Don’t Miss the Ride of Your Life

Don’t Miss the Ride of Your Life

May 30, 2014

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)

I watched my family as they waited in line for the heart-pounding experience of riding the Griffon. We read about this roller coaster in the theme park brochure, but now it was time to put words into action.

My sons kept looking back from the line, motioning for me to join them for the cliffhanger thrill ride. With a convincing smile, I shook my head no and pointed to my camera. My reason for not riding was to take pictures of them during each upside down loop and heart-pounding free fall.

After their turn, my husband walked up with an exhilarating smile and said, “You missed out on an awesome ride!” As our sons shared the hair-raising moments and laughed about each other’s reactions, I felt a twinge of sadness and disappointment.

Truthfully, saying no to my family’s request that day had more to do with fear and less to do with capturing family photos. I was afraid of the unknown, and when given the opportunity, I opted to stay safely away from the risk and inside the padded walls of my comfort zone.

For years I was aware of this pattern in my life. When faced with adventurous opportunities, fear and uncertainty often held me securely within the boundaries of my comfortable space. Then I’d be disappointed that I missed out.

I longed to be brave but instead allowed the enemy to convince me I was a coward. I dreamed about being adventurous, but compared myself to others, which left me feeling less than and discouraged.

Then one day I came across Joshua 1:9 and the words resonated deep within me: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

I’d read this verse many times before, but that time I realized being brave wasn’t just a personal want-to in my life. God was commanding me to live strong and courageous.

God originally spoke these words to Joshua (Moses’ successor as leader of the Israelites) while presenting him with a new opportunity. Joshua’s assignment was to lead more than two million people into a strange new land, claiming it as their promised territory.

Now that’s what I call a hair-raising experience! And way more difficult than riding a roller coaster at a theme park.

God could have chosen someone else for this great task, but He specifically selected Joshua.

First, there was a command: “be strong and courageous … do not be afraid or discouraged.” And it was wrapped inside a promise: “for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

What if Joshua had allowed the unknown to keep him from saying yes to God? What if he gave insecurity and doubt permission to keep him firmly within his comfort zone?

Joshua would have missed out on the blessings. He would have missed his calling in life. He would have missed the adventure with God.

Is God presenting you with a new opportunity? Is He asking you to go back to school, start a new career or accept a new ministry position?

Without God it can be scary. But with God it can be a great adventure! Just as God was with Joshua, He promises to be with us. We may not conquer nations, but with God by our sides anything is possible.

I’m learning to be brave. To trust God more when He gives me new opportunities. I don’t want to miss out on anything God has for me because of fear, doubt or insecurity.

Will you choose to be courageous and step out of your comfort zone? Will you say yes to God and no to fear when He opens the next door of opportunity?

What are you waiting for? The greatest ride of your life is just up ahead. So go get your seat next to God, strap into the safety of His presence and experience the adventure with Him!

Dear Lord, You are my greatest adventure. Help me to trust and follow Your lead. When I start to feel afraid or discouraged, strengthen me so I can fulfill the assignments You’ve chosen for me. Thank You for always being with me wherever I go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 32:8, “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'” (NLT)

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The NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women is filled with stories of people who said yes to an adventure with God.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What opportunity is God presenting to you today? What is keeping you from stepping outside your comfort zone and saying yes to God?

