The event was beautiful.
Women filled the church. Worship was incredible. I finished my message and stepped down.
This is always the most vulnerable part of ministry for me.
It’s that moment where I’ve done what God has asked me to do and I let go of my expectations to trust God. Sometimes I see what God is doing immediately. The raised hands. Tears falling. While those outwards signs are beautiful, I can never discount what God is doing in ways that I cannot see.
On our last day of this adventure, I want you to know that there’s more that God wants to do in you (and through you) as you continue to live a life of thank you.
Maybe, like I did after that speaking engagement, you feel a little vulnerable. You see some change, but you want more.
Hang in there.
Continue to practice intentional gratitude. Give a “life of thank you” a chance to settle in and become a part of you. If you have an off-day, get back up. Ask God for new mercies and keep going.
I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. Philippians 1:6 (AMP)
This is our promise.
Any good work that God is doing in us will continue. It’s not meant to be a sprint, or even easy. You are being refined. You are learning how to be intentionally grateful. You are learning a new way to speak, a new way to see others. How exciting is that?
May this be a beautiful beginning rather than an ending to this faith adventure.
Lord, thank you for my sister. Thank you that this work is only the beginning. There is more refinement. More depth. More insight. More healing. More joy. All because of you. Amen.
Day #21 of Living a Life of Thank You
Thank you for joining in this 21-Day Adventure. This has changed me. I pray that it has helped you grow as well.
Q: Read Philippians 1:6. What good work has God begun in you during these 21 days?
Q: Are you willing to trust that he will complete this work in you? Why or why not?
Q: What part do you play in continued transformation?
What’s next for the Living Free Together community?
Our word for 2019 in this community is Breathe. We are asking the Holy Spirit to breathe life into us, into our faith, into whatever it is God has called each of us to do. We are putting aside striving to receive the Spirit of the living God in all its fullness.
I’ll be here every Thursday. I hope you’ll join me. Let’s continue to grow together, to go deeper in our understanding of Christ, and live free just as he has promised.
I have some fun new adventures for 2019 including a new podcast with my friends, Holley Gerth and Jennifer Watson. It’s called More Than Small Talk. I’ll share more in a couple of weeks!