Do you believe?
GALS (Generations of Amazing Ladies Serving God), our community-wide women's Bible study, is journeying through Breaking Free this semester with Beth Moore. Almost seven years ago, I embarked on this study for the first time, and going back through it with my group this week I see how much I have changed......sometimes one chain for another unfortunately . I remember leaving this study 7 years ago feeling free, but how quickly He reminded me....I'm not finished with you, yet! Someone can testify with me to that one. Just when you think you are free because He broke the bondage to perfection, you find the seeds of distrust start blooming. Just as He breaks your attachment to fear, you find yourself battling insecurities. But it is His way.......His way is to bring to light that which keeps us from our destiny, so that our lives become more prolific. So that we bear fruit that will last (John 15:15), as He calls us. And lets just be honest, if we got it all at once, we'd be drowning in a sea of despair. Right?:)
So this week as I went through our lessons, the one that stirred most within my soul was this idea of knowing and believing God. I know and love His Word. I would even say crave and thirst and hunger for it, but when the moment arises the question becomes...... do I believe it? It is kind of humorous to look at my life on the big picture, when you can see the radical steps of belief I have certainly taken, but when it comes to the day to day little things often those are the ones that I catch myself having to be intentional in my belief. I may stick verses that speak to what I need belief for all over my home or tucked in the vizor of my car, so that I can renew my mind in car pick up line or while I am at the red light....yes, I am in His mighty right hand and yes, he brings beauty from ashes, and yes I am a mighty warrior! I think there are times when we all must be intentional in choosing to believe, because if we are honest, it is certainly not always easy......obviously that is why it is called Faith.....
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
In the midst of this study and all of this stirring, I am preparing for a weekend women's event this weekend in Michigan. The theme is "Steady My Heart," and I realize that which makes our heart unsteady, is often the very thing that we aren't standing in belief on.......
Will you really show up? Will I ever see the promise given? Will he ever come? Can I trust you with the desires of my heart? Will I survive this storm? Can I trust that nothing formed against me will prosper? Can you truly bring beauty from these ashes? Am I worthy?
So often unmet promises or storms or circumstances that call us to believe radically either bring us to a place that shakes our hearts to the core with uneasiness, or they have the ability to take us to a new level of faith. A level of faith that heals us, faith that transforms us, faith that changes our atmospheres and the kind of faith that births promises.
My heart is flooded with stories of His truth of the power of faith..... faith healing a bleeding woman, faith poured into jars like oil that would be provision, faith that would move mountains, faith that would impart peace, faith that would call you to take up your cross and follow.
My hope for you sweet friends is that you will choose to steady your heart today by simply choosing to BELIEVE that the Word hidden in your heart is TRUTH. He will never leave or forsake you! He will redeem you! He will restore you! His love never fails! But will you turn only to Him for the answer to everything troubling your precious little heart?
Seek. Love. Follow. In His Wings, Ro