Him in all these areas of your life. Jesus is faithful, and He will never leave or forsake those who have placed their trust in Him. He died for you and loves you more than you can possibly know. He still has a plan for your life. The article, “Five Simple Steps to Discover God’s Plans for You” gives you general principles and guidelines. Hopefully it will encourage you during this time. You are in our prayers.

  75. Ho!!ey branch on August 24th, 2016 4:35 am

    Thanks for this news letter! It really hit home for me ,I’m going through a lot right now with health problems finances, relationship, career, and I’m praying everyday asking god what do he want me to do cause I feel so lost like he has abandoned me. Its so hard to stay in faith when gods not answering your prayers .please pray for me.

  76. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 24th, 2016 9:28 am

    Holley, you will be in our prayers. Keep remembering Jesus loves you more than you can possibly imagine. No matter what you see around you, He will not abandon His children. Keep holding on to Jesus and keep asking Him to teach you what He wants you to know through all that is happening.

  77. Ibukunoluwa on September 8th, 2016 5:37 am

    right now…. I really need God to do a particular thing in my Life and I’m trusting Him for this thing because He’s my father and we are connected. Even though it seems so impossible, I know he would do it for me, for purpose and not for status

  78. Royan sujeeth on October 8th, 2016 7:32 am

    Dear Rebecca
    I really enjoyed your words with a deep thinking towards the love of God… You know what, prayer is like a phone to have a conversation between human and God and that is what we should encourage the people in… We should have faith,trust,hope in God coz we are righteous through his grace and in his richness… All we have to do on this earth is Love,care n share everything with everyone without expecting both poor and rich,great and small etc.. Loving heart caring soul and sharing Hand is very important for us… Deal every situation with love of God… Never get distracted to things around as I’m getting distracted now while writing this comment… Believe in word of God not in people who preach you word of God… Believe in God not in people who talk about him… Pray,preach,love,care,share,respect,honor,truthful,honest are some of the basic tools to be followed or used in order to get closer to God in real life…

  79. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 9th, 2016 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your heart and your comments, Royan.

  80. Meg Dpn on October 27th, 2016 2:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this write up. I will put to work what I learnt from you. I want to know God’s will for me. I made a mistake 8years ago I have asked for forgiveness and I know I have been forgiven but I feel lost just waiting forever. I need God to talk to me

  81. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 31st, 2016 3:35 pm

    Meg, stay in God’s Word. His Spirit always “speaks” to us through His Word. God indeed forgives–freely, and fully!

  82. Ajagbe oluwa jomiloju on January 24th, 2017 11:51 am

    I don’t know God’s purpose for my life and I am 12 years old.
    How will I find it out?

  83. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on January 25th, 2017 1:28 pm

    Dear Ajagbe, God’s universal purpose for all of us is that we would live our lives to bring Him glory, no matter what we do: “God has told us his secret reason for sending Christ, a plan he decided on in mercy long ago; and this was his purpose: that when the time is ripe he will gather us all together from wherever we are—in heaven or on earth—to be with him in Christ forever. Moreover, because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that he delights in, for as part of God’s sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be his, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. God’s purpose in this was that we should praise God and give glory to him for doing these mighty things for us…” (Ephesians 1:9-12, TLB); “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God” (Philippians 1:11 NLT). As you grow, keep following Jesus closely; read God’s Word and ask Him to show you His plan for your life. He has natural abilities to use for Him that you can develop, and He also gives every believer–every person who accepts Jesus as the Son of God and His payment for their sins, asks forgiveness, and chooses to follow Him–supernatural gifts that He will show you in time: things like service, a lifetime of doing special things for Him with your heart and hands; mercy: hurting with the needs of others and helping them through tough times; leadership and organization; speaking God’s truth, as in preaching, or sharing your faith in special ways; teaching, giving–as in a special gift of using finances to bless others for God. Jesus can use you anywhere in any occupation or in any way if your heart is focused on Him. Be patient; study; pray, and keep asking God to lead you. Other strong believers can help you along the way with advice and help. Bless you as you seek to honor Him with your life and your future.

  84. Margie Diaz on February 26th, 2017 7:38 am

    Hi , I’m a Christian and I’m in my 50’s I had a heart attack 7 or 8 years ago ,I take my meds and me and my dauther have a apt ,we don’t have a car can’t afford one my ex husband is staying with us john , he is the only one that help us but I told him I don’t want to have sex with him cuz its a sin,he won’t listen ,don’t want to go to Hell
    I want to find or God to get me a christian husband and to bless us ,and my dauther Brianna to get her GED ,I can’t feel my holy spirit any more but God has been there for me in the past I want my own home and get married ,I feel sad at times cuz I don’t have a life please pray for us ,I want to be happy and feel my holy spirit again I still look young for my age ,don’t smoke or do drugs hope God will listen to my prayers and for my ex to move out after he gets us furniture from Elpaso TeX we need a CSR and for God to bless me with more money ,I only have my SSI ,so I can give more to my ministry too . I’m unhappy with my life . please pray for us ,I don’t have friends. To pray for us ,I have had bad luck all my life .

  85. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 1st, 2017 2:55 pm

    Margie, as you seek the Lord, may you find the answers and wisdom you need. You’ll be in our prayers.

  86. Naomi on March 29th, 2017 3:04 am

    Thanks for the piece. Am 24 and a Nigerian. I have had issues regarding God’s plan for me.I hace applied to do a master’s program but confused if it would had been better if I had put in for an entirely new degree in medicine and surgery. Most especially when its difficult to get a job on Nigeria, upon graduating with a second class upper in biology. so I begin to ask to know God’s plan for me

  87. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on March 30th, 2017 11:09 am

    Naomi, may God reveal His plan for you as you seek wisdom from Him!

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