Saturday, January 21, 2012

I will be Undaunted

If you've traveled through some years with me, you know that there have been some pretty amazing things that have happened both wonderful and painfully difficult.  Each having their own place at their specific time, teaching me and shaping me as they do, as I continue to seek the face of the Lord and His purpose throughout each of these happenings.

Throughout the recent months, there has been a wavering amount of fear that has crept into my world.  Fear of the unknown, uncertainty about the future, fear of rejection, all sorts of feelings that I'm sure other people struggle with as well.  And in the past, I would just take each of those as it came, deal with it and hopefully move on.  But something recently has really been challenging that in me.  Encouraging me to take a more pro-active approach, by stepping out boldly in confidence that my Father God has each and every situation planned out just so, and that I merely need to trust in His goodness over me. 

My blog has been titled "Walking, Stumbling to a home not yet seen" because quite frankly, many of the trials that I was going through were so unreal & earth shattering that many days I felt like I was stumbling along, just trying to make it one step at a time.  There have been some terrible years, but now I feel like moving beyond that and looking square on to what Jesus holds for me as I learn to stand up straight and walk into His grace & promises.

This is where "Undaunted" comes from.  If you looked it up, you would see that it is a word that means "Not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment," and is synonymous with the words fearless, intrepid, brave, & courageous.  In the Bible, there are many times where God changes someone's name in order to make it known something in them has when Saul's name changed to Paul to show his change of devotion & purpose, or Jacob's name (supplanter) changing to Israel (having power with God), or Simon (God has heard) being re-named Peter (rock).  These were all significant name changes that had a lot to do not only with where a person was at that point, but more so where they were going.  

In the Bible there are over 300 passages on fear, and more specifically where God tells us not to fear!  Something that is repeated that many times should make us think, right?  I mean if it's that important to tell us so many times, then A) we must not be alone in this fear and B) God must really want us to trust Him instead of bowing to fear.  So this is a challenge I'm going at with God.  To not be defeated or weighed down by fear, but to move forward with Christ, remembering the past and using it as a catalyst for the next adventure.  Hopefully we can walk down this road together!

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13

1 comment:

  1. "10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. "

    Isaiah 41:10


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