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  1. I ♥ how each new day presents a new opportunity. Ultimately, the one opportunity that God keeps presenting me and my wonderful husband with each day is to grow in our marriage…. Next month will make two years that we’ve been married, and we haven’t had any problems whatsoever. You’d think that we’d be like most couples with marriage problems not too soon after first getting married; however, we’re unlike most couples. Many of them haven’t really known one another long enough; however Ron and I have actually known each other for more than ten wonderful years, and we’ve been together all the time for nearly three of those years- that is, by one another’s side at all times each and every single day. There’s nothing that’s keeping me from moving outside of my comfort zone, especially when it comes to saying yes to God. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)
    Wow! What a wonderful thought for tonight! No matter what God wants me to do, I’m not the least bit afraid of trying new things. I’m not discouraged by what others may tell me that I may be doing wrong.
    No matter what I may do, I know that God is always with me at all times. God’s been with my husband and I if we’ve had any disagreements whatsoever. He has been showing us that we should learn to pray about things that we’d like to see happen in a positive way for us. Unfortunately, we haven’t been praying regularly, and I wonder if my husband is afraid to do that as part of our ritual when we’re getting ready to go to sleep at night. “Dear Lord, You are my greatest adventure. Help me to trust and follow Your lead. When I start to feel afraid or discouraged, strengthen me so I can fulfill the assignments You’ve chosen for me. Thank You for always being with me wherever I go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Leah DiPascal
    Wow! What a very powerful prayer this is for tonight! I know that Godwants me to follow His lead in whatever He has planned for me throughout my entire life. God knows exactly what He is doing, and I know that I should not be afraid to follow whatever He has planned for my life.
    Psalm 32:8, “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” (NLT)
    Wow! What a wonderfully powerful verse! Isn’t God good to us all the time? No matter what we may be going through, God will always guide us along the right path for our life. He also wants us to know that he’ll give us direction and make sure we don’t get hurt along the way.Like · Reply · a few seconds ago
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    • Keep on keeping on Nico and husband. May God continually bless you and your family far beyond that which you can ever imagine or think:-)
      Blessings!

  2. I’m going forward, I will use my God given talent. I’m a mom of jobless. God send u to me, this morning I was thinking what if I use my passion for baking an cooking, go to school if possible maybe the corporate world is not for me cause I have been nocking in and out of companies with no responce. Thank you for the wake up call

    • Life, i encourage you to pursue your gift and talent as the bible say and I quote “Your gift will make room for you!”
      If you are passionate about baking and cooking, simply push this area of your talent. Get busy and do it! Normally, when our attention is geared else where, other doors of opportunity opens unbelievably. You will be amazed that even the seemingly closed corporate doors will begin to swing wide open. Trust God & get busy with your passion. God Bless You!

  3. Joshua 1:9 is my life verse. God gave that verse to me when my brother passed away. I looked at the verse in a new light today. There are events happening in my family that I have no control over. Those changes are not what I would have chosen, but God is asking for them, and I am willing to follow where He leads.

    • May our God continually strengthen you:-) Live we may, die we must. COntinue to follow the leads of God. Do not waiver, do not faint.
      God Bless!

  4. Wow, Leah! Your words struck a chord within me this morning. I cannot count the number of times in my life when I’ve been the one waiting, and watching, and wondering, while others “experienced the ride of their lives”. I would tell them that someone needed to stay and keep an eye on things. As such I gained the title of “keeper of things”…sunglasses, cameras, wallets, etc. Fear can be so crippling, and I felt safer in my comfort zone. There were several things that I feared or was insecure about: jury duty, traveling to another country, and not having my husband by my side each day, just to name a few. Simple things to others, but huge to me. The “what ifs” held me captive. Two years ago, was a year of facing my insecurities. I joined other ladies at our church for Beth Moore’s bible study “So Long Insecurity.” That same year, after doing the study, I faced all of those things! I was called, and chosen, for jury duty (I survived), my husband took a job out of town for five weeks (I survived, again), and I traveled to another country (on a mission trip to Scotland). When faced with each of these “fears” my thoughts were “Really God? You’re kidding me, right?” But knowing God was with me, and would never leave me or forsake me, I experienced things I had only dreamt about, I overcame things that make me laugh now when I think of them, and I saw God work in so many ways. More importantly I felt His sweet presence everywhere and every moment. I am not 100% over my fears and insecurities, but I am better for having the experiences, and knowing God wants us to always trust Him… to be courageous.

  5. janice baldwin says:

    “SO GO GET YOUR SEAT NEXT TO GOD , STRAPPED INTO HIS PRESENCE”!!!! THIS IS EXCELLENT!!! THANKS ! jb

  6. Mary Rice says:

    Every day, immediately after starting morning with scripture, I go today’s posting and am renewed. There have been so many devotionals that have challenged me to stay “God focused.” Praise God for this ministry and may the women who submit the devotionals receive many blessings for their obedience to share His pure and true word!

