Stuck somewhere between numb and exhaustion, I stared out the window. Lord, how did I end up here? Please forgive me.
Been there before too? If so, you’ll want to read my devotion today at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today.
In today’s devotion, I share about a time several years ago when I started first started speaking. Assuming every opportunity was an opportunity from God, I said yes to each one. We’ve been taught to pray for open doors, haven’t we?
What I wish someone had taught me was that open doors are another opportunity; another opportunity to seek God’s wisdom. I said yes to all those invitations and wound up exhausted.
Open doors are another opportunity.
Another opportunity to seek God’s wisdom.
Early this fall, I found myself in a similar situation. Having not written a book in two years, my working life had slowed down considerably. Then, two contracts were presented to me simultaneously. Based on my prior experience of too much too fast, this time I assumed the opposite: this couldn’t be God. I told my husband I was going to say no and headed into my office to construct the email.
As I entered my office, I saw my chair, where I start each day with the Lord and I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me to slow down; spend some time with him.
I headed to my “normally scheduled” Bible reading for the day which was Romans 15:5 – 6 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
I have read Romans I don’t know how many times, but honestly I can’t say that I have seen God called the God who gives endurance. This is who He was revealing Himself to me on this day: the God of Endurance and Encouragement.
Here is what I wrote in my journal on August 24, 2016. I wrote as the Lord speaking directly to me in my spirit,
“I know that you feel like you can’t do this. That’s my point. You have done things before in your strength. Your ideas, your hard work … you. This? This is Me. I brought these opportunities to you. This will be My heart for women and girls. This is the one thing that will bring You and I closer because you will be dependent on Me. This is for My glory; not your’s. I’m in this. This is me. Trust Me. I’ve got You.”
My answer: “Your kingdom come; Your will be done. Thank you, Jesus.” (I wrote this with a great deal of trepidation!)
And I then I emailed “yes” to both contracts.
So next August, my first book for tween girls, ages 8 – 12 years old will be released: Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You. I have had to find the fearless me to write to this age group. God was spot on! I have had to be so dependent on Him!
Next fall, Make Your Move: Finding Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures, an Inscribed Bible study and video curriculum for women will release also.
That means every day, I am crying out to God to give me His words for these two books that I am writing at the same time!
What I am learning is that God wants us to come to Him each time with the decisions we make. Sometimes, He wants to prevent us from situations that will be overwhelming. Other times, He wants us to know Him as the God of endurance and encouragement. Which time is which time is His decision to make. Father knows best. May we have the wisdom to go to Him and the humility to listen and obey each and every time.
Are you in a season of needing to make a decision? Share in the comments below and let’s pray for one another today!
Merry Christmas, friends!
May YOU know Him as your God of Endurance and Encouragement
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