Sometimes it’s good to look back to be reminded of what God has done in our lives and how far we’ve come. I wrote this two years ago (this month) as a new chapter was being written in my life and here I am again as yet another new chapter unfolds. Today I’m encouraged by the words of the past — which are much more clear to me now. I’ve revised some of what I had written and added a few things that I’ve learned along the way. It’s my hope that you’re encouraged in whatever chapter God has you in…
Here I am in my late forties and I’m just beginning to become who God created me to be.
Insecurities and doubts have fallen away and in their place FAITH has taken root, not because of anything I’ve done but because of what He has done. And as my faith has grown I’ve learned to let go.
I’ve let go of the plans that I’ve had for myself — the ideas of who I should be and the disappointments of who I’m not.
I’ve let go of the past and all that I’ve done and all that I haven’t done.
I’ve let go of the fear of the what ifs and the regret of the if onlys.
I’ve let go and I’ve let God — I’ve opened my hands and released control.
I’ve prayed, “Not my will Lord, but yours” and meant it.
I’ve stopped trying to figure it all out and I’ve stopped trying to make something happen and have prayed instead, “Move me God, into the position and plan you have for me, whatever that may be.”
I’ve prayed believing that whatever His will is for me, it far exceeds any plans or dreams I’ve had for myself.
We are far more than we ever thought or imagined but so often we are incapable of believing in the possibilities of who we might be — perhaps out of a false sense of humility, or fear of sounding boastful — that we miss out on God’s best.
I can’t boast about my own strengths or abilities but — The ONE who created me, the ONE who knew me before He formed me in my mother’s womb, the ONE who lives in me — I can assuredly boast about Him and what He desires to do through me!
We’ve heard the words, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”, but do we truly believe them?
God’s purpose and plan for our lives includes realizing who we are in Christ and who He is in us!
We were planned, called, and justified to live according to the purpose God has for us.
We just need to let go and let God do His work in us and through us and leave the details and the outcome to Him.
Romans 8:28-30 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.