Pulling from one of my favorite authors/Christ followers/women of God today: Ann Voskamp.
Abide. Because it’s never about your capabilities. When you’re in covenant with Christ, it’s His responsibility to cover your cracks, to be all your competency and completeness. Inabilities, in Christ are made all sufficient, just right abilities. Abandon worries–wholly abide. ~Ann Voskamp
This woman is amazing. For reals. She is using her writing as ministry and has delivered me right into the hands of the Father where I can receive true and ultimate deliverance. Her writing is a ministry that gets result for God, drawing people to God. She has written a book called One Thousand Gifts, a book that I read from cover to cover and am looking forward to reading again and it is the inspiration for my “My One Thousand” page on this here little blog. She blogs at http://www.aholyexperience.com/ daily and if by chance you do not get a new post, the archives are enough to keep you for a few weeks! When I click away from that site, I am encouraged, challenged and excited. When you have a moment, drop by. It will not be a waste of time.
So. How do you abide? This week I am choosing to abide through scripture memory. Huni and I have a huge decision in front of us, a decision to follow Christ wholeheartedly with true abandon in a way that we have never done before. While I know that there is no way that we can turn and look the other way, it is still quite a decision to face because with it comes all of the ways that I am still challenged in the level of trust I have in God and how much I believe Him, not just believe in Him, but actually believe Him. So I’m abiding by meditating on Scripture. This one:
“Those who cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs. (Jonah 2:8 NIV)
This verse may not strike your fancy but in my space of abiding, every time I look at it (I have it taped to my microwave because I spend most of my day in the kitchen) I’m stilled and my mind is checked and renewed and I move deeper into that trust place. And when the hum of the day provides the soundtrack to my busy-ness and eases my mind back into self-reliance and self-trust, I walk past that verse again and again my mind has to submit to the truth of the word of God, another opportunity to believe Him. Another chance to ditch my comfort idol and thrust myself into the will of God knowing that what He offers is so much greater than this pithy comfort I cling onto. And bit by bit, this HUGE, CrAzY idea is becoming more and more right and necessary.
So. How do you abide?