A Prayer for Boldness

Whether starting a small business, adopting a baby, or moving across state lines, acting on life’s big decisions requires significant character. Wisdom and understanding? Yes. Deep desire and passion? Yes. But one thing larger-than-life decisions require is completely undeniable.

That one trait? Boldness.

A little over a week ago, a friend and I sat down and talked about what God is doing in our lives and the current mission we believe God has us to do. She asked me about a few of the projects I believe God has placed on my heart and as we talked, I realized something. I had given my friend some of the ideas floating around in my head and some of them that have made their way to paper, but the truth is: I’m afraid to fully share my visions for ministry.

If you can’t even dare to tell someone your ideas, then how in the world will you ever see them come to life?

So my prayer for the last ten days or so has been for boldness. My guess is that you have a few life decisions of your own that require courage beyond your own, so I wanted to share this prayer for boldness with you.

A Prayer for Boldness

Dear Father,

When I think about the largeness of life,
I often feel small and unknown.
The task ahead hangs over me
And instead of enjoying the adventure,
I’m embracing the anxiety.
Jesus, help me be strong.
Oh that my heart would dare for you
With total abandonment of my inhibitions.
May your love abolish any fears
And exchange my wavering for unfaltering.
May your strength annihilate my feeble thoughts
And infuse my spirit with your power.
Give me the boldness to step forward
In full courage for your glory.
Because Your Word promises
that you began a good work in me
And you will complete it.
May I fully believe and treasure the promise.
Amen.

a prayer for boldness

 

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

I hope you find mounds of courage and depths of bravery upon praying this prayer for boldness today!

Rachel

 

If You Think Faith Is About the Rules

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Are you a rule keeper or a rebel? All of us have a natural tendency towards one or the other, perhaps according to the circumstances of a situation. I have a confession to make- I’m a rule keeper. A rule follower. Someone who actually likes the rules and gets upset when others break them. My husband will tell you: I’m the one who always puts the grocery cart back in the parking lot corral, and then wishes the carts could be organized alphabetically. Rules often bring order to an otherwise chaotic world, in my humble opinion. When you are a rule follower, it’s easy to think poorly of the rebels in the crowd.

If you think faith is all about the rules, you’re right, to some degree.

But it can be a bad thing to be all about the rules- if you are following the wrong rules.

Jesus Broke the Rules

Can you imagine what it would have been like to follow Jesus around while he was on the earth? To be one of his disciples and watch the miracles happen before your very eyes? One of my favorite miracle stories in the Bible is the man born blind who Jesus healed.

The religious leaders of the day had difficulty understanding Jesus. Since they didn’t believe he was the long-awaited Messiah, everything he did was scrutinized by them. How could he perform these miracles? And yet the thing that baffled them the most? He had healed a man, gasp, on the Sabbath.

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”  John 9:16

How could he have the audacity to heal a man on the Sabbath? Didn’t he know the rules? The rules were that no work should be done on the Sabbath; it was a day of rest, dictated by a list of do’s and don’t’s. Don’t carry things beyond a certain number of paces. Do nothing that would gain attention. The list included not only the laws passed down from the Old Testament, but also the interpretations of those laws as understood by the law keepers of the day.  But the Pharisees were missing the biggest point.

Now I’ve heard sermons about how they missed the point that Jesus broke the rules for a reason. The man was more important than the law. And that’s true.

And I’ve read messages and articles about how the Pharisees couldn’t see past the man to the message of Jesus. And that’s true too. They were trying to put God in a box; nothing can hold him.

But the biggest lesson I’ve learned from this beautiful miracle?

Jesus Changed the Rules

In another situation where the religious rule keepers of the day tried to test Jesus, a question of epic proportions was asked:

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Mark 12:28

Oh mercy. It’s all about the rules, bout the rules, bout the rules. 

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

Essentially Jesus said, “The rules have changed. I’m here now.”

The rules under Jesus were much shorter. Rather than volumes of words that covered everything from which animals to sacrifice for which sins and not to wear two pieces of clothing made from different types of fabric, the law was boiled down to two simple rules.

Love God.

Love others.

If You Ever Think Faith Is About the Rules

I’m really thankful for my Christian heritage, as I grew up with wonderful Christian parents in a small community. But honestly, I missed something along the way, because when I reached my late teens and early twenties, my faith was really all about the rules. How often I needed to go to church, how many times a week I was supposed to be reading my Bible, how often should I be praying, whether or not it was ok for a woman to wear pants, how long my skirts had to be, the list could go on and on. The Christian college I attended boasted of an extremely long list of rules and I typically kept them to the letter as much as I could.

I was so caught up in keeping the rules and checking off lists that I completed missed out on the fact that Jesus changed the rules. To live out my faith in Christ, all I needed to do was love God and love others. Everything else would fall into place. No one could dictate a set of rules that would guide me. Why?

The Holy Spirit Rules Our Hearts

When Jesus left this world, he did not leave us alone. If you’ve accepted Christ as your way to Heaven, then the Holy Spirit is living inside of you; showing you the way to love God and love others. He is the one who guides us daily and he is the one who empowers us to live out those two simple rules of loving God and loving others.  I don’t know what the Holy Spirit impresses on someone else; therefore I can’t know their life rules. I only know what he whispers to me as he holds my heart reins, guiding me each day.

If you’ve ever thought that faith in God is about the rules, you’re right, but the rules are no longer listed out on a piece of parchment. They are scripted into our hearts as we read God’s Word and listen to his voice.

Living out faith in Christ doesn’t mean abiding by the rules of our minds.

Living out faith in Christ means abiding in the Ruler of our hearts.

Please tell me I’m not alone here. Have you ever gotten caught up in trying to keep all the rules?

Rachel

Keep Going

keep going quotes

There are times when life gets really tough and putting one foot in front of the other is all you can do. Perhaps you are going through a relationship difficulty and it’s making life more than hard. Maybe you’re in the middle of unemployment and have more month than money. Or perhaps personal or family health problems are causing major distress.

Whatever it is, today I simply want to encourage you to keep going. God sees and knows! He has not promised us that we will not have trouble in this world; but he has told us to take heart; he has overcome the world. He will not leave you and is with you every step of the way.

Today I wanted to share 23 keep going quotes. For those times you need to hold on to a few words as a reminder that you will get through this in Jesus’ strength.

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.- Mary Ann Lamacher

Whatever God is urging you to give away cannot be compared to what He ultimately wants to give to you.- Beth Moore

When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it! – Joyce Meyer

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again- only this time more wisely. – Henry Ford

The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson, don’t give up in the middle.- unknown

God would give up His only son before He’d ever give up on you! (John 3:16) – Max Lucado

Discipline weighs an ounce; regret weighs a ton. – unknown

Courage comes from a heart that is convinced it is loved.- Beth Moore

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Will we ever exit this pit? Yes! Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere. – Max Lucado

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.- C.S. Lewis

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.- Christopher Reeves

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

The brave do not live forever; but the cautious do not live at all. – Princess Diaries

Never give up on anybody; miracles happen every day.- unknown

Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway. – Joyce Meyer

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. – unknown

Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does. – Max Lucado

Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if there is, love again. -Max Lucado

There is not a single darkness in your life that God cannot bring his light upon. – Beth Moore

Make up your mind that you’re not going to quit until you see the fruit of what God has placed within you.- Joyce Meyer

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.- Babe Ruth

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.- Galatians 6:9

Be sure to check out these 12 Bible verses for when you feel like giving up!

I’m cheering you on.

Just one more step.

Rachel