And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52 (NJKV)
Father, please allow our trials to shape us, not break us. – Help us emerge stronger, wiser, and more resilient. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Don't be punked by FEAR.
Stand flat footed in FAITH.
For about the last month, I have wondered in my writing why God seemed to be working with me. After last week, I understand. I also know it's not over yet. One of my superhero girlfriends stopped by this afternoon with macaroni and cheese (already baked for Sunday dinner) along with a copy of Joel Olsteen's new book and specific instructions. (this is my girlfriend with the notorious notebook...God speaks, she writes, and then she comes at you with a Word. Your Word. I don't always love that notebook.)
Then, catching up on FB, another one of my girlfriends posted this (we haven't spoken in a while, but she is clearly reading my script)
Know what? It seems like a lot of folk are in a season of change. Big change, too. Don't be afraid. Don't think about it too much. Walk in it. So what folk where you are may not get it. When you step into "the new thing" there are new folk and new experiences to keep life . . . interesting. Don't be punked by FEAR. Stand flat footed in FAITH.
It's a new season...as Martha Munizzi sings, "it's a new day. A fresh anointing...flowing my way...it's a season of power and prosperity, it's a new season and it's coming to me." It's not even halfway over yet. Then this from Called Magazine,
Father, please send supernatural increase into our lives. – Increase our joy, peace, resources, and Godly-influence. – Let Your supernatural favor shine brightly upon our lives. ~In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Okay, so not only is it clear that it is time for me to do a new thing, it is clear that I have been led here and I'm going to get through it.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't afraid the last few days, but it wasn't the fear of not knowing how things would work out. It was the fear of my flesh. Even in my weakest moments, I knew God was working it out. He's still working it out. And if ever I wasn't certain, I read this yesterday...
Sometimes you are delayed where you are because God knows there’s a storm where you’re headed. Be grateful."~Unknown~
It's a new season and while I don't know where I'm going, I know who does. I might be feeling anxious about the journey or the challenges ahead, but I'm going through. I'm asking God to grant me increased wisdom and favor. I've surrendered, hidden myself in Him, and I'm not going back. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead, because even now I know all is well. It's all good, like God.