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Letting God…Be God.

An exciting possibility recently surfaced in my life, quite unexpectedly. Immediately I began to play out what might occur, when, and how all the other aspects of my life would be affected by this possibility. In my mind, I began to manipulate everything to work out nicely. Essentially, I began to try to take the reins and to plan out each detail.

Especially for those of us with leadership abilities and tendencies, it can be difficult to give over control of our lives. In fact, it can be difficult even to see when we are seeking control, since it is part of the very fabric of our nature. However, all this planning is in vain. You see, GOD is ultimately in control. Though it’s important to have a direction…It is all “God willing.No amount of planning or manipulation on our part can accomplish what God has for us.

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The good news is, I don’t need to plot out every aspect of my life! I can let go of stress and anxiety as I learn to simply trust. My Creator knew my path and all the beautiful twists and turns it would take before I was even in my mother’s womb! I could never have imagined the beautiful experiences I would have in my life, the connections I would meet that would shape my life, and how so many details would seamlessly meld together at a perfect time. As I look in awe over the numerous miracles in my life, I look forward to seeing how He will do it again!

Isn’t it amazing the miracles that happen….When we let God, be God!

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”~Ephesians 3:20-21

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God Willing.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

There is a saying in the Arabic language that is often said: “Inshallah” (God willing). I like how this saying is so often said, because it places recognition in God’s omnipotence and in the fact that humans only know so much. Sure, we can plan all we want. But ultimately, we don’t know. Our humanity gives us a very limited picture of our own lives and of the world. We don’t know about natural disasters or airline shutdowns that can derail travel plans.  We don’t know that we’re going to fall so sick that we can’t get out of bed on the day we have an important presentation. We don’t know that we’re going to unexpectedly meet the person that changes our life and our entire life plans. Or, that we don’t meet the special person we always dreamed of. The list goes on.

I have often gotten caught up in my own plans, determined to follow through with them no matter what. How many of you are the same way? Yet we read the Scripture at the beginning of this post and see: it is all according to God’s will. We are not in control! It’s not about our plans or our timing. I was supposed to attend a historic event today. However, I have been struggling with sickness for the past week. I woke up fatigued. My cough is unpredictable and my voice is barely there. After praying about it, I had the sense that it was a “no.” The plans I had made with others months ago were not going to happen. I was to stay home and rest.

I can’t explain why this is the week I got so sick. However, I do know that this day of rest has been immensely healing to my body. It has also been a great time to reconnect with God. It’s just another lesson in learning to let go of my plans and dreams in order for whatever else my Jesus has in store. It’s all “God willing.”

(Note: I’m not against planning! We need to make plans, to a certain extent. However, our plans are often very different than THE plan the Creator accomplishes! We need not to be so set on our plans that we are closed off to His different plans.)

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What is The Lord Doing In Your Life?

Everywhere in the world, the Spirit is moving. The world is being changed and transformed. Embedded below is one of my current favorite songs about this very topic.

The Lord is working in each of our lives, too, in very specific ways. Truly, He is on the move! What do you feel the Holy Spirit doing in your life? If it’s not something you’ve thought about recently, ask what He is doing and wants to do!

In my life, I feel Him freeing me. I am being freed from old habits and ways of thinking. CAM03966 (2) - CopyIn many ways, too, it is apparent that He is preparing me and opening my heart up to new adventures. It’s been a process of letting go in order to say “yes” to what He is asking. Though the “yeses” may be painful, I know that I will not be led where the grace of God will not be with me. Pain must come, sacrifices must be made on this journey. These will only lead me closer to my Father and His plan for my life. I can’t wait to see what else is ahead and where the preparation leads! Thank You, Lord, for all that You’ve done, all You are doing and all that You are about to do!

 

What is the Spirit doing in your life? I would love to hear about it!

Walking the Path with God.

