As He Leads: Adventure # 1 (San Angelo, TX)

20200223_132907As I have previously mentioned, the Lord has placed it on my heart this year to do some traveling as He has called me into a season of discovery — discovering more of who I truly am in Him and discovering more of who He is. I’m excited for the journey!

This is completely His power at work in me as I have always been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of traveling. I’ve been one to stay in my own familiar environment, not leaving the known. Travel for me has always been driving on a familiar stretch to visit a relative who lives within 4 hours of me or, in my way younger years, traveling for work in the state I lived in. I’ve never ventured beyond.

As I believe I have mentioned before, my life has been such that, metaphorically speaking, when I got saved in 2014 it’s like I crawled out of an attic I’d been living my life in to see this world around me that I’d never known. As the Word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

So, I’m freshly home from my first adventure! 12 hours from home to San Angelo, TX. “Why there?,” you might ask. Well, in 2018 my Grandma had a stroke and my Aunt took her to live with her. I honestly thought I’d never see her again in this life. When God placed it on my heart to travel in mid January, I immediately wanted to take steps in obedience. I purchased an annual pass to my home state’s State Parks so I can venture out some weekends and discover God’s creation in my state and I started looking at the calendar to see when my son will be out of school so I can make some plans for longer distance venturing out. This week my son was on a school break so, with God’s leading, I decided that I would drive out to Texas to see my Grandma and Aunt. Praise God for leading me in this as it was a wonderful visit and it was wonderful discovering the beauty of His creation in a completely different region!

My son and I ventured out to the local State Park and explored some other areas in the region.  As I was walking and praying, I could feel God’s presence so thick and felt Him breathing His Spirit afresh upon me.  Oh, how beautiful God’s creation is!  Every bit of it, and that includes all the poky plants my son and I got poked with, lol (beware, it’s not just the cactuses that poke you in Texas!!  Little side funny story, when I got to the hotel for the evening I discovered I had an inch long needle poking out of my leg; don’t even know how I didn’t feel that! No injury; it was just there sticking out of my leg)!

Another part to this traveling God has placed on my heart is that as I travel, this is not just my adventure; this is His adventure! He is going to use me on these travels to accomplish His works, for His glory! I’m not sure what or how, but this is all, “as He leads. Whenever, wherever, however.” I’m a willing vessel and I want Him to use me however He desires and I can feel it within me, small steps and then bigger and then bigger. I’m willing and I know it is only through His strength and His power!

This trip, I’m not sure what all He may have accomplished through me or in me. But as I said in my post, “If but only one,” I do as He leads even when I may never see the fruit of what He calls me to do. I walk by faith, not by sight and I trust His purpose behind every single thing He calls me to do, however seemingly small in my narrow view it may seem.

I only had two interactions with people, aside from family, this trip. One was when my son and I ate breakfast. I felt led to leave a scripture on the receipt for the waitress. I won’t see the fruit of that, but God placed it on my heart so there it is! The second interaction was when I went to church on Sunday. I felt led to go up for prayer at the end of service and have prayer for fresh anointing with the Holy Spirit as I move forward in all God has placed on my heart. God definitely spoke some things to me through this couple’s prayer as they said some same things that were spoken to me in January as I had just started my time of prayer. It was powerful and I appreciate God affirming and reminding me of what He is speaking to me.

So, it was a great well rounded trip! Much new discovery of God’s creation, feeling His presence in a powerful way, having a great visit with family that would have never happened had the Lord not spoke this to me and given me the strength and boldness to walk it out, additional words of affirmation in the direction He is leading me in, great bonding with my son, His purposes being accomplished. Oh, how I love God!! Praise and glory to Him! He is so magnificent and He loves each and every one of us so much more than we can even fathom!

This is only the beginning!

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.  Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (Psalm 143:10)

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If but only one…

“If but only one.”  This is a phrase God spoke to my heart as He started giving me more and more assignments which involved stepping out of my comfort zone and being bold.  This phrase has been a continual encouragement for me as the Holy Spirit leads me to offer words of encouragement to others or to engage in acts of generosity.

When the Lord first started giving me assignments I felt uncomfortable and I felt insufficient.  I felt like words of encouragement or acts of generosity coming from me would have no significance in reaching someone.  I thought if the same words or acts would be coming from someone else they would be well received, but from me they wouldn’t have significance.  Obviously, this was lies the enemy had fed me that left me in bondage to my insecurities and prevented me from being able to be used by God to reach others in a way He wanted me to.  Praise God that I am no longer in bondage to those insecurities!

