God Confidence

Most days I can dig deeply into the faith my God has provided and find strength, confidence to be the best wife and mother I can be. When I consider what the world has thrown at me up to this point in my life and how I have come through it, I think I’ve done okay. I know there are moments I have made decisions that may not have been the wisest choice, but in that case I think I learned from it and moved on better off than I was before. It is disturbing to me as a Christ follower how so many people I have known in my life to be what I considered “strong Christians” have given in, fallen, or just plain given up for the sake of something in this world. What disturbs me even more is that it is usually for one reason: pride and the inability to admit fault. Let’s face it, we are all going to screw up at one time or another in our lives, so why not instead of allowing our pride to go before us and be a stick in the mud just for the sake of being right—have the decency to admit you’ve screwed up! Why is this so hard? It comes to this: our confidence should come from God and God alone, no other source! If we are truly confident in Christ, and we have fallen before Him, humbled, open and broken, every single day of our lives, then we should have no trouble being completely transparent with one another. How dare we take one step through this life with confidence in any other source but our God! We have so much to gain eternally by choosing to be fixed wholly on the One who gives us our strength, our confidence, our ability to be exactly who He intends for us to be!

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don't repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it. MSG

As Ryan and I come through this wilderness one day at a time, I can tell you it would be very easy for us to get stuck in the blame game, the feelings of depression, frustration, anger, bitterness, regret….but we will not! We have chosen to deal with it in our own way and with the help and encouragement, prayers and support of our families and sweet friends. God is good, ALL the time and for whatever reason He has allowed this time in our lives to very purposefully prune us, cultivate us, and prepare us for what He has for us to do next. The waiting is not easy and our patience is being stretched more and more each day, but we believe and we trust in the God who created us, loves us and has purposed us for great things! Our hearts are filled to overflowing when we consider how many of you have taken time daily to lift us to the Father. We know He is working, and we trust that His perfect plan for our lives will unfold when the time is right. Thank you for standing beside us, walking with us and allowing us to lean on you through this time. It means more than you know and we are so thankful!

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