transaction of will

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you

– Psalm 56:3

Fear, worry, and anxiety emerge from an unbelieving heart.

God doesn’t believe for us.

Lord, help us overcome our unbelief. Help us get over ourselves and believe in Your character, Your love, and Your promises.

Faith is a transaction of will where a person transfers his trust to God.

 

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give thanks – day 10

Today I’m thankful that the Lord perfectly orchestrated 2 family’s paths to cross and forever change both.

My parents have been scuba diving and vacationing with a group of couples for nearly 15 years. About 2 years ago, I got accepted into Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Little did I know that I would be moving to North Carolina and living within 2 miles from my mom and dad’s closest friends.

Needless to say, my parents were relieved I’d have someone to take care of me. To be honest, I was a bit nervous. I didn’t want to be a burden to family friends, and didn’t know much about these people that would now essentially be my lifeline in North Carolina.

During preview weekend, we were all able to enjoy a meal together at Rick and Peg’s house. I got to hear stories of all their vacations and slowly felt at ease. They were as loud, loving, and opinionated as my own family, so I slowly settled in.

Let’s just say that settling in process didn’t take long. After weekly dinners (Haasta Pasta nights), walks at the park, and pottery festivals I found myself right at home–my second home.

Rick and Peg have gone from being strangers to friends to family. I thank the Lord daily for their friendship and love. They take care of me when I’m sick, make me laugh until I cry, and have welcomed me with open hearts and arms. I couldn’t be more thankful that our paths crossed, and that they have adopted me into their family.

give thanks – day 8

I am not a marathon runner (or even a mile runner). I’m out of shape and trying to do better. Even though my health and my body are far from perfect, I am thankful for them.

Even when my anaphylaxis kicks in or my allergies put me out a few days. Even when I sprain a muscle or am fatigued to the core. I am thankful.

I have no room to complain. I will be thankful for my health, and I will continue to strive to improve it.

I also pray for my friends, family members, and co-workers whose health or family member’s health is less than perfect. And I anxiously await a New Heaven and New Earth where there will be no pain, no sadness, and no death. The way The Lord intended it. What a glorious day that will be!!

give thanks – day 7

Today, I am thankful for the sovereignty of the Lord.

It is absolutely amazing how He perfectly orchestrates things to fall into place as soon as our pursuits match his.

For a selfish, head-strong planner like myself, that hasn’t always been often. However, I am excited at how quickly things are happening and thrilled with the direction they’re going.

The Lord has made it very clear that I should extend my time in North Carolina to more actively pursue Biblical counseling. To be quite honest, I didn’t have plans to stay here or to move forward in that direction. But the Lord has spoken so clearly into my life and those around me to confirm this is the right direction for now. What thy means or the future, I have no idea. But He does, so I am resting in that and pressing on.

With this new direction come huge changes: Stephen will start looking for jobs here after December, my work schedule must change to do my counseling internship, there are other classes I have to get permission to take before I can move forward, etc.

But the Lord has clearly shown he is in control! And I think he knows I needed to see that in order to move forward–Oh me of little faith!

But within 2 days, my academic changes were approved, the counseling department and dean are making sure the transition is smooth, they are helping grant special permissions for the courses I need, I received all the information necessary to apply for Summit’s internship program, AND my boss agreed to help me make my work schedule more manageable for the future. WOW!

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

That is the cry of my heart today.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 NIV

give thanks – day 5

Today my heart overflows with thanks for First Baptist Church Louisville, GA, the leaders who taught me, and the friends who challenged me during that season.

FBC may have not been flashy or full of jeans and projector screens, but it was in those tiny pews in my dress clothes that I learned the character of God. So thankful for people like Preacher Dude (Mr. Larry), Bill Smith (music minister and young musicians fearless leader!), and Shane Padgett (former youth pastor) who decided to minister to a little red-head in an even smaller town.

They didn’t do it for the glory or the fame (none of that is associated with Louisville). They may have only been there for a season or a lifetime.  But they changed my life forever by being faithful to the call of the Lord to minister whole-heartedly wherever He placed them.

Preacher Dude offered such wisdom and taught me it was okay to not know all the answers. Mr. Bill tirelessly taught us every song and hymn known to man. Although we had to ride that horrible bus each week and wear ridiculous costumes, I still find myself singing those wonderful hymns (and even some of the dorky yet catchy young musician songs). Shane challenged me to study the Word with a fervor I’d never had before, and to step up and stand out for the faith.

My FBC family was one that can never be replaced. Each person touched my life a different way and I am forever thankful for their craziness, friendship, and ministry.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom,so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. – Colossians 1:28-29

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing….I want you to know that I thank the Lord for you all. I pray you are continuing to admonish and teach those around you, because your efforts are not in vain.

 

 

give thanks – day 1

I am possibly the worst person when it comes to commitment (ask my fiancé). I find a way to wrap myself in excuses or I get so busy that I can’t finish anything I start (hello, ENFJ/P- I forget).

My hurried, chaotic nature causes me to become so worried and anxious that I rarely stop to give thanks. I focus on my problems, but not the blessings.

Gosh, I’m so far from my family—-thank you for a family that loves me and I love enough to miss.

I work until 9pm 5 days a week! This is awful—thank you Jesus for my job.

This semester is going to kill me—thank you for the opportunity to study Your Word and learn to be a better follower and disciple-maker.

My bed is 6 feet in the air! I’m an adult not a student—thank you, Lord that I have a soft, warm place to rest my head.

I’m challenging myself this month to have a conscious attitude of thanks. From the big to small. Significant to insignificant. And to give all of the thanks, worship, & praise to God.

Day 1…today I am thankful for my roommate and friend, Suzanne who had homemade broccoli cheddar soup and sister Schubert rolls waiting on me after work 🙂 the best kind of end to a long long day.

Please join me on this journey.

“Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…..give thanks.”