How do you handle roadblocks?

Dr. Grant Mullen Churches and Leadership, I am significant, Live fearlessly, Moods, Relationships, Uncategorized 14 Comments

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This month I hit a roadblock!

Yes, it happens to all of us.

Out of the blue, things happen that bring our plans to a screeching halt.

We thought we had the details figured out, then it all falls apart.

Why does it happen?

I hit a roadblock

Does it mean that we have fallen out of God’s will? Are we being punished?

In this week’s video I’ll tell you about the roadblock I ran into this month.

Just click on the video and get moving again.

To live a transformed life you need to know how to handle roadblocks.

Now I want to hear from you

How has God steered you around roadblocks? Just leave your comments in the box below.

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Comments 14

  1. My husband and I were traveling to Washington, DC for his 25th class reunion of the National War College. We boarded our early morning flight in CO…sat for 30 minutes…and discovered the plane had mechanical difficulties. I prayed: LET MY PEOPLE GO! I told my husband to call the airlines and get us on another plane quickly. He did…we deplaned and boarded another plane to head east. Upon landing the steering mechanism quit and we had to be towed to our gate. We boarded our next plane…only to learn 20 minutes later that it had mechanical difficulties and the airlines would need to find another plane for us. They found it…but it would take too long for them to get it serviced…and we would not make our event. I told my husband to call and get us on another flight that was scheduled to leave in 30 minutes. We went stand-by and were the last to board the flight…only to sit for about 30 minutes to discover it too had mechanical difficulties. I prayed: LET MY PEOPLE GO! We finally arrived in DC…in the evening.

  2. I certainly hit a ROAD BLOCK this last month. My employer fell and broke his foot and had to have two plates and a pin put in. My employment is such that it depends on the employer being here.

    So for the past six weeks I have only had part time work. I am single and have to support myself. But just after this happened and I was praying, I heard the verses, “my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory”.

    Although I have suffered somewhat finacially, I have been able to squeek by and I have had the time to do other projects for me.

    I have been praying that I will have the right, Godly attitude about all of this and God had given me peace over it. I have had to postpone some plans, but they can come later God willing.

    Thank you so much for your post. It was just what I needed, when I needed it. A reminder that I’m not the only one going through these tough times.

    Your sister in Christ
    Anne

  3. Since December 2006, I have had nothing but roadblocks at every turn. I started foster parenting in my home after ending a 9 yr abusive common-law relationship and buying the house from him. CAS removed me from this position because I expressed my feelings about racism affecting whites as well as those of colour after a seminar on diversity. You see my daughter and son-in-law refuse to have anything to do with me and I had been called a racist by them because my son-in-law is black. Nothing could be farther from the truth as my other 2 children can attest. Consequently, I do not get to have a relationship with my 2 grandsons, now 4 and 8. But this brought me back to God and I now know how He feels when His children refuse to allow Him to love them.

    In July 2007, I had to claim bankruptcy, rent my house out and I moved to another city where my other daughter lives. From Aug. 2007 until Dec. 2008, I changed jobs 5 times. In the 1st, he decided he could not afford me, the 2nd was for a Christian company and I was fired because of co-workers’ jealousy and false complaints, the 3rd and 4th I left for a better job and I was laid off the 5th. Thank God for E.I.. After 2 very short live positions in sales, which caused my E.I. to be extended to 12 months I got into a college diploma course in social work through the 2nd Career Program in June 2009. This was a blessing and I completed it in August 2010. However since that time I have been unable to sustain employment. I have been fired from 2 jobs for reasons that were incomprehensible and in the 2nd job false allegations at a group home where I worked nights. I worked as unto the Lord in both cases and did the job well.

    Now I am again in a sales job and I cannot seem to make a sale. It is straight commission. This is the job that God has provided and I will continue to thank Him for it. I have been able to get a small E.I. benefit and get by this month.
    My car needs to be replaced as it has 316,000 kms and I have had it for 10 yrs. Today I accidentally backed into a cement pole. But it still moves. Praise God. I want to serve God by helping people and I believe that I am on a path which He has prepared. But sometimes the road is dark and confusing.

