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Don’t Trade Freedom for the Familiar

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We’ve been a little laxed lately with my daughter’s bunny. She usually lets her out at night to roam around the game room and get a little exercise and then in a few hours, back in the cage she goes. But recently we left her out for two days. Not good. What we discovered upon further examination was that she ate through all of Noah’s computer cables to his gaming computer (that he paid for with his own money). The cables and wires were completely chewed through and his gaming keyboard cable was severed in several places and we had to just call that one a loss.

My husband and daughter fenced in our little side yard because we knew bunny’s roaming days in the house were over. The outside will be perfect for her- she can get plenty of exercise and roam in the green grass and hop (and chew) wherever she wants.

They were able to get her out. She looked around and quickly hopped back into the house. At first, it was hard for my daughter, Hope, to get her back out. She’s been contained and indoors for all these years and now we offer her freedom, but she hesitates. Why? She was a bit scared and apprehensive about this big new world. Was this a trap?  There was a whole new world out there just waiting to be explored, but she wanted to stay in the house. It took some convincing (and lettuce) but my daughter finally got her outside. And after realizing this wasn’t some sort of trick, she began to slowly explore this new territory. She discovered that she really enjoyed her newfound freedom, even though it was a bit scary at first.

See the house for her represented what was comfortable. It was all that she knew. We opened the door to freedom, but she wasn’t sure if she wanted to leave her safe and comfortable environment to see what was on the other side.

I’ve done that. The Lord has shown me a new way, something grand and beautiful, but I wanted to stay in the comfortable, where I thought I was safe. I used to think it was safer if I just kept doing what I always did- consistency, you know? But then when the Lord asked me to step out, and even though it looked vaguely like something I had been praying for, I was still scared to leave the familiar.

I’m no bunny, but I can only imagine some of her fears. “What if I get eaten by something? What if I get lost? What if I get hurt?” They are all good questions. Sometimes when the Lord opens a door, He doesn’t show us every single step we’re supposed to take. He just wants us to take one step, and then another, and then another, one obedient step at a time. See, bunny will probably find a few holes or bumps in the dirt. Does that mean she shouldn’t have gone through the door? No, it means she’s learning, and she’ll remember next time not to go that way. It’s the same for us- we seem to want to avoid every single mistake possible before we go through the next door, but it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes that’s how we have to learn, by stepping out and making mistakes and learning what not to do next time.

It is better to do something than to do nothing at all.

By the way, the bunny’s name is Love. So today, let’s follow Love’s example, and when the Lord shows us a door He’s asking us to go through, may we recognize it for what it is.

One more door to our freedom.

One more step to that thing He’s calling us to do.

He’s got a beautiful place of freedom and joy and it’s got our calling all over it, but we’ve got to stop being afraid to leave our comfort zone. We’ve got to step out into some unfamiliar land, not having all the answers and trusting Him to give us what we need when we need it. We take that first step with shaky knees, imperfect and messy, and He meets us in that place. The more imperfect but necessary steps we take, the more we allow ourselves the chance to step into the freedom and destiny He’s calling us into.

 

 

The Devils Dream

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I dream of taking you down, taking you all out one by one, scattering you, separating you, isolating you.

I’ve tried through your childhood, and your teen years, but you wouldn’t stay down.

I’ve tried to seduce you with the pleasures of this world- chasing after fame, money, success, making a name for yourself.

I’ve tried to get you through hurting family members, health issues, and such, but it seems to only make you run to Him.

I’ve tried to destroy your life by making you feel worthless, not enough, and incapable of doing anything right. But you keep going back to that Book.

I’ve since tried more subtle tactics: Apathy, laziness, lukewarm living. If I can just get you comfortable enough, comfortable enough to not care.

You won’t need anything and you won’t do anything and everything will just be… okay….

And people will silently go to hell.
And others will desperately search for the light but not find any.
And others will quietly suffer.

But you’re okay and everything on the surface is just so comfortable.

No need to seek or to push yourself out of the ‘safe’ waters.

No need to go deeper.

Just stay right there….

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest… (Proverbs 24:33)

My new dream for you now is for you just to be comfortable and to ‘feel’ safe.

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Friends reading this…Don’t stop.

You’ve come so far.

Don’t give up.

Don’t give in.

And please stop listening to the enemy’s lies.

His job and sole purpose is to destroy you.

Pick your Sword back up and fight the good fight.

The plans of the King are not just about your story-

But He wants to use your story to change someone else’s story.

Stay in the ring.

You are not alone.  And don’t for a second let the enemy tell you that you are.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

 

Move Your But!

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I would go help Lord, but…. I want to reach out and help that person, but… Yes Lord, I know you’re calling me to step out and do that thing, but… I want to change my bad habits Lord, but…

Have ya’ll ever noticed that sometimes our but gets in the way? Another word for this is excuses. I have lots of them. I would speak Lord, BUT someone hasn’t knocked on my door inviting me to speak at their event. I would write that thing you have put on my heart Lord, BUT everyone is writing nowadays. I would start working out in the morning BUT I just can’t seem to get up early enough. I would invite more people over for dinner BUT I’m just not a great cook.  I would start a small group, BUT people make me nervous. I would do what you’ve put on my heart, BUT what if people think I’m crazy? I want to change the way I parent, BUT my kids will resist these changes. Really, there are thousands of buts.

Move your but. Really. Move it. Or have you not yet noticed it’s getting in the way?

There are so many stories in the Bible that would have ended up differently if people allowed their buts to make all the decisions.

Mark 1:16-18 describes a story about two commercial fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew. Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Verse 17- He called out to them, “Come, be my disciples and I will show you how to fish for people!” v.18- And they left their nets AT ONCE and went with him.

I wonder what would have happened if instead of being led by God they had allowed themselves to be led by their buts? It might have sounded something like this: “We would Lord, BUT how will we provide for ourselves?” Yes Lord, maybe, BUT we need to know exactly where we’re going first, then we’ll think about it.”

Mark 1:19-20 A little farther up the shore, Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them, too, and IMMEDIATELY they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.

I wonder what would have happened if they were ruled by their buts? “Well Lord, we would totally follow you, BUT what about our father?”

I don’t even want to think about if Jesus had allowed himself to be led by his but instead of the Holy Spirit. “I would die on the cross for all of these wicked people, BUT I don’t want to endure the pain of the cross.” Ouch.

I believe Jesus is looking for people who hear his voice and follow at once and immediately. I believe we have allowed our buts (excuses, fears, laziness) to rule and run our lives for far too long. What is He asking you to do? Has there been something recently and you’ve heard yourself say, “yes, but…” I have had to challenge myself and continue to do so, to stop sitting on my but and learn from the disciples and say yes Lord.

The longer we allow ourselves to let our buts make all the decisions in our lives instead of being led by the Holy Spirit, well, sorry folks, but our but just gets bigger.

The blessing is on the other side of your but. Waiting, if you’ll just step out.

Lord, I’ve allowed my life to be run by my but so many times. Excuses, laziness, and fear have ruled and run my life for far to long. I want to be like the disciples, and follow you at once. I know that’s where the blessing is. Help me to step out. And Lord, every time I hear myself saying, “yes, but” would you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, show me what I need to do and give me the strength and the courage to say yes to you. When I am weak, you Lord, are so strong. Amen