For anyone who feels led to encourage others in any way, you have to operate in the peace of trusting that God has purpose in every single thing He calls you to do, even when you won’t  always see the fruit of it.  Sometimes you will have opportunity to see the fruit of it unfolding before your eyes, and that is an amazing thing, but other times your role in encouraging is to plant a seed that you will not be able to see the outcome God has planned.  Find peace in being obedient.  As you are obedient to anything He calls you to do, you can trust that He has amazing purposes attached to every willing act of obedience.

In all that you do, “if but only one” is reached that has to be enough!  If you are in a room of people and He gives you a word to speak for someone, speak it out!  It may make absolutely no sense to everyone else in that room, but if it reaches that one person He intended it to reach, there is so much power in that!

I’m going to give an example of this in my own life that happened right after He started to speak to me about reaching “if but only one.”  The Lord put it on my heart to put together this small event for single moms and their kids who had been connected in my small group at one point or another.  He put it on my heart to invite all of them, even if they had only come to one meeting and never returned.  First, let me just say, event planning is something I’ve never done and never been interested in doing; the thought of it gives me anxiety.  But, this was different.  The Lord placed it on my heart and I was willing, and as a result the Holy Spirit led me in every detail.  I even found myself designing invitations and special name badges and ordering medals for the moms and kids.  I’m just saying it was His strength and power at work in me!

So the day came and went and I had my “if but only one” moment where the Lord blessed me with opportunity to see the fruit.  There was this one lady in particular who had only come to one small group the summer before and didn’t come back.  In that one small group meeting she had come to, she expressed that she had some social anxiety.  I really felt a strong push to invite her and to remind her of the event as it neared.  She made a last minute decision the night before the event that she would attend.

I could tell some moms and kids enjoyed the event more than others.  For some moms and kids, being outdoors and having friendly competition was not their thing (I’m sure you all know the type of kid who can’t handle losing so throws the monopoly game when they lose — hopefully not your own little angel)!  So, by the end of the event some had left early and some got enjoyment out of the time.  No matter how much anyone enjoyed it or didn’t I knew it was all worth it as God showed me the “if but only one.”

At home settling down for the night, I received a text from this lady who had expressed before to having social anxiety and had never came back to group after one meeting.  She sent me several pictures she had taken of her kids, who looked as happy as if they were at Disney, and she said these words, “Thank you for today. I needed it.”  After giving God glory and sharing with her that God had led every detail of the event, including who to invite, she responded, “He really guided me there today through you.”  I  don’t know all the details of what this lady struggled with and what all she was set free from that day,  but I’m telling you God did a powerful work!  He blessed me with the opportunity, in this instance, to have a glimpse of the fruit that came out of my obedience.  We won’t always see the fruit, but I know He showed me it that day to remind me the importance of “if but only one” being reached as we step out in obedience to all He calls us to do.

So, I encourage you, whatever God places on your heart to do, you do it!  Step out of your comfort zone when its required, climb over your walls, speak when you think you’re not sufficient, pray when you worry your words won’t flow, give when you don’t see the impact it could make!  Step out and do all He calls you to do!  Let His power flow through you!  If but only one person is reached, if but only one person is healed, if but only one person experiences freedom, if but only one person is saved!

Praise God!



But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:13-15)

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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The Faith, Works, Salvation Connection

I am finding more and more that a major gap in someone’s ability to come into to God’s loving arms is that they have a misperceived idea that there is a to-do list that would have to be perfectly completed before trying to do so.  I wrote the below last year and shared with a group of friends who were trying to understand how works tie to faith and salvation.


A question was posed among friends today regarding the connection between taking action in our faith through works, i.e., how doing works is connected to faith and, also, how doing works is connected to salvation.

I’ve spent some time finding applicable scriptures and looking up the Hebrew/Greek definitions of the words “works” or “deeds” (depending on the translation you read from) in hopes that it will help anyone reading to grasp a little better.  Here’s my best attempt at connecting the dots….

One note, where you see […..], that is my personal commentary as to something really sticking out to me or just commentary as to the way I’m interpreting something (as with behind the Hebrew/Greek definitions).

Let’s start by reading these scriptures:

Romans 3:28: For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

  • Hebrew/Greek definition of the word “works” in this scripture: “Of the works of men in reference to right and wrong as judged by the moral law: Generally”  [as in doing what is morally right from what is morally wrong].

