Training

This past year I stepped out of my comfort zone in faith to apprentice and co-lead a women’s group.  Last night I attended a Leadership Training class that our pastor tries to hold monthly.

I could have sat it out.  I could have attended without leading.  However, God wants us to step out of our comfort zones and, yes, “walk on water” as Peter did.

My group just finished a study on this very topic (water walking).  People talk more about Peter’s failure to have faith to keep on walking.  However, as the book points out, Peter was the only one to get out of the boat!  Everyone else lived in fear inside of the boat.

Yes, I attend leadership training.  My toes are feeling a little wet.

Singing and Obedience

Singing is one of the most beautiful ways God gives us to express ourselves.  We can sing of sorrow, joy, pain, delight, healing, longing, any emotion actually.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been singing since I was a small child.  We used to put on shows to raise money for charity.  Then choruses and choirs throughout my schooling and church.

This year I finally was obedient to God’s call and joined my church’s worship team.  It had been years since I was in front of a microphone and I was afraid.  However, I know that obedience brings revelation and blessings so, after fighting God for years on this issue, there I stood there, knees knocking.  It took a few Sundays but now it is comfortable and fun.

What has God been calling you to do that you have stubbornly be resisting?

Joy in the Journey

“There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind
To all who’ve been born in the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin
Forget not the hope that’s before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost
There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey…”

Michael Card has such a way with words. He writes that joy is conditional; one must “obey.”

I have never been disappointed when I have obeyed God’s word. My greatest joy has been in my salvation. Before knowing Him, I did not know joy. When I am not in His will, I stumble and fall into the depths of despair.

Why do I make my life so difficult? If I only obey I will know joy! Like a petulant child, I want my own way! Oh, but that I would have eyes that would see and ears that would hear!

Thankfully, my God is patient.