This message is very close to my heart in this season of life, I’ve mentioned before that I like things to be just so. I like things to fit together in real life like I see them in my mind, it is unrealistic thinking. The truth is we just have to live our lives out, do what is on our heart today no matter the circumstances that surround us. I’ve been called to a life of love and service, I long to help others and to share Christ’s love with them. However, the truth is most days lately I feel like I’ve been in survival mode. At times recently I have been guilty of letting my trials define me, when things aren’t going my way I find myself in a very selfish state of mind. I lose my focus, while some of the circumstances I’ve found myself in seem less than fair, it’s nothing in comparison to the real problems that some people face. I think it is no coincidence that my “First 5” app is doing a study on Job right now, he had real suffering in his life. He lost everything and still managed to keep his faith in Christ, though he met opposition from everyone in his circle, he remained steadfast. It reminds me daily that I really don’t have any problems, I am surrounded by blessings. My trials are stepping stones to the greater life I have been called to.
Sometimes we have to sacrifice what we think we want and need to live out our lives. Think back over a previous trial that you have had, did God meet every need? More than likely the answer to that is yes. He comes through every time, we must not let our faith falter no matter what our circumstances are. This is where we grow, this where we learn, and we become the people we were created to be. Looking back over that last few years, I have grown so much closer to Christ. I have had to learn to depend on Him and only Him, there were definitely times that I could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn’t possibly comprehend what was going on, however I just had to have faith that could move mountains to put one step in front of the other. And you know what, God prevailed every time and every time I wasted a lot of time and energy stressing over circumstances that I could not control.
I want to encourage you today to “live it out”, live out the life that you want. The life that God has called you to live out, don’t let your current circumstances define you. You know, Allen and I prayed and God answered our prayers. We could not see at all how our life would turn out, however it has been so worth the wait and each trial. We get to enjoy each day of this life together, God has big plans for our life, our family, our marriage, our future, our everything. We still face trials, we are currently in a huge battle, the difference now is that we don’t let it define us because we know without a shadow of a doubt that God will prevail. He hasn’t failed us yet, and He’s not going to start now. Remember God’s promises to you and keep them close to your heart…follow God-not man. Keep moving forward, putting one step in front of the other, knowing that your creator has your best interests at heart. You may not be able to see it now, just keep on keeping on and He will prevail and you will learn so much in the process.
Jeremiah 29:12-13, “You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”