God Directs

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

This scripture in Proverbs speaks to the idea of favour and God’s ability to cause persons in positions of authority to consider you favourably. When we consider the story of Esther, from the time when she was a captive in Babylon, God prepared the heart of the King to turn towards her. When Haman wanted to kill all of the Jews and Esther called a fast, as the people prayed God worked on the heart of the King. God would allow the King’s heart to soften towards Esther so that she would gain favour with him.

There were times in scripture when God hardened the heart of Kings or the Pharoah in Egypt in order to gain glory for himself. “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so” (Exodus 14:4). In this case, God knew that Pharoah was stubborn and hard hearted. God used his own weakness and nature against him to demonstrate that he was not in complete control.

We do not have many kings in this time, but we can use this scripture to represent anyone in a position of power and authority. It is up to God to determine if your leaders will submit to his will and allow you to find favour with them. Some leaders will submit to the will and purpose of God and he will use them to establish his plans. Other leader who are stiff-necked and stubborn will face the consequences of their hard heartedness. This often demonstrates a heart that is already hardened towards God and these leaders will face the judgment of God.

Nothing happens which is outside of God’s control and his children are the apple of his eyes. God is concerned about our affairs and he does not want us to face difficulties and bad treatment. He will turn the hearts of leaders towards you and cause you to have favour. For those leaders who will not submit, God can move them out of your sphere of influence. God will then raise up another leader who will establish his will and purpose.

“but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another”(Psalm 75:7).

A.P.-Y.

Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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July 30, 2021

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Anneta was Born and raised in Jamaica in a large family of eight children, where her father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who served over 50 years in ministry. Her father is a trained musician, and she grew up in a musical family of singers and musicians and there was always singing and music in her childhood home. Anneta has served in the church from as early as she can remember, singing in the choir, directing the children’s choir, praise and worship leader, Sunday school Teacher and as an Assistant Youth Director. She came from humble beginnings and grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew. She is a writer who writes inspirational content for a blog -Devotional Inspirations which is featured on Wordpress.com and Crossmaps.com. Her writing was published in an Anthology of Social Workers in 2021 - Hidden Narratives from Social Workers of Colour. She credits her gift of writing to her father who she watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. Anneta is a singer and has sung lead in choirs in churches from as young as she can remember and has featured on the Jazz circuit with the ACY Jazz Organ Trio in 2022 and 2023. Anneta also worked with the 606 Gospel group and featured at the 606 Jazz Club between 2019 and 2021. Her musical style is rhythmic with an eclectic blend of gospel, blues, jazz and ballads. Anneta is an advocate at heart, having started her career in 2001 within the charity sector where she was trained in advocacy. Those early years of Anneta’s career focused on supporting grassroots communities in advocating at the local government levels for community resources. She trained communities in governance and decision making and worked to facilitate consultations with local communities. She worked on developing a sanitation policy in Jamaica in 2007 and helped to deliver on this policy and was part of a national planning committee for the Regional Caribbean Sanitation Conference in April, 2007. Anneta was also a United Nations sponsored youth representative at the World Conference Against Racism in South Africa in 2001. She also represented her organisation and country at other international conferences and events focused on aid effectiveness and development, youth advocacy and lobbying and the United Nations Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean in Chile, Nicaragua, Canada and attended the Commonwealth People’s Forum Meeting in the United Kingdom in 2008 as an official Jamaican representative and was interviewed on BBC Radio. Anneta is a trained Social Worker with close to twelve years’ experience in the field. She is a Coach and Mentor with level 7 post graduate qualifying experience from Kingston University since 2020 and she specialises in providing wellbeing coaching, to support individuals with career planning and creating a vision for their future. Anneta created the five-year plan template which she has used to support staff at various stages in their career development. Her coaching style focuses on building self-awareness, increasing confidence and empowering clients to understand their life’s purpose, tap into their gifts, talents and abilities and encourages them to maximise their life’s potential. Sessions with Anneta are deeply reflective, therapeutic and gets to the core of life experiences that may have created limited beliefs and ideas about oneself. Clients have fed back about feeling more confident, self-assured, feeling more connected spiritually, empowered and able to take on life’s challenges and learning how to turn obstacles into opportunities. Anneta is trained in professional leadership through the Frontline Pathways Leadership programme, the Practice Supervision Development Programme and has over seven years’ experience of leading on programmes to Managers, social workers, students, Newly Qualified Social Workers, practice educators, trainers and practice supervisors. Anneta is a skilled trainer and facilitator with over twelve years’ experience in delivering training, facilitating groups and providing action facilitation. She is trained in Action and Facilitation Strategies through the Institute of Leadership and Management, completed the training of trainers and has completed participatory action and learning and action programmes.