    • Mary you are so very right, I too thank God for this ministry. We are ALL stronger together. We draw strength from one another. God bless you:-)

  7. Impacting devotional this morning, I am in the mix of moving from one state to another and in the mix of this move there are many giants that I face. Our home is bare the movers have come and gone with all our belongings and my desk is a card board box my husband made for me so I can continue my work.
    I was reminded at that moment when he starting forming this card board box so I can be comfortable and get my work done without any hiccups that I will be okay. Jesus always supplies and when we are going through transitions and major changes to not fear because something so simple like a card board box as a desk is supplied to complete our task.
    Amen and thank you for your beautiful words.

  8. Ann Marie Peterson says:

    GREAT blog Leah filled with truth and challenges for each of us.

  9. Patricia says:

    THANK YOU!!! Confirmation accepted FATHER!!

  10. Namitha says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion today. It is so timely. Leading a bible study for the first time, please pray for me.

    • Namitha, my humble prayer is that God blesses you far beyond that you can ever fathom. Trust God when you cannot trace him . . . .Blessings coming your way!

  11. Thanks this was needed in my life. I have been taking care of my 3 and 5 year old grandchildren all by my self . If The Lord had not of share his grace on my life I could not be doing all this. I do need lots if prayers cause I am 66 and it is getting me down physically and mentally .

    • Sandra, if God brought you to it, He is quite capable to take you through it! Continue to do the very best with those angels. God has placed those kids in you 66th year old care for a reason. He could have chosen anyone else, but he chose their grandmother.
      Yes! It gets crazy, challenging, and perhaps fearful. However, through our God ALL things are possible. Those kids are growing with each passing day, and sooner than you think the are going to have lots of stories to tell of their grandmother, whether goog or evil. Please let their words be GREAT. And let God be pleased with your actions. God bless!

    • Bless you Sandra and our sweet Savior is the very One who will see you through and carry you most of the time. I say this with the utmost respect, from one grandparent to another, as I have had my 4 grandchildren for the past 5 years. They are currently 12,11,10,7 *** two girls and two boys. It’s a daily challenge simply because of our age but it will strengthen you in ways you cannot imagine. Just when you think your heart will truly break or your mind will go on you, you will look up and realize with clarity that God chose you for this blessing. I will be honest, there have been times I truly envied others, even my own family, because they have the joy of being a grandparent only. While I’m here “starting all over again raising a family at my age”, as I’ve said several times, others just get to play with their grandchildren and go home. But if I could go back in time to when this all started, I cannot imagine my live any other way. My grandchildren are such a great blessing to me even when I doubt my ability to complete this journey on my own. That is only the human side of us doubting ourselves. Stay your eyes on the Lord daily, minute by minute, and you will prevail. May God bless and keep you Sandra

  12. Ruthie Keegan says:

    Fear and worry that I am not hearing correctly from The Lord for the next step in my life

  13. Linda Mullin says:
  14. I read with much excitement the devotional for today. And when I prayed and read Psalm 32:8, it was like a door opened for me. What opportunity is God presenting to me today? The opportunity to befriend and comfort. A co-worker just shared with me she has cancer. Today she needed assurance that she was accepted and her story will be kept in confidence. As she began to open up to me, I felt the Lord inside me, guiding me with the right words to comfort her. I am thankful He chose me to speak to her, and I know she felt comforted.

    • Mary you were in the right place @ the right time . . . .Your co-worker needs you. I praying HEALING on her behalf in Jesus’s name. We must remember that God is a healer, he was some 2000 years ago, and he still is today. Amen!

  15. God always knows……

    I start radiation today for a benign, brain tumor. I have gone from not being anxious toward this treatment and knowing that this is all part of God’s plan for me, to being anxious regarding this process. The scripture this morning just confirms that God’s plan is in play and there is ABSOLUTELY, NOTHING to worry about and God will be with me throughout this process.

    He is so good 🙂

    • Yes! He will, as a matter of fact he went ahead of you in that treatment room. To God be the glory, great things he has done and shall continue to do. Amen!

    • Jan Albritton says:

      Wendy, Know that you are Whole, Perfect and Complete in God’s Healing Hands, each and every minute of each and every day!!! The tumor in you is already removed from you in the Spirit of Our Lord and you are a perfectly healty person in God. ALL our prayer are constantly with YOU!!! Amen and AMEN!!!!!!!!!

