I’ve been a little quiