Not for Wimps {and a link-up}

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God never promised us that His path would be an easy one. In fact, unlike what some would have you to believe, the path that leads to the promises of God can sometimes seem lonely, quiet, and bewildering. It can leave us bent over on our knees, praying alone in the dark, and sweating drops of blood as we agonize over the betrayal of those we love.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Christ.

The truth is, a walk that aligns with the purpose of God is less traveled, guaranteed to encounter persecution, and will most assuredly experience suffering. Those who follow Christ will be mocked and endure scorn. We will be rejected – occasionally by those whom they love the most. Our dedication to walking in obedience will absolutely require that we walk away from dreams, desires, and sometimes, even people.

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Walking with Christ is not for wimps.

Seasons of difficulty are however, temporary. There will also be innumerable victories through following Christ, both big and small. During these times, when we have kept our eyes on Him, and stood firmly, boldly recalling and reciting His promises, we can witness great and supernatural moves of God. But, seasons when the tests and trials of this world feel as if they are emphatically wearing us down will undoubtedly arise. Unfortunately, we will experience moments when we allow our situations, or our poor coping mechanisms to distract us from His truth. Sadly, we may choose the world, and the false promises it holds, over the faithfulness of God.

But even after seasons of weakness, when we have succumbed to worry and doubt, and have chosen to believe in our own ability to secure a future that only God can provide – Christ still redeems.

The race of knowing Christ is a journey, not a sprint. And we are a work in progress.

For those who know Him are the called of God. We are His children, heirs of the promise, and were prepared and chosen before the creation of the world. We are loved and can rest in knowing that we cannot be snatched from His hand. Although like sheep, we are prone to wandering, and can at times, be easily manipulated, we are His sheep. Because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we recognize His voice. And when we have become distracted by the cares of life, and find ourselves overwhelmed by all we see and do, we can turn to the sound of His calling. We can run to Him, and thrust our cares upon Him, and once again experience the peace that only comes by walking in a faith that requires obedience and choosing to have a thankful heart, in spite of what our situation seems.

It is at this altar, where we willingly relinquish our desire to direct our steps and control our circumstance, and instead surrender to an unknown future designed by an all-knowing God, that we offer our lives as a living sacrifice before Him. This is the faithfulness that Christ requires. And it results in the faithful reward of lives that richly experience the power and presence of the Almighty God.

Here exists a reason for great hope, in that, our faithful tribulation results in lives richly fulfilled with a living and powerful God.

This kind of walk, which greatly pleases God, can only be accomplished by abiding in Christ.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are compelled to press through the rough times. Having gone too far to turn back, we continue forward, determined to see our Saviors good purpose at the road’s end. Trials and tribulations only serve to strengthen those who choose to adhere to the One who carries us through the journey. From suffering, those on this path boldly draw strength. Defying all odds, and in contrast to worldly expectations, we hand selfish ambition and self-motivated desires over to death and in exchange receive a life full of abundant joy.  We are rewarded with a peace that transcends understanding during our most trying situations.  Then, and with great and humble satisfaction, those who have met Him in the fire, and passed the test are used by God to bring Him glory, demolish strongholds, and edify His people.  And most assuredly, those who finish this race are certain to hear the Savior say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Well done.

For further study: Deuteronomy 28:1-3, Mathew 25:14-30, Revelations 3:1-13, Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Peter 2:8-10

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So, for all of you who, like me, feel more like it’s a Wednesday than a Monday, here’s…

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Comments

  1. Hi Letetia,

    Thanks for hosting. Your words speak truth. I pray everyday the God gives me the courage and strength to be His woman warrior, even if I have to stand alone. For the most part, the life I have choose to live as a homeschooling, stay-at-mom, does not fit in with the times. So I already feel like an alien in this world. Hope you have blessed week.
    Latisha recently posted…Everything Will Be Alright in the EndMy Profile

    • Latisha,

      From one homeschooling SAHM to another, I understand how you feel. Add on being a mother of many littles, one of whom is a newborn, and the inevitable and occasional feelings of isolation can leave us longing for a connection with someone over 5 feet tall. That is one of the most beautiful things about connecting with other like-minded women, it allows us to both offer encouragement, and be encouraged. I pray that God would continue to encourage us both, as we endeavor to encourage others. Thank you so much for stopping by, linking, and commenting. I had the pleasure of reading your blog over the weekend, and was very pleased with your update.
      Blessings,
      Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 23My Profile

  2. Hi Letitia, I appreciate the Link up.
    Ifeoma Samuel recently posted…LET US PRAY- DAY 1 by StephaneMy Profile

    • Ifeoma, Thank you so much visiting, your comments continue to bring me great encouragement!