  16. Christy says:

    I am grappling with the opportunity that I believe is God -given….the doors of education, passing national board exams, residencies that have opened up…yet every time it hasn’t happened without the last minute door opens, the tears, the fear of each unknown, the self doubt in my abilities …or thinking (and being told) I am not enough for the demands and challenges of this new career path….and even the thoughts that “I would rather not being doing this, Lord”…really, you have called me to this? from being a nanny and housekeeper for 20 years to caring for the deceased and their bereaved families?….yet God has been so faithful to me and my family, a single mom of a near teenager, throughout this journey of the past 3 years….placing trust in God’s goodness and in His plans and opportunities to grow us, to mold us, to quietly or dramatically change us and our lives for His glory….I have dreams and heart-desires and it is very difficult for me to see how this path would lead me to any of those…I wonder at this journey…this faith walk I am on…. ..so I wait, with bated breath, apprehensive, struggling with the thoughts and feelings that are wrapped in all of this …I think about Moses and wonder if he felt many similar feelings and thoughts with the opportunity God gave him….I forget that all it takes sometimes is to go to Him and say, “Yes, I am with you on this journey with my life” and place my hand in His

    • Christy, I’m praying for you today. Asking God to confirm if this opportunity is part of His plan and guide you in the direction He’s chosen for you.

  17. It was like you were reading my mind, and heart with this devotion it is exactly what I have been dealing with this past month …I was wrongfully let go from my employer after almost 17yrs my heart was broken that they could do something like this to me …I battled for the past couple of years of either focusing on my real estate career and going back to school so I could have more time and be more flexible for my children, husband and home or staying with my employer where I was comfortable and The Lord heard my heart my heart to be free to do more for my family, the church, and community and although I have no idea where this journey is going to take me I have finally come to see and know God is in control not me and He has been in control this whole time… He made things happen in such a way that my family and I are going to be taken care of as well as all the people who will be brave enough to step forward and speak up when the time comes… Change is coming not be use I said so but because God said it was time for change and He is using me to help that change come along… Thank you so much for today’s devotion I now know and see what I am suppose to do and that is trust God completely and get ready because I feel he has great things in store for me and my family!! I’ve been to afraid of thinking I do not deserve all the good God has for me because of my past and God has been trying to show me this whole time he has something better for me I just had to be willing to relinquish control of my life over to God completely and allow Him to work… Wow Thank you Jesus!!! And thank you for allowing God to work through you to get His messages out to those who need to hear them…Amen!!

  18. Thank-you for todays scripture, Joshua 1:9. That is something that I have quoting to myself alot lately. Especially the “do not be discouraged”. I have been struggling with health issues… waiting through the pain is hard. So I keep reminding myself not to be discourages, God is with me, I can make it through this. Thank-you for this ministry.

  19. Beautiful devo! I think many of us can attest to this. Due to fear we stay right in our padded comfort zone. We complain about our current job, but should another huge opportunity preents itself, we immediately chicken out. Same applies to so many other areas of our lives. FEAR! fear! FEAR! Know that when faith shows up, fear MUST leave!
    Ladies, let us ALL support each other in becoming courageous. I once heard a statement that conveyed that persons who are fearful and timid, normally d not take home the bacon
    from their respective work places. Bosses, are attracted to fearless, nto afraid to speak out, go getters. Remember, when we do not speak or act, someone else will and our entire families suffer as a result. Fear is crippling and of the enemy who as we know comes to steal and zap our joy. His tactic is to keep us as whimps and then he eventually finishes us of. Know that we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength. And greater is GOD who is in us, than he that is in the world. We can do mighty things through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. AMEN! amen! and AMEN!
    I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLL ! ! ! !

  20. I couldn’t ask for a more timely devotional thought. Thank you so much for this! I have been struggling with similar feelings of fear, doubt, discouragement to the extent where I feel like I’m the only one in the world experiencing these things. That passage in Joshua is a favorite of mine so the reference was needed reminder and greatly appreciated. Thanks again for sharing from your heart.

