New Living Translation (NLT)
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
I never seem to fit in I always say. My husband actually had to push me at first to go to women’s group every other Monday night. I disliked new groups. I felt like a not valid part of any group. I often thought, “What difference will what I say make in any ones life?” Then of course God reminds me that we heal others and share Jesus with our testimonies. Then my mind starts telling me my testimony is not that great and who would want to hear me rambling on. All pure lies from the enemy.
Every time I have shared my past life, someone takes notice. Not of me, but of Jesus. Even I sometimes ponder on what amazing things God did in my life over the last 43 years. Sometimes my own testimony helps me get over something I am dealing with today so why wouldn’t my story help others?
Often times in life, God sets us apart for season. Perhaps He wants us all to Himself so that He can pour into us. Other times He many want to separate us from a disaster we have gotten ourselves into. Or maybe He just needs our full attention so that we can get back on track with our destiny. No matter the reason, there is a reason for being set apart.
How can we tell the difference from being alone or separated? Simple. It all comes to choosing. If you are choosing to follow after God and are listening and obeying to what He directs then you are choosing to allow Him to set you apart. If you are choosing to be a part of a group instead of being alone then here again it is your choice. Perhaps it is time to begin to step out in faith and BE a part of a group. Begin to share your story. Start to believe in you as the person God has created you to be.
2 Corinthians 4:16
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
I took 83 pictures today while at the lake and I took at least 1/2 of them of these silly seagulls trying to get just the perfect shots. I was not going to give up until I got one I liked and here it is. I kept chasing after those birds and making them go into flight until I was satisfied with the outcome. I was determined to catch the perfect angle and the best shot I could. I was not looking for perfection per say, however, I wanted a good picture. I wanted to capture something which I could share with others. I just kept taking picture after picture until I thought I had the one I needed, then I could move on to the next subject. Man, sounds like me and God!
How come we are satisfied where we are? Why do we always just give in and never really let go of the things we need to surrender? We often get so discouraged we just plop down where ever we are in life and accept our surroundings. We figure we might as well just give up and quit because we are never really going any where. We stop pressing into the things of God and just figure it’s not His will when really we should be letting go of the very thing we want to happen in our lives so that God can pick it up and take a hold of it. God desires to bring things to life for us but when we are hanging on so tightly He cannot help. Also when we stop trying and just set it aside, He can’t move either.
So here I stand with those books again. Have I just given up on them ever getting published? Why am I not taking this to God over and over again to show that I need something to happen. If I want to get anywhere with the gift God has given me, then I need to press in over and over again. I need to keep blogging and seeking His word to share with others. I have to continue to share my testimony for it is by our testimonies others are healed and led to a better life. So here I stand, I am not giving up but I am letting go. I am placing all that I am…..my dreams, my hopes, myself and my life in God’s hands. I am choosing in this moment that this life I lead is not my own. I choose to believe fully that my steps are ordered by the Lord. I stand firm on the Rock of my salvation, knowing that if I let it all go, I will never have to give up!