September 23rd, 2011 by Sheree
Have you ever noticed that when things are going well in our life we think God is in control, but when things aren’t going well we think He has abandoned us?
I admit I have the tendency to feel sorry myself when things aren’t going my way. In fact if I’m totally honest… there is something inside me that thinks, “I’ve been a good girl; surely God will bless me”. Problem is my idea of blessing and His are two different things.
While I would prefer an easy problem free life, God often takes me to places of pain or discomfort. But get this…
When times are good, be happy; when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7: 14
When I consider that God is the author of my life and that He ordains both the good and bad times I face, I am forced to take another look at my thoughts of who God is and how He blesses.
I recently read in Andy Andrews’s book, The Final Summit, “A beautiful flower cannot be created without fertilizer.” This quote, along with what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, gives me a whole new perspective on the manure in my life. It’s meant to grow me so that when I come into full bloom I’ll bring glory to God.
When our perspective of God’s activity in our life is forced into a box labeled “good times”, we fail to see the blessing of our trials. If Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego wouldn’t have been thrown into the fiery furnace they wouldn’t have come out to know that there was a fourth man, Jesus, in the fire with them. Likewise, if you and I don’t experience trials, we’ll never know the joy of having Jesus by our side when we need Him most.
September 22nd, 2011 by Sheree
I’ve wanted it for years, dreamed about what it would look like, and laid in bed countless nights planning how to make it a reality. So why am I so nervous about writing this first blog post? The answer is simple…
- What if you don’t like it?
- What if I spend countless hours getting real and pouring my heart out and no one ever reads it?
- What if people do read it and find out that I don’t have it all together?
The truth is… those things could happen, but I’m willing to take the risk. I’m willing to finally follow through on what I feel God calling me to do; get real and blog about it.
As I embark on my new journey I can’t help but wonder about those who’ve stepped out in faith before me. For instance, I wonder what was going through Abraham’s mind when he left Ur or Peter’s mind when he took that first step onto the water. I wonder if Joshua had second thoughts before he led his men to march silently around Jericho or if Esther’s stomach was in knots when she went before the king.
Surely these giants of the faith experienced fear as they stepped out to do what God called them to do, but they didn’t allow it to stop them. They were willing to be obedient to God despite the risks that lay ahead of them. Their steps of faith encourage me to follow their lead, and the outcome of each of their stories help me re-think my “what ifs”.
- What if people do like what I write?
- What if people’s lives are changed by the things I share?
- What if my willingness to be transparent leads someone to Christ?
What if those effects start right now? What if after reading this post you took a step of faith toward what you feel God calling you to do? What if you changed your “what ifs”? What if this single blog post started a movement of God’s people that changed the world?