First Step of Obedience

First Step of Obedience - IntentionallyPursuing.comThat first step of obedience when God called me to write felt like a giant leap of faith. Though God did make it easier when He arranged circumstances that helped me see His hand guiding me along the way.

Writing was exciting and full of possibilities. The challenge appeared with that next step of obedience. Staying the course proved harder than that first leap of faith. Those daily steps of obedience required more trust than the first step of obedience.

When the road feels unsure, I try to see where the path I am on leads, and instead of trusting God to provide along the way, I sometimes focus on my fears that stand in the way. I begin to question if I shouldn’t do something that actually makes money and then write on the side, take a detour to make things happen on my own accord.

When God called Abraham, He only gave him that first step too, but it was a big one.

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.'” (Genesis 12:1 NIV)

God was setting Abraham (then Abram) apart for His purposes. He was calling Abraham to leave all that he knew and trust God along the way.

As Mark Batterson so wisely said in The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible,* “We want God to reveal the second step before we take the first, but faith is taking the first step before God reveals the second!”

I would add to Mark Batterson’s words and say it takes God confidence to continue taking that next step of obedience. 

So, my friend, if you have made that first step of obedience, trust God to provide what you need along the way. Where God leads He provides. Because I have seen God’s faithfulness along the way, I find myself looking less often at the road ahead and trusting God to show the way.

And if God is calling you to take that first step of obedience, step out in faith. Don’t let your fears stand in the way of all God has for you. My friend, let your confidence in God give you the courage to take that first step of obedience.

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Matthew 14:14 – Compassion that Leads to Action

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“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

To prepare for Easter or Resurrection Sunday as some like to say, I planned for the food we will eat and the people we will see. I found the perfect outfit to wear to church that day and made my plans for the day.

But more important than any of that, I am preparing my heart for the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Every morning I read a chapter in the Bible, so I have timed it just right to read a chapter a day in Matthew so that on Easter Sunday I will read the final chapter in Matthew entitled “Jesus Has Risen.”

The other day I read chapter 14 where we find our wisdom this Wednesday, “… he had compassion on them and …” Other versions say Jesus was “moved with compassion.” Jesus felt sympathy for the people, and His compassion led to His action.

Merriam defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Too often I have felt compassion for someone but stopped there. I desired to lessen the suffering but found myself not knowing what or how to make a difference.

I have allowed what I can’t do stop me from doing what I can do. On Saturday I will read these words out of Matthew 20: “Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (v. 34).

My hug will not end my friend’s pain, but my touch can lessen her pain and reminder her she’s not alone.

I have but one voice, but I can speak out for the ones without a voice.

My kind word won’t heal a broken heart, but I can point to the One who heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3).

My prayers alone may not end a war, but I can be a prayer warrior.

Friend, let’s refuse to allow what we can’t do stop us from doing what we can do. Let us follow in the footsteps of our Savior and have compassion that leads to action.

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Intentional Tuesday Linkup {Week 11}

Intentional Tuesday Linkup {Week 11} - IntentionallyPursuing.comI think when plants leave the nursery headed for my home, all the other plants look on them in pity and say good-bye knowing it’s their final farewell. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but Tim got me a plant for Valentine’s Day, and I have been slowly watching it deteriorate.

To give the plant its best chance for life, I made Tim take me to Lowe’s where we bought a new planter and Miracle-Gro® potting mix with plant food built right in. I transferred the plant to its new planter, and at first it seemed to perk up. Then slowly deadheading became a regular thing, and the plant has grown smaller and smaller.

In a last ditch effort, I moved the plant to a smaller planter thinking the first one was too big. I feared I made a mistake when I heard the sound of roots breaking. But I continued on, and now my Begonia is smaller than ever.

Intentional Tuesday Linkup {Week 11}Since I will probably have a vacant planter soon, could you recommend a plant that likes morning sunshine and far too much attention. Anyone with a brown thumb who has found a plant that thrives under your care? I apparently need help. : )

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Unlock Your Libido {Giveaway with Bonny Logsdon Burns}

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Bonny Logsdon Burns. She writes at OysterBed7 where she encourages the low-libido wife through a Christian lens. Bonny has kindly offered to give away a free copy of her new book “Unlock Your Libido: 52-Week Sex Drive Transformation.”