  21. I used to be afraid and hold back as well. However, at the age of 45 I felt God calling me to go back to college and get my teaching certification in special education. I tried to ignore it, but God doesn’t let us ignore Him. I was so scared the young people would think I was some crazy old lady, that I would fail the classes, the work would be too hard, etc. However, God went with me and it was one of the best experiences I have every had! I became friends with people half my age, passed the classes with no problems, and found I still love to be in school and learning. I have just finished all my coursework, including my student teaching, and am now anxiously awaiting God’s leading as I look for a job.

  22. I needed this today…just like most of the devotions posted on here, are answers to prayers from God. My husband just found out he was accepted into an apprenticeship program, which is fantastic, the scary part is that he will be taking a $2 an hr pay cut for the first year, and we have to pay around $500 for books for schooling for the first year alone. We have a 4 year old and a 5 month old. While I feel that God has slowly been moving the pieces of our life around for this apprenticeship to be possible, I am still worried and scared about the financial part and the impact that this job will have on our relationship for the next 5 years and beyond. Sometimes, with God though you have to just be brave, and trust he will care for you. I feel like Joshua 1:9 and Jeremiah 29:11 go hand in hand. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I am learning that with God, being brave is easier when you know and trust, he has your best interest at heart. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  23. Shannon says:

    This was so perfect today, of course Timing is always perfect with God! I just had my first life coaching call and we are working on my path, and figuring out what I am planned to do in life to be fulfilled… I’ve always been afraid of taking risks…
    Thanks for being the messenger to me from God today!

  24. Casandra says:

    Thank you

  25. So related to this devotional today. I have always been the one to hold back, help in the background because of fears. When I married my husband 38 years ago I was more than glad to let him be the risk taker and be up front. Two months ago I lost my husband and I have had to step out and do things I never saw myself doing but God is so faithful and has been there right with me through it. As I am starting this new phase of my life I am living alone for the first time in 60 years and having to make decisions and take care of things I always left to Paul. I don’t know where God will lead me but I do know that I am looking forward to whatever He has for me. Going thru this has shown me a new side of me and while at times it terrifies me, I am finding out I am stronger than I would have ever thought possible.

    • Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your children and I’m praying for you today. I can tell by your comments that your faith is strong despite what you’ve been through. Your obediences is a beautiful gift to God. He will provide for your every need.

  26. healing says:

    Would you pray for me? I am struggling severely lately, and all this devotion reminds me of is how I have failed God again, as I am still trapped in fear and shame from something that wasn’t my fault. It seems like every time I risk and get out of my comfort zone, I am knocked back and defeated again.

    • It would be an honor to pray for you. I’m so sorry you’re struggling and want to encourage you today. As believers, we are not condemned but made new in Christ Jesus. His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness abounds. God doesn’t see you as a failure, but as His child whom He dearly loves.

  27. Diane Rossier says:

    I needed to hear this for a different reason. The part that be not discouraged. My daughter decided not to have children & my son & daughter in law have medical problems & can’t have children. Plus, right now they are separated dealing with problems. I have wanted to be a grandmother for so long. My friends keep telling me how much fun they have with their grandchildren, they don’t know how I am hurting. I pray that maybe God will bring a child into my husband and I life to mentor & be like grandparents to them. Thank you I needed to say this to someone.

    • Diane, I’m praying for you today. Maybe your daughter will change her mind or your daughter-in-law will miraculously conceive. Anything is possible with God! As you wait on His plan to be revealed, I’m sure there are many little children you could spiritually adopt as grandchildren. Does your church need volunteers to rock babies or play with toddlers during Sunday services? That might be a great place to start. 🙂

  28. Amen!

    Absolutely loving todays devotional! I will NOT be AFRAID for my God is with me wherever I am. I will put all my trust in him and not miss out on his blessings over my life. I’m tired of being tormented by the lies of the enemy. I feel like i’ve been missing out on what God has for me. I know that anything is truly possible with God! I believe in his word, I have faith and I know greater things are ahead for me.

    “I’m learning to be brave. To trust God more when He gives me new opportunities. I don’t want to miss out on anything God has for me because of fear, doubt or insecurity”

    So blessed by this…

    Praise God…..

