Get Your Feet Wet

Have you ever needed a miracle? Have you ever waited for something to happen, for a prayer to be answered, and felt as though your prayers have been forgotten?

Sometimes we wait for God to work miracles in our lives and when nothing seems to be happening we often question God. I have been there. Not long ago after praying and hoping for a financial miracle, I began asking God why nothing had come through yet. I had tithed. I am active and use my time to serve others. I was expectantly waiting on God to come through and yet nothing had happened.

As I questioned Him, I looked around my house and I felt God telling me “Sell your stuff. You have the money right in front of you.” Now that was not the answer I was looking for. I love my stuff. I enjoy decorating my house and have put a lot of time and effort in to it.  And perhaps it was wrong, but I loved the compliments I got when others saw what I had done.

At first I thought – okay God I will do this. But the time passed and I didn’t sell a thing. I even began to question if it was really God who told me to sell my things, or if it was another one of my wacky ideas. However, as I began to seek God he made it abundantly clear that He was indeed asking me to take a step of faith and sell my loved belongings. I can’t count how many different messages I heard during this time that taught on this scripture from Luke – “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

I heard the song “Go” by Hillsong United at just the right times and the lyrics pierced my heart: We are sold out to your calling. Everything that we are for Your Glory. Take our hearts now. Have it all now. Let our lives shine like light in the morning. We’re giving it all away, away. We’re giving it all to go your way.

At the end of the day I love God more than I love my stuff and I want to be obedient to what He calls me to do.

Once I took that step of faith and began to sell my stuff God really began showing me that He has big plans for me and that if I will trust Him, even when it is hard and when it does not make sense, He will provide. God began to show me that if I will focus on fulfilling my calling – the burning passion in my heart to speak in to the lives of girls and women that He will take care of the rest.

God wanted me to partner with Him. He wanted to know that I was willing to go the distance. He knew I valued my home and the “stuff” I had collected. But, He wanted to know that I valued Him more. God wanted to see if I would partner with Him. To see if I would take a step of faith and be willing to sacrifice in order to obey Him and receive the financial help that I need.

God wants us to be active in our faith; after all, faith without works is dead. God wants to know that we will go with Him no matter the cost.

I read this Facebook post this morning and loved it:

God commanded the priests (while they were approaching the Promised Land) to take a few steps into the river when they arrived at the Jordan river. They had to get their feet wet before the miracle came and they entered the Promised Land. Sometimes we need to take a step of faith and not just wait for God to work first.

Time to get your feet wet!

As I get my feet wet and put my hope in the Lord, I am excited to see what miracles He is going to work out in my life. I am excited to show off to the world HOW GOOD MY GOD IS!

“How ya feelin’?”

A week ago today I stepped out my front door to see low, dark clouds rotating right over the top of my house. As I stood there not believing what I was seeing, a white cloud whipped out of nowhere forming a circle amidst the dark clouds.  My heart started racing and I began to pray for safety. Fear jolted through me. I had never witnessed anything like that before in my life.

Today, the picture is vastly different. The sun is shining across a piercing blue sky. The sweet fragrance of my grandmother’s wisteria and the birds chirping a sweet melody remind me that spring has indeed made its’ grand entrance. The danger I faced merely a week ago is but a distant memory as I soak in the pure joy of the beauty that surrounds me.

I have been guilty on so many occasions of getting caught up in whatever situation I am facing.  Allowing myself to get lost in the moment, I have made too many long term decisions based on temporary emotions. Fear, excitement, joy, anxiety, desperation, sadness, guilt, and desire ruled my actions. The problem is that all of those things are feelings and not truths.

Feelings deceive us. I don’t know about you, but my feelings have been known to change in the blink of an eye. Give me a piece of chocolate and turn on some Christian music and my emotions change. Drive slowly in front of me when I am in a hurry and running late and my feelings will change. Feelings are not dependable. As hard as it is, we should never use our feelings to guide us.

So, if not our feelings, what should guide us? Truth. God’s truth. God is never changing. His word is stable and constant. We may not be able to trust our feelings, but we can trust in God’s word.

