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Leap of Faith

June 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 (NIV)

Sometimes when we are praying about something all God wants is for us to simply say “okay” and take that leap of faith! This has been a recurring truth not just for me but people in my family as well. Last year when my brother was out of work we were all praying every day for doors to open. Of course we wanted them to open up somewhere close to where we all were though. Once my brother said “okay God, where ever you want me to go” and stepped out in faith our prayers were answered. Now there are several prayer requests that are on my heart, my dad needing a job, my brother-in-law needing a job, not to mention many other things that we are praying for as well. God has been continually laying on my heart the truth that I must step out in faith first and He will care for the rest. His plans are better than I could ever plan for myself. He knows what is best for me. All I need to do is trust Him, take a leap of faith and say “okay God” and whatever he puts before me will be more amazing than I had thought!

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

Our Wednesday night life group (aka small group) started last week a study on the motivational gifts. These are different from the spiritual gifts we have but are complimentary. The motivational gifts we have are given to us at birth by God to everyone, not just Christians. The use of these gifts however are much different in a Christian versus a non-Christian. What I think is so great about this study is that it really helps to explain why we do the things we do, why we act, say and feel the way that we do. It also helps give us perspective on the people around us, helping us to understand them better. In the study it also talks about how it can be helpful for parents to better raise their children because they will be able to understand their child’s thinking better. So much is wrapped up in these gifts. Our motives, choice of career, thoughts, actions and words are all derived from our gift. For me, the thought that God specifically gave each of us a special gift from the moment we were born speaks volume to the love that He has for us! Not only that, it magnifies the truth that we are all designed for a purpose, His purpose. Whatever God has called each of us to do would not be possible without the gifts that He has given us, it makes us who we are. So, who am I? I am God’s child, I am a wife and mother, I am a server and exhorter, I am designed for a specific purpose that He has given only to me. Who are you?

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)

Each one of us has been given specific talents, dreams, and passions in life. Mine is writing and helping encourage Christian moms. I did not know exactly what God wanted me to do with my writing for a while and then He prompted me to start this site. Now I look forward to my time to write everyday! Lately God has placed a new passion on my heart… helping other aspiring writers. Maybe you love to write, but don’t know where to start. Well, join the Raising Inspiration network! I am now going to be featuring guest blogs on the site. So, if you have a passion to write then please join the network! I ask that each blog consists of a minimum of 300 words, has either two Bible verses and/or quotes and comes with a picture or video. All you need to do is pick a topic and let the writing begin! Once you have written your blog you can send it to me via the contact page and I will be sure to let you know when your post will be up on the site. Also, if you have any questions about how to pick a topic, piece together your blog, or anything, I am happy to help! It’s time for us to join together and use our creative gifts God has given us to encourage, inspire, and challenge other moms out there! God has placed a story on each of our hearts that we are meant to hear… so please share it with us all! I look forward to seeing what God will do with the growing network of Raising Inspiration! Now… time for you to go blog!

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” Romans 14:12 (NIV)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

Yesterday’s post was about legacy, what kind of parent are we and what legacy will we leave to our children. With that in mind I am writing todays post about accountability. We can not leave a good legacy behind if we do not first acknowledge the fact that we are accountable. The kind of person we are, the kind of child, sibling and parent that we are will all be things that we will be held accountable for. So I guess the big question is then… is the way that we are living our lives reflecting the accountability that we have to God? Are we living in a way that brings Him the glory? Are we striving to do His will and please Him? Or, are we living for ourselves? I will be the first to tell you that I screw up. No one will get this right all day every day. But, we can not ever live our lives with out this at the front of our mind. If there is ever a time that we let it slip from the front of our minds then we may stop feeling accountable and then what kind of example are we setting for our children? I know it is hard to remember that in all areas of our lives God holds us accountable, but that is part of living a life worthy of being His child. The blessings we will receive will far out way the day to day challenges we face to live how we should. Growing up I was taught to find an accountability partner because it helps keep that point more tangible to us, makes us realize it a little more. Perhaps this is something we should all consider, maybe we should commit to find another mom that we can join together to help keep each other in check.

“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—” Psalm 103:17 (NIV) 

“All I am I owe to my mother.”  George Washington

What a simple quote this is, yet it makes me stop and think. Our jobs as a mom is never over, not only that, its one of the most important roles we will have. The parents a child has in their life will be what molds them into the adult they will become. So thinking about that makes me think about what kind of parent I want to be, how I want my children to turn out when they are grown. Am I living a life that sends the message of the legacy I wish to leave behind? The verse talks about fearing the Lord and His love and righteousness will be with not only our children but our grandchildren as well. I believe that this doesn’t mean necessarily to be afraid of God but to have respect for Him and honor Him, a reverent fear. So I ask myself… am I living in a way that honors, respects and shows a reverent fear for Him? Or, am I living a life that says the complete opposite? How I live my life will affect more than just me, it will affect all the generations to come in my family specifically, let alone other people I may never meet. If I want to teach my children the most important thing in life, loving God and putting Him first, then I must teach them by showing them! Think about it, do your children see you praying, reading the bible, worshipping and living a life willing to go where He says go? The most important gift I can give to my children is teaching them about God. The legacy that I want to leave to my children is one that is full of honoring God, loving Him, respecting Him and following His will, so now I must make sure that my life reflects the legacy I want to leave behind. What legacy do you want to leave behind?