Today my heart is heavy for so many reasons. But I am not hopeless. I know that we are never sure of what we will go through in this life. I know that half the things I’ve faced I thought I never would be able to survive, but I did. And I know that I did because God is faithful. He doesn’t waste one minute of our lives. He takes it all, and finds some way to give us beauty in return for the ashes. He makes good come from bad. It doesn’t stop the suffering, the pain, the disappointment, the tears, the groaning, the discomfort, the grief. It doesn’t stop our lives from going up in flames. But it gives us hope that when it does, when we are left with ashes, He will make it good. I make mistakes. I don’t always listen to what He tells me to do. I get myself in messes. But He is faithful despite it all. He knows sometimes I run to the wrong things to ease the pain this life has brought me. But when I prove to myself again and again none of that works, I always go back to the arms of my Father. It’s the only safe place I have. It’s the only peace I get. It’s the only time I can rest. It’s the only place I get any clarity or make any sense of anything. It’s the only place I get answers, or comfort or unconditional love. I don’t care where I’ve been, what has happened to me, or what I’ve done, He is always waiting with arms wide open. He’s waiting for you too. ❤️
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There are parts of life that will never get easier, there are things we must be reminded of that hurt just as deeply on the thousandth reminder as they did the first time we learned it. It’s amazing how much a human heart can feel all at once. I can’t help but think of Jesus when life hits hard. I visualize Him, in the garden, sweating blood. The immeasurable amount of pain He was bearing, knowing the reality of what was happening. He was in between what He wanted, and what was the will of God for Him. He wanted the cup to pass. His human heart was agonizing over the unfathomable reality of the cross. His spiritual heart however, was rejoicing because it was so close to Gods greatest plan for Him.
As we all know, the unfathomable pain of cross became the most beautiful part of His life. But He still had to endure the crushing. He had to endure the weight of the in between. He wanted to hear one answer to His prayer in that garden, but He knew He was going to hear another. Sometimes the reality of that is more than our humanity can handle. He was God, in the flesh. He still sweat blood. Why? Because the crushing weight of a truly broken heart isn’t something we can carry. The weight of the in between, where you find the reality of a situation isn’t what you had hoped it would be, is devastating.
It’s crazy to think that Gods will can bring devastation. But that’s just what it does so many times. When we pray for Gods will in our lives, and offer up our own in exchange for that, often times they don’t match up. The realization of that is devastating. What we want, what we think is best, what we had hoped for, dreamed of, longed for, isn’t what’s happening. We hear something different than what we wanted. We know that in order to follow the Lord, we must leave all that we wanted behind, and walk into the in between. That place where we are in between what we wanted, and actually being able to see what the Lord wants for us. Sometimes it’s simply timing that isn’t right with what we want. Sometimes it’s not the right place for us. But sometimes we don’t get any of the things we wanted. The crushing weight of the reality that you may not get any of the things you wanted as part of Gods will is too much to really comprehend sometimes.
I’m in that place. I’m in my own garden, crying out my will to the Lord. I’m asking for things my heart desperately desires, understanding those things may not be in His will for me, and then asking for His will regardless. I’m being reminded of painful truths. My heart hurts in ways I forgot it could. The grief is so heavy. The pain is real and raw. The unknown is my future, and it’s terrifying. But there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, and that’s the truth that I’ll never go through one second of this crushing alone.
When I weep the Lord weeps with me. When my heart breaks, He reminds me that His breaks for me. When the weight of the truth is more than I can bear, He helps me carry it. When the pain rushes in like a flood, He lifts me above the waves so I don’t drown. When I grieve over the loss of the future I wanted, He comforts me with the reminder that His will for me is the perfect one. When I rebel and run in every direction but the right one, He pursues my heart even harder until I come back. When I try to chase after my own will and handle life in all the wrong ways, he offers me grace and mercy.
