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Certainty in Uncertain Times

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We are certainly living in uncertain times!

The pandemic has not only made us change the way we have to do life, it has created much fear—fear of the unknown future. However, the future has always been unknown to us.

We are constantly faced with the vicissitudes of life. The circumstances around us are always changing! But be honest—would you really want them to remain the same all the time? That sounds pretty boring and monotonous to me!

Some people adapt to transition slower than others, if at all. I think that is primarily due to fear—fear of what a negative circumstance may bring.  I suppose the pandemic would qualify as a major negative circumstance!

Of course, this world-wide hardship has affected us all differently.

Nevertheless, whatever your situation, you have One who is unchanging. Instead of losing our peace during ambiguous times we can lean on our God who has all the answers.

“I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb 13:8)

The more uncertain we are of God, the more our anxiety.

It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to Him. Let me ask you this: Are you certain that:

  • God loves you?
  • He knows exactly what He is doing?
  • God’s way is best for you?”
  • His grace will be sufficient no matter what you will face?
  • You are His child and He will provide all that you need to thrive?

If you’re not, that is where you need to start. God cannot lie or make a mistake. He is always faithful.

When anxieties strike, we can choose to believe in what our unchanging God says and use them as opportunities to demonstrate our faith in Him.

We can speak truth to our souls when the “what ifs” hit. Then, when He proves Himself faithful to us through experience, we will be more certain of our future the next time uncertainty comes. (see Rom 12:2)

We needn’t worry like the world—it’s wasted energy.

If you’re not convinced of God’s faithfulness, let Him prove it to you. Take a baby step of faith by speaking the facts that you know about God, even when you feel uncertain. Then watch your doubts fly out the window as your sure God gives you a more-sure faith!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)

So until next time, my friends, I’d like to leave you with an excerpt from my latest book, The Master’s Garden, where New Dawn, a very emotional climbing rose is talking to the Master Gardener, to whom she belongs, about her fears.

“It’s just the uncertainty of what’s ahead that has me so anxious,” expressed the rose, trying desperately not to fret.

“It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to you. But are you certain of My love for you? Are you certain that I know all things? Are you certain that I know exactly where I will place you? Are you certain that I do know what is best for you?”

“Yes, I am certain of You, my Rescuer. You have proven Yourself faithful to me a million times! My wild nature still doubts, though. I want to be a rose of faith. I’m so sorry that I fail You so often.”

“You never need to fear the unknown, New Dawn. It is not unknown to Me. And since you will be with Me, under My protection and care, worrying is wasted effort which robs you of joy and peace.”©

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Turning Your Fear of Failure into Faith

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I remember it ever so clearly. It was 4 years ago at a Christ Life Ministries’ Ladies Prayer Advance. I was plagued with doubts and uncertainties because the Lord was compelling me to move forward with He’s So Worth It Ministries.

I was afraid because I am a perfectionist. I knew I was going to make mistakes. I was distraught when I shouldn’t have been. I know better! I know that no one is perfect—except my Savior. So that caused me to beat myself up even more. That’s certainly not being a woman of faith, which is what I desperately want to be!

Couple that with a great sense of inadequacy and you have one pathetic creature!

During my Sweet Hour of Prayer that weekend, I cried out to the Lord… “Why am I so fearful? Is it because I’m afraid:

  • I will fail you?
  • Misread You?
  • Mis-speak You?
  • Misrepresent You?
  • Do Your work with impure motives?
  • Fall short in countless ways?”

Then I “heard” Jesus speak ever so clearly into my heart, “Even so, I forgive, I forgive, I forgive….

“But I will minimize the number of your failures if you:

  • Keep close to Me so you can discern My leading.
  • Keep surrendering.
  • Keep repenting when you do fail.
  • Keep going forward in faith.
  • Keep believing in Me and My ability and trust Me.
  • Keep persevering to the end—whether it’s 1 day, 1 year, or 30 years.”

I bawled.

I cannot be perfect no matter how hard I try! And I cannot be a woman of faith unless I fully depend upon God. God doesn’t want us to live in fear but in faith. He wants to take our weaknesses and show the world what glorious things He can do!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor 12:9)

Look, it’s ok to want to be like Jesus, the Perfect One. In fact, we are commanded to be. Nevertheless, we must realize we will always fall short of that goal! God knows that. It is the very reason why He sent His flawless Son.

“Oh Jesus, please turn this pathetic creature, this jellyfish, into a mountain goat so I can jump and scale the high places with You!” (That’s a reference from Hinds’ Feet on High Places—my favorite book outside the Bible. See my last blog.)

Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving forward. Don’t add that to your list of regrets. Instead, pray this with me:

Lord, make me faithful not fearful! 

But…God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him…. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  (1 Cor 1:27-29, 31)

I used to think that Jesus was pushing me forward in this ministry, but that was a greatly flawed perspective. He was actually inviting me to join Him on a great adventure to the high places; to accomplish amazing things for His Kingdom of Love; to see a glimpse of His glory.

I am so glad I accepted His invitation to the high places. Will you?

