I have to remind myself that I am pressing on towards all that I know God has promised me. Even though some days are hard I know that I will survive. Each day has its set of challenges; I view them as hidden opportunities, because through it all, if nothing else, I feel/see personal growth/development from going through it.
I press on when I see others finding success, opportunity or breakthroughs…. Because I know in celebrating their blessing, I show God and myself that I don’t possess the spirit of envy or entitlement and will humbly appreciate and give credit to the one who deserves it, when I receive my blessing.
I press on even though I fight daily with various levels of insecurities. One day I’m not confident in my skills/gifts. Another day, I’m not confident in my looks. And, another day, I’m not confident in ANYTHING. But, I press on because God reminds me that I am beautifully and wonderfully made. And, that He hasn’t brought me this far to leave me now.
One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11. We are always quick to quote, shout, claim it and recite, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” And, although we should rest our faith on that promise….we need to understand the story of Jeremiah and the process he went through in order to really appreciate how he was finally able to declare those words. I was given this perspective in a sermon.
Jeremiah was not confident in his ability to fulfill the assignment God had for him…he was insecure and allowed those insecurities to cause him to doubt God’s will and stop him from walking in his destiny.
But, here is the reminder; God places you where He does because you are assigned to it and in being assigned you are well-equipped to accomplish the task. Even when the obstacle comes, don’t view it as a sign that you should not do what you are doing, on the contrary, view it as confirmation that you ARE doing what you are divinely designed to do.
For the adversary is trying his best to illuminate your insecurities in an effort to stop you in your tracks….for he knows what God knows….that your accomplishments will bless many and God will be glorified.
So, press on towards the promise. And, watch God not only show up, but show OUT!
Walk in faith; live in love, Mo Wood
Who is Mo Wood?
Who is Monica Wood aka Mo Wood? This is a loaded question. Monica Wood is one who faith walks even when she doesn’t want to…or at least that is what I am told. Through trial and error I have made some mistakes – not many are visible – but all have left scars and traumatic war wombs. It is through the scars that I have learned what kind of faith I have and what kind of God I serve as I walk by faith, not by sight. And, for close to 4 years now I have been led to share some of my scars during a season of “transparency” in the form of daily or weekly or even monthly devotionals.
God consistently speaks to me through daily devotionals, mainly Joel Osteen’s, but others as well. And, almost guaranteed, the devotional for the day addresses what I went through the day before. God answers my prayer, sheds light on my experience, and/or provides a peace to endure with each one. In turn, I become inspired to provide a personal pretext to the devotional and share with those He lays on my heart to share through email.
Over the years, I have received unsolicited feedback with surprising testimonials that were sparked by my transparent messages. All remarks and reactions have been a blessing and encouragement. However, I am led to type and send because I like to write out where I am and how God is working in it as I continue to walk in my season of transparency. I will continue to write, when led to, in order to continue my personal conversation with the one who blesses me with life each day. And, if through my “Mo|Moments” I bless someone, praise God!