After reading Bonny’s book, I believe the insight and encouragement she shares will be a blessing to your marriage no matter where you find yourself on the libido scale.

From Bonny:

Pursuing One-Flesh Wisdom; Unlock Your Libido

My marriage slipped into a place of two-ness. He did his thing. I did mine. We had little harmony. I craved emotional connection through conversation and he craved emotional connection through physical intimacy.

The misery of rock bottom motivated us. We could only trust and do whatever God asked. He helped us recapture the lush love that overflowed in our early years.

God showed us that neither of us truly understood the one-flesh (Mark 10:8) nature of marriage. It’s a blend of spiritual, emotional, and physical intimacy. Somehow we had managed to get the spiritual unity right. We just had to work on the other two.

My part of our healing was learning to understand God’s design of sexual intimacy.

Learning the truth of God’s word about sexual intimacy was pivotal. Somehow my heart had blurred the lines saying sex was fleshly, period. I didn’t understand that sexuality inside of marriage was God created and given a big nod of approval.

As I embraced God’s truth, I decided to engage consistently in the bedroom. I could not believe the transformation in our marriage. The physical nature of one-flesh spills over into every other area of our relationship. It became apparent that making love is my husband’s most intimate conversation.

My husband found that verbal communication came a whole lot easier because he felt understood and loved.

I thought sex was the problem. It turned out to be part of the answer! Who knew? Isn’t that just like God? His ways are mysterious and wonderful.

I was now eager to engage for the emotional and spiritual components. However, I still had one tiny problem, very little sex drive. Things were lovely once “in-process.” Physically, I just didn’t crave getting started.

I dove into research and found ways to help my libido. OysterBed7.com, my blog ministry, was born as a way to encourage the low-libido wife and help her understand the many dimensions of desire.

My readers and I did a challenge in 2013. We had positive results and a book was born, Unlock Your Libido: 52-Week Sex Drive Transformation. Although, not a Bible study, it is based on God’s Word. I blend scripture, science, and encouragement to help the low-libido wife understand that she can be a sensual creature. It’s an easy journey that may have profound results.

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Hi! I’m Bonny Logsdon Burns. I write to encourage the low libido wife at www.OysterBed7.com.

I am passionate about empowering and equipping hurting women through God’s Word and practical tools.

I live in coastal Wilmington, NC, where I serve on the board of directors for Christian Women’s Job Corps. I’m currently completing a Christian Counseling course.

My husband, David, and I are candid about our struggles and victories. We have three sons.

My favorite thing to do is laugh at Dave’s corny jokes. We like to try new foods and dance to our own music.  

(Please connect with me through twitter and facebook.)

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The Expectation of Perfection

Christianity has the greatest marketing plan for new believers.

All sins forgiven. New life in Christ. Redemption of past mistakes.

But what about current believers, those who got saved a long time ago? Sometimes I get the feeling we enter through the back door, the one lined with rules to follow and expectations to meet.

That new life in Christ, that’s for them. No more sinning for me, and I better seek God so I don’t make any more mistakes.

A part of me believes I have to be perfect. I mean, doesn’t Jesus say to us: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 NIV)?

So I work to live my life as perfectly as I can. I pray, read my Bible, take captive my thoughts, watch my words, guard against the influences of the world. I do all the things I think I’m expected to do. And while perfection isn’t attained, my life seems to match my faith.

Then I have a morning where instead of guarding my words, I watch as ugly words leave my mouth and drop my coffee cup from on high and with force as my actions match those ugly words.

Faced with how far I am from perfect yet still believing the lie that says I have to be perfect, I cry bucketfuls of tears. Instead of hating the sin, I hate myself.

Eventually my fall from grace led me to the arms of God’s saving grace. “For by one sacrifice he [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14 NIV).

The expectation of perfection is unrealistic. The burden is too heavy to bear. Instead of perfection, I am determined to pursue Jesus and allow Him to finish the work He started in me trusting that “… he who began a good work in [me] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

The expectation of perfection is unrealistic. The burden is too heavy to bear. Instead of perfection, I am determined to pursue God and allow Him to finish the work He started in me.