  29. Teresa Davidson says:

    I can so relate to this! The Lord knew what I needed to read today. My ride of fear was from Satan who was convincing me I cannot retire from my job, cause I won’t make it. Thankyou Jesus for confirming I will make it and I will be successful. He is my maker, not Satan the destroyer. Thankyou Lord for giving me the confidence and wisdom to see you are in charge. Thankyou for driving me forward with assurance that you are here with me everyday, every moment. I love you Lord!

  30. This sounds like me so much! My fears have prevented me from being apart of so many things! I really love this verse and will memorize it for myself the next time fear stops me. Thank you so much for your post today 🙂

  31. Diane Rossier says:

    Leah, thank you for your prayers & encouragement!! I am new to proverbs31. It already has been a big help to me!!
    God Bless

  32. Carmen Sieg says:

    I just have to say WOW! God has definitely spoken dirrectly to me with this one!!! I’m 48 years old. I have raise my children; chosen a carreer and serve The Lord in my church. I became an empty nester a few years ago and The Lord sent me my husband and we got married 7 years ago. As a single parent I enjoyed raising my kids in the church and as they grew up I moved with them. First teaching kids in my church and my kids along with them. Next they became teenagers (and yes I taught; I was never recover:-) But I moved to help with the youth in my church at the time. Eventualy, they when off to college; some married; I have 4. For a while I did not know what to do and felt as if God just folded me and put me on a shelve:-( That took some time getting use too! Now, after years of not being in school (other than continue education for my carreer; I’m an insurance Agent) The Lord has call me; and I mean “called me” I couln’t sleep because he would wake me up to pray! and then I heard it; go back to school and get equiped enphasis on getting my teaching degree. What Lord? !! You want me to do what? The truth is I’ve been afraid to take the next step. Nevertheless; I did enroll in college again! I’m in the process of completing my admission requirements. Still yet; I’ve keept asking: are you sure Lord; and if so, please, please give me another sign:-( I can be a little stubern:-) I sign up for your OBS; Limittless God. I’m enjoying it very much. But this devotion has once again confirm what I know in my heart; it is time to get out of my little comfort zone and follow him! Thank You so much for letting The Lord use you to inspired, and motivate me (as well as others like me) May God continue his hand on you sister. Thank YOU! In his love forever, your sister in Christ. Carmen S. XOXOXOXOXOXO

  33. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for such timely words. As a family, we are going through a few difficult challenges at present, and we have been/are fearful of taking action…but after being reminded of such a powerful verse, we can know that God is always with us, and we are not to be fearful, for HE has equipped us. Our 4 year old son has always been told that God is Everywhere (thanks to a Colin Buchanan song) and knows that if we aren’t with him, at particular times, then God is always with him. But I was just thinking how awesome it would be, if he could take hold of this promise as well, along with us living it out every day. Thank you 🙂

  34. Bobbie Curtis says:

    Oh how I needed to read this today! I too have spent Years in my comfort box. I’m almost 52 and still unsure of my purpose. I got laid off from my job of 22 years last year and I am having a hard time finding my way. God has been So good to me and I’m ashamed I’m not braver than I am so your verse from Joshua really hits home! I Pray for Strength and Guidance. Thank you for todays post and God Bless You!!

