Chase The Lion: Day Six

E B E N E Z E R. 

Nope, not scrooge. An altar made unto the Lord to celebrate what he had done and what he was going to do. 

September 2011, I landed in San Diego. I didn't have a job, I didn't have a car, I didn't have friends and I didn't have family, but I did have God. Everything God had done lead up to that defining moment when my feet touched the sun-soaked pavement. The next 11 months I spent looking for a job that didn't seem to come. I was riddled with what had gone wrong while chasing a dream that I knew was given to me. I was ill with worry and frustration, I had so many doubts about being here I almost threw in the towel. 

The God who did it before can do it again.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

I was so focused on what was right in front of me that I couldn't remember how faithful God had been to get me there. I knew what I wanted, and what I was chasing but I couldn't get there without appreciating how far I had come by God's grace. I felt as though getting what I needed in order to stay in San Diego was impossible, but it was just as "impossible" to get from Michigan to San Diego and God still did it. I needed to celebrate that, that should have been my focus all along. 

When we celebrate Gods victories in our life and remember all the times God came through, it's a lot easier to have faith that He will continue to work for those who love him. It becomes harder for satan to whisper doubts in our ear if we put our foundation in Christ and take the time to reflect. 

Think back to a moment when you knew God nudged your heart to do something, and now think about how it happened, when God made that moment a reality. God said, and God did, it's that simple. It always has been and it always will be, we just have to believe. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Four

Hello Darlings, 

This weeks devo has probably been my favorite so far. Emphasizing Gods promise “What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.” Mark states that you cannot take one half of the promise without the other, what a pill to swallow…. 

This verse resonates with me in such a nostalgic way, looking back on my life, I have never been more grateful for closed doors

When I left my small town in Michigan six years ago to move to San Diego, I stepped out on faith. With that being said, I had a vision but I didn't have a clear path, I had a plan but I didn't have a job. I struggled to find a steady job for 11 months. When I finally found one that I loved, I got fired after a short time. When that door closed, I was devastated:

“Why am I still in San Diego?”

“What am I supposed to do, I need that money.”

“Was I even supposed to leave Michigan in the first place?”

“Why is this so hard?”

I stared at that heavy solid door in my face, I realized that I was settling for the comfortability of the job position but I wasn't doing what God called me to do. Just like a baby eagle in the comfort of their nest, they must be pushed out to fly. God knew I was ready to fly, when all I could think about was how I was falling. When I understood where God was leading me, I let go and let God and He always delivers.

It’s a daily struggle for us, but we must choose to trust the process and let God lead. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you.