Galatians 2:16: …know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

  • Hebrew/Greek definition of the word “works” in this scripture: “Of works of the law, meaning works required or conformable to the Mosaic moral law and required by this law.” [as in following Old Testament law (rules & regulations)]

Ephesians 2:8-9 8. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – 9. not by works, so that no one can boast.

  • Hebrew/Greek definition of “works” in Ephesians 2:9: “Of works of the law, meaning works required or conformable to the Mosaic moral law and required by this law.” [as in following Old Testament law (rules & regulations)]

Galatians 2:21: I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

Romans 5:1-2: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 2: 4-5: But because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.

Colossians 2:13: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

2 Timothy 1: 9: He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.

John 3: 17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Titus 3: 4-: But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

John 6:28-29: Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.

I’m hoping that in reading the above scriptures, that they come to life for you and you are gaining greater understanding of God’s grace and of what Jesus has done for us.  Think of it, we didn’t have to complete a list of to-dos before we were saved.  We didn’t have to have to be graded on how well we were following rules or regulations before we were saved.  We didn’t have to have been “doing morally good” for a certain length of time before we were saved.  But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). While we were still sinners.

When we received Jesus as our Savior, it may be that the day before or even the minute before, we were living in sin; we were separated from God.  But, when we made the decision to believe in Jesus and make Him Lord of our life, it was our faith in Him that saved us, not a list of to-dos or that we had followed rules or regulations or that we had been a good enough person.  If our salvation was based on such things we would not make it, not one of us.  We would all fall short.  It was in an instant and only by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus that we were saved.  Combine all of the scriptures above.  You can see by the Hebrew/Greek definitions of works, that these scriptures were touching on all types of works.  It is not by any type of works that we can be saved.  Repeating Ephesians 2:8-9 again, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works…

 

Ok, so that covers the connection between works and salvation… at least the initial connection.  We have been justified by faith, we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Our sins which were like scarlet have been made as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions for us (Psalm 103:12).  Now that we have faith, where do works fit in to the picture?  Several scriptures in the Bible reference works related to faith.  I am going to only share one scripture on this as I feel it, with the emphasis of the Hebrew/Greek definition, sums it up pretty well.

James 2:14-22: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith [note the words “claims to have faith”] but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

  • Hebrew/Greek definition of the word “works” or “deeds” (depending on the translation you’re reading) in this scripture:  Of works of faith, meaning springing from faith, combined with faith. [as in these types of works are a complete result of faith]

When we have a true, solid faith in Christ, this will coincide with works (or deeds).  I think sometimes when people read the word “works,” they immediately think of super big and impactful to-dos (actions), and yes, works can include some large to-dos, but also smaller ones.  As you can see with Abraham, his type of “works” were based on having complete faith and trust in God.  His “works” were a complete obedience to God, and He was able to do this as a result of his faith.  Obviously Abraham’s was a pretty large to-do.  He could do it because he had large faith.

Keep in mind the process of sanctification (the process of being conformed to the image of Christ)… Remember, justification happens immediately when we are saved.  I’ve heard it referred to “just as if I’d never sinned.”  Sanctification, on the other hand, takes a lifetime.  As developing fruits of the Spirit can be a part of sanctification, so can developing faith be a process of sanctification.  I’m saying you can have enough faith to be saved, but it is still being developed to a level where you will start displaying more works as a result of your faith — be it the type of works where you are doing good for others, the type of works where you are hearing from God and being obedient, and so on.  I’m just trying to say, if you are questioning yourself because you feel you aren’t doing the right “works,” please don’t, because your salvation was never based on works, nor will it ever be, but as your faith grows, doing works will become a part of who you are.  If you have faith, you will have works.

In my own personal experience, God would give me small nuggets of works to complete.  For example, it may be something so small as ‘you should give that girl who sits next to you at work a scripture card (seemingly small, but that is a work and it requires faith for you to complete it and you never know what seed has been planted in your coworker as a result of you acting in faith).  Another example could be that you are driving home, feeling exhausted from a long day at work, and hear from God to stop in to a store, even though you do not need anything there and it makes no sense to you.  Out of obedience, as a result of your faith, the work occurs when you are obedient and you do it. Though it doesn’t make sense in your mind at the moment, you stop in that store out of obedience.  Sometimes there is a clear outcome; maybe you’re in that store and God shows you a family who could use the clothes you’ve been carrying in your trunk for months to drop off at a charity, so if He speaks to you to give them those clothes, you complete another work out of obedience and faith.  Or maybe nothing tangible comes out of it that you can reason, but God was testing your obedience (and possibly doing something behind the scenes that you’ll never know). Works can be something such as serving, giving and so on, but sometimes the work is  just being obedient.  He can grow us in this way.  For me, God would give small nuggets and then maybe a little bit bigger, requiring me to exercise more faith.  I have found that He grows my faith in the process, and as my faith grows, the works grow too.

