Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Get Your Faith On!

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Confession time - I’m guilty.
I opened the door to negativity and it walked right in and sat down!
Been moping around for a few days discouraged, disappointed in myself and questioning my dreams again. Feeling like I’m not “doing life” right.
You know the story…walking and kicking up dust in that same rut down a road that leads to nowhere fast.
I kept looking in that tiny rear-view mirror with all my past mistakes smoldering behind me instead of the big, broad view ahead that shines of God’s goodness, blessing and favor.
“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
So, what’s an encourager to do when she could use a bit of encouragement herself?
She has a pity party.

But I have found that a pit party’s an ugly place to be. I don’t wear “sad” well and tears are my contacts’ worst enemy. 
But this time, just before the tears came…God showed up in a big way, picked me up off that dirty, dusty road to nowhere and set me back on the solid ground of His Word.
I just love how He works.
He sends little sparks…little jewels that serve as reminders of His constant presence.
When we’re down, we can only focus on the closed doors; opportunities lost and second chances just out of our reach. We don’t see the OTHER doors God is opening just around the corner…and He definitely is!
Why do I question His greatness or his ability to work things out when my dreams and ambitions have been woven into the very fabric of who I am by His capable hands?
If you’ve been spending too much time looking in your rear-view mirror lately and giving your days over to regret and on things better left in the past, I invite you to join me today in kicking negativity to the curb and putting on the full armor of God! 
It’s a “one size fits all” kind of thing.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)

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