As I sit here at my desk in my office and stare out my window and talk to my daughter on the phone and write this post, the first thing I notice is the white covered high peaks of the mountain right in my view. I’ve never been one to want to climb up a mountain. It’s too high. It’s too tiring. It takes too much effort. You see, it’s more than just about a mountain; it began when I was a young child. I would attempt to press into something new and exciting, but something would happen midway through the process…..I would give up. Time and time again I would give up. I could blame it on the fact that I didn’t have anyone behind me speaking words of encouragement. You know, that person who is on your team 100% and speaking words of life…..”You got this….You can do this…..Don’t give up!” These words speak life.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Prov. 16:24
You know what? I could play the blame game if I desired to stay stuck. However, this girl chose to take a different path a long time ago. Even with this desire in my heart, I still felt like I was at the base of a mountain looking up wishing I had the guts to start climbing. Every time I took a step it felt like self-doubt, shame, guilt, and fear would cause me to back off. It was the voice in my head that was sounding like an old-negative bullhorn. I wrote the word old because I’ve heard its voice for so many years. We can listen to something so long it becomes so familiar we begin to take ownership of it.
Do you allow negative thoughts to speak louder than the truth in your mind? Do you surround yourself with truth-tellers and cheerleaders? Do you believe that through faith mountains can be conquered in your life?
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Prov. 16:22
Dry bones are such a compelling vision to me. I know weird. God speaks of bringing life back to dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Yes, God brings life. He restores new life in each of us. It doesn’t matter where we came from or the hand good or bad that was dealt to us. He brings newness.
I don’t know what lies ahead in my life, and you don’t either. Both of us together can choose to live as if we have already won the battle because we have already received victory in Jesus.
Are you staring at a mountain in your life right now? Speak these words of truth right now into your circumstance….”Nothing is bigger than my God!”.
“Now to Him who is ABLE to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us..” Eph 3.20
*Please pray for me (and my team) as I step out of my comfort-zone in a few weeks and do my first mission trip to Zambia in Africa. God is big.