Be Bold...

Be bold, but look to God. I've been learning this lesson over the past couple of weeks, and on my ride home from Bible study I was reminded of the balance that God calls for. Here are just some verses in James that have really been speaking to me....

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." 4:8b "Humble yourselves int he sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." 8:10 "Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'" 4:15

God's been teaching me to be assertive in my life and to stand up for myself. But that doesn't mean I should boss people around or be demanding. He asks that I be bold in my pursuits, and to focus on Him for guidance. To have a good work ethic and do the best I can at the jobs I've been presented with. To seek out friends who need encouragement. To seek out friends when I need help. To get active and healthy. To make a change in my life and to go at it at full speed, even if I don't know where I'm going or what I'm doing, but fully believing in God's faithfulness... looking to Him to take the lead.

 

 

* My posts are often very "up and down" emotionally, and it may seem odd how in one post I could be so pooped out with life and in another praising God for His blessings.  This is just the way of my life... sometimes I get down, but He lifts me up.  :)

Learning to Give Up

 284rest I've (secretly) prided myself on not being a quitter. I've tried a lot of things and failed miserably, but I rarely quit. The problem is... I never quit to a fault. Sometimes I just don't know when to give up and accept defeat. I think that's the biggest struggle I have at the moment.

I keep trying at the same particular thing, failing time and time again, but somehow I'm unable to let it go. I know that God is yelling out to me, "Meg! Give up! Let me take it over for you! You're failing and you most definitely won't ever succeed unless you give up and let me do the work!" And I'll tell you that I know God's promises, but because I'm so fearful of letting go, I think that I haven't fully grasped the truth of that promise deep down in my heart.

At this point, I just don't know how to quit. I don't know how to give it over to God, and that's probably part of the problem why I get so down sometimes. It's easy for me to say, "Oh... If I trust God everything will be ok," or "I have hope in God. I'll be ok."  But truely acting on it is really the hard thing.

So with that... here's the verses that I'm going to focus on for the next couple of weeks.....

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30