It is so hard to believe we are already in Week Five of the Your Life Still Counts study! My deepest prayer is that God has spoken to your heart loud and clear over the past few weeks with assurances of His love and forgiveness, and that you are beginning to see yourself in a new perspective – as a beautiful, adored, treasured beloved of God!
From this point forward, things are going to get exciting! We’ve dealt with the hard stuff, but now let’s prep our hearts to let God start guiding us in new directions and pray for spiritual clarity and insight to see all the doors He may be opening.
The truth is, us humans like our comfort. We don’t like being uncomfortable in any way, shape or form. Trying to be comfortable is just what we naturally do. So moving out of our comfort zone, seems unnatural. Which is exactly why when it comes to matters of faith, we need the Supernatural to be our strength.
Below are a few tips to help you begin to consider stepping out of your comfort zone into the faith zone where God can do His best work in you and through you.
(1) Don’t be afraid of what other people might think.
One of the main things that holds most of us back from doing something new is the fear of what other people think. I went through that when I first felt called to speak and write, and even had people tell me that it was a dumb idea and a risky move – especially since that meant quitting my full time job to pursue the calling on my heart. But somehow in God’s strength, I gradually pushed past those fears and naysayers and watched God do things I would never thought possible.
Do something this week you wouldn’t normally do. Maybe something out of character, but in an good way! Something a little risky for God. Put yourself out there, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. I promise you’ll be fine, and when you realize that you’re fine, courage increases. As courage increases, fears subside, and we can start taking baby steps of bold faith.
(2) Think about the worst thing that could happen if you trusted God and stepped out in faith.
Sometimes when we think about the worst that could possibly happen, we are able to mentally prepare for it if it does. If we come up with a mental plan of what we will do or say if the worst did actually happen, it makes that “worst possible scenario” seem a little less scary. Most likely, the worst will not happen, but even if it does (like if someone disagrees with you, doesn’t understand your leap of faith, criticizes you in some way or rejects you) you’ll already be mentally prepared for how to face it – and spiritually prepared to handle it in God’s strength. You will also be able to feel proud of the fact that you followed God’s call on your heart, instead letting fear control you – and I bet you realize “it” wasn’t nearly as scary as you had imagined.
Trying something new is an accomplishment in itself. God doesn’t ask for perfection, eloquence or success in everything we do. He merely asks for obedience. Even a failed attempt at something new is a measure of success, because it shows we love our Jesus enough to take a risk for Him and be willing to take a leap of faith. Face your fears – pray about them – come up with a plan – and take a leap of faith before you talk yourself out of it.
(3) Allow yourself to enjoy the excitement of the unknown.
When was the last time you felt really excited about something you were getting ready to do for the Kingdom of God? How long has it been since you had that feeling of enthusiasm, inner passion, butterflies in your stomach and excitement about what might happen if you moved forward in faith? If it’s been a while, ask yourself if you miss those feelings. Do you miss the anticipation that makes your stomach do a little flip? Or maybe you’ve never experienced that, and you are so ready to be filled with nervous excitement you can hardly stand it! Instead of letting your fears hold you back, allow yourself to get excited about what might happen if you took a risk for the sake of Jesus. That thought could be your biggest motivation ever!
The unknown may seem a little scary, so when you think about taking that first step, picture God opening the door for you and holding it open, ushering you into the next phase of life with Him as your guide. Now that’s pretty darn exciting. 🙂
(4) Don’t entertain negative thoughts that will paralyze you spiritually and mentally such as “God could never use me for anything really important; I’m not talented enough; I’m not good enough; There are plenty of other people who would be better suited for this task; I”m not really worthy to serve God; I don’t think God needs me; My story doesn’t matter; I’ll wait until I’m a better Christian; I’ll wait until I’m more financially stable; I’ll do it next year”. These types of negative thoughts are not from God or of God. Think back to the chapter in the book about whose voice you are listening to and make sure the Voice that’s calling the shots is God’s.
To help you begin thinking more deeply about how God might be calling you out of a comfort zone, I’ve put together a bonus worksheet to help you jot down your thoughts, feelings and plans and really begin tackling this challenge of trusting God with your past, present and future.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT LIVE WEBCAST!!!
April 27th, 2015 7:00pm-8:00pm EST
Now that we’ve been hanging out together for a few weeks, studying God’s Word and letting Him reshape our hearts and lives, I think it’s time to have a little good ‘ol girlfriend fun! Of course we’ll talk about what’s going on in the study, but this webcast is really all about offering you the opportunity to ask the YLSC bible study team members any question that’s on your mind (within reason, of course. Smiles)
So start thinking of some questions you might like to ask me, Leah and/or Bonnie, and jot them down. Wondering what our favorite foods are? Hobbies? Holidays? Info about our families/husbands/children? Ministries? Favorite things? Favorite scriptures? Current or upcoming projects? Proverbs 31 questions? Bible study related issues? Ask away!
Next week I’ll tell you how to submit your questions ahead of time, but the fun part is that we’ll also be answering questions in real time during the webcast as time permits. So plan to be online with us and let’s have some fun!
CLICK HERE to go to the Webcast Page. No need to register, just go back to this linked page at the designated day and time, have your questions ready, and get engaged with the YLSC team!
The winners of the 2 beautiful Nest Pendants given away by Bonnie Wallace were Breanna and Theresa. The winner’s of last week’s free copies of Your Life Still Counts were Jordan and Yvette. All have been notified via email.