For me, this month started off with a bang! I purposed in my heart a long time ago to do all that God had for me no matter my circumstances. Believe me, the circumstances of life have not always been in my favor. Countless surgeries, physical pain, and much more have tried to hinder me from doing what God has called me to do. Even on the days when excuses could roll off my tongue with ease, I’m reminded of my commitment to God.
That simple choice has led me to where I am now. I’m doing more than ever thought possible a few years ago. For example, I’m continuing to write articles for church magazine, transcribe sermons into books, all while maintaining my courses in communication at college. It’s in His strength and grace that I’m able to do all these things. What excuses have you let creep into your life? Whether you realize it or not, these excuses slowly eat away at the passion you once had for life. You may have been a vibrant person, and after you let the weight and cares of this life weigh you down, your friends and family may not even recognize the depressed person you’ve become.
It’s not too late to make a change, though! Humble yourself before God and ask him to let his thoughts about you be your thoughts about yourself. When you start to see yourself as God sees you, you will realize his grace has always been there. You just have to reach out and grab it! After you recommit yourself to God, do something! You’ve heard it said time and time again that actions speak louder than words. If your passion is children, go where they are. Spend time teaching them how to read through the school system. You’ll be surprised at the opportunities that will come your way as a result of your decision to quit making excuses!
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“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
This is the verse I have been holding onto. You see, you don’t know how much more you can do until the demand is placed on you. I’ve been doing at least ten hours a week for my internship with a publishing company, starting on my senior project, (which is a twelve-page inspirational disability magazine),helping with publications, along with various papers, homework and tests. After waiting for a month, I will finally start physical therapy for my foot. This will be at least two times a week-maybe even three if they think it’s necessary.
I said all of that to say this. Most people get stressed, hyperventilate, and become grouches when their schedule is piled with EVEN more stuff to do. That’s because they are relying on their ability and not God. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to rely on myself to get all of these things done. My God is on my side, helping me and giving me the grace to take each day as it comes. While my schedule will become more chaotic in the next few days, His grace will remain the same, ready to refresh me each morning.
That’s not to say this week wasn’t a challenge. I was stressed trying to get interviews scheduled, homework done, and just normal everyday stuff. I even freaked out about my senior project thinking I was going in the wrong direction. After a phone call to my mom, things were okay because she reminded me that as much as I love blogging and helping others, those weren’t priority right now. It’s so easy to let the devil steal your energy and time doing “stuff”, but it has nothing to do with your assignment from God. Yes, I was guilty of that! After I said no more, I’ve had a peace I haven’t had, even though in the natural it looks like I should be concerned. I refuse to let the enemy steal my joy. I’ve said, “God’s got this!”
Let Him carry you! I challenge you to rest in Him this week!
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How do you go from being a doormat to a strong man or woman of God who is trying to line up words and actions with the Bible without causing some friction with others? I am still working on this answer myself. Most of my life I have been told what to do and I did it. I did not have any thoughts of my own. Or when I did they were shot down pretty hard. I have always been an easy-going, good-natured person. I never once stood up for myself.
So why is it that when I start to stand up for myself, I am accused of starting trouble or causing strife? You got me. I have grown tired of being a doormat for people to walk all over. There is this really TALL woman of God at our church who taught on Approval Addiction. After listening to her teachings on it, I began to change looking for approval from the people around me. I had realized that my whole life was spent seeking the approval of family members, friends, teachers, and employers. I decided this was going to change. Actually, the change really started when my dad passed away. Change is never an easy thing to do, especially when you are so used to the things the way they are.
There is one person in my life that has always tried to control me. I love this person but I had come to the realization that I cannot always be wrong as I always was with this person. Everything had to be their way. You could have a conversation with this person and they would voice their opinion and shake their head to show me that they were right and I was wrong. I have stood up to this person several times over the last few years but not without conflict and tears from the other person because I was supposedly mad at them. I was not mad at them. I was just tired of being told what to do and what to think. I KNOW how to think for MYSELF, FINALLY!
So, am I walking in love? I think so. I am walking in love with myself because I am worth it. I am a child of God! I have a purpose that HE has created me for! Just because it does not line up with what others think I should do doesn’t mean that I am wrong in doing it. I am also walking in love with the other person by bringing Godly correction and boldness when and where it was needed. Maybe not accepted graciously by the recipient but I think they are starting to respect me.
God did not design us to seek the approval of man. The only approval that we need is from God and the last time I looked, He has placed His stamp of approval on me. Do I do everything right? Not on your life! I make mistakes all of the time, several mistakes in one day most of the time. That does not change how God sees me or how He feels about me! No, walking in love isn’t easy but it is so necessary in order to grow into the mature ambassador that God has destined us to be. Sometimes that love walk contains the correction that is needed to get us onto the right path or helps us develop a backbone to stand up for ourselves in a Godly way.
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