This prayer was in one of my devotions a few days ago, and it really resonated with me. So often I walk the path, but don’t know exactly where it is going to lead. I must put all my trust in my Heavenly Father to lead me. We walk along the path that we know and trust God to lead us beyond the horizon of our knowing.

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me and then
walk with me along the next stretch
of road before me. I do not see very
far ahead, but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall meet it with peace.”~St. Edith Stein

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Take Courage.

“Ask Jesus what He wants from you and be brave!”~ Pope Francis

It’s easy to say that we desire God’s will. But it isn’t always easy to accept, in reality. Sometimes we have big dreams, and then God quite clearly places us somewhere we did not desire. Sometimes the will of God takes us places that scare us and we think we can’t manage. You will not be led where the grace of God will not sustain you!

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God will call you out of your comfort zone. But that is when He will hold you up and sustain you. When you are called into the highest waves, that is when you will learn to rely even more upon your Heavenly Father and see His glory. When you are called out into the deep, know that God is about to do something amazing. Don’t be afraid. Take courage!  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”~Joshua 1:9

The Places He Puts Us

“From one man he made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth, fixing the seasons of the year and the national boundaries within which they live.”~Acts 17:26

Hearing the stories of how people end up in a certain place is always interesting. I mean, why would someone choose to move from California to Alaska? Or how did your friend from Beijing end up in your little town that has barely anything in it? Or the Syrian-born person that ends up a refugee and makes a home in Boston? It’s pretty amazing to think about how people ended up in one place when they could have stayed where they were or ended up somewhere very different. God has a way of bringing us where He wants us to be.

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  I’ve moved to my current city not once, not twice, but three times! It’s like a magnet always draws me back. Awhile back I ran into a woman I know, and she smiled to see that I was back in town. “Lianna, do you think that maybe God wants you to be here?” We both laughed. It’s pretty clear that God has placed me here for some reason. Some of those reasons have become clear to me. My heart is at peace here, and I’ve grown and found myself in ways I never could have imagined. I intercede for my city, that there may be peace, redemption, and an end to the turmoil. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many other people on their journeys and serve them in very tangible ways through my career. However, I cannot see the big picture. Only God knows exactly why I am here.

Trust that you also are where God intends for you to be. Maybe it’s only for a season. It could be for the rest of your life. It may not always be comfortable. We are asked to bloom where we are planted. There are people who need you, right where you are. They need your love and your prayer. You are called to be an intercessor for your city as well, and your country. If you’re challenged by where you live, God is calling you to grow through that experience. And sometimes, we end up somewhere for a short chapter, for reasons that we may not know, and then are called to move on. Other times we are asked to leave a place that we loved. God has a reason for placing you within the boundaries where you live, as the verse from Acts above reminds us.

Here’s a very succinct prayer if you are struggling with your place: God, put me where you need me! And trust me: He will do it!

(As you think about where you are, please also remember to pray for the numerous refugees and displaced people throughout the world. They are adrift and seeking where their next home will be. Ask God to bring them to a place of safety, acceptance, and welcome. Importantly, also welcome them and do whatever you can to show hospitality to those in your area.)

Complete Faith.

I am praying about a huge decision, one that entirely puts my future in the hands of my Father in Heaven. Because, for a long time and for various reasons, I held on to the trajectory that I wanted my life to follow. I’ve made decisions based upon what I hoped would be the end of the path. Only after years, is it sinking into me that God may have a very different plan for my life. Yet what my Father has for me is wonderful in its own way. I see the beauty in the reality, once I am able to let go of my ideal. 

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So, I will step out, though the waves and the water seem too deep.  I am stepping out and trusting that, together, we will walk on the water. No matter where the road may lead, He will be with me. And it is the same for you, my friend. He will walk with you through the darkness and light. No matter if the road ends up somewhere unknown and unexpected, even undesired, He is still with you.

(Yes, I know this song can be very cliche and over-used. But once you get over that it’s a beautiful song about abandonment to God and His love for us.)

 

Jesus, I trust in You!