If you are joining me here today from Proverbs 31 Ministry’s Encouragement for Today, welcome! (If you have stopped by for my regular “In the Know” post on all things pertaining to teens, it will be back next Wednesday. You won’t want to miss a compelling interview with a 13 year-old Dylan.)
My devotion today dealt with our need in life to sometimes move in order to get into the Sonlight. Move out of routines that are too comfortable. Move into new areas of ministry even when it makes your stomach do flip flops. Move out of old relationships that are distracting, damaging, possibly even sinful. Move out so that we can move into His Presence.
My routine a few years ago was set. Drop my kids off at school and head to the Y. There I could hop on a treadmill, chat away with some friends for an hour and then head home to start the day. Sounds good hun? Not really.
#1) By the time I got out of the shower it was felt late to me and I felt the rush to get going on chores, errands, etc. Skipping time with Jesus was just too easy
#2) Much of the chatter was just not the type of conversation that was causing me to grow.
#3) I was paying money for this!
So, I made the decision to quit my membership and begin spending a season of walking alone, chatting with Jesus each day. It was a hard change for me. As a person who works at home, I looked forward to interaction with adult women when I can get it. That was not what I needed. I needed to move to get into the Sonlight.
I asked a few friends of mine to share what changes they have had to make to strengthen their relationship with Jesus.
“Watching a friend of mine, I have been able to see how she follows Christ regardless of how that following with affect her life personally. I’ve seen her give grace that could only be given when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. She has shown me that it isn’t the absence of fear that enables you to go ahead with God’s plans, but IN the fear you are able to go forth, relying totally on God. I am going to lead a small group, which, in my flesh, I feel totally incapable of doing, but in the Spirit, I know that God will use an ordinary person, like me, to do extraordinary things. And I know, that I know, that my success or failure isn’t what God will measure me by, but on my willingness to be faithful and obedient. That is what I have learned from my friend so far. I can’t wait to see what I will learn from her next!”
While reading your devotion, I kept thinking of the song by FFH “Move or Move me” (not sure if that is the name, but those are the lyrics) it goes on to say “move me out of the place of complacency to a place of fellowship with Thee”. There is no better place to be, but it is not easy to surrender fears and insecurities to get there. After the past years of emotional roller coasters, I can say that God has moved me to a place of truth. I can be honest and healthy in my spiritual, emotional and physical life, OR I can be a sick liar. God is very clear in His Word “let your yes be yes and your no be no”. I am choosing healthy!!
What is your story of how you have moved? If you have received this by e-mail, click here to head to Lynn Cowell.com so you can comment or just click “comment” below and thanks ahead of time for sharing!