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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Kicking and screaming–that’s how I would describe myself on the brink of obedience.

Oh, sure. I want to obey. I encourage others to do that very thing. But when an action is required on my part for something I feel so UNQUALIFIED for...I start balking. Backing up. Not on God’s word though. In myself.

Haven’t I already told many—He will equip you when He calls you?

Did I tell you that? How many of my own words do I need to eat? " But—Lord— You KNOW ME! I can’t do that!" I am whining. I know it and He knows it. Can’t seem to stop myself though. He leans over and whispers... "I’m not asking YOU to do it. I will do it. All I want from you is an open heart and mouth."

I am humbled. Tears swell and fall. "Okay Lord." I should have known.

See, the thing is—I love LOVE writing. I told Him I’d do it everyday—all the time—spreading His life and love through the tap-tapping of my keyboard...through the scratching of my pen on cards and letters. And that may very well be where He keeps me...but I think, every now and again, He may pull me out of my comfort zone, the place where I think to myself—"hey I can do this"...almost in a fashion of not needing Him...but, you know as well as I do—I can’t put two words together to make a sentence without His guidance. But when He takes me OUT of the "zone of comfort"–the security of my abilities come to a screeching halt...and I rely solely on HIM.

Total insecurity in me...and fully relying on Him.

Isn’t that where He wants us all to be? Fully—Relying—On—God. F.R.O.G.

I think of that every time I see a frog. Can’t help myself. I feel like a hopping toad at times. He causes me to realize where all my strength lies. At the foot of the cross. Without the cross...I wouldn’t be here today.

What are you balking at today where He wants you to submit?

Are you backing up a bit–thinking you can’t? When He says, through Me, You can do all things.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

Listen for His voice in the quiet. Listen in the noise of life. He speaks continually.

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Blogger Marci said...

Love it!! FROG. i, too, can clearly see where others aren't obedient. then, i get that gentle prompting of God. it's you, you are the stiff necked stubborn child. thank you God for your grace and mercy!

October 28, 2008 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger lori said...

I USE this all the time!!!! I love it and love you!! What a perfectly timed message for me today!!

You have no idea!
love you!

October 28, 2008 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

This is wonderful. So well said, and something I need to be reminded of CONSTANTLY. One of my life verses is 1 Thess. 5:24: "The One who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it." (emphasis mine). Thank you for using your gift of writing to honor Him.

October 28, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

You have no idea how timely this is in my life right now. Thank you!

October 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Timely word. Thank you so much.

October 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

Girl, you know that you are speaking for most of us!

"the security of my abilities come to a screeching halt...and I rely solely on HIM."

Scary place ... but you're right - it's the place we're meant to be!

Awesome word!

October 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hmm, didn't we just have a conversation about this over breakfast? lol

I am so grateful for the words you spoke into MY life.

You go girl! He truly will fill you up to overflowing and spilling out... He already has!

Blessed by you!

October 28, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger elaine @ peace for the journey said...

FROG. fully relying on God. I think about Him everytime I have to do most of anything. My flesh is so apparent, so willing and so weak and so absolutely content to do nothing most days. That being said, I would be the most miserable person left to myself. Thank God for his promptings that lead me to a deeper obedience that fully depends on him for the outcome.

I will never look at a frog in the same way again.


October 28, 2008 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

You truly bless me, love you.

October 28, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

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