There’s nothing in this life that I’ll ever have to face alone. The love that Jesus has for me is more than I could ever comprehend. I would rather have my will crushed a thousand times over. I would rather walk in the agony of the in between. I would rather weep, and grieve desperately over my own will. I would rather do any of these things than suffer the heartache of settling for anything less than Gods best for me.
My human heart is crying out in agony. My spiritual heart is rejoicing however because knows that the pain of this cross is going to become the most beautiful part of my life. Yours will too child.
Whatever will of yours is being crushed right now, just endure. Feel the pain. Grieve. Tell the Lord all about it. Be angry, be sad, be hurt. But be willing at the end of the day to walk out into the in between towards Gods perfect will for your life. And know that when you get there, it’s going to be so much more than you could have ever imagined it would be. It will be the perfect timing. It will be the best scenario. It will be exactly all the things you didn’t know you needed.
He’s got you child. Don’t be afraid of the crushing of your will. Just lean in to His love today, pray more fervently, and know that He’s working all things to your good. Even this.
“He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”
When I was gifted this devotional by my secret prayer pal, I had no idea how much I would need It. I wish I could say I felt strong in this season of life. But I don’t. I don’t FEEL strong. Everything has shifted. I’ve received some of the greatest blessings of my life alongside some of the biggest disappointments and failures. It’s been a complete whirlwind. I’ve been walking in the unknown for months. I’ve been walking into new territories in EVERY area of my life, and it’s been terrifying. It’s been hard. It’s taken so much more of me than I ever would have anticipated. But then again I never anticipated any of this really. Some of my greatest fears realized, and my biggest dreams a reality. What a trainwreck of emotions right? So many wonderful things and so many hard things happening at the same time. I wish I could say I’ve handled it all with Beauty and grace. I haven’t. So many ugly moments for me. So many bad reactions. So many weaknesses revealed. But through it all, the Lord has been so faithful to me. He’s been the steady strength getting me through each and every moment of each and every day. He’s been holding on to me, and holding all the pieces together. He’s been so persistent in reminding me of His love for me. He’s sent some of the most beautiful people into my life that have loved on me without even knowing it, in ways I desperately needed. He has allowed me the opportunity to hear the hearts of so many precious people and be reminded of how much He wants to heal our greatest hurts. Sometimes it’s the truths we know best that we need to be reminded of the most. And In the midst of my greatest weakness I have been reminded more than ever just how much Strength I have. May the Lord remind you of the great strength you possess today. You don’t have to feel strong, you just have to know that you are. ❤️
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT
For what seems like an eternity I’ve been in a lonely, desolate, relentlessly trying land. So many days I couldn’t catch my breath. The pain was so real. Those days turned into weeks. The weeks turned into months. Before I knew it, years of my life were consumed. Worst of all, I actually got used to living that way. Defeated, rejected, in crisis mode, just surviving, not remembering my worth, not even remembering who I was anymore. But the Lord is faithful.
One day I woke up to see the reality of where I was. I heard the Lord speaking to me that it was time. It was time for my second chance. It was time for me to blossom into the woman he created me to be all along. It was time to come out of the wilderness. I wish I could say it was something that just happened for me. It wasn’t. The first step out of my wilderness was agreeing that I would follow the Lords instructions to me. He told me it wasn’t going to be easy. He warned me I was going to have to dig up some deep hurts, and let Him heal the places I didn’t want to talk about. He told me It would be the hardest thing I would ever do. He didn’t tell me all I would face, or anything specific, but He did tell me that He would be right there with me, fighting for me every step of the way.
I couldn’t have imagined what the journey out of my wilderness would look like. It’s the most difficult road I’ve walked down yet. It has brought grief, pain, and sorrow. It’s challenged me in ways I never have been challenged before. It’s made me accept that my biggest fears have now become my reality. But I’ve also learned that my biggest fears weren’t quite as big as I thought they were. I’m okay. I’m going to continue to be okay. I’m coming out.