  35. Jan ALbritton says:

    Dear Leah, Thank you so very much! You always seem to address concerns I am dealing with at THAT partitular time, whenever I read you devotionals. Like the one today….I have started sewing my own clothes in the past year, as I am not working, due to giving my life to being the caregiver to my husband, following a liver transplant 6-plus years ago! (Praise God – he was 6 years out on Feb 23 of this year!) BUT… I was used to working all my adult life, as was he, and so we have had, and still are having quite a difficult time adjusting to a whole new way of life that God has challenged us with. SO…about a year ago, I inherited a sewing machine from one of my mother’s sisters, my Aunt Lee, who passed (God Bless her!). I had not sewn anything since junior high school, in the 1970’s, and I wanted despatately to do something creative with my time. I have really gotten into sewing and after about a year of plugging along, doing project after project, I have started thinking about taking this to the next level. I have joined several sewing blogs and have started exchanging ideas and asking for, and receiving advise and answers to many questions, and seem to have come across a whole comunity of (mainly) women who love sewing and love sharing their trials and triumphs with others. I am starting to thrive in this positive community and I feel drawn to go to the next level. And you know what, Leah,? I am not scared! Granted, I am a bit nervous, but when all the little devil voices of doubt start in on me, I chase them away by shining the White Bright Healing Light of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ out into my life and those nasty little doubts go scurrying away, back into their holes! My husband is trying to be supportive, as well, but he, aslo, has his own demons that tell him that what I am doing is taking me away from him. But all I really am is right across the hallway, in my sewing room, just a call away! So, please, Miss Leah, if you can find a minue to send a prayer and some positive energy our way, I would indeed be grateful! And I, in turn, send ALL my prayers and positive energy to YOU, so that you will continue to have the strength and courage to move through the fears that try to keep us from following the pathway that GOd has set out for each of our individual journeys! God Bless you and be with you ALWAYS!!!!! Much Love and Many Blessings, Jan Albritton
    PS – FYI: UPDATE::: At the beginning of this year I had requested a prayer from you regarding an illness I had while on a cruise in Dec 2013 and was dealing with an insurance company claim. WELL,,,,this past couple of weeks, the claim came through (After MANY calls form me, to check up and make sure they did not drop the ball on me!) and the refund check arrived in the mail!!! I had taped up the prayer you sent to me back on Jan 8 of this year, right next to my desk and I just want to say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your prayer and positive energy. Another example of the Lord at work in our lives….God Bless……..AMEN 🙂 Jan xoxox

  36. Candice Russ says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I really needed to read this as I am unsure what God wants me to do with my career. I have been a teacher and then got laid off two years ago for a position that was a dream come true. Now I don’t have much confidence in myself and love teaching and praying that God will put me Ina district that appreciates me

  37. I felt like this devotion was written specifically for me. The Holy Spirit impacted me in a mighty way while reading it. Thank you for the words you penned.

  38. God is Good ALL the time…and ALL the time, God is Good! Oh Leah, He brought me to Joshua 1:9 three times on Thursday…in 3 different settings…and quite “randomly” (ah, but nothing is random with God! :)…then, that night, I also signed up to receive devotions from Proverbs 31…and my very first one was yours….quoting…what else, but Joshua 1:9!!! Wow. Wow. Wow. I had chill bumps as I wept with tears of humility and gratefulness and joy and peace. I’ve been seeking His wisdom in one specific area of my life…and I will trust Him more as I move forward…without fear and discouragement…because He promises to be with me! Hallelujah and Amen. Hugs to you, Leah and God’s continued blessings!

  39. This is the first time I visit this website and I absolutely love that there are NO coincidences with God. This message, this devotional was definitely for me. Thank you Lord for speaking to my heart and confirming that there is something new around the corner. And all I need to do is trust you and be strong and courageous.

  40. Rosemary Jellema says:

    As I was reading this devotion my first reaction was, my life feels like the roller coaster. Then I read further and realized I related to the author also. For the past 11 years I have been going through some huge difficulties in my life, it started with the loss of my dad but from there it went haywire. At times I knew God was in control and I could handle anything other times I could not believe anyone cared especially God. I went from being one of the friendliest, confident people to a depressed, unsure, scared, hurt physically and mentally people around. I have been told so many times to write about my journey but I too am frozen in fear. Why would anyone listen to me? Who could I inspire? I am so scared.

  41. You’ told my story. All my life I’ve been afraid to step out of comfort. Regretting later, then watching others live my dream because I was too afraid. I am in a place now that “I Know” God is calling me to step out of my comfort zone. Oh how I want to do that. Strong and Courageous? Do not be Afraid or Discouraged? God is with me? Pray that I grasp this? God commands us to do this. My heart so wants to be obedient. I can not and will not let another dream be taken away.

  42. I am guessing you were at Bush Gardens. I did go on the rides and I wont be doing it again(lol).I wanted to stop but I cldnt leave my friend to go by herself. I am in the group where doubt, insecurity and fear will keep me away from something. Recently I have decided to at least try. You cant ever imagine how things may turn out, you have to do it and find out. I wouldnt want to get to heaven and have the Lord show me what cld have been had only I trusted He who created me. Thank you for your post.

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