I don’t know about you, but God has been doing some crazy awesome work in me this week! I’ve gone over a lot of topics with you from identity to overcoming doubt. Something I really want to start doing is “summing it up” every Saturday, ya know just sort of tallying up all of the amazing ways God has worked in my life throughout the week acknowledging his goodness with praise. And since one of my main goals with this blog to create community, I want you to participate as well! I’m gonna tell you what God’s done for/through me this week, and I wanna hear what incredible work he’s done in your life this week. Some of you are lazy like me, so I’m gonna give you some incentive to share…
Each Monday I will be sharing with you a book that has changed my life or opened my eyes to God’s truth in some way. (hang on, the incentive is coming 🙂 I looooove to read and it is one of the most impactful ways God speaks to me. I think it’s so important to share the work of others who are on the same mission to spread the truth. So anyway, each Monday I will talk about a different book that greatly impacted me with a link for you to purchase. Yes, I am an affiliate partner and yes, your purchase will help support my family and keep this blog going. It is my dream to spend my life working to inspire others to the hope I’ve found in Christ. But just like you, I still have bills to pay, so please consider purchasing the book from the links I provide. Regardless of where you get it though, I just genuinely want to share some awesome books with you.
The incentive? (I didn’t forget!)
When you share what God has done for you in the comments on Sum It Up Saturday posts, you’ll be entered to win a free copy of the book I promote on Monday. I’ll be reading (or in some cases rereading) the book that I share with you throughout the week, so my posts, as well as my Sum It Up Saturday post may include a lot of insights from the book. So it would be so awesome to share that with you!
Anyhoo, I’ll get to the post now, but remember, share what God has done in your life this week in the comments, and you might get a free book. I think that’s a pretty good deal – who doesn’t like free stuff?
To Sum It Up :
I would say my main takeaway this week is letting go. I am struggling with some doubt vs. faith issues, and in order to let faith win, God is really pushing me to give everything to him. Some of it has been obvious stuff, sin in my relationship, relying on alcohol as a stress reliever, stuff that I know is wrong but found a way to justify. Letting it go! In other cases, he has revealed to me things I need to let go of that I didn’t even realize I was harbouring in my heart. Like anger and negativity. How my words affect everyone and everything. How I let food become a coping mechanism without knowing it. Even my calling to write I’ve had to let go of. I have the picture of how I want this to go, but God’s plan may look really different.
It’s been a crazy, heart wrenching week, and I think it’s going to get even crazier this coming week. But I can honestly say that I feel at peace. I feel free. Yes, I have my moments of panic and doubt, but each day that I give everything to God, I feel stronger in my faith. I have moments where I break down in tears when I think of what might happen as I relinquish control, but those moments are getting shorter and less frequent, and I feel strong and like I’m just basking in God’s presence. It’s terrifying and awesome at once!
I picture myself right now as a warrior. I feel like everything in my life up to this point has been on training ground. Even when I made wrong turns, God was right there. My mistakes weren’t fatal (though they feel that way) they just led to a different training module then the course God had planned for me. Still, being the God who uses all things for good, he strengthened my character through those mistakes. I would not be able to step out in faith the way I am right now if I hadn’t gone through all of that training. I would not have the strength to let go of all he asking me to let go of if I hadn’t seen him carry me through loss in the training field. Now, I’m ready to leave that place of darkness and start climbing the mountain. As a survivor and a bold warrior, I can now look at the darkness that threatens me, the lies from Satan, and laugh in its face.
Summing it up:
I am letting go
I am a warrior
What has God shown you this week?
How have you grown?
I can’t wait to hear how God is working in your lives!
Don’t forget, your comment enters you to win Mondays book for free!