I’m still walking in some hard places. I’m still dealing with some big things. I still hear those behind me calling me back to that wilderness I was in for so long. But I’ll never turn back. I’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good. He has shown me enough of my promised land to know that this is where I belong. I’ve fallen seamlessly into a life I never could have imagined. I don’t have to struggle to find my place here. This was prepared long in advance for me. That means I don’t have to “make it work” or “just get through” any of it. It works for me because it was tailor made for me. There is no adjusting, or maneuvering to fit into my new life. It’s effortless living here. I belong here. This was chosen especially for me. I was chosen especially for this. It hits different.
Instead of being crushed under the weight of disappointment and heartache, I’m crushed under the weight of the overflow of Gods goodness. I am oozing thankfulness from a grateful heart, rather than bitterness from a broken one. I don’t have to wonder if I’ll ever fit in or be accepted here. I know this is where I belong. I’m still working extremely hard, but nothing is a struggle. I’m not working hard to survive, I’m working hard to thrive. I’m still learning and growing, but not from a place of necessity and fear of being completely destroyed. I am learning and growing from a place of wisdom and peace. I am still overwhelmed some days, but not with hopelessness and grief. I am overwhelmed instead with the excitement and wonder of navigating these new territories successfully.
The wilderness is always waiting to take me back. But being welcomed into a place you can never thrive is called rejection. I’ll never live there again. You shouldn’t either. Any wilderness you’ve faced was only meant for a season. It was only ever meant to take you straight to your promised land. Don’t get confused there like the children of Israel and start thinking that’s where you’re meant to stay. Don’t take that 40 year detour. Don’t walk around in circles being convinced that this is the life you were destined to have. ITS NOT.
Your wilderness is simply a place for you to see all the things that you’re promised land is not going to be. It’s a place you’ll learn the sting of rejection. It’s a place you’ll learn heartache and betrayal. It’s a place you’ll feel so uncomfortable you can’t stand yourself. Your weaknesses will be revealed there, and your strengths will be challenged on every side. You’ll learn your limits. You’ll see Gods power. You’ll learn all the things you don’t want to be. You’ll learn all the things you can’t tolerate. You’ll see the reality of despair. You’ll learn to follow the Lord there. You’ll learn what it feels like to be desperate for Jesus in a way that teaches you to find Him in the midst of any storm. You’ll find out that He’s never going to leave you. You’ll learn that you’re never alone. You’ll see that you’ll never lack any good thing no matter where you are when you serve the Lord. You’ll discover that He is ALWAYS enough.
The wilderness is dry and desolate, and brutal. But there isn’t one wilderness I’ve walked through in my life that I don’t later look back on as a place of great beauty. It’s a beautiful thing to see the hand of God work in the darkest times of your life. It’s beautiful to look back and see the times He reached down to save you from drowning in your sorrows. It’s beautiful to see His relentless love chase you down as you ran away in confusion and desperation to find love in all the wrong places. It’s beautiful to see the things He helped you face and overcome. It’s beautiful to see how He was molding you and shaping you through the things you didn’t think you would survive. It’s beautiful to know that those bad things would have happened anyway, but because of His great love for you he didn’t waste one single thing, but used it ALL for your good. The wilderness is a beautiful place in hindsight. But you MUST walk out of your wilderness and get to your promised land to see that.
He bringing you out today child. He’s calling you forward. He reminding you that you can.
You can break loose!
You can overcome!
You can make it out!
You can be brave enough to take that first step! You can walk into the greatest season of your life after the very worst!
You can enjoy the blessings of God!
You can thrive!
You can live in peace!
You can belong somewhere!
You can have a life that is above or beyond anything you could have imagined for yourself. When the Lord brings you out, He leads you straight into a place just for you. Follow His lead today. Whatever you feel like you need to stay in your wilderness for… you don’t. Let it go. Leave it behind. Don’t miss what the Lord has for you because you’re unsure of what it may be. It’s going to be perfect, because He is perfect, and He loves you perfectly.