  4. I’ve tried so hard to be a believer and have faith but it’s hard when your cupboards are bare due to our financial hardship. My disability has run dry and I have 2 kids to feed. I called the food bank and there not open, plus I need to make an appt to get food????

    I’ve suffered with Bi-polar for the last 2 years and don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry for being so negative but when your down, it really sucks!!!!

    Not too many doors are opening up

    Sincerely

    Bob

  5. Hi,

    My heart hurts for the roadblocks and needs mentioned here. I prayed over these! I have had many, many, many roadblocks, but they have all been part of the learning process to build pathways as Dr. Grant said. Some of these were awful and I wouldn’t want to do them again (being in foster care as a child–yuck!!), but they all taught me to look to God because people alone weren’t going to be the simple answer. When my job at the university folded (budget cuts), I grieved deeply (one night of wailing!!) the loss of students and paycheck, BUT it gave me the opportunity to learn about the healing prayer ministry. I now look back and think, “Whoa, that was one mysteriously positive job loss!!” I am now a strong advocate for this ministry, which is how I found this web site. Not only have I uncovered those pesky generational and individual patterns, assumptions and such (the stuff of counseling) , but I’ve learned how to invite/pray the Holy Spirit into those waste sites! Yeah, God!! You really do know what you’re doing. Thank you, Father, in Jesus’ name.

  6. My roadblock this week has been lots of distractions, I also know that in these distractions you can pray, As I love to spend time with God it in the mornings it has not been easy so far, So I have to get into the pattern in these times to pray wherever I am and whatever I am doing. On Monday we were helping move my daughter’s belongings as she will be coming to stay with us in our one bedroomed flat, and Grant on Tuesday while catching up on housework, I was listening to praise music and praising and listening to teaching while I was doing this. As we can be distracted and not spend the time in prayer which is important.
    Grant as you say we have to find a diversion, and that is to pray in all circumstances wherever you are, it may not be easy but it is essential to continue to look to God and to trust Him no matter what is happening around us.

    Thank you Grant and for finding a way round your video blog,
    We miss you too

    God Bless Gayle

  7. Its hard when you are going through diffficult times, but i am learning that God wants you to keep a postive attitude and be thankful, even when you dont feel like being thankful. God still loves us and wants the best for us.

  8. Road blocks, I run into them all the time, but de-tours lol, never thought of them. Your a genious Mr. Grant mullen! And what a blessing!

  9. Actually..I prefer watching you this way Dr Grant // Well my roadblock happened this week. I had worked out my plans etc with God’s grace..however, it all came to a halt as I was struck down by a severe airborne virus and left flat on my back..no work no pay..yet God showed me why and how I need to review my situation….and assured me that the detour will be more favourable to achieve the
    same ends.
    I now need to wait, recover and trust that I am in His hands and He has it in control even with v.little money. Yes I have had to take many detours in the last 12 years but can now see how deeper my walk with Our Lord has become, not to mention deep prayer ministsy with significant pastors, meditiating on His Word and not following worldly pursuits are all part of the process.Courage is the key to my faith and trust.
    Blessings and thank you
    Denise

  10. Yes, that is walking by faith. It’s only by God’s grace that you are able to see the upside of adversity and roadblocks. As you get to know God better you realize how trustworthy he is.

  11. Thanks for giving us your fresh perspective, new camerra or not. Looking for the detours and accepting that they are a natural part of our lives is encouraging to me. I see how I can even learn to trust the detours as Christa loving way to get me where he has promised even when I or the enemy have consructed roadblocks. This is helpful in releasing my hold on my agenda and trusting God to provide even in seeming deadends. The mtephor is real and applicable on many levels. Thank You.

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