Sometimes we listen to the critical voices that keep us at bay. Is God calling you to step forward and say “yes” to Him?
A year ago, around this time, I was quick-sand sinking into battle.
Chin-dipping deep in war.
You’d think warfare happens when tragedy strikes or something awful ensues.
I had endeavored to pick up what I had once laid down nearly a decade ago.
I was attempting to write a book proposal.
The decision to silence the whispers of The-Book-That-Would-Not-Go-Away set off a battle of words in the privacy of my heart.
A funny thing happens when God calls you to move forward.
The voices that have hurt you — the critical ones that make your heart cave into your worst fears of being undervalued or rejected — can begin to speak the loudest.
They are intent on shutting you down, to throw confusion in your path and stop you in your tracks.
You will be tempted to turn around out of weariness and give up the fight.
When You Say “Yes”
I tried to squelch them.
I memorized Scripture, meditated, gave thanks and prayed like crazy. Asked others to pray with and for me.
Still, fears and insecurities would not leave me alone.
I felt defeated — until I realized why the battle was so fierce.
It wasn’t because I was failing to trust God.
It wasn’t because I was a weakling.
God did not turn a deaf ear to rescue me.
That is what the enemy would have us think.
You and I can say “Yes” to God.
We can step forward and change.
You see, you and I are FREE.
Freedom of Faith
God set us free to explore, free to make mistakes and free to bring glory to Him.
What brings Him glory isn’t success.
It is FAITH.
What brings God glory is our trust in Him.
In those moments we feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts — even by our own critical voices — we can bring joy to God’s heart.
When we march forward into the battle of unknown outcomes and even failure — trusting God, we bring an offering of faith to the altar.
We trust that He will care for us.
We trust that God’s love is enough.
We believe that our dependence — only our faith — brings God pleasure.
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
Dare To Move
So, this battle to say “Yes” to God really has nothing to do with writing a book, and everything to do with faith.
God may be calling you to say “Yes” to —
a new relationship
a new job
a new family
an in-between time
seek out an opportunity
walk through a valley
make small or big changes
a new way of being
a new season of life…
Whatever it is — if you dare to move beyond life as you know it, you step into the freedom of faith.
One year later, with a book contract signed, I sit here fighting those same critical voices, as I battle to write words on my computer.
The warfare hasn’t stopped. The voices that make me feel small haven’t eased up.
But I have learned to listen and follow a softer, quieter voice: God’s.
His voice is always
seeing the best in me,
delighted with me.
Even a mustard seed size is enough to bring Jesus big-oak-tree-size pleasure.
You and I already have what it takes to move forward after all.
Just take the next step in front of you.
We have Jesus.
And because He is in us, we have each other.
“Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.”
~ Galations 6:9
How is God calling you to say “Yes”?
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