"Where you go, I’ll go, where you stay I’ll stay, where you move, I’ll move. I will follow you.”
I heard the words coming from my mouth--but I had no idea of the impact that they would soon have on my life.
That song, based off of Ruth 1, came out the year before God asked me to move more than I ever moved for Him before, to stay more than I have ever stayed--and to go somewhere I never thoughht I would go. Following God has taken me places I never thought I would go, and doing things I never thought I could do. It is all because I have followed the very bold Voice of God.
Many people talk about the still, small voice of God. That is very Biblical.
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” (“1 KINGS 19:11-13, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION)
The Lord often speaks in a whisper. It requires us to be quiet before the Lord. To be still and silent. We have to spend intimate, daily time with God in order to be able to distinguish this voice. However, the more time we spend intimately with Him, the bolder He speaks.
Boldness does not equate to loud- it equates to the type of Words He speaks.
In my life, I was following the Lord’s direction. I was walking close with the Lord. It was a time when the Lord was all I had- and I was learning to be fully content with Him and Him alone.
I was 28. I was single. There was not one prospect in site – and I was finally happy with that.
I hadn’t been previously. In fact, I was completely miserable. Each wedding I went to left me depressed- and even worse, I was the perpetual brides maid. I had more dresses in my closet then I wanted to admit. It was like one girl would get married, and then, while she was off honeymooning and learning to be a wife- I would realize I needed a new friend. I must have been “good luck” – because it always seemed like my new friend was the next one dating and married. There I would stand, holding her flowers while holding back my tears.
It had taken work – and a lot of intimate time with my Savior. I had truly felt like I was His bride, and that I was content with that. I had gotten the promotion I wanted at work, had great roommates I really loved and got along with, was doing ministry and had some amazing friends. Life was good. I was content.
I didn’t want to move. I felt like I was doing for God – and I was. But my life was no longer a life of a faith, it was a life of normal. I had quit trusting.
When we quit trusting, God shakes us from the nest – much like a Mama bird does with her babies. Like her, he wants us to fly.
God reached down – and because He knew me intimately – He knew the ultimate desires of my heart. They were to be a wife and a mom – two things I had given up hope on.
So, He brought me both, but it would require more faith than anything else I had experienced.
More than going overseas to share the gospel in places all over the world.
More than deciding to move overseas (that never happened – but I took steps to).
More than being single – and constantly being asked the question about “when” I would marry.
Yes, meeting my husband was a huge step of faith.
Marrying a widower was a huge step of faith.
Being the mother to his (now our) three children – who had lost their mom, and gone through so much tragedy at an early age- was a huge step of faith.
Moving from my home to South Carolina- huge step of faith.
Maybe that sounds bold- calling them huge steps of faith. But I know what the Lord had to do to get me there.
Those steps are personal – and isn’t important – because your situation is different than mine. However, hearing the voice of God – and to know His boldness- that can be shared.
How do we know when God is speaking boldly and asking us to mirror His voice with Bold steps of faith?
Having God speak boldly requires you to be still before Him. The only way He can talk to you is if you are spending time in the Word of God and prayer – talking to Him. He wants to be with you, He wants to speak to you, and He wants to do amazing things in your life. Those things will be acts of worship that you give Him – and it can happen right in your everyday life.
Mandy is passionate about two things: The Word of God and the Souls of Men (and Ladies!). She is married to her best friend, and gets the privilege to love on their three blessings (who lost their biological momma leaving her husband widowed). She loves that the Lord has let her life be an example of delighting in Him and watching Him mold her life to make her desires match His. She spent 4 years in an “in house” seminary program at her home church. She loves to bring God glory through her roles as Christ-follower, Wife and Mother (in that order!) She enjoys women’s ministry, cooking, crafting, and traveling the world. Mandy is also passionate about Adoption and helping women with Infertility- as both are areas God has trusted her with. Her greatest desires are to have her marriage bring God ultimate glory, see her children walk in truth, to lead others to the feet of Jesus, and to lead women into deeper and intimate relationship with their Savior through study of the Word of God. You can find Mandy at Worshipful Living – where she blogs about sowing seeds of Worship in her daily life. You can also find her at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
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