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Are You Willing?

One thing I know for sure. I don't know what each day will bring.
My husband Harold experienced side pain this past week and ended up in surgery to remove kidney stones too large to pass. He is recovering and I have become an expert on internal stents, side effects of anesthesia, and which pharmacies stay open past 10pm. Just when you think your day is on track, anything can happen.
Of course, this situation is the type of disruption that supercedes everything! It's an emergency and family takes priority. But what about the small things that daily sneak in to distract us from personal health, time spent with a friend, or quiet time with God and reading scripture?
So what gives? How do I allow room for the unexpected without giving up those things that give me strength and connection to who I am as a Christian? The reality is, once you set something aside, it becomes easier to let it go. I am no different than you. And let's speak truth. My daily life depends on my relationship with God.
I am in a small group studying the book of Elijah, and have committed to set aside time each day to learn more about this prophet and how God worked in his life to lead the people of Israel back to God. So much of this study encourages me. I have walked through much in my life, and I desire all of it to be used for God's purpose.
Elijah didn't show up out of thin air knowing exactly what to do and exactly how to do it. All that faith, all that courage, all that boldness and confidence in prayer didn't just happen. Each of these strengths we see in Elijah were brought about by earlier challenges and through times of trust and obedience.
We want faith, courage and boldness.
We want a prayer life that pushes back the darkness,
and character that possesses an unflinching backbone.
So, here's the question.
Are you willing to do what it takes to get what you want?

Our daily choices determine future outcomes. Elijah's God moment on Mount Carmel followed a much less public process that God began in him years before. The process is not easy, but if followed, we are given a chance to see and learn from what we've endured, and how God will use it.
Let's dig deep together

"After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace,
who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ,
will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you."
1 Peter 5:10 (ESV

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