Posted: October 13th, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 11 Comments »

“We must learn that our individual effort for God shows nothing but disrespect for Him…” -Oswald Chambers

Sometimes God will make His vision clear for me and that is always exciting and scary, but very seldom do I know how to carry it out. I’m a risk taker when it comes to stepping out simply because I don’t have a lot to lose. I am not stuck in any kind of public mold mainly because I’m an odd size in that realm.

The moment that I become my own creator for my life, however noble my intent, is the moment I disregard Him. I can’t form anything in my life that He does not build and I can’t tear down anything that He has built.

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city,the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. -Psalm 127:1-2

We are free to be, free to move about, free from worry, free from fear, free from failure, because of who He is. Every step we take is a step we are able to take. Every brick wall is put there to guide us, not discourage us. Maybe, until you learn trust, you should shut your eyes when you walk into the unknown. Looking at circumstance can be very deceiving. It gets harder when you get closer. It’s almost like it’s designed to weed out the weak. It’s when the weak keep walking that they find the Source of their strength.

Our journey and all of its steps are inevitable. We can trust and enjoy the journey, or we can embrace the fear of uncertainty and complain the whole time. Your white knuckled grip on what you think you’re good at is what is hurting you. It’s not the lack of progress, it’s the lack of giving in to the ‘whatever’.

Take your day in its moments. If the sky doesn’t fall on you, then take a second to dance under it before you move to the next moment. You may not have what it takes to face tomorrow, but you do have what it takes to face right now. Tomorrow comes with its new ‘manna’. It doesn’t come until you need it. Take care of right now in completion and let the oil run out if the oil is going to run out. Resolve to get it over with and you’ll find that it’s never over with. Move to your next moment and you’ll see that you’re still alive when it’s over.

You aren’t going to mess this up. Your discouragement is proof that you actually thought you could do what you were called to do.

Let your discouragement break your self-strength. It will teach you to stop being a baby full of tantrums and self-entitlement. It’s all backward. You won’t be able to do anything until you are certain of your own inability to the point of  no longer complaining when it’s hard. If you can’t handle the hard steps, you won’t be able to handle the easy steps without your pride ruining you.



11 Comments on “discouragement”

  1. 1 Jason said at 11:16 am on October 13th, 2011:

    Very interesting perspective.
    My recent post Day 285: Rick Astley vs. God

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 10:12 pm on October 13th, 2011:

    You know I've been there, Jason. Thanks for mentioning this in your latest blog post. 🙂

  3. 3 Elizabeth said at 2:53 pm on October 13th, 2011:

    This is such a difficult thing, especially when I can't even stop being prideful without God's help! As you said, it is so much easier when you are fully present in each moment, giving thanks for each gift. It is hard to be discouraged when you are not feeling guilty about the past or worrying about the future. Thank you for the reminder that I cannot even breathe without His breath in me or love God without His Spirit changing my heart.
    My recent post In Christ All Things Hold Together

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 10:11 pm on October 13th, 2011:

    It's a hard thing to remember when you're in the middle of the crap. But, sometimes hope is the only thing you've got. I've definitely been in the place where hope was more of a nag than a help, but that was just God refusing to let me go.

  5. 5 Mrs c said at 12:20 pm on October 14th, 2011:

    LIKE…. hope was more of a nag than help,but………..God refusing to let me go .

  6. 6 Dawn R. Justice Phenix said at 10:20 am on October 14th, 2011:

    Gosh, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who feels this way, Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing.

  7. 7 Jennifer Wagenmaker said at 7:19 pm on October 13th, 2011:

    Wow – Amazing words. I have enjoyed watching your journey. Your relentless passion for Him will bring you to your greatest purpose. Keep moving sister, heaven's listening. xo
    My recent post

  8. 8 serenawoods said at 10:09 pm on October 13th, 2011:

    Thanks, Jennifer. 🙂

  9. 9 bill (cycleguy) said at 6:46 am on October 14th, 2011:

    Came here by way of Jason's post Serena. Good words here. I also watched your "About" video. So glad to see and hear of God's grace for sinners (like me). Thanks.
    My recent post Godly

  10. 10 Dawn R. Justice Phenix said at 10:21 am on October 14th, 2011:

    I had to share this all around 😎
    Thx so much sister!

  11. 11 Heather said at 4:10 pm on October 16th, 2011:

    I have never tracked my disappointment or discouragement back like this. But it is so true. When I am discouraged its because I thought I could change situations, people, myself, an outcome. It's selfish and self serving. I've let go. It's too tiring to be discouraged. I desire to be free.

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