The Expectation of Perfection - IntentionallyPursuing.comThe imperfections I see in me remind me God’s still working in me.

My friend, stop believing the lie that says you have to be perfect, and let your weaknesses lead you to His saving grace because “great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23 NLT). 

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Crystal

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Numbers 24:16 – Humility

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“He hears the words of God and has knowledge from the Most High; he sees what Almighty God has shown him; he fell, and his eyes were opened” Numbers 24:16 (NLT)

“He fell, and his eyes were opened.” Those words in Numbers jumped off the page last night and caused me to pause.

The “he” in this verse is Balaam, who is a man with the gift of prophesy. And instead of cursing Israel as he was requested to do, he followed the Lord’s command and blessed Israel.

Balaam is able to see what Almighty God has shown him because he fell before the Lord. He actually did more than fall before the Lord. The Hebrew word used for fall in Numbers 24:16 is naphal  (Strong’s H5307) which means to “lie prostrate.” That’s how my NIV put it too, “… who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened.”

“… with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2 NIV). When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we position ourselves to not only listen to but receive and apply His wisdom.

How many times have you heard words of wisdom but just couldn’t seem to apply the wisdom? Too often I know the right thing to do, but I struggle to put it into practice.

  • Not saying the first thing that comes to mind.
  • Adding more vegetables to my diet.
  • Thinking the best of people and not jumping to conclusions.
  • Going to bed so I can get the sleep my body needs.

A posture of humility says, “I can’t do this on my own” and allows God to reveal truths we could never discover on our own.

Pausing before I speak gives me time to hear God speak. Something as simple as adding more vegetables to my diet has required me to put “eating veggies” on my daily to-do, but it is working. And I’ve noticed getting the sleep my body needs helps my emotional state too so then I’m able to give grace and assume the best.

Lord, I humbly come before Your throne today and thank You for the wisdom found in Your Word. You said that if we ask for wisdom You would freely give it (James 1:5). So I ask that I would not only hear Your word but that You would give me wisdom to apply Your word so I glorify You in all I do. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

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Intentional Tuesday Linkup {Week 10}

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friend! I hope you remembered to wear your green so no one comes at you with pinching fingers. ; )

Saturday we went to my Mom’s for dinner where she prepared a traditional Irish dish of corned beef and cabbage. I didn’t grow up eating corned beef and wondered if I would like it, but she made it a couple of years ago, and it’s pretty yummy.

You can see in the picture a St. Patrick’s Day scarf. Whenever I pop into the Dollar Tree, I check to see if they have any cute scarves.  I wouldn’t have expected to like Dollar Tree’s scarves, but they are a fun way to add a little color to my wardrobe.

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How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? What is your favorite traditional Irish dish? And where do you find cute scarves?

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A Bicycle Built for Two

A Bicycle Built for Two - IntentionallyPursuing.comOne of the reasons I picked the bed and breakfast we stayed at in Cedar Key is because they offered bicycles to borrow. It’s not that we couldn’t have rented bicycles or even brought our own. I just liked the idea they had ones we could use.

Imagine my delight when we went out back to check out the bicycles and saw a bicycle built for two. My heart quickly sank though when Tim pointed out its back tire was flat, so we borrowed two normal bikes to ride around Cedar Key.

On the way back from a longer bike ride after visiting the Cedar Key Museum State Park, we each went our separate ways. We didn’t plan on going separate paths, but we had failed to communicate our plans. Once we realized we were going in the opposite direction, we rode back to one another and made a plan for going in the same direction.

The same thing can happen in marriage. We think we’re going the same way but find one or both of us has veered off course. Then we have to find ways to reconnect and realign so we’re going in the same direction.

Because Tim knew how much I wanted to ride the bicycle built for two, on the last morning of our stay he found a bike pump and prepared the tandem cycle for a morning ride. Though the view was gorgeous, we quickly learned it was going to take some work to ride in tandem.

3 Lessons I Learned On a Bicycle Built for Two:

Coordination: Riding the same bike meant we automatically stayed together, but in order to go forward we needed coordination. When Tim leaned to the right, I needed to lean to the right. Our efforts needed to work together.

Cooperation: While Tim couldn’t see what I was doing since I was in the back, it did make things much easier when we both used full pedal power to get up the hills.