Come out today child, the Lord is waiting with a life beyond compare.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
As I was listening to a precious couple sing tonight, this truth came over me like a flood. There is a place for me.
I’m currently in a stage of life I never dreamed I would be in. I am coming out of a vast wilderness of loneliness, heartache and betrayal. I am coming from somewhere in which there was never a place for me. The realization of that is gut wrenching. I look back over the years I so desperately tried to make room for myself. The great lengths I went to just to find the slightest glimmer of acceptance. Rejection however, was my grim reality. I’m so deeply saddened to remember the misery brought on by that. It caused so many things to shift in me.
With rejection coming at me full blast, I wasnt sure of who I was any more. I couldn’t find value in myself. I had such a hard time believing that there was anything about me worth knowing or caring about. I couldn’t focus wholeheartedly on anything for fear I wouldn’t have what it took to accomplish that thing. I believed all the lies. I thought I wasn’t good enough, or strong enough, or capable enough. I thought all the wrong in my life was my fault. I went from confident to confused. I fought so hard every day to remember that the Lord created me with a purpose even though I couldn’t quite figure out how to fulfill it from there. It was such a miserable life. But the Lord didn’t leave me there. He brought me out.
He brought me out of that wilderness and has so graciously reminded me that there is a place for me. There is a place for me in my Fathers house. He made room for me when I didn’t even deserve it. He took time and put great thought into this place. He considered me when making it. He knew my strengths and weaknesses. He considered my gifts and talents. He created a place in his house where I could flourish and prosper. And then he loved me relentlessly to get me to this place.
It is in this place I find His perfect will for me. It is here that I find rest and peace. It is here I get strength and encouragement. It is here I find acceptance and unconditional love. It is here He reminds me of who I am, and of all the beautiful things He created me to be. It is here He teaches me how to love my self and others. It is here He allows me to grow and learn. It is here where He loves the Leiah he created into existence.
I never have to fight for a place with the Lord. He is constantly drawing me there. I never have to beg for His attention or affection because He dotes on me continuously. I never have to make an argument of why I’m good enough to be loved. He loves me relentlessly and unconditionally. I never have to wonder where I stand with Him. He is clear and precise and open and truthful. I never have to fear the deep cut of betrayal. The Lord is faithful to me. I never have to wonder if what He says can be trusted. His word is truth. I never have to wonder if He has my back. He fights for me unapologetically. I never have to wonder if His love is true. He is jealous for me.
His kindness and goodness and mercy and Grace abound in the place He has for me. His love overflows there. His peace pours out. All that He has for me is made clear in this place. It is my place. There is a place just for me.
I’ll never turn back. I’ll never fight for a place with anyone again. I will abide in my Fathers house with confidence that He will make room for me wherever I need to be. He will always make a place for me.
I don’t know if you’re roaming around your own wilderness wondering if you’ll ever find your place. But I’m here to remind you today that there is a place for you. There is a place especially prepared for you in your Fathers house. He’s calling you out today. He’s calling you out of your wilderness and into the place He has for you.
Don’t hesitate. Let go, and move on. Go to the place He has prepared. You’ll find everything you need there, and so much more.
“The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.”
For nearly a year now I’ve know that the Lord was getting ready to make a shift in my life. I had absolutely no idea how or when it was going to play out. I just knew he was moving me into a long awaited promised land.
I’ve spent hours and hours just imagining what it would be like. I had so many ideas and things I was just really certain about. And finally one day I knew it was time to move forward and take the land. So naturally I summoned others to come too. But as I moved forward, they regressed. Bittersweet isn’t a strong enough word to describe the conflicted feelings I have about this journey so far. I never planned to do it alone. And yet here I am. But you can’t take everyone with you.
I look back on the children of Israel, and I see the difference in the people that crossed over into the promised land, and the ones who didn’t.
