Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine.
God is compassionate and loves compassion in all things.
Take one step
We can know the "made in the shade" when God asked us to leave all behind. Even if it feels like the impossible dream. He promises us we can be blessed and be a blessing to others.
It's easy to follow God when he asks us to do something we're familiar with. But when he calls us to step into uncharted territory where we feel inadequate or unprepared, that takes extreme faith. But we can bravely step out in faith and in that act of obedience became the model of pure faith. All is asked is to take one step for now, not let the comfort and security of your present position keep you from experiencing all God has for you. Step out in faith today!
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Has God been talking to you recently about moving into uncharted territory where you feel inadequate or unprepared? Where is he calling you to go? What is he asking you to do? What is one thing you will do today to move, with confidence, in that new direction?
There is a recent trend toward leadership coaching that is healthy. The old concepts of "sink or swim" in leadership has caused many blind people to lead others into pits that could have been avoided if seasoned, wiser voices were involved.
To find someone who has traveled farther down the road of life is not only admirable, but also necessary if one wants to excel in leadership.
The view from the bottom of a pit is a cumbersome and painful way to learn the lessons of life.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
Knowing that if you call on the Almighty Lord
with integrity and He will come to you, is comforting.
Our Creator watches over all the Earth,
the Sea, and the Heavens,
yet when the heart of His creations cries out to him, He is there.
God does fulfills our desires, hears our cries, and watches over us.
These are all characteristics of our Almighty Lord,
He is more than any earthly person to us, for
He created us and is near us.
Our Merciful Lord God is always there for us.
the most unmitigated and courageous act
I perform in a day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher
Responding to the inclination to speak the words,
“I love you.”
Acting with the best interest of another in mind.
Sacrificing an immediate gratification
for the comfort or ease of someone else.
These are all actions expressing love.
To behave courageously
means to do that thing which causes fear.
Fear of rejection is common among us.
Expressing love, without reluctance
or concern for how your expression
will be received can be an act of courage.