Forget about self-confidence.
This is a thought I shared with my sister recently in an email to her. It seemed to make a nice Lemon Drop Moment to share.
The last few days of God’s sunshine and warmer climate has helped to renew my spirit. plus, I have been attending church these days and I am even in the choir. That alone makes a HUGE difference in my spirit. Not that I want to preach, just wanting to share a bit of me with you, going to church really, really, really helps clear out all those cobwebs and brightens those dark corners that lurk deep within me sometimes. We all have those moments when all we seem to do is struggle, struggle, struggle and feel so helpless and broken. Some of the moments last longer than others [I guess then they would become more like days, huh!!??]. They are so trying to me as I feel like I cannot hear what God is telling me or understand what He is teaching me. I feel very far from Him. As I am still learning and growing in my faith with Him, I get lost and wonder around like a chicken with my head cut off. I don’t like that feeling and I struggle with not understanding what my daily tasks and accomplishments are when I am in the middle of one of those moments. In the end, He has it all under control and is bending and stretching me into the woman He wants me to be. His plan and design for me is far better and goes way beyond any of my dreams.
My downfall is my pride. It trips me up every time. I so want things to go my way, so I can prove I can do this or that. Silly, silly, silly me, I simply cannot do anything on my own. I tell Jesus, "It is ok I got this one." I think I can, I think I can, I think I can do this…not so my dear one. It is always better to have a helper and have someone to encourage you. And who better to do that job than Jesus.
"So do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has a great reward. You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36
Alas, hearing, reading, knowing and understanding that is one thing…BELIEVING and following it is WAY harder!
"These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it." 1Corinthians 10:11-13 The Message
So there you have it…in a nutshell…another day…another step on the path of my walk with Jesus. He is such a great guide!