Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jump In With Both Feet

You know there has to be more; you're just not sure how to get there. One thing is certain; you just don't want to stay where you are at.

Charles Swindoll

I read another quote tonight in the paper that said...

If you're not growing you're dead.

They were talking about a college football team but, that can apply to our Christian walk as well. We need to always be learning more about the Lord. Doing more for Him. We need to talk to Him...read the Word...share with others about Him...go to church...do everything we can to become closer to Him! It is essential for our journey to continue to grow in Him. The Army has a motto...Be all you can be! I think as Christians we should have a motto also. Mine is going to be...Learn all I can learn, grow all I can grow, do all I can do, live my life to the fullest...for HIM!

I'm sure it won't always be an easy thing to live this motto. Not only will I fail at times because I'm human but I'm sure the devil will put his two-cents worth in often. But you see...what I just said really makes the point of this post. If I can do what that motto says...really live the Christian life like I should...the devils attacks won't knock me down as hard as they would if I wasn't doing everything I can to grow. I will be better prepared to deal with him.

It's all up to me how much I grow and how fast I grow. God has really been speaking to me about this lately. Not only speaking but working in my life. Taking me through some things that happened in my past and giving me healing. Letting me know that it's okay to live...really live! I don't have to be stuck in my past because of things that took place. With the Lords help I have been able to put some things behind me. I am ready to move on with life...and grow in Him!! Praise God!!!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Swindoll quote at the beginning is so right on for me at this point in my life. I know there is more...and I want more so badly...and I am learning how to get there. I just have to let go and let God do what He needs to do in all areas of my life. It's a process and He is already begun it within me. I am excited and a little nervous about it all at the same time. But, the last couple of days I have come to the conclusion that I just need to jump in with both feet. Stop sitting when I should be standing and going forward!

One thing He told me was that I didn't need to hide anymore. Yes...I have a past. The thing is...it's past. I am a new creation and people need to know what He has done for me and in me and what He is doing now. I have already begun to come out of hiding. I have shared the link to my blog with people that know me. That is a stretch for me. I am just learning to trust God in one more area of my life by doing this.

2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

If you see yourself in this...and you need to get up and go forward...jump in with both feet! He won't let us drown!!





11 comments:

strengthrenewed said...

Chelle,
I truly believe if we don't share what we've been through to help others in similar situations then it was all in vain. God can use our mistakes for something good in someone elses life while using it to make us stronger and more faithful. Its very difficult for me to share so publically too, but keep being obedient and you'll be blessed. :)

Reformed rebel said...

Tresa,
Thank you...you are right! Stretching us for our own good...HE is so good at that!
Have a great day.
Chelle

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Chelle. Think of Paul's past - He must have had huge obstacles to overcome to achieve all he did in Christ. But that is the answer right there - he did it in Christ.
Sometimes day to day things don't look different but when you look back a year, you see how far you have come with the Lord.
God bless, Chelle.
I am really enjoying getting to know you better
Tracy

Niqui said...

You are so right Chelle!

The coolest thing is that it has already been done for us! All we have to do is take the first steps, Precious Jesus is right there holding out His hand for us to grasp! This such am exciting journey!!

Lotsa love
Niqui xx

Denise said...

You are a wonderful example (and mentor!)of how forgetting the past and moving forward to what God has in store for us can bless us Chelle! :)He is using you to glorify Him and benefit others... :)

Kristin Bridgman said...

This post really spoke to me. As I get ready for my Saturday "project", I was starting to feel nervous. Then I ready your post and I feel strengthened again...I'm ready to jump in with both feet and I KNOW that God is right there with me in this. Thank you for sharing. If you would like to talk about my project, you can e-mail me at Krbrid@aol.com. If you would like to "talk", I'll give you my phone number there.
Thanks again for sharing! :)

Never Forsaken said...

Yes Chelle, I see myself in this and it seems to be a continuing theme in most blogs I've visited recently..getting closer to God and reading The Word daily and doing His will in everyday life..Charles stanley warned of the dangers of slipping away from daily Bible reading yesterday.
I am somehow reminded of Paul in (2Cor.12:10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak , then am I strong.
This verse holds significance for us when we realize that when we fail because of our own limitations ,it is then that His strength gives us the power to do what is difficult if not impossible. That strength is available to us through reading the Bible and applying it.
I am proud of you for sharing your blog with people who know you. It's not as easy when people have a pre-concieved idea of who they think you are based on who you used to be before the Lord changed you.
Peace In Jesus

Lisa said...

Chelle, thank you for your comment on my blog AND thank you for writing this post! It's something I have been feeling too. "Stop sitting when I should be standing and going forward!" God has already prepared up and now it's time to do and go. Great post and many blessings!

Healing Morning said...

I've often spoken and written about this thing that we all do as human beings, and it is called "waiting to live". We think that a whole laundry list of things have to fall into place before we can be happy, be strong, be brave, be content, be successful, be anything...just fill in the blank with the goal of choice. The reality is that it's like planning to have a baby - there is no perfect time! Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, not spent in endless limbo waiting for perfection to strike. And I do believe that in writing this comment, I have the genesis of my next blog post! Thanks for the inspiration, Chelle! I enjoyed your blog, am clicking to follow as soon as I post this, and look forward to visiting in the future.

Namaste',

Dawn

Ken said...

Hi Chelle, this is my first visit to your blog and thank you for this wonderful post. We all need to be growing Christians and in His Word daily, not just hearers only, but doers.

God bless,
Ken

Esther Joy said...

I'm glad you found my blog so that I could follow the trail to yours! Blessings!