Leap of Faith

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When we experience those things in life that we just don’t understand, we have to choose whether or not we’re going to trust God.

It’s not being optimistically foolish to trust God no matter what; it’s what we call faith. It’s that in between when we don’t have all the answers, and we don’t know if everything will turn out OK that we come to know what real faith is.

Real faith isn’t a hopeful wish.  Real faith is making the decision that no matter the outcome, we’ll choose to see it as God’s perfect answer.

Through the good, through the not so good and even through the down right awful, we will trust God.  Now this doesn’t mean we won’t cry and express hurt. It does mean we’ve decided it’s better to have lived trying to take leaps of faith with God, than to walk away from Him.

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Fast Pass Faith

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When our family went to a major theme park we discovered there is a new, faster and easier way to get to the front of all those crazy, long lines.

It’s called a Fast Pass, and it lets you arrive at an attraction at a specific time and skip all the waiting and whining in line. Walking to the front of the line I thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a spiritual fast pass that could just let us skip all the work and waiting?

But there’s nothing like that, believe me, I’ve looked. There’s no fast pass or easy button for spiritual maturity. Growing in Christlikeness is work. Dying to myself is work. Taking up my cross and following Jesus is work.

But the thrill of walking with Jesus is better than any ride or attraction this world can dream up.

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Our Father

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Isn’t it amazing that we can go to God personally and ask Him anything?

I admit, that at times, it still baffles me that we can unashamedly sit anywhere and talk completely openly and honestly with the Creator of the Universe. God won’t get red-faced and offended, and He doesn’t have issues and triggers like people do. He will never turn His back on us.

He is our glorious Father. Glorious can mean several things, but one of my favorite definitions is completely enjoyable.

What a beautiful way to think of God, don’t you think? We aren’t asking a remote, distant, hard to reach deity. We are asking God, the creator of everything. He is our glorious Father who is perfect and yet, at the same time, completely enjoyable and always approachable.

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Honest Feelings

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Sometimes the “why” questions come so fast and hard that my heart hurts and the tears fall.

One minute I am determined to trust God, and the next minute I feel myself questioning God. Why, God, Why?

When God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers it can be hard and downright awful.

I never want to oversimplify what to do in these times, but I have found that God is big enough to handle my honest feelings.

When all that’s left of my heart seems to be broken pieces, I know I can bring them all to God. He can handle our honesty, and He will respond.

I just have to remember to go where the truth is — The Bible. His answers are right in the pages of His Word, just waiting to be discovered.

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As I Sat

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I’ll be honest … for years I struggled during difficult times with what to say when I prayed.

I finally found exactly what I needed. If I’m going through something hard, I can pray prayers where I don’t speak at all.

I can just sit with Jesus making no suggestions, offering no solutions. Sometimes, I have nothing but quiet tears and a heavy heart. The beautiful thing is the Bible promises when we sit with Jesus like this, the Holy Spirit lifts up the exact right prayers for me. And eventually, I sense God and there is peace.

What are you going through today?  Whether it’s a difficult issue with one of your kids or financial stress or just feeling overwhelmed by life, I encourage you to sit with Jesus without feeling the need to offer up any words at all. Just sit.

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The Surprise of Possibility

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Recently a friend asked, “If the Bible were being written today would our names be in it?”

My first inclination was to draw back and think, “Um, no. How dare I even think that? Seriously? The Bible? No, I don’t think my name would be in there.”

This question has continued to rattle around in my heart where I’ve committed to living an all out life for God. Somewhere deep inside, I’ve started to DARE to think maybe, not because of me, not because I deserve an ounce of recognition, and not because I’ve accomplished anything worthy of mention.

But, because God loves to take rag tag people from broken backgrounds and surprise the daylights out of them with possibilities.

God wants to invite us even today to live a great story with Him.

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Relational Rifts

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We all have broken relationships.

Genesis 42 describes family drama of biblical proportions! Joseph’s brothers had wanted to kill him and had succeeded in getting him sold into slavery.

Twenty years later, he stands as the second most powerful man in Egypt holding the fate of his brothers in his hands. This isn’t your garden variety family drama!

Joseph is a man who has faithfully trusted the Lord at each unimaginable turn in his life.

Joseph’s plan isn’t revenge; it’s reconciliation. So remember no matter how bad things seem, our God is a God of restoration.

His process may be long and painful, but His plans are perfect.

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Praying Fills in the Gaps

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Prayer isn’t crucial because it changes God, but because it changes me!

Simple, heartfelt prayers where I ask God to be with me have an amazing way of filling in some really big gaps in my life.

When I pray, I see things more clearly, realize perspectives otherwise beyond me, and gain wisdom that can override my frail humanity. Sometimes when I pray, I feel confident that I’m right or convicted that I’m wrong.

It’s interesting that in order for God’s peace to rule in my heart, as mentioned in the Bible, I have to spend time with God! Praying helps me do just that.

The really beautiful thing about praying for God to be a part of our day is that it can start at any time. Even right now!

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The Final Say

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Do you have an area of your life that feels impossibly dead?

It’s so hard when we find ourselves walking through devastating circumstances that appear like they’ll never get any better.

But I believe God wants us to embrace powerful truth today:

Divorce doesn’t have the final say.

Disease doesn’t have the final say.

Heartbreak doesn’t have the final say.

Even death doesn’t have the final say.

The only one who gets the final say in our lives is Jesus. He is the Resurrection and the Life.

For some of us, we will see Him move miraculously in our circumstances today. But for all who trust in Him as Savior, whether our circumstances change or not, there is eternal hope.

In eternity, Jesus wins.

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Why We Pray

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God doesn’t need my suggestions.

I confess that sometimes my prayer life is all about figuring out what I think is best and then asking God to bless my plans. “Lord, bless this. Don’t mess with it. Just bless all that I’ve arranged.”

But our plans are sometimes not the best plans. God already knows what we need before we ask Him. Not what we think we need. He knows what we really need.

So, why pray?

We pray, because we don’t truly know what is best. We pray because He sees everything while we see only a sliver of the bigger picture. We pray because we need so much more than quick fixes and help for our troubles. We pray because we need God.

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