  3. Thanks for the party. Your memes are nice! Good luck in your journey this week.
    Heaven recently posted…Sacred Sabbath: Service in MarriageMy Profile

  4. Following Christ has definitely lead me to more difficult paths than the ones I would have chosen for myself. But I can say without a doubt, when I let Him lead me I came out stronger. When I was fighting Him, well…that’s another story. His paths for us are more difficult, but also more worth it.
    Thank you for uplifting words today.
    Deborah recently posted…The Couple That Prays Together…My Profile

    • Your comments speak directly from my heart. And your other story? Please consider submitting that for a Hope-Day Wednesday ‘Your Story’. I bet is is amazing. Thank you for visiting!
      xoxo Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 23My Profile

  5. I am so grateful that while this journey is not for wimps, He gives me all I need to be strong in Him. Glad to be here again this week. Thank you for hosting the linkup!
    Joanne Viola recently posted…Always With UsMy Profile

    • Amen, amen and A-M-E-N. Without him I would not even have the strength to begin the journey, much less continue it. Thank you so much for visiting and for your encouragement!
      xoxo
      Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 23My Profile

      • Letetia, I am not sure you ever received my email but I thought I would repeat myself here. You were selected by random.org as one of the 2 winners of my giveaway “Undone” by Michele Cushatt. If you will let me know your mailing address, I will be happy to send you your copy 🙂
        Joanne Viola recently posted…Always With UsMy Profile

        • I did not receive the email. But, Yay me!! Thank you so much for your faithfulness! I had wanted to read/get Undone but with the busyness of life had not. I love the warm embrace of God’s favor. I’ll shoot you an email with the mailing address.

          God bless and Thank You.
          Letetia
          Letetia recently posted…Not for Wimps {and a link-up}My Profile

  6. Thanks so much for the beautiful post & for hosting & God bless!
    Laurie Collett recently posted…Take the Plunge!My Profile

  7. visiting from Women with Intention. As I read your words, I remembered the words I read out loud this morning from Psalm 18! Our walk with God requires determination and perseverance on our part and when we find ourselves in a spot of trouble we can always count on God to rescue us. Love how He shapes and strengthens our character!
    Jeannie Pallett recently posted…From Lame and Lonely to filled with GloryMy Profile

    • Jeannie,

      The cords of death encompassed me;
      the torrents of destruction assailed me;
      5 the cords of Sheol entangled me;
      the snares of death confronted me.
      6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
      to my God I cried for help.
      From his temple he heard my voice,
      and my cry to him reached his ears. (Psalm 18:4-6)

      Yes, yes, yes!!! Thank you for coming back and visiting!
      xoxo Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – March 25My Profile

  8. Hello Leticia, we wrote very similar posts today, though yours is much more spiritual and mine (about the challenges of spring and the rewards that come after the challenges) is much more general. there is a message of faith from both of us today. Warmest wishes, Michele
    Michele recently posted…Just Before SpringMy Profile

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! Messages of faith come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Thank you for being an encourager! I’ll be sure to stop by and show the post some love.

      Blessings,
      Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – March 26My Profile

  9. AMEN!! Beautiful, truthful words.
    Heather recently posted…Wellness Wednesday: Edible Spring WeedsMy Profile

  10. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Leslie recently posted…From Attachment to Free Range: A ProgressionMy Profile

  11. JcCee Watkins Barney says:

    Thanks so much for this encouraging post. I definitely agree that it is a journey and there will be times that seem hard but we must keep the faith because in the end to hear, “Well done,” will make it all worth it.

    • The prospect of hearing that “Well-done” is enough to make me cheer right now! 🙂 And it’s certainly something that helps me push through the harder times of the journey. Thank you so much for stopping by!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – March 26My Profile

  12. I don’t have anything relevant to link up at the moment, but just wanted to say that your posts are very encouraging and makes me think about my walk with God. Thank you.
    Agatha recently posted…Fix It Friday – How I Fixed My BirksMy Profile

  13. Karyn Locke says:

    Great topic! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thank you for the link up and for sharing it at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
    Terri Presser recently posted…GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #23My Profile

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