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Prepare: make ready or able to deal with something; be willing to do something

Right now I’m doing a lot of preparing for my future. Now, more than ever in my life, I’ve had to prepare and plan for things that are quickly coming up. 

And all this preparation got me thinking about this word: prepare. What exactly does it mean to be prepared for God’s call?

2 Timothy 4:2 tells us to “be prepared in season and out of season”. 

And, after seeing the definition of the word prepare, I found my answer.

We are called to be prepared at all times, as seen above. And spiritually speaking, this means that we are to always be ready to learn, grow, and receive. We should always be Word-fed and Spirit-led, even if you aren’t in leadership or ministry. We should always be ready to do whatever God calls us to do and go wherever He leads us to go.

But, prepare also means “be willing to do something”. So I ask you this today: are you truly willing to go wherever and do whatever God calls you to?

In the midst of all our preparation for the future, we should also take the time to make sure that we have truly submitted our will unto Him. We should have a heart that says not my will but yours be done Lord (Luke 22:42).

So today take time to examine yourself. Are you ready? Are you willing? That way, when the time comes, you’ll be truly ready to take that next step. You’ll be prepared. 

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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