This month I’m taking the #write31days challenge and I’m excited about the journey ahead. Each day I’ll share a post, picture, or quote with an emphasis on learning how to:
Fear not, Lean hard and Yield completely
on our journey with God.
I discovered the need for a flight plan as my family struggled during the 2008 recession. With a pending foreclosure on my back and a bank account on empty, I needed a fresh perspective. I was already a Christ follower, but I was about to discover my wings.
My quiet times in prayer and bible study became a spiritual tarmac.
Initially, I’d show up with a list of reasons why I’d grown tired and afraid. As I gave God the details, He’d give me relief. The respite lasted a few days, until new reasons showed up or old ones resurfaced. Each time they convinced me to cancel my flight.
Prior to the recession, we’d been financially secure for the most part. But two years of living on little or no paycheck took the wind out of me. By God’s grace, I continued to open my bible to dig for encouragement.
One day, I hit a virtual gold mine in Isaiah 40. By the time I reached verse 31, my wings began to tingle.
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Over the years, I’d read this verse many times. I’d read analogies about the eagle and our faith. But I’d never heard God’s invitation so clearly: “It’s time to FLY.” Whether you’re a fan of acronyms or not, this one was life changing:
Fear not. Lean hard. Yield completely.
I wanted a sizable gust of godly wind to lift me off the ground. Instead, these three simple phases offered significant transformation. As I committed to “trust in the Lord,” layers of fear, self-sufficiency and resistance to His grace began to peel away.
Thankfully, we’ve recovered from the recession, but the FLYing process continues. Each level holds an invitation to trust in the One who has already Risen. If you feel like your faith needs a lift, join me for the next 30 days to receive your flight plan too.
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Here’s what you can expect each week in October:
Scripture to Stand On SUNDAYS
A Scripture to focus on (and memorize) for the week
More grace for FLYing MONDAYS
A post to nudge us towards flight
Test Pilot TUESDAYS
Quotes and questions to “test” our willingness to FLY
Wind for our Wings WEDNESDAYS
Encouragement to go higher than our current position
Think About It THURSDAYS
A post to prompt deeper reflection on FLYing
Frequent FLYer FRIDAYS
The rewards and lessons learned from staying the course
Rest in the Savior SATURDAYS
Quotes or scriptures to encourage us to lean on and love Jesus
Also, be on the lookout for giveaways and opportunities to share your thoughts, prayer requests or new insights from your journey. Let's pray and believe God to reveal His heart and strengthen our wings.
I look forward to seeing where we land
the more we learn how to FLY!
(Feel free to copy and share this “ticket” to invite your friends to FLY too!)
GIVEAWAY!!! Post a comment anytime this week (between day 1 and day 7 of this series) and enter a drawing for Fearless by Max Lucado! Comments must be entered by 8:00 pm on Friday, 10/07/2016 to be eligible. Only one entry per person. The winner will be announced on Saturday, 10/08/2016.