  •  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away – Matthew 24:35
  • God’s Word goes on and on forever – 1 Peter 1:25
  • The grass withers and the flowers fall,  but the word of our God endures forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

I love this quote by Joyce Meyer: “Don’t let your feelings be a God to you.”  We cannot let our feelings rule us.  Everything in life may change and your feelings may take you on a roller coaster ride, but God’s word is a constant that you can trust. The truth of His Promises will never fail us.

I have thought a million times, I will never lose this joy I have deep in my heart. No matter what comes my way I know I am a child of God and He is holding me safely in His hands. Nothing will quench my fire and zeal.  Then there have been times where I felt so low and broken that I believed that I would never overcome the guilt and shame that crept to the surface. Unfortunately our shifting feelings can be strong, but fortunately God’s love, power, and word are stronger!

Just as the weather is drastically different today than it was last week so will our situations change, our feelings fluctuate, and our emotions get the better of us. But no matter what we experience in life we can rest on the knowledge that God’s word is truer than:  any feeling I have, anything I will experience, any situation I will face, and any lie the world would have me believe. hallelujah!

You cannot trust your emotions. Don’t let your feelings become God to you, but remember that God’s word will never pass away. The next time you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel  because your feelings are more than you can bear, remember your break through could be just around the corner.

 

Dear Father, I have relied too long on my emotions as the guiding factor in my life. I no longer want my feelings to rule me, but I want your word be the truth that I stand upon. Your word says you love me with an everlasting love. Father your word also says you have a plan to prosper me and not to harm me. When I feel the world closing in on me I pray that YOUR truth and not MY feelings will lead me. I ask that you help me not to make permanent decisions based on my temporary emotions, but that I will seek you and your unfailing word for direction. Thank you that your Hold Word is truer than how I feel. In your name I pray, amen.

Building Trust

Day: Tuesday, September 27th
Time: 4:00pm
Place: In Beautiful Green Country  
Mood: umm…. I don’t know

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Learning to trust people again one step at a time.

For the most part I trust people. But, last night I realized that even though I very much want to trust, deep down I question my ability to do so. 

When friends you thought had your back, talk behind your back you lose a little trust. When a parent promises to do something, but rarely follows through you lose a little trust. When people take advantage of your generosity time-and-time-again you lose a little trust.  When the person who vowed to love and protect you for the rest of your life turns away from you, you lose a little trust.

Trust seems to slip away one person or one event at a time and before we know it, little by little, we start to completely lose trust.

Trust is…
1. reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3.confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
5. the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.

I have been asking myself, how am I going to trust again? How am I going to be able to overcome the hurt and pain?

I certainly want to trust and in everyday situations I almost always give the benefit of the doubt. But, when it comes to my heart, I realize that trust does not come so easily anymore. So what can I do about this? As I pondered these questions I was reminded of by previous blog “”BFF”.”
 
Sometimes I forget I have ““friends”” to help me trust. Wisdom, knowledge, common sense, and insight are all on my side.

Lady Wisdom will be your close friend
Brother Knowledge will be your pleasant companion
Good Sense will scout ahead of you for danger
Madame Insight will keep an eye out for you

Together they will keep you from making wrong turns and following bad directions.

I cannot live my life scared of being hurt, or I will miss out on so many opportunities, but at the same time I have to use the tools God gave me to watch out for people and situations that cannot be trusted.

I also have to remember that I only have limited knowledge and understanding of a situation. I see everything from my perspective. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to Trust in the Lord with all of our heart and not to “”trust”” in our own understanding. And if we acknowledge God in everything we do, He will show us where to go.

We cannot always trust other people or our own judgment. We have to use our common sense, insight, wisdom, and knowledge to help us make the decisions, but at the end of the day we have to put our total and complete Trust in God to lead us.

The truth is that people change. You may be able to trust someone one day but not the next.  And on the flip side, just because you could not trust someone yesterday doesn’t mean that you will never be able to trust them.

 BUT…
Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday and today and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8)

And that is why we can fully put our trust in Him every day. We know He won’t lead us astray or abandon our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:5-9

  This is what the LORD says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
   who draws strength from mere flesh
   and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
   they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
   in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
   whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
   that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
   its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
   and never fails to bear fruit.”

I thought this scripture was perfect for the “Uprooted” journey I am on.
🙂