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What’s stopping you?

I’ve been so overwhelmed by the business of life lately. Different things have been pulling me in so many directions, it’s gotten a little intense. So I cut a few things out in hopes that  my stress level would die down, but then it just left me thinking about the things I could be doing. The things I want to do, but can’t.

Then God whispered, "What is it that you can’t do? I gave you everyday, and I give you strength. If I put the desire in your heart, what’s stopping you?"

And then I realized that sometimes, the things you feel you cannot do are the things God is calling you to do. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength, don’t let the devil lie to you. Don’t let him keep you from what God has for your life.

Gods plans for your life are great and most likely, it’s going to be difficult to get where He wants you to be. So why wouldn’t the devil lie to us? If it’s going to be strenuous for us to achieve what God has planned, than that’s his most opportune time to step in and say “you’re not strong enough, you can’t.”

So be brave. Be courageous. Listen to God, and live in peace.

”..For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
    Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
    untroubled by fear of harm.” -Proverbs 1:32&33

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." -Matthew 11:30


"But forget all that- it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." -Isaiah 43:18-20

A few weeks ago, I watched “The Passion of the Christ.” Happy belated Easter! (Favorite holiday everrr.) My favorite part of the movie is towards the end, after Jesus had been beaten, he was carrying the cross and a guard pushed him to the ground. He fell, and his mother Mary was so upset by the scene. She was watching her son suffer, so she ran up to him to help him up. Without any complaint, or frustration Jesus says “Look Mother, I make all things new.”
Instant water works.

Seriously, think about it. Everything you have done. Your past. He has redeemed you of it ALL. Not only that, but the mistakes you haven’t even made yet. He took care of it already. When I watch that movie, in the midst of his pain and anguish, he has the joy in his heart knowing that he “makes all things new.” 

Let your past be your past. I constantly struggle with this. I read a quote today from the book “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend: 

"The past is your ally in repairing your present and ensuring a better future."

So true. 

One more quote. Are you sad? Have you been hurt? Well don’t give up. You’re a beautiful creation, who has an amazing Creator. He doesn’t waste His time. You have a purpose:

"Nearly all God’s jewels are crystallized tears." -Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

‎”God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.” -1 Peter 1:2

"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20