Adventure Discovery

The thought of an unplanned adventure of any kind has always immobilized me with fear. If I am going to do anything at all, than I need a plan. What is it? When is it? How long will it last? What will the cost be? You get the idea.  I would love to think that I am a spontaneous person, but that has never been the case for me.

Growing up in a family of six, being the oldest, any type of adventure as a child, was met with the worry of what if something goes wrong? And so, I played it safe. I did what I was told, and that was about it.

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As I grew up, I realized that I led a pretty boring, predictable life.  Until December of last year. I injured my knee and started missing more work than I would have liked and as a believer in Jesus Christ, prayer became my great adventure.  Asking the Lord for direction on how I should proceed with what was in front of me.  Due to the many positions, I held in my job, I wasn’t always capable of performing them to the degree I needed to or wanted to.

As I begin to pray and seek God and his wisdom, I felt a tug in my spirit to retire early from my job of 16 years and start writing more than just a blog, for fun.  I didn’t give in right away.  I had always been the non adventurous type.  How was this going to work? And then I received such Peace in my heart that I knew it was time.   After several months of physical therapy for a knee injury that would most likely remain a chronic condition; prayer and counseling from friends and family, I retired with no plan except to trust in the Lord and that he would lead me on the correct path.

Since retiring, I have written and self published a book, started building a website to share encouragement and hope through testimony of how God has always worked in my life and has always been my guiding light.

When I would see the word “Adventure” prior to this experience, I would always think of skydiving out of a plane (which I can’t find any reason to do that) or climbing Mt. Everest or doing some “death defying” act.  Now, I realize that anytime, we step out of our comfort zones of  what we consider “our normal”, that is an adventure.  I know that God has used this experience in my life to remind me that when we are too comfortable where we are, He will take us on a journey we will soon, not likely forget.

I am waiting to see what big adventure he has in store for me next; so far it has been very life changing for me.

Blessings to all!

 

 

Assurance

Hebrews 11:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

When we live by Faith, we know that God will hear our prayer and answer in His way that is best for us. We know that even if we can’t see the outcome, because it comes from God it will be bigger and better than we could ever have imagined.

God knows the desires of our hearts, because He places them there and even when our faith isn’t sure how it’s all gonna work out, we trust Him because He loves us and only wants what is best for us.

I know how easy it is for the enemy to place doubt in us, and that is when we must hold that thought captive, not speak it, not think on it and definitely, not dwell on, because we are given the assurance in his word that our faith, no matter how small, is enough.

I have found that whenever I share my love for Jesus and His unfailing faithfulness with others, that’s when the enemy is on the prowl. He doesn’t want us to share Jesus with others because, once again, he loses. Stand strong in your faith. Trust our Almighty Savior. If you are walking through a valley right now and feel like you are in the pits and there is no way out, pray, cry out to the Lord, ask him to strengthen you and your faith.  Share with him your concerns, let him carry the burden.  The most amazing thing to me, is that we all try to fix everything and it’s not our job to fix anything or anyone, it’s his.

As I walk in this new journey of learning a new way of doing life, I often wonder how long of a time it took me to realize that Jesus is always with me, He will never leave me, He is my peace and he is the finisher of my faith.

Often times, we place more value on what other’s think, than what God thinks.  That’s part of our flesh nature.  But when we came to Jesus Christ and accepted him, as our Lord and Savior, we should throw out that way of thinking and realize that the only one that matters is Him.

It’s easy to get off track sometimes, when you don’t see the light and the end of the tunnel, but then I realize that the light lives within me. I can choose to be the hands and feet of Jesus and embrace all that I  am thanks to him, or I can wallow in self pity and try to do things on my own.  That never works.

I think I had to write this more for me, than for all of you, but I hope that you know how much Jesus Loves you-right where you are.

Lord Jesus,

I pray today that as I struggle to see where you are taking me, that you will strengthen my faith, and forgive my doubt and unbelief. I pray that those that read this will know that you are with them every second of the day and that you hear every prayer, spoken or unspoken and that you will pour out your peace upon them.  Thank you Jesus for everything you have done in me, my life and through me. I love you Lord.

In your Holy name,

Amen

Blessings on your journey called life!coast-1342646_640