Shake it off!

Can I be real with you guys for a minute?

Ever since I have started in forward motion towards Australia, I have been overcome with this feeling of discouragement. Now, don’t get me wrong – I am beyond excited and wait with anticipation for Australia, I KNOW God is moving and aligning things that I cannot see, yet, for some stinkin’ reason, I feel DISCOURAGED.

Things are moving, forward motion. People are praying and partnering financially – why am I feeling discouraged?

Well, I know sure as heck it doesn’t come from God. What I do know, the enemy will not be idle when we are running after God!

As I was driving the other night, thinking to myself, ‘man, why do I feel so discouraged?’ God spoke quite frankly, ‘You cannot give me room to move then walk in discouragement. You either trust me or you don’t.

OUCH! Now, it sounds like and felt like He came down hard on me, but He is a loving Father and I know His heart is to see me walking in CONFIDENCE of WHO HE IS. Because He is a FAITHFUL Father and has ALWAYS provided my every need and His track record SHOWS that He WILL come through, so He wonders why I’m feeling discouraged!

God has been stretching me these past few years in having faith and trusting him in many areas including provision. 

He has always provided my every need. It may not come in the way I had thought, planned, or hoped – but He is constantly providing all my needs. 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” [Luke 12:31] 

“And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus.” [Philippians 4:19]

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” [Psalm 34:10]

 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!” [Psalm 84:11-12]

“There is a lot of travel ahead for you. I hear the Lord saying there will be provision for bridges are being built even now for you and connections to the nations are being built for you. The Lord is already working intricate details for your life.”

This is a snippet of a larger word spoken over me two years ago! It’s been spoken in His word, He has come through time and time again AND He’s been working on the details a long time ago… SO, why do I feel discouraged?

I believe Satan will use whatever tactics he can to take your mind off the ‘goal’ and ‘vision’ ahead. God has spoken to me and has been directing my footsteps – It wouldn’t be in His character to leave me hanging.

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This process of planning to move across the world has been just that… a PROCESS. There are certain things needing to line up in order to make it a smooth transition; finances, work visa, travel insurance and… God’s perfect timing.

I was sharing with a friend how it somewhat feels like Skydiving: Taking a big RISK and JUMPING.

There are many steps to take prior to even stepping foot on a plane.

[I experienced skydiving in Australia a few years back!]

  1. Ensure you are in great health – no heart issues
  2. Read over and sign a waiver that you won’t sue for death by fall
  3. LISTEN to an instructor share how to PREPARE for the jump – how you sit/fall
  4. PUT ON your safety gear and ensure it is on properly and it is tight
  5. At this point – The fear is kicking in high gear – nerves are going crazy! “Why did I decide to do this?” runs through your mind!
  6. You are then introduced to your Tandem Partner (Instructor) – He has done this jump a million times. He will do most of the work and you will be attached to him for the jump
  7. On to the plane you go, sitting in your instructor’s lap – you aren’t fully attached to him yet, but he will attach your harnesses and ensure you are connected before jumping
  8. 14,000 feet – Time to jump! Your instructor does most of the work – you are just a willing participant to jump, or more so, be thrown out of the plane. He waddles you to the open door and prepares to flip out into a free fall

[TRUST is huge – you have to trust that your instructor did his due diligence in ensuring the parachute and everything was good to go – you don’t have any control over it – other than just asking for his assurance that is was done.]

  1. JUMP! During the free fall, the instructor is leading, he has his hands on the handles GUIDING and DIRECTING– He then allows you to hold and direct once the parachute has been released – giving you the freedom to steer, with his guidance.
  2. The instructor PREPARES for landing – again, he does most of the work, ensuring you are facing the right way, landing in the right spot, and slowing down before hitting the ground.
  3. You officially can say you jumped out of a plane!

If anything, Australia seems like jumping out of a plane – only safer. There is a certain order for things to be done in order to be successful. It is also a ‘partnership’ with the instructor as he leads you through signing the waivers, preparing you and training you and eventually being attached to him in order to complete the jump.

When the jumping is about to happen, the instructor takes full charge – ensuring the harnesses are attached to each other (that would be awkward if they weren’t), that the parachute is on and preparing to move towards the door – once in free fall, he is in control – He is paying attention to speed, how fast the wind is moving, the direction of the wind, and the location you’ll land – He is OVERSEEING a lot more than I realized in the moment as my life (and his) were in HIS hands.

This is doing life with God as I prepare for Australia: Taking risks & jumping out of planes.

There are certain things that He needs me to line up before going – He has given me the wisdom to prepare. He diligently watches over each step.

So, now that I have NAMED what has got me down [discouragement] – I can stand FIRM and tell it where to go! I can refocus my attention on the vision and what needs to be accomplished knowing full well that God is working in the details.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really see (or remember) the instructor putting on the parachute and doing his checks, he was doing everything while nerves and fear took over. I was free falling and focused on that while he was ensuring everything was running smoothly – all the details were in place. And, before I knew it, the parachute was deployed – all without me knowing.

God is aligning everything. Sometimes we don’t see it or know it until we JUMP! Just like I had to trust that once I jumped, everything aligned accordingly for that parachute to deploy!

God has my best interest in mind. His timing is perfect.

Does it make the journey easy? Nope!

Does it make waiting easy? UMMM, Nope!

BUT, I know there is purpose to persevering through the wait!

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So, discouragement – a ploy from satan to keep you from moving.

A ploy to keep your hopeless and feel defeated. I REJECT THAT!

God wants us to be ENCOURAGED, knowing He’s in this with us!

There have been some key things that I have done this past week to move out of discouragement. I’d encourage you to do the same when it creeps in!

Worship

Pray

Respond with thankfulness & gratefulness 

D A N C E

Shake, shake, shake it OFF! [literally]

Share with someone!     

*This is so key! It wasn’t until I shared with someone [and ya’ll] what I was experiencing that I could overcome it – it was now in the light!

This quote hit me pretty hard:

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today and INSECURITY regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is IMPATIENCE with time, IMMATURITY of thought, and IMPOLITENESS to God.”

 //William Ward

I want to FULLY TRUST God and the plans He has for my future. I want to walk in SECURITY and STRENGTH knowing He has my tomorrows. I want to be a person of PATIENCE in His timing. I don’t want to walk in discouragement in a season of excitement and anticipation.

I’m refocusing, setting my gaze on Him.

He’s got this, even when I don’t see the fruition and fullness of it all – He is aligning the intricate details of what’s to come!

There is JOY in the process.

There is PEACE in the waiting.

I’m waiting with anticipation to have my socks blown off with His goodness, because he is a good, good Father!

Folks, don’t allow satan to bring your down with discouragement – shake those sillies right off and set your gaze on Him, trusting He’s got you! He always has and always will!

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