Tuesday, March 8, 2011

He Knows Me Better

It is easy to look back over the course of one's life and see God's hand at work.  His supernatural intervention.  Divine direction.  Loving (and much needed) correction. Footprints in the sand.

But often, in the midst of our right now, the center of our present circumstances, "seeing" God at work can prove to be a difficult task.

Perhaps, that is why it is called faith.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  Hebrews 11:1

September 2007 marked the end of a season for me.  It also signaled the beginning of a new season.  Little did I know that this "beginning" would contain another season and level of preparation....not quite the beginning I had imagined.  But God knows me better than I know myself.

As I continue this "faith forward" journey, I find comfort in knowing that He is leading me, He is walking beside me, and He is behind me nudging me along.

"You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me..." Psalm 139:5

I would probably mess things up anyway.

He knows me better than I know myself.  His timing is perfect.  And His plans are so much greater than mine.

Wherever you are today, don't lose heart. Remind yourself that you are not alone. Have faith to continue your journey...and take pleasure in You companion.

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In my post from last week, Stepping Out of the Boat, I shared my excitement about registering (by faith!) for the She Speaks Conference in North Carolina, July 22-24.  You can read my post here if you missed it. :)

I said that to say this...

I received an email today from my blogger friend, Stacy (go ahead - click on her link - you'll be glad you did), letting me know about a scholarship opportunity on Lysa Terkheurst's blog.  If I win, my entire registration fee will be paid, leaving just my travel and miscellaneous expenses.  There are lots of ladies signing up - read about them here on Lysa's page.  And if you are considering attending the conference and need a little help, go sign up, girlfriend!!

Once again, you can get the 411 on the conference on the She Speaks website or by clicking the She Speaks button on my sidebar.

My good deed for the day: I've provided you lots of links and reading material - now get going! :)

Happy Tuesday, my friends...

7 friends had this to say:

Desiray said...

It has been awhile since I've seen you on here it's nice to see you back. I think we all look back over where we once was in God and where we are now. I do it to see how much I have grown.

Stacy said...

Oh Shelly,
Once again, God has used you to speak right to my heart.....deep, deep down in my heart, I might add! :)

"But often, in the midst of our right now, the center of our present circumstances, "seeing" God at work can prove to be a difficult task."

How true, how true. How beautiful to remember God is the same yesterday, TODAY, and tomorrow.

I am so thankful God has given you the "right now" faith to step out of the boat and move forward in the call He has for you. Scholarship aside, Proverbs 31 Ministries...besides helping me to grow deeper in my walk with the Lord, has already made me a winner. You see....it introduced me to you! How blessed am I! :)

~Stacy

******Shelly****** said...

Hi Desiray! I know...I know...whatever happened to at least 3 posts a week, right? :) I am having withdrawals. Really. I am taking a full load of classes this semester so that has stolen some of my time. I am counting down until May 11 and planning 30-45 days of intense writing before the She Speaks conference in July. Can't wait! Hope you are doing well!

Stacy...Thank you :) I am so thankful for our "blogging friendship" and am hoping to make it more personal in July when we meet face to face! (faith talk!) I think God uses us to speak to one another, because you KNOW everytime I go to your page I find that you have written a post just for me. :)

Hugs & Blessings, my friends!
~Shelly

Sharon Kirby said...

Shelly - thanks for this tonight. Sometimes it's hard to see His footprints, sometimes it's hard to believe He's leading. But, His truth is not dependent on whether my faith happens to be strong that day. He is there, sure and steadfast, with His loving presence. And yes, He is guiding...

I take heart at this - thanks for the reminder!

GOD BLESS!

Shelly said...

Thanks so much for your beautiful post. I am so guilty of looking back to see God - His hand is SO visible.

However, I must have faith today. I must open the eyes and ears of my heart and receive His goodness and mercy TODAY.

This is the day that He has made.
Thank you for this sweet reminder to be on the lookout for God today.

******Shelly****** said...

Sharon and Shelly...I think we all need the reminder often...I know I do :) I am thankful for His faithfulness, even when my own faith is barely there. I, too, choose to receive His goodness and mercy this day...

hugs & blessings!

Warren Baldwin said...

Hope you win!

Classes - what are you studying? Graduating this year?