Thursday, October 11, 2018

Just Take the Next Step

Walking comes naturally, we've done it effortlessly for years. One foot in front of the other.

Life can be the same way - we get into rhythms, routines or habits.

But sometimes God calls us to come out of our comfort zones and do something different.

Maybe even scary.

Or hard.

In this season He is asking me to do hard and scary things. He hasn't pushed or forced, just asked and encouraged. Why? Because He knows me best. He knows the plans He has for me and He knows what my "next step" is.

Gently asking, "Are you willing?"

I step out in faith to experience the more of God! Find His rest, in my identity, in His purpose for me. Sounds counterintuitive, but it's perfectly planned. Me allowing Him to direct my steps as I discover who I am in Him and move in His purposes for my life, which ultimately provides greater rest.

No one would take risks like this for just anyone. It has to be someone you trust and have an intimate relationship with. He is that person! I am at the stage of my walk with Him that not risking is more costly than the risks He is asking me to take.

I step out in faith and great expectation of what He is about to do!

Tomorrow I will step out of my "comfort zone" and do something I am terrified to try. The more I think about it, the more I wonder, "What was I thinking?" But I know. I was thinking, "I'm ready and willing."

Lead me Lord and I will follow. I will take the next step.

Sometimes as I step away from the safety of my schedule, duties and everyday responsibilities I am reminded of what makes me come alive. I'm experiencing that in waves today. I'm taking time to, as Matt Tommey says, "Be filled and skilled."

I was created to create! 

Part of my creative nature is connecting with other creatives and I have an amazing opportunity to do just that this week. I will step into the unknown and learn more about Him and His nature. Learn more of His desire for others to come alive through art too.

If I learn anything this week, at Gathering of Artisans I hope it's this...
Learning to engage the Holy Spirit in your creative process. Learning to be both filled and skilled. - Matt Tommey
What is your next step? Is it hard or scary? Are you willing today to take that next step?

He's got your hand, you don't walk alone and I'm here on the sidelines cheering you on!

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