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Until next time, my friends, ask God to help you be faithful not fearful. Let Him transform us jellyfishes into mountain goats so we can go on the high places! 

 

 

 

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Enjoying the Free-fall During Leaps of Faith

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Although I think jumping out of airplanes for fun is crazy, I think it accurately describes what a leap of faith feels like. We feel desperate, out of control; squealing cries of fear because we are totally helpless; in need of a rescuer.

God allows hopeless situations into our lives because

He wants us desperate for Him!

He wants us to know we cannot do life on our own without Him. He’s been teaching me that my sense of inadequacy is a good thing, because it keeps me dependent upon Him. That’s what He wants.

He has also taught me that I can be in desperate situations without consuming fear. Yes, I still have times of feeling very much afraid, but if I choose to completely depend upon God (i.e. trust), I need not remain that way. In fact, He’s teaching me how to

actually relax and enjoy those times of freefall!

These last few years the Lord has compelled me to take numerous leaps of faith—especially in regards to this ministry. More and more I have seen Him come through and my trust in God has soared.

Fast forward to the present.

I did it! I’ve jumped out into the wild blue yonder—without a parachute, and willingly this time!

(Note: God never really pushed me out before. It only felt that way.) God has finally answered my desperate cries for help with He’s So Worth It Ministries. There have been many times when I doubted my calling in this endeavor because the Lord had not provided that help.

Now He has!

But only after I took that leap of faith.

I am not at liberty to share the details of what that step entailed. Suffice it to say it was humongous for me and one that is ongoing.

All I know is that this time, I am determined to enjoy the freefall more than ever. I am excited to see what God is going to do through this ministry—through little ole me! I have finally come to the place where I am convinced that what I have to say is of utmost importance to others. It’s the message God has placed in my heart. I am compelled to proclaim it! I feel like the prophet Jeremiah who said:

And I can’t quit! For if I say I’ll never again mention the Lord—never more speak in his name—then his word in my heart is like fire that burns in my bones, and I can’t hold it in any longer. (Jer 20:9)

I am finally certain that this is God’s will for me. So the next time(s) I feel scared, doubtful, discouraged and desiring to give up I will remember Jeremiah’s words and focus instead on the eternal impact God wants to make through this ministry for His glory. That thought brings me great joy!

For those who like to skydive, a leap out of an airplane produces fleeting exhilaration and only for self. But a leap of faith

produces a deep abiding joy, eternal fruit and rewards, and glory for God.

There is no comparison.

My friend, what leap of faith is God asking you to take? Perhaps your faith jump will save souls, save marriages, or save the life of a despairing person.

There is too much at stake not to go forward! If and when fear threatens to immobilize you, ask God for the courage to step out of that plane. He will give it you. Relax and enjoy the freefall. Hold His hand and those of other believers around you. You will not crash!

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Ps 36:5)

 

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Uncertain times? An Opportunity to Increase Your Faith

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Transition is hard. Most people don’t like change. Although some do. For me, it depends on what that change is! I’m moving again. Two years ago I moved from my wonderful home and garden of 23 years to an apartment. That was tough! This time I’m moving out of state—different location, different church, different people….

Moving can be such a stressful time! So many details to take care of, plus there are so many unknowns:

  • What if they don’t accept me in my new location?
  • How will I be serving God in my new church?
  • Will I make new friends?
  • Will the folks back home forget me?
  • Who’s going to be my new doctor and dentist?

Etc., etc., etc.  

We are often faced with many unknowns in life—especially during a major change in circumstances. Most of you, I suspect, are not moving, but surely many of you are experiencing some type of transition:

  • Kids changing schools
  • Adjusting to an empty nest as kids go off to college
  • Dealing with a new health issue
  • Adapting to a new addition to your family—baby, elderly parent, or even a new pet
  • Handling some new trial which has turned your world upside down

Whatever your situation, we have One who is unchanging. Instead of losing our peace during ambiguous times we can lean on our God who has all the answers.

“I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb 13:8)

The more uncertain we are of God, the more our anxiety.

It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to Him. Let me ask you this: Are you certain that:

  • God loves you?
  • He knows exactly what He is doing?
  • He knows what is best for you?”
  • His grace is sufficient for whatever you will be facing?
  • You are His child and He will provide all that you need to thrive?

If you’re not, that is where you need to start. God cannot lie or make a mistake. He is always faithful. When anxieties strike—and they will, we can choose to believe in what the immutable One says.

Change can be a time, an opportunity, to demonstrate our belief in God.

If you and I say we believe God’s Word, then we need to act like it. Since I do believe in His Word, I will speak truth to my soul when the what ifs hit. Will you join me? Will you choose to believe in the faithful unchanging Creator? Then, when He proves Himself faithful to us through experience, we will be more certain of our future the next time uncertainty comes. (see Rom 12:2)

We needn’t worry like the world—it’s wasted energy. 

If you’re not convinced of God’s faithfulness, let Him prove it to you. Take a baby step of faith by speaking the facts about God that you know, even when you feel uncertain. Then watch your doubts fly out the window as your sure God gives you a more sure faith!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

10 Ways to Help You RECOGNIZE God’s Handiwork

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Worries, stress—they can prevent us from seeing God’s handiwork. Problems distort our vision and our ability to hear God. But make no mistake about it—God is at work. When we know that, we’ll keep from despairing. Plus, developing spiritual eyes (faith) pleases God (Heb 11:6).

Here’s how to recognize God’s activity:

1. Believe that God is indeed working and that His Word is true.

2. Renew your mind with God’s truths. Meditate on:

  • Bible passages concerning the unseen, such as 2 Corinthians 4; Ephesians 1, Romans 8, Colossians 3:1-4, and Hebrews 12:2
  • God’s qualities.

God is good, loving, all-wise, exists outside of time, etc. Therefore, “When you can’t see His hand, you can trust His heart.”

Speak His truths to your soul repeatedly, emphatically and with conviction.

3. Develop an open heart; don’t resist (Sorry, can’t get away from this submission truth).

“Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?” (Mk 8:17-18)

They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. (Ez 12:2)

4. Confess. Keep short accounts with your Savior. Unconfessed sin perverts perception.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to what He’s doing.

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24)

6. Keep your antennas up. Expect God to answer your non-demanding, non-dictating prayers. 

7. Notice the small and subtle pieces of evidence as well as the big and obvious ones. Look especially with eternity and others in mind, such as:

  • The drawing of a soul closer to salvation.
  • Spiritual growth in yourself or others even in small ways.
  • Not giving into a temptation.
  • Any small victory or way God has answered your prayer.

8. Reduce the noise in your world.

“You need a buffer zone of silence around you in order to focus on things that are unseen.  Since I am invisible, you must not let your senses dominate your thinking. The curse of this age is over-stimulation of the senses, which blocks out awareness of the unseen world.

The tangible world still reflects My Glory, to those who have eyes that see and ears that here. Spending time alone with Me is the best way to develop seeing eyes and hearing ears.”*

9. Praise God when you do see Him working and even when you don’t.

10. Practice. The more you recognize God’s work, the quicker you’ll see it in the future.

Since God is invisible we need to increase our awareness of the spiritual realm. One day our faith will be our eyes and we’ll wonder why we ever doubted in the first place!

Pray with me:

Therefore, I fix my eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen; not on what I don’t have but what I will have and what I have now in the spiritual realm. Though my outward self is wasting away—my inner self is being renewed day by abiding in my Savior. For my light and momentary troubles are achieving an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Therefore, I will fix my eyes on You Jesus—my reward, my treasure, my everything. It’ll all be worth it! You will be worth it!

 

*Sarah Young, Jesus Calling (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2004), 174. 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

Free-fall: Desperation without Consuming Fear

I think people who jump out of planes for the fun of it are CRAZY! So why do people do it? They must get enjoyment out of it.

But what if you didn’t want to parachute and someone made or pushed you out?

We all have times in our lives when we feel like our feet are planted in mid air—totally helpless and desperate to regain control. Sometimes it even seems like God is the One who pushed us.

God allows these hopeless situations because He wants us desperate for Him. He wants us to know we cannot do life on our own without Him. Matthew 5:3 says,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

That phrase means totally incapable of doing anything; in desperate need of deliverance outside of ourselves. Without a rescuer we would literally perish.

Now let me ask you a mind-blowing question.

Is it possible to be desperate without consuming fear?

I think that’s what the Lord has been trying to teach me: that it is indeed possible—with Him.

Those who willingly step out of a plane 12,000+ feet above ground, and even pay to do it, MUST think it’s worth it; the thrill being greater than the risk. Surely there is fear present, but they believe that their parachute will open. They have confidence (=trust) that the parachute is in working condition, was packed correctly, and a host of many other unknown factors.

So imagine with me, stepping out in faith in response to God’s leading; excited to see what God will do as we step out into the wild blue unknown. We may still be shaking a bit (or a LOT), but we know it’ll be worth the risk as we look at the eternal fruit it’ll produce—in us and others. Think of all the glory God will get when He uses little “nobodies” like you and me! Working together with God for Kingdom purposes is thrilling. (If you haven’t experienced that yet you are in for a treat!)

Our risk is minimal compared to a skydiver. God is 100% reliable. Yes, there are unknowns for us—but not for our omniscient in-control Creator.

Therefore, I am trying to do take a leap of faith without panicking, screaming, or even complaining. I am trying to relax and enjoy the freefall. When I have moments of flailing, I can remember and exclaim, “Wait! God’s got me!” Then when I do relax and trust, I find that it is actually fun—exhilarating!

Living a life of faith is a progression. God often has us take baby steps first to demonstrate He is faithful. Then He moves us to take larger and more difficult steps to increase our faith; to grow that mustard-size seed of faith into a large tree. Sometimes He even forces us into situations where we are totally helpless to teach us to solely depend upon Him.

When you find yourself free-falling:

Choose to trust; to rest in God’s invisible everlasting arms. Enjoy the ride. Desperation will be replaced with a deep sense of knowing that God will catch you!

 

 

Scripture taken from the The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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