There Will Always Be An Excuse To Not

Excuses

To not what?

For me…

It is writing and sharing.

The lie of an excuse last Wednesday was:

Don’t share what you wrote.  It is almost the same as hers. What if she thinks you are copying her work?

A few days later the lie was:

Don’t share what you wrote, they may think you think you know it all.

Before that?

Oh, who knows. It’s always something.

Silly maybe – but legitimate.

Dramatic possibly – but those lies aren’t always subtle.

They don’t have to be subtle when dealing with an over-thinker.

{insert nervous chuckle here}

They can just exist, and cause one to want to worry up a tropical storm of thunderous thoughts.

BUT. BUt. But. but…..

And ultimately until I go back and do the thing He told me to do, I probably won’t have much peace anyways.

So why not just save myself the trouble and obey?

Testimony

Yeah, obedience takes risks.

Sometimes to the point of death if we read in God’s Word about the fiery furnace, the lion’s den, Jesus on the cross, and even Christians today being almost or actually killed.

But a life without any risk at all isn’t much of a life.

When I worry about my reputation {mainly with the people who watched me make the mistakes and are now hearing me speak of Hope} I need to remember that Jesus put His very own reputation on the line for us {in front of those who watched Him grow up too}.

Obedience’s Harvest

Any time I follow through with what I felt the Holy Spirit tugged at my heart to do, it is always eventually followed by much joy and satisfaction, peace and contentment – because I did the thing, it’s out there and now He is in charge of the rest.

And it is pretty cool when one can say they don’t have to spend an ounce of energy worrying on the outcome of their obedience because the One and Only has GOT it.

Recap

The enemy knows how to push my nervous twitch buttons.

I don’t really have a nervous twitch, but I feel it inside sometimes.

When I listen to the enemy speak to my insecurities, instead of remembering what God says about me, I become paralyzed.

This of course is just what he wants, because then I won’t share the story of redemption that God has performed in my life.

So which path should I, we, take?

The fearfully foggy road of isolation and silence?

Or the bravely beautiful bend into the unknown but full of confidence sealed with the knowledge that we are loved by the Father and covered by His Son’s blood?

We Can…

// sit down and be quiet with our testimonies

// stand out and share Hope  with the world

// give in to the lies

// rebuke the liar

While I was reading in the Word, I couldn’t help but picture the idol {below} as other “things” that tempt us in our lives today. One of those things could be fear

And to help us realize what a huge, ugly root fear can create, we need to remember to speak to that thing with the power that we have through the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Fear

Joshua 24:14-15 The Message (MSG)

14 “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God.

15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.”

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Let’s follow Joseph’s lead here…let’s elevate the Lord and give HIM our best!

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22 thoughts on “There Will Always Be An Excuse To Not

  1. Megan, I love this call to obedience — no matter what. I’ve learned that if I wait for perfect circumstances before I follow, I’ll spend my whole life in the starting gate!

  2. Hi Meg,
    We’re neighbors at Holley’s link-up today! Oh, I can so relate to your words about all the excuses we hear NOT to share our words, not to connect — but you are so right that when we do, we overcome the paralyzing fear that’s lurking over our shoulders. You are a gifted writer and I always enjoy reading your thoughts so I hope you continue to smash the strongholds that lie to us telling us that we aren’t enough, because you are! xo

    1. I saw that, Valerie and got excited like a little kid haha! You are so sweet and I’m glad and humbled to know God can use little ol’ me and my messy past and sometimes “current” to share His truth and Hope!! I appreciate you!!!!

  3. I’m your other neighbor at Holley’s :). I haven’t ‘met’ you before, so it’s nice to meet you! Fear is probalby the god that keeps popping up in my life the most. Thank you for the reminder that it’s about obedience and we don’t have to fear the results (we only need to fear lack of obedience).

  4. I think we all think those same thoughts. I’ve read them from others and felt them myself. And that’s when I tell myself…”This is normal. Everyone feels this.” and so I can push on. It’s sorta of like what I told myself in the middle of labor with my babies, “Millions of women have done…. I can do this!!!!” It’s sort of my go-to mechanism. If someone else has done this I can do it, too! 🙂 Thanks for these words! (Your neighbor at #TellHisStory)

    1. You are right! I was just so bound by lies for years that I couldn’t see that we all really do deal with these things at one point or another. Thanks, Rachel for visiting here! I pray you are blessed!

  5. Christ tells us to obey Him. That is our job. Obey. We cannot worry about the thoughts and plans of others, they are not the ones who will answer to God for our actions. When I stand in front of Him one sweet day I know my list of wrongs will be plenty. But I want Him to be able to look at me and say, “Baby girl, you did well focusing your eyes on me while stepping across the uncertain path I called you to.” Being in ministry the way we are is scary sometimes. We put our emotions and secrets out for the world to see in hopes we might touch someone’s life. Keep on keeping on my sister. You are following His plan for you. Never let the enemy sneak in and plant those harmful thoughts. YOU, my friend, are a child of God! Thank you for linking up with #JesusandCoffee today!!

    1. I am just now able to honestly say I am getting better at not worrying what others think. Not that I don’t care about their feelings, but the whole fear of rejection and judgement has lost its grip praise God!! Thank you so much, Jen for your uplifting words and sisterly cheer, I needed that! I’m excited and humbled that God will use our stories to help others!

  6. Meghan – I absolutely love your post — great minds think alike – – or are prompted by God and the Holy Spirit to write and share on exactly the same thing. An important message that He wants His body to hear. I spotted your title over at Holley’s #CoffeeForYourHeart today and just knew I needed to come visit – and was so happy to see it was you! I am so glad I did and I am so grateful for the way you are authentic with the struggle and the voices in your head from the enemy and his whispered lies. You are not alone, I too experience the same thing. I just want you to know – even though I don’t know you except through your writing – I really like you a lot!!! Have an awesome day

    1. Aw gosh you are so sweet, Debbie!! I love how God is constantly on the move and orchestrating things for our lives we would never even dream of. I never would have imagined He could take my trials and junk, mold me from them and then end up meeting such wonderful ladies in this online writing community! I’m so glad people like you are open too, we all need it truly. So many years of fronting for me. It really wears one out. Carolina Cisneros said in her last blog post, God can’t bless who we pretend to be and I just loved that. God bless you in your faith walk dear!!!

  7. Yes, Meghan! Obedience to the Truth takes effort and diligence every day! Let’s give our best to the Lord and not the enemy! Thanks for the great reminder of walking in faith, not fear! #Jesus&Coffee

  8. Amazing, the excuses that plow His plans for us out of the way if we believe them… this is one of my biggest struggles, believing the excuses, borne of a season past before I had my diagnosis for my mood disorder… the lie that can still float to the surface? “You’re too messed up to do what He asks….” I know now that He sees me through a holy lens… and that I just have to believe His truth, I am still fearfully and wonderfully made…
    Loving your words today, girl. Thankful. Thankful.

    1. Yes! Praise Him for His perfect perspective! It’s neat you shared the fearfully & wonderfully made verse because this is the exact one the kids and I are memorizing this week! It’s such a great reminder to counter attack that liar! Thanks for your words, Christine have a blessed week 🙂

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