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Taking the Next Step

I know I haven’t written for a while.  To be honest, I really don’t feel like I have much to say that is blog-worthy.  I don’t cook often enough to share recipes, I don’t have babies who do cute things everyday, and I don’t have craft ideas to share unless I stole them from somebody else on Pinterest anyway.  Not much seems to happen in my life that is easy fodder for chronicling in a blog entry.  So when I say I really have no idea what this blog is even about, it’s the truth.  I don’t want to type a whole lot about nothing all the time…no one would want to read it if it”s all fluff.  So I have decided to write only when I feel like I have something to say that just might matter to someone.  Something that might speak to someone else even if I never know it.  So today, I am sharing my recent thoughts about stepping up with God.

My good friend, Cortney, and I have started a Bible study by Beth Moore called Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent.  The Psalms are one of my favorite books of the Bible-probably because I connect to God primarily through lyrics and music which is what the Psalms are.  And maybe because I am an emotional person and the Psalms are really just people’s hearts written down and were once set to music.  These are songs that were sung to God thousands of years ago and it’s always amazing to me that they can still speak truth into my life today.  If you are looking for a good study, I highly recommend this one!  It’s great!  I obviously don’t plan on recreating the whole study in my posts.  I just want to share what God has been teaching me through it just in case it speaks to you, too.

Recently, I have been feeling a little stuck and discontented.  When I look at my life, I feel like nothing is ever new and I am stuck in what has become a mindless routine.  Beth Moore called it “Doing the thing but lost your fire”.  I feel like I have been going through the motions for quite a while now, but I’ve lost my passion and forgotten my purpose.

I typically love structure and routine but I am realizing that if I want things in my life to change, I can’t keep doing the same things all of the time!  Nothing will ever change unless I am willing to change!  Beth said, “We get comfortable and find security in sameness..but we have to step up with God to the next place He has for us.”  If I am ever going to go anywhere, I have to take a step.  She shared the following verse from Psalm 84.

“Blessed (or “happy”) are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage”. v5

This verse was originally written to apply to the Israelites who used to journey, 3 times a year, to the temple to meet with God.  But it can also apply to us today.  Really, our lives are a journey with God- a pilgrimage.

When we are feeling stuck or going through hard times, Beth challenges us to remember that this is just one small part of our journey, “just a flash of time in eternity”.  She encourages us to remember that we are just passing through here on Earth.  We aren’t staying here!!!  And if we keep our hearts set on the journey and follow where the Lord directs, we do not have to stay stuck in our stuff here either.  We can step up and move on to the next thing God has for us.  If we are still here on Earth, drawing breath, we can rest assured that God isn’t done with us yet.  He still has something else for us.  Something always in the works.  We just have to keep on taking steps.

So what does God have in store for me next?  Beth couldn’t really answer that for me so I still don’t know.  In the meantime, I am praying and waiting on God to tell me which direction I should take my next step in.  The changes He asks me to make might be difficult at first and taking the next step might be scary sometimes.  But I am excited to see where He leads.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” ~Psalm 119:105

“I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.”~Psalm 119:59

“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth…”~Psalm 86:11

“In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”~Proverbs 16:9

 

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