The ones who crossed over were willing to face their greatest fears, to face the unknown, and go after the promise of the Lord unapologetically no matter what or who they had to leave behind. They trusted that if the Lord brought them there, He would indeed take care of them there. They knew that even though it looked impossible for them to enjoy the fruits of the land they were entering into, that the Lord intended good for them. They knew that he would heal their hearts of the brokenness they had encountered in the wilderness. They knew that the joy of the promised land would be greater than the sorrow of the wilderness. They knew that there would be an adjustment period, in which they had to go from the “survival of the wilderness” to “thrive in the promised land” mentality. They also knew that maintaining the promised land would require following the Lords instructions meticulously.
I am still in the process of taking the land. I know there will be days I feel defeated, insecure, and want to run back into the wilderness I’ve known for so long. However, I will not turn back. I will set my eyes on Jesus and walk hand in hand with Him towards the life He has for me. I will deal with the trauma of the wilderness. I will not carry those survival mindsets into this new place. I will embrace the goodness of the Lord and all that He has planned for me. I will work hard to embrace this new life. I will open my heart to new adventures with the Lord, and trust that he has equipped me for whatever is ahead.
It makes me sad to think that some people will never experience the promised land in their life. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see fear hold them back. I get it. It’s terrifying to face the giants in the land. It’s intimidating to look at all the things in your life that are keeping you from Gods best and tackle them head on. It’s hard work. It’s exhausting. It’s painful and emotional, and confrontational. It’s all the things I hate. The process can be long and grueling. It can take days, months, or even years. It can take setting boundaries with others, separating your self from relationships, saying no to things you’ve always said yes to, changing your way of thinking, breaking habits, being disciplined. Some days it requires crying until you can’t any more. Some days you just have to go against everything you’ve ever known and do something different. It requires taking responsibility for your actions, but at the same time allowing the Lord to reveal the broken places leading you to those actions, and allowing him to heal them. It takes showing yourself love and compassion while accepting and correcting your biggest failures. It takes learning who the Lord created you to be, believing what He says about you, and confidently living as that person.
It’s going to require a lot of me to enter into my promised land. It already has in the first few steps towards it. It will require a lot of you too. You won’t want to move towards it some days, in fear of what or who it will require of you next. But remember, it’s YOUR promised land!!! It is the good the Lord intended for YOU!!! He knows who can thrive there with you, and who can’t. TRUST HIM!!! Look at all the times His children took people with them when they weren’t supposed to, and those people cost them their promised land every single time.
Leaving people behind for your promised land is terrifying and heart wrenching. It seems harmless to try and take them with you when the Lord says you shouldn’t. But remember, people don’t value something that isn’t meant for them.
Step out. Move forward. Fight for your promised land with no regrets. The Lord is with you, and for you. He will not let you down. Follow His lead. Hear His voice. Do whatever it takes to defeat those giants keeping you from the fullness of the Lord in your life.
It’s time child. The Lord says you’re ready. Take heart, take courage, take your promised land. ❤️
“but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.”
For longer than I care to admit I really didn’t love my self. Somewhere along the way I lost the vision God had given me of who He created me to be.
I believed the lies.
I bought into the opinions of others.
I blamed other people’s actions on myself.
I carried the weight of rejection and criticism heavily on my shoulders.
But one day the Lord reminded me of the woman He created me to be. He reminded me of the Woman he loves. He took my hand and began leading me to a place where I would be able to see that vision of myself clearly again, a place where I could begin loving the Woman he created again.
I don’t know why he is so gracious and merciful. I don’t know why He loves me enough to pursue me constantly. I don’t know why He goes to such great lengths to let me know my value, or that my purpose is so much greater than what I’ve been living in. I can simply say, that’s just who He is.
He is working on me.
I’ll never be perfect, and there will be days I believe those imperfections define me. There will be days when those voices of criticism and rejection are screaming in my ears. There will be times I forget again just how valuable I am, and that the world does indeed need what I have. There will be times I still feel out of place, and uncomfortable. But there will never be a day I don’t love my self again.