Well, I’m going to call that a wrap for tonight.  Hopefully this is received well and helps you in your understanding.   I wasn’t intending on writing a book, but there it is…

Be blessed!

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Facing a fork in the road?

You’ve felt a stir within you and you know God is getting ready to make a move in your life; you just don’t know when and where.  Then it happens!  You see a path in front of you with a fork in the road. You can go left or right; both paths are uncertain. Which do you choose?

I’ve come across several people lately who are facing this scenario.  It’s a tough one.  Sometimes God lays the path right in front of you and you just have to keep stepping, but sometimes there’s a fork and you have to make a decision one way or the other.  As I so often say, if you are submitted to and trusting God, you can be assured that you are right where you need to be at any given moment.  You just have to be willing to take any step He leads you to take.

When there’s two promising but uncertain paths presented before you, the best response you can take is to pray, pray, pray.  As you pray it is going to settle on your heart which path you are to take.  Whichever path you choose will be the right one.  His Word is true; He’s directing your path so you have nothing to fear in making the decision.  Take the step you feel most led to take and you can have peace as you trust that God is truly directing your path and since He is you know that He will present a closed door if you’re starting to take a wrong step.

So, prayerfully make the decision and don’t be afraid to take the step!  As you are trusting Him and submitting to Him, you can be assured He will not let you go any way that is outside of His will for you.

Be blessed!


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

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God’s great love!

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” (Psalm 33:13-15)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

God’s truth about His love for YOU. Straight from the Word.

Praise God for His unfailing love!

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As He leads

I have pondered some big questions lately.  What is my place in this world? How can I help the hurting?  What does God have for me to accomplish?  I am different than the average; how can I really be used?

As I have pondered all this, There is one solid conclusion I have come to.  Jesus.  Jesus is the only answer.  He defines my place in this world, He is the only answer for the hurting, God has much for me to accomplish because of my faith in Jesus and He has led me to embrace my differences and realize that my differences equate to Him being able to use me in a different way.  God wired me the way I am and He has purpose in the way He designed me.

I dont know exactly what all He will call me to do, but He has been lovingly revealing to me over the past few years that I am someone He can and will use to accomplish His purposes.  He once told me, “what you see as your weaknesses, I see as your strengths.”  He has been growing my faith tremendously over these past few years as I have stepped out in faith and obedience and as I have realized my complete dependence on Him.  I’m not afraid because I know He is with me.  I have complete trust in Him and He gives me strength.  When I face worries and uncertainty, I know that because I am submitted to and trusting Him everything is working out for good.  I walk by faith and not by sight.

When I was just starting my faith journey, a little over five years ago, He gave me a vision of how my journey would look and He gave me a ‘life scripture’:

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I saw a vision of an incomplete brick path in the process of being laid.  It looked rather rough as if it had been there waiting to be worked on a while.  At the time I received the vision, I was having worry over stepping outside of His will – of missing it or taking a wrong step.  He told me that I do not have to fear taking a misstep because, while a step off the path would cause delay, as I focused on Him and trusted Him He would rework the path so my feet would be on it once again.  He showed me my feet on the incomplete path and I saw my foot take a step and as I took the step He laid a brick below it before my foot hit the ground.  As I took the step, the path no longer looked old and abandoned!  He was completely directing and establishing my path as I took a step.

I have been seeing this vision take place in my life.  He speaks something to me and as I take a step in faith and obedience, He truly directs my path.  I see good come out of these steps of obedience.  I see His strength overcoming my weaknesses in these steps of obedience.  I see His purposes being accomplished in these steps of obedience.

I just recognized this right now, seeing that unfinished path that hadn’t been worked on in a while was an invitation.  It was an invitation for me to be a willing servant, for me to be obedient in lifting my foot to take any step He calls me to take.  Over these past few years, I’ve had to overcome some worry and I’ve had to allow Him to do some much needed growth in me, and now I’m at that place where nothing holds me back.  I am willing to step as He leads.

