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if that’s what it takes

Still chewing on Sunday’s service on A Missional Life.

Life is not about avoiding the storms; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

We don’t ask for suffering, loss and hardship.

Returning to Paul’s fortitude to go when he knew suffering was ahead. And Jesus’ prayer, “Father take this cup away from me.” It was written he would be beaten and crucified. Yet they chose God’s will.

Over four years ago I left my job without savings or a plan. God told me the year before and I assumed I would get full details. When He said create – I did tell Him He was nuts but I created. I didn’t know what was ahead and I still don’t.

This song keeps playing in my mind – “If that’s what it takes to praise you….Jesus bring the rain!” Mercy Me (below)

I hang on to His written Word and those rhema words noted in my journal for my fortitude.

I have called you to something that is different than others. MFA’s won’t matter. Your obedience will.

You could have and would have seen a bit more success as the world sees it but your obedience will be rewarded even more.

Your obedience is worth far more than earnings.

Will you do all you can to avoid the rough road or move forward dancing in obedience?

ponderings, prayer

running away

"Shyness" work in process
Do you ever have a difficult situation that eats at your mind, your insides, your confidence…you don’t dare to speak, stare it down and if you walk away…it follows you?

Yup – it still happens to me too.

Several stories where people are unknowingly applauding each other but feel they are failing each other. Internal assumptions and being our own worst critics.

I think of the verses in James of confessing to one another. Often when we share our feelings, we realize that is not how the other read the situation. We could find peace if we only dared to confront or ask.

Mom and I were always on pins and needles. Confrontation, tears and hugs and finally we can really talk again. (Thank you Lord!)

Car repair shop, he didn’t hear me say start because I asked for a quote on another part. I called to see if done…it hadn’t been started. We didn’t blame, we both apologized and talked. It’s still there and I trust them because of open and humble communication.

Don’t let those assumptions or accusations get in the way. Part of humility is also to face, admit and forgive.

Try it. You might find the pathway cleared so dignity and relationships are restored. OR you can let it keep eating away at your peace….but why??