With stacks and stacks of boxes. Then shelf after shelf lined with items that need to find a home (or should I say… need for my husband and I to find a home for them). With painting walls, refurbishing items from my old house, picking out curtain rods, picking out curtains, hanging those new curtains, hanging family pictures, creating new crafts to hang on my walls… All on my mind to do like a checklist that seems it will NEVER end. I continue to put this off, saying I’ll start this summer, I’ll start after we move, I’ll start Sept 1, okay I’ll REALLY start Oct 1. I want to be fully prepared, I want to have a good chunk ready before I start.
I have read devotion after devotion since this March that prompts my heart and spirit to say what is stopping you from just going for it?! Can you ever be fully prepared? Can you really, without any doubts, move forward in every endeavor that we take a step towards?
Today, for instance I’ll share the two books I read and what stood out to me so much that I decided why wait any longer? Why not go for this today!
In, Journey of A Military Wife,Directed, Journey 2, Waypoint 14 Brenda Pace writes (page 104),“We take one step, then another, but there is no guarantee things will work out for good. Each step is a step of faith. We rarely complete major transitions with one giant step.”
In, Only One Life: How a Woman’s Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy by Jackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee write (page 46-47),“So what kinds of fears are we likely to encounter as we step into new levels of impact? The fears you face may not be as literally life-and-death as the ones confronted by Esther or Lottie Moon. You probably will not have to confront a crocodile in defense of a loved one. But you will almost certainly come face-to-face with one or more of these common fears:
Fear of failure (insufficiency, humiliation)
Fear of man (social rejection)
Fear of loss (losing money, relationships, opportunity, prestige)
Fear of making a mistake (embarrassment)
Fear of the spotlight (being seen, imperfection)”
Fears can take multitude of shapes and forms. But they all emerge from the same source, they aren’t from God. The enemy comes to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). One way the enemy will do that is by crippling us with fear. But we know that fear is not from the Lord. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV)
With all that in mind, here I go, hope you join me in this new journey!