May His good, pleasing and perfect will always be done in me and through me. For His glory!

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Letting go of what other people may think -> Being obedient to God

Fear of what other people think of you. Fear of other people misjudging your actions or motives.

I have seen this to be one of the strongest and most effective tactics the enemy uses to keep God’s children from stepping boldly into accomplishing assignments He has called them to do.  I have seen these fears stop people from praying, stop people from speaking, stop people from being obedient to God.

As the Holy Spirit leads me to share on this, I want you to know that I share this from a place of experience.  I say this having come from a place of being in bondage to the pressures of fear of being misjudged, fear of having my motives questioned, fear of not measuring up to others or passing their assessments of me.  I have been in bondage, but praise God, I have been set free!

There is a place of peace when you are able to lay aside unnecessary external pressures, specifically, most often misperceived pressures you take on from other people.  I call them reverse judgements.  You think someone is judging you, when in reality they most likely are not, but you are actually the one judging them – judging that they are judging.  That’s a brain twister there.  Yes, we will indeed be judged or assessed by other people (who themselves need conviction and growth) from time to time and that is unfortunate, but we cannot let that hold us back from accomplishing God’s purposes for us.

Daughter of God, You have been created by God, uniquely fashioned by Him and you are perfect to Him just the way He created you.  Do not worry over what anyone thinks of you aside from the Lord.

If God has placed something on your heart to do, no matter how big or how small, go do it!  He knows your heart and He is the one who knows your motives.  Don’t let the lies of the enemy hold you back from completing assignments God has for you.  When you are having any thoughts about motives include Psalm 139: 23-24 in your prayers: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

“People will think I’m weird.”  Oh goodness, ask anyone who knew me when I was newly saved.  I would start every sentence on a spiritual topic (what I felt I was hearing from God, etc.) with, “You may think I’m weird but…”  If you hear from God, do not worry over other people’s understanding of what you are doing.  People will misunderstand, but you will have peace in walking in obedience to God.  I will give one personal example and this is when I was newly saved.  I had been driving around with my son’s old clothes in my trunk ready to be dropped off for donation for several weeks.  It was a long tiring day of work and I was so ready to go home, but I randomly felt within me God say, “you know those clothes in your trunk? Drive to the Dollar Tree.”  Okay, I rarely go to that store unless I’m needing something very specific that I know they sell, so this was completely random.  I hesitated and then I went.  As I pulled into the parking lot I saw a lady with two small boys walking in at that moment.  I knew within me this was really happening, that God really had spoken to me and really was doing a work, but then came the feeling of “that women is going to think I’m so weird if I randomly ask her if she needs some clothes while she is shopping.”  I walked in the store and hesitated, but I wanted to obey what I know was God’s leading.  When I did ask her if she wanted the clothes, her response was, “Jesus sent you! My son has just outgrown all his clothes and I was needing to get some new ones.”

Step boldly into whatever God calls you to do!  Other people may very well not understand the step you are taking or, through their dimmed vision, see you as underqualified, but when God calls you to do something, be obedient and it will be His power at work in you to accomplish all He has called you to do!  His power is made perfect in your weakness.  Believe every bit of what He says.  Let nothing hold you back woman of God!

If you feel led to pray in a group setting, pray!  He is loving every word of it no matter how studdery or stumbly it is coming out.  Let go of what grade any other person could put on your ability to pray.  If people give you an A+ or an F it does not matter.  If anyone is grading your abilities, they are the one who needs conviction and growth.  With this being said, prayer in a group setting should never feel like an obligation or some way of proving yourself to other people (see Matthew 6:5 on not praying for the purpose of being seen by others).  If you don’t feel led by the Spirit, don’t do it out of pressure, but if you feel led by the Spirit to pray, pray boldly without hindrance!  The enemy would try and have you remain silent, but there is power when a group gathers and prays in agreement.

Somewhere in my walk with God I was able to completely let go of any worry over what others may think of me.  This was a process over time of trusting God and being obedient, no matter what discomforts were attached, but I have seen Him move over and over again as I have let go of my own insecurities and submitted completely to His leading.

If God says speak, speak.  If He says pray, pray.  If He says do, do.  If He says go, go.  Let nothing hold you back from accomplishing all that God calls you to do!  All glory to God!

Be blessed!

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