It’s In The Next Steps


Sometime the things that seem so small and so insignificant that God tells us to do, are the very things that will lead us to our purpose. Because we think it’s small or that it won’t matter, we don’t do it.

We have to have enough faith in the small things. Whatever God tells us to do, no matter how small we may think it is, it’s a big deal because it came from Him. Often times our next steps puts us in the will of God. We have to have enough faith to trust God by doing the next step.

You want to know the will of God for your life? It may be in the next step. Seeking to discover your purpose? Try taking the next step. And if you are unsure of what the next step may be…then your next step is to seek Him. Pray. Get still before the Lord. Release your need for control. Surrender your plans, your thoughts, your insecurities, your brokenness, your cares, your worries, your past…whatever it is that is preventing you from fully listening and trusting in Him…surrender it!!

No matter how big, small, significant or not the step is, trust Him by faith and do it.

~Hazel~

Though you are Imperfect, you are loved by a Perfect God!

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Keep That Fire Burning


I find it interesting how when it comes to relationships, we do all that we can to keep the fire going. We get creative, we ask questions of our mate, we flex ourselves, and we make sacrifices…all to keep the fire going in our relationships.

Well…what if we put that same amount of effort and energy to keep the fire going in our calling or in our gifts and passions?

What if we didn’t allow fear to hold us back from moving more toward the things God is calling us to?

How do we keep the fire going when insecurity creep in?

Recently I delivered a message on growing in the area of our gifts and calling. Check out the message below! Subscribe to YouTube channel. Comment and share! I would love to hear from you!

Fan Into Flame

~Hazel~

Do It Scared


The last two or so years have been the scariest of my life! Yep…most days I’m terrified! However, there is a dream…a vision…a purpose that I must attain. So, I decided to push after it! And…I’m still pushing!

I realized that if I was going to reach the full potential of who God called me to be, I had to let go of fear and choose faith.

When I set out on this journey I exchanged all negative “What if?” thoughts for positive “What if?” thoughts (I actually wrote a blog about that: “What If’s?”).

I also realized that I wanted to pursue my God given vision and dream even if that meant doing it scared!

Faith and fear cannot coexist. Fear is not something given to us by God, so it must come from the enemy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel fear, but I have enough crazy faith to choose courage to overcome my fears.

Decide for yourself to do it scared instead of being scared of doing it!

~Hazel~

Stay tuned for more posts on this topic!

Detour to Destiny


Good morning love bugs! I had another post in mind for this week, but this has been pressing on me harder. Maybe because this is currently where I find myself. Maybe because while I’m in a frustrating season, I’m trying to keep my faith and focus. Maybe because someone else is out there reading this, feeling relieved that they are not alone. I’m not sure, but whatever the reason is I know I needed to touch on this.

Many people who step out on faith, are not sure how God is going to lead them on their faith journey. They see the vision, the destination of where God is taking them, but often times are unsure of the journey it will take to get there. Yet…with all this uncertainty, they are sure that it will ALL come together…things will somehow work out. Sounds very inspiring right?

This is truly how I felt about stepping out on faith: walking away from my job to start building Perfectly Imperfect Inc., selling Premier Designs Jewelry to support Perfectly Imperfect Inc., attending seminary full time to get my Masters Degrees in Divinity and Marriage & Family Therapy. I had no clue how this journey would be, but I knew I needed to step out on faith and literally trust God for every measure of provision.

What happens when discouragement set in? What happens when you start to think that maybe you heard God wrong in this thing? What happens when you hit those extremely slow seasons in generating income and you begin to question everything?

It’s these frustrating moments that I can’t help but to believe that every entrepreneur or person who stepped out on faith have from time to time. It’s these moments that you feel that you are now on a crazy detour leaving you wondering if you will ever reach your destination.

So, after some time of feeling like this, and watching how God would subtly show me that I’m right on track, I began to feel this message: Detours does not always mean you will not reach your destiny.

And just like that…mood change! Attitude change! Disposition change! I have to embrace the detours that life can bring at times. So I took to Instagram yesterday with this message in case someone else was beginning to feel like I was feeling (see video below):

When life sends you on a detour, it could be God’s way of protecting you from some unseen danger/hinderance, the detour posed for a better route to help develop you, or maybe it’s God’s way of testing your patience and seeing if your disposition about the journey will change…who knows why we often experience detours…One thing is for sure is that if we keep our focus on the Lord we will reach the destination He has already predestined for us to receive! Keep pushing, keep pressing, keep persisting…You got this!!!

~Hazel~

Though you are Imperfect, you are loved by a Perfect God!

New Thing


open roadOne of my favorite things to do during the summer is to go on road trips or a long drive. Honestly, I am always down for a road trip at any time of the year. I think I actually just love driving for some reason. It is something so relaxing about being on the open road or in good flowing traffic with the windows down, music blasting, and having an abundance of snacks. There is nothing more aggravating then driving down a road that is rough, bumpy, and filled with pot holes. You then have to drive slower, and run the risk of damaging your tires on this rough road. If you are anything like me, you find yourself complaining the whole time wishing the pavement would smooth out soon or that the city would fix the road.

What’s crazy about this whole scenario is that once construction begins on the road, I complain about that as well. Sometimes we are never satisfied. Traffic is back up, you are at a standstill due to the work in progress, the drive is even slower, and it seems like it’s taking forever for the road to get fixed. Frustration, anger, anxiety, impatience . . . these emotions begin to stir up each time I take this route to my destination.

On a recent trip, I was driving north on I65. Anyone familiar with I65 from Indianapolis to Northwest Indiana, you know there is always construction happening. I remember when I65 was a little narrow and bumpy. I complained and murmured each time I drove that portion of the interstate. Later, the interstate widened allowing for more cars to flow through. Now, there is another section of the same interstate, in the same direction, that is going through construction. I again found myself murmuring and complaining. It then hit me:

Often, we shout over the new thing, but complain over the construction it takes.

construction pic

Isaiah 44:18-19 (NIV) states: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I’m doing a new thing!”

Life has a way of presenting itself all sorts of bumpy roads. Sometimes these are things that we bring upon ourselves by the decisions we make . . . other times it’s to no fault on our own . . . and yet there are other times when it’s something within us and how we react/respond to situations that can cause things to be bumpy, full of holes, and uneasy. We complain, we cry, we get angry and frustrated . . . we even go as far as wanting to find a new route and take matters into our own hands.

We are instructed in the above scripture to forget the former things and to not dwell on the past. God cannot begin to do a new work in us if we keep holding on to how things used to be. It’s time to forget about those things that caused the roads in your life to be bumpy. We have to let God build a construction site within us so that we can be prepared for all the new things that He wants to do to us and through us.

So, what will your disposition be like when the construction begins? Are you complaining? Always angry? Bitter? Throwing a pity party? Impatient? Or will trust the Master to pave the way for you? Will you seek Him and cast your cares on upon Him? Will you not waver in your faith? Have patience?

The fact that the new thing is coming and that God is so gracious and merciful to make a new way for us, should be enough to give Him praise. We have to be patient during the construction of our lives. Shout for the construction just as much as you shout when the new take place.

~Hazel~

Though you are imperfect, you are loved by a perfect God!

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