Do the next hard thing

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My last counseling appointment before Christmas was late in the afternoon on December 23rd.  We had a wonderful session and as this beautiful lady was leaving, she handed me a little box.  It was wrapped in shiny, whimsical paper.  She shared with me that she had accidentally ordered one too many bracelets and was planning on returning it.  On her way to our session she felt the Lord tell her to give it to me.

I thanked her and decided to save it  to open for Christmas morning.  When I opened that box and saw the inscription on the bracelet, I had no doubt that it was for me!  As you can see from the picture, it reads, “Do the next hard thing”.  I quickly adopted that saying as my motto for 2016.

With the loss of my Husband very late in 2014, last year was the hardest year of my life!  It was also a huge growing year in trusting the Lord as He carried me through with the help of the body of Christ and family.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always trusted God in a big way; but last year, I surrendered any financial worry to Him and only took it back for a brief period of time in September when things got a little hairy for a few weeks.  I quickly rebounded and recommitted.  Besides, when the King of Heaven is your spouse, what is there to worry about?

Coming into 2016 with a higher level of faith, I feel equipped to do the hard things in life.  That saying may mean something entirely different to you, but to me it means that I won’t run from (or procrastinate) when something needs to be accomplished that is uncomfortable for me.  I will do it when God speaks and not make excuses.  I will not run ahead of Him either but wait on His perfect timing.

Psalm 138:8 The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me; Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever— Do not abandon the works of Your own hands.

This motto has helped me already in the first week of 2016. What have I done?

  1.  As the clock struck midnight on new year’s eve, instead of going to bed, I went to our church’s House of prayer and prayed for an hour until 1:30a.m.  Those of you who know me understand that this was not normal for me.  I am a need 9 hours of sleep per night girl.  It was an awesome privilege to be there with other believers during those hours!  It was worth the lack of sleep!
  2. I ran in 22 degree weather.  No big deal to you maybe, but I won’t go out there below 50!  I usually run on the treadmill when it’s cold outside.  That particular morning I had one of my best runs ever!  Doing the next hard thing taught me something about my own body.
  3.  I had to deliver a message that was very difficult.  I needed to obey God and felt a little like Jeremiah.  I did the hard thing anyway for the good of others.

Looking ahead, I plan to hopefully blog more and be even more transparent this year, as the Lord leads.  That is a hard thing for me.  Tomorrow I am doing something I consider very hard.  I am taking a pistol safety class at the shooting range.  Hard for me, yes,  but I can’t wait!  I am teaching at my Daughter’s school the end of February.  Not just hard, but intimidating (yikes!).  Praying that I bring only honor and glory to God in that seminar.

That’s it since Jan 1st and I can’t wait to see what else God will be walking me through this year.  As He walks right beside me, I feel His equipping to accomplish those things that seem scary or out of my comfort zone.

Psalm 57:2 I will cry to God Most High, Who accomplishes all things on my behalf [for He completes my purpose in His plan].

What hard things are you doing this year?  I would love to hear from you.

Be blessed

8 comments

  1. Well, I do have a hard thing to do. Very hard for me. I have to return to teaching after one student’s comments on an evaluation crushed my already damaged spirit. After receiving some wise counsel, I know I have to shake the dust off my feet, love her anyway (the hardest part, because I had shown her great mercy and patience when she was reported cheating), and start anew. My word for the year is “renew”. I need renewal in several areas. I feel there’s pruning in my future; I may have to do several “hard things” in the next year. He is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; therefore, I will not fear. Thanks again for your encouragement.

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  2. There is no limit to God….as u go beyond and above your normal you will see you were capable all along! ! This was so good to read. God has me on the same path. The next hard thing!!!

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  3. Donna this is inspirational and very touching. Thanks especially for your transparency. I started walking since January 1st and every obstacle from emotionally loathing it to physical aches and pains had to be overcome. Of coarse I feel better and happy that I have been daily committed.Its one day at a time. I have struggled to help a ministry at our church that was clearly impressed on me by the Lord but every excuse has held me back and many inconsistencies have derailed any effort. Well this past week I started to write a clear vision of my role and intend to start next week(Help Lord). There are a few other things I need to face and work on and I am determined to push fear out of the way. Thanks again for sharing!

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  4. Emmy,
    When I first started this blog 1 1/2 years ago, I wrote about my first few months running. It’s sounds like your walking experiences! It may encourage you to go back and read the first few from August of 2014. I am praying for you today re: the ministry. May the Lord help you in all that you do this year! xoxo

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