How could I possibly love the Lord and not love who he created me to be? It’s ridiculous really.
He’s calling out to you today to love who he created you to be. He’s reminding you that there’s so much more for you than what you’ve been living in. He wants you to know how valuable you really are.
Listen. Believe. He loves you child.
“For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.”
Psalms 139:13 AMP
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
As this thought has been on my heart this week, I can’t help but thank God for his faithfulness. There truly is none like Him.
For what seems like eternity, I have been walking around in circles in a certain wilderness. It has taken so much from me. I’ve had to learn to navigate through things I didn’t even want to accept were happening to me. Ive felt things I never wanted to feel. I’ve realized things I never wanted to know. My ignorant bliss was stripped away in soooo many areas of my life. My heart was tested on so many levels. I have been like the children of Israel roaming through the desert constantly telling God I didn’t want what He was giving me. I’ve been desperate so many days. I’ve suffered crushing blows, had set backs, been blindsided, felt the sting of betrayal. I’ve had so many days where I didn’t know how I was going to make it for one more minute. Just when it would seem like I was getting close, my promised land moved further and further away. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve thought to my self, “it’s never going to happen for me, I’ll never make it to my promised land.” And “God I did what you told me to, and it’s just getting worse!”. I have been in survival mode for more years than I care to reveal. It’s been so long in fact, that I forgot how to function outside of just simply trying to survive.
Any of this sound familiar?
How long have you been in your wilderness wandering around in survival mode?
If your reading this, I believe the answer to that question is “long enough”.
It’s time child. It’s time to walk out of your wilderness.
God is calling you out, and into your promised land.
He’s calling me out of my wilderness. It doesn’t even seem real. I prayed to make it to this day so many times that I can’t believe it’s actually here. It’s wonderful and terrifying at the same time. All that preparation was for now. I’ve got to reset my mind from “simply survive” to “thrive”. Let me tell you. It’s a process. I catch my self looking at my promised land like Caleb some days, ready to just run in and take it! And then other days I start looking like the crowd who was saying “we can’t handle that! That can’t be ours!” But every day I keep walking towards it anyway. I keep walking in the steps the Lord has ordered for me. The steps that lead me out of the wilderness that has been my home for so many years.
So what’s worse, being scared to get uncomfortable and walk out of that place of survival, or staying there forever? I don’t want to stay there a second longer than I have to. It put me in positions I never wanted to be in. But I made it! God was faithful to lead me through! It took waaaay longer than I would have imagined. But now I see a glimpse into why it’s the perfect time. Doesn’t God just always work perfectly that way?
I would much rather live my life uncomfortable getting used to the promised land, than uncomfortable in the testing of the wilderness.
Will I face another wilderness in my life? Absolutely. But as for this one, I’m walking out. Won’t you walk out of yours with me?
Follow the Lord today child, follow Him right out of your wilderness and into the promised land. Stop surviving and learn how to thrive in the blessings of the Lord.
“Look, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the LORD swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.’”
Have you ever been trying to do something and it just feels like you’re treading water? You know you’re on the right path. You know it’s where you’re supposed to go, but you just can’t seem to get there. I’ve been there more times than I care to admit. Thankfully there’s a solution to your problem. His name is Jesus.
As I read this story in the Book of John, there are so many miraculous things going on. Jesus is healing people hundreds at a time. He is performing miracles signs and wonders. The people are hearing about Him and seeking him out by the thousands. They even want to make Jesus their King. At that point Jesus had to slip away, because He knew that wasn’t what He was here for. His Disciples were right there along for the ride.
But as Jesus has slipped away, His disciples don’t know where He is or when He will be coming back. But what they do know is that they need to get to Capernaum. So they went without Jesus. It was around 6-8 miles to cross the sea and get there. But they were struggling. It was night, and the sea was rough. They barely made it about half way there and then Jesus showed up. Isn’t that just like Him to show up when we can’t go any further?
The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water towards them. It says they were frightened by it. I mean, out in a boat in the middle of the night with the waves beating against you, and then you see someone come walking up on the water? I’m sure it was a bit terrifying. But once Jesus confirmed that it was Him, they were willing to take him on their boat. Now all of that is miraculous and amazing. But it’s the last part of that story that gets me every time.
Just as soon as they were willing to take Jesus on their boat (aka the struggle bus) it says that they immediately reached the shore of where they were headed. They immediately made it to their destination. Talk about miraculous. This is it. There was no more guess work of should they turn back, or have even gone in the first place. There was no more barely surviving the raging sea. There was no more struggling alone. There was no more fear of if they would make it there or not. There was no more wondering if this would be the thing that took them out. They were not only reassured that they were on the right path, but they got their faster than humanly possible all because they let Jesus on their boat.
Where are you headed today that you were sure about when you started the journey, but the crashing waves of resistance have caused you to stop making progress? Where is it that you’re headed after hearing the Lord direct you there, that you can’t seem to take one more step towards? Where is it that you started your journey to without Jesus? Wherever it is, if you let Him on your boat, He will get you there, and more quickly than you could have dreamed.
It sounds funny to say that you headed out on a journey because the Lord lead you that way, but you didn’t actually take the Lord with you. But we do it all the time. We get the vision, the confirmation, the instructions, and then we run off and try to do it all on our own. Then we end up struggling every step of the way only to end up half way there, and sitting in the middle of a storm wondering why we ever started in the first place. But let that end today.
Remember why you started.
Remember what the Lord told you.
Remember the instructions He gave you.
Remember the vision He placed in your heart that you are running towards.
But more than anything remember that He never intended for you to go at it alone. Invite Him on your boat.
He will lead you and guide you and help you and encourage you every step of the way.
He will take every wasted moment and do things in an instant that you couldn’t do in a lifetime.
He is good. He is faithful.
Let Jesus get you to shore today. Don’t give up on your journey, but instead, let Jesus propel you to the finish line.
He never intended for us to do any of this alone.
“Then they were willing to take Him on board the boat, and immediately the boat reached the [shore of the] land to which they were going.”
With a new year comes new expectation. We put all of these pressures on our selves to accomplish this or that. We call them resolutions, but they mostly just end up being another reason to feel defeated when you can’t obtain them on your own. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about setting goals and crushing them. But I’m not all about sacrificing my peace for it. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve hated my self for not being able to do things I was never intended to do on my own, or even at all.
Do you hear what I’m saying?
Lay it down child.
Lay all of those expectations and resolutions and goals and dreams and anxieties and whatever else you’ve got down.
Lay them down at the feet of Jesus.
Ask Him to lead you and guide you into all that He has for you, and if it includes what you laid down, great! But if not, let it go.
If you lay something at His feet that He’s intended for you, you’re opening the door to let Him work in that thing. You’re opening the door to see what was once a “what if I could” turn into a “look what He helped me do”. He will help you every step of the way. You will go further and higher and bigger than you even thought possible with that thing if the Lord is in it.
If you lay something down at His feet that He’s not intended for you, you’re allowing Him to close that door for you. You are surrendering your will and trading it in for His. You’re opening the door for the Lord to take you to a place you didn’t know existed for you instead of where you thought you wanted to be. You’re opening the door to be able to look back later and say “I’m so glad the Lord didn’t let me go where I wanted to go.” Because where He took you instead was more than you could have ever dreamed.
So make your resolutions. Set your goals. But then you better lay them down at the feet of Jesus. Make sure that whatever you’re going into this year it’s with His approval and His help. You’ll never be disappointed that way, but instead will be blown away at the things you’ll be able to accomplish.
Keep your peace this year child, and lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. He will never steer you wrong.
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”