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From Water to Fearless

[ A David Psalm ] Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.
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So last year I did this One Word for the year challenge and my word was WATER.  (Funny word to me since I fear the water.)  The idea behind the One Word is to find time to meditate alone with God and allow Him to give you one word He can use to speak to you throughout the year.  As my year went on I discovered lots of new things about water and got excited when I saw water in places I never saw before.  I began to understand the power of water and even have changed the title of book number three to include water.  I feel like I am finally in the place where walking on water is part of my future, yet I still fear the water so to speak.
Why do I fear water so much?  Two major reasons: one I was thrown off a boat at a young age in hopes that I would learn how to swim and second my son almost drown in a pool accident when he was six.  I recently got over my fear of boats this summer and have gotten a little more relaxed with water but I think God wants me to go so much deeper this year and so He is connecting words for me.  This year my word is FEARLESS.  With this I think comes some new boldness in my ministry among other things. I am excited to see where He will take me with this fearless attitude this year and I look forward to the transition from water to walking fearlessly on the water.
I would encourage each of you to try the One Word challenge (just type it in your search bar and the site will come up on the internet or Facebook)  God desires to speak to us and sometimes I find it easier if I have a specific focal point so that I do not get distracted by too many venues.  God speaks to everyone in different ways and sometimes with a certain word to follow it makes the messages a little more clear.
Let me know if you have a word for the year.  It’s a challenge worth taking.  God has a lot work to do on all of us as we choose to mature into the likeness of Jesus and the more direct we can make the connection the easier it will be for us to understand what God desires to do in our lives.
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Content to Wait or Should We Push?

“[Effective Prayer] “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”Matthew 7:7-8 NLT

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Sometimes the waves are crashing the shoreline over and over and over again.  Some go higher while others just don’t quite make it.  Other times there are no waves beating against the sand on land and an eerie quietness overtakes the area.  During the storms the waves are terrorizing the beach front and washing over the piers and lighthouses.  Can we compare this to our talking with God?  Sometimes we are calm and content to just flow with whatever is going on in our lives, knowing He is in control and taking care of things and then…..

Well, we get hurt by someone or a life circumstance changes and the “waves” to God start hitting just a little harder.  As we try to cope and just push the pain away the waves get a little stronger as we question God on the issue.  The more we push it away it begins to fester into a storm and pretty soon we are raging like a storm ourselves and asking God all sorts of questions.  We get caught up in the what ifs and the where are God’s that we begin to spiral out of control in our own fury.  Then, it takes one name to stop it all, Jesus.

He is the calmer of our storms and the quencher of our waves.  He gives us the answers and the grace to overcome.  He directs our actions and gives us the peace we were searching for before the storm even began.  Soon our storm does not seem so big and the waves die down to the calmness again….until the next eruption in our lives.

How do we get to a more even flow in our lives?  Do we stay content in our little boats and float along, accepting life’s ups and downs, knowing our steps are ordered by God?  Or, do we get our of the boat, tip it over and start some waves?  If we don’t rock our boats who is going to?  How do we ever get to a place of overcoming if we just sit and watch the view go by?

I know God is in control of my life but at times I wonder this very thing….am I waiting for God to move or am I suppose to move so that He can direct my steps?  

How can God grow us up or give us direction if we are just content to not be moved?  How will we gain character if we don’t seek Him and His advice?  How will be obtain wisdom if we let God do all of our thinking for us?  If we are to become warriors and overcomers, I feel we need to get out of our boats, tip them over and start the storm, for it is in the storm that things begin to change.  It is the storms of life which teach us perseverance and test our true faith.

I am getting out of my boat right now………..let the storm begin!