The Gideon Challenge: Reflection on God’s Intentionality in Your Life

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Gideon was an unlikely leader.  He was in the middle of “threshing wheat in a winepress” to hide it from some folks (Judges 6:11) when an angel of the Lord called him a “mighty warrior” (NIV)/ “mighty man of valour” (KJV) in Judges 6:12.  That same angel also told Gideon that the Lord was with him.  Gideon’s response to all of this?  Questions.  The Lord responded with some “big picture” action items, but also reminded Gideon that He (the Lord) was with him.  Gideon’s response?  More questions and doubt.  Gideon even threw in some excuses.  Here God was calling him to be a leader in a battle, and Gideon’s excuse was that the people in his group were weak and he was the “least” in the family.  The Lord responded again stating that He was with Gideon and also gave Gideon a glimpse of what was going to happen…and it was major.  Gideon’s response? He asked the Lord to give him a sign to make sure it was really the Lord talking to him.  The Lord gave Gideon a sign and even gave him more information about what was to come – that Gideon wouldn’t die in all of this.  God told Gideon to do some more things in Judges 6:25-26.  Gideon’s response?  He did what God told him to do, but did it at night because he was afraid of his family and townspeople.  (Spoiler alert: The people found out it was Gideon who did it anyway.)  Gideon went on to ask the Lord for a few more signs.  The Lord gave him the signs.

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This Smile (A Poem)

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This smile tells of a joy, a journey, and a destiny
This smile is evidence of growth, hope, and gratitude
This smile continues because even the greatest of pain can’t minimize God’s limitless ability
This smile tells of an investment God made in me and will see through to completion
This smile embraces the battle scars that remind me of what God brought me through
This smile is a release, a realization, and a choice
This smile is recognizing that it’s not my strength I walk in, but His (God’s)
This smile is a product of God’s grace and mercy
God is in control, so this smile shall remain

By PurposeOverFear
2017 copyright by PurposeOverFear

 

Walking (Running) in Impatience

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How are you letting your impatience redirect your path?  Perhaps you can relate to this.  God led you to do something.  You are walking along in what God called you to do and then you get to a point where you’re so frustrated, exhausted, and/or confused that you want to quit.  You were on board for following God when the calling was fresh, new, and exciting.  You were on board for walking in your purpose until all that stress, anxiety, and strain continued knocking at your door.  You were on board with walking by faith until what you saw was seemingly so far removed from what God promised you that you couldn’t see the connection.  (Side note: Remember God really does keep all of His promises regardless if you think it will take a miracle or not.  God has ALL power.)  You were on board until things seemed to be taking longer to accomplish, move, create, build, grow than you wanted to wait.

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Reminder for Those “You Don’t Know” Situations

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Have you ever had that “you don’t know” feeling? (As in you don’t know how God is going to work something out. You have no idea…no guesses…no clue.) Perhaps you’ve had those situations where you don’t know how God is going to make the crumbs around you into a meal (literally and figuratively). I’m talking those times where you know God can do anything, but you almost want to tell God “good luck” because from your view, the situation you’re in is really going to take a miracle or require God to make something out of nothing.

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What’s On My List?: Books, Music, And Podcasts

We don’t know everything.  That can be pretty difficult to hear, but it’s an honest statement.  God knows all.  We fall short of being all-knowing.  The exciting part is that there is always room for us to grow and learn.

Below are some books that I’m in the process of reading (or just finished).  Also, I’ve listed some artists and podcasts that have pushed me to grow.  Perhaps the words, lyrics, and teachings will be meaningful to you.

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Beyond the Four Walls: What Do We Do With God Outside of Church Service?

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On Sundays (or Saturdays) many venture to a building or a designated place to collectively worship and praise God.  We hear the preacher deliver a mighty sermon that leaves us inspired and encouraged to leave the four walls of the building ready to make a change in our lives, and ready to share the goodness of God with others.  However, we walk outside of those four walls and sometimes fall back into our same habits and routines.  The inspiration we received from the sermon sometimes takes a backseat.  We meant to tell others about the sermon we heard and apply the sermon to our lives at least for the week, but didn’t necessarily take the time to do so.

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