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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 13 of 31- This I say to my fear…

Day 13 of 31-
This I say to my fear…
But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.
Deuteronomy 9:3 (NIV)

I have two things to accomplish in my writing today. One, to offer a sincere prayer of apology for my hubris, and two, to make an affirmative declaration. I am so clear that I’m in a transformative time in my life and in my faith, and I prayerfully intend to do this right.

A few months ago, I decided that I should write and publish daily. My intention was to establish good writing habits. I can establish good writing habits by writing every day.  A writer writes all the time. Production should be secondary. The flower doesn't dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes...However, I take seriously the notion of putting my best efforts on the blog, and sometimes the pressure to create something good is more pressure than I want. It may compromise what I’m supposed to put here. It’s not the way I started, and it’s not the way I desire to move forward. I started writing because I believe there are things the Lord pours into me that I’m supposed to share, and truthfully, that may not happen daily. I apologize, Lord, for attempting to put You on my schedule. I haven’t yet fully surrendered, but I am on that path. Learning, I no long need to fall so hard before I am able to get up, and with greater discernment, take the next step. My intentions were good, but Isaiah 55:8-9 helped put me back in check…

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

My declaration comes on the heels of this morning’s moving devotion. I worship while I walk and run, on my own, or as was the case this morning, with the dog. Because I don’t believe in random (preferring the notion of God bumps and God-incidences) there was a message in today’s playlist. Israel and New Breed were calling me (via my iPod) to go bigger, as in pursuit of my God-sized dream. I understand now that my God-sized dream isn’t necessarily about one thing, it is about being the me God is nurturing from seed. This is the thing I was listening for in the quiet. Walking, I first heard, Take the Limits Off.
I'm not a man
I cannot lie
I know the plans for your life
I'm asking you to dream again
To believe again and take the limits off of Me…
I know the plans
They're My design
I'm asking you to hope again
And trust again and take the limits off of Me
All I'm asking is take the limits off
Take the limits off
Release Me to accomplish what I promised to do
Take the limits off
Take the limits off...
No limits, no boundaries
Here is my declaration. For all my life, I have announced proudly that I am a survivor. I am strong. No matter what comes at me, I am able to survive it. That is not a bad thing, but I believe it is not longer enough. I don’t want to just survive anymore. It’s time to thrive.  I am taking the limits off. It has been my habit to ask in prayer just for the strength to make it through. I need more to be able to do more, so I’m earnest seeking God’s Grace to be more. Surviving is no longer enough.

So, this I say to my fears…the Lord God goes ahead of me like devouring fire. He will destroy you, subduing you before I can know to be afraid.  The Lord God will drive you out, annihilating you quickly, as He promised.

That is reason enough for me to be quiet, to be still, to listen. Thank You Lord that You are always in control. 

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