Communication: Only the person in the front of the bike has the power to steer the bike. So I had to rely on my communication skills for Tim to know if there was somewhere I wanted to go or a stop I wanted to make.

Riding a bicycle built for two is a lot like marriage. In marriage we need to practice coordination, cooperation, and exhibit a healthy dose of communication so we learn to travel as one.

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. In this way two people become one.” Genesis 2:24 (ERV)

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Crystal

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Watch, Wait, and Then Walk

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“At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. …” Numbers 9:18 (NIV)

I used to read about those Israelites taking 40 years to make an 11-day journey and wonder how they could not see God working in their life. Why didn’t they just trust God’s plan and obey His word?

I looked at their decisions with judgment in my heart. Surely, I would trust God from the start until I didn’t …

Being a court reporter was supposed to be the vehicle that would take me the places I wanted to go. I was tired of waiting for God’s best so I went forward with what I thought was best.

It wasn’t long before I realized the path I was on was not God’s plan for me. Court reporting had been the way I had run ahead of God.

The Israelites had tried to run ahead of God too. When they realized they should have put their faith in God and gone into the Promised Land, they were ready to go forward, but it was too late and God said to wait. So Moses warned them: “‘… Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed! Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you …'” (Numbers 14:41-42 NIV).

In the desert the Israelites learned to wait on God, and the next time they encountered the Promised Land, they followed God’s command.

I no longer judge the Israelites’ 40-year journey because I realize I’m not much different. But they learned some lessons in that desert I need to apply to my own life.

“Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.” Numbers 9:17 (NIV)

Watch – In order for the Israelites to know when to wait and when to walk, they had to watch for the cloud of God’s presence. In order for me to know when to wait and when to walk, I need to watch for God by reading His Word and spending time with Him in prayer.

Wait – Sometimes when God says “wait,” it means not yet. In the waiting I have learned to trust God and look to Him. Waiting teaches us lessons we can’t learn any other way. But sometimes when God says “wait,” it means He has something better in mind. God “… is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine …” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV), so let’s determine to wait for God’s best.

Walk – While I shared a time when I was eager to run ahead and not wait on God, more often than not that first step requires a leap of faith. Then I remind myself Jesus promises to be with me every step of the way and says, “… surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NIV).

Applying the lesson to watch, wait, and then walk allows us to be a woman who says, At the Lord’s command I walk, and at His command I wait. I pray we learn to watch for God and wait for His best before we walk.

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Crystal

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2 Corinthians 8:11 – Finish the Work

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“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” 2 Corinthians 8:11 (NIV)

I love starting a task. Whether it’s rearranging the furniture, diving into a big project, or following God’s leading to write a book, in the beginning I am filled with excitement.

And in my eagerness to start something new, I can forget to count the cost. Rather than tidying the room or clearing a shelf, I jump right in and begin moving things around. Instead of taking something off my plate of making room in my day when adding something new, I watch my margin get squeezed away.

Soon I’m left feeling depleted. The eager willingness I started with gets replaced with feelings of being overwhelmed. I reach the messy middle of the task wondering what to do. I begin to question like Eve in the Garden “Did God really say?” and wonder if I’m doing what I’m called to do.

Reading today’s key verse challenged me to dig deeper into God’s Word for help in answering God’s call. The words of The Living Bible helped me see where I needed to make a shift. “… Let your enthusiastic idea at the start be equalled by your realistic action now.”

Start: In order to finish well, I need to start well, which means first I need to be clear I heard God’s call. Then before diving in I need to count the cost and evaluate my means.

Realistic: An intentional yes starts with a no. In order to have room to say “yes” to God, I usually need to say “no” to something else in my life to make room for God’s best.

Action: This is where the rubber meets the road so-to-speak. Calendars and to-dos will only take me so far. I have to actually do what I set out to do in order to get it done.

When I reached the messy middle of writing, I worked on the book in the margins of my day. And even though it was listed on my to-do, it often didn’t get done. Progress was slow and word counts were few.

I had started well and heard God’s call. Now it was time to be realistic with my means, say “no” to the good, and prioritize my priorities. This meant taking action and sitting down each day to write. Word by word progress is made as I am intentional to finish the work.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

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