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I hope this post finds you staying dry in all of this rain.  I pray you had an amazing Memorial Day weekend.  Michele and I were visiting family and trying to dodge the rain all weekend!  I want to say a quick thank you to Pastor Oscar Ortiz (OKC Campus Pastor) and Pastor Wade Smith (Edmond Campus Pastor) for preaching while I was gone this past Sunday.  They did a fantastic job, and it is so nice to be able to get away with family and relax knowing that the message and Word is being delivered with passion and clarity.  Thank you for allowing me to get away and recharge with family. 


I want to share a thought with you today.  If you’re like me, you’re always in the middle of decision making.  All of us are making decisions all day everyday, some more important than others.  Some as small as, "What shirt should I wear?" Some are far more important like, "Do I take this job or pass it by?"  It can be overwhelming at times to know that we're doing the right things, at the right time, and in the right manner.  Just this morning I was reading and came across this passage.  Every time I read it I am so encouraged.  It is found in Psalm 32:8 and it reads, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”  This is a promise I can really sink my teeth into.  This is just one of hundreds of verses that promises His guidance as we go along.  

So with that verse in mind, let me show you another element to this thought.  Psalm 119:105 reads, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  This can seem like a very encouraging passage as well, but when I think about it, it doesn’t give me what I want it to give me!  I wish it said, “Your word is a 2,000 lumen spotlight to show me exactly where I am going," but it doesn’t.  Instead it says it is a lamp.  Funny thing about a lamp is that it doesn’t provide much light.  There is enough light to see your next step, but that is about it.  Couple this with 2 Corinthians 5:7, which tells us that we “Walk by faith and not by sight," and we realize pretty quickly that this is going to be a “one step at a time” journey.  God does guide us, He does show us the way, but most of the time, it is one step at a time.  We don't always know the predators, ditches, and detours that lie ahead and, not knowing, we must then rely on Him.

I encourage you today, do not give up.  Do not get frustrated because you cannot see where you’re heading and how it will all end up.  Just allow the faith you have to light up the next step in front of you and take that step.  

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
— Saint Augustine

Do not miss this Sunday.  I will be speaking a word on this same subject that will truly encourage and inspire you to keep going.  We are all walking toward freedom, but we’re under attack as we go.

It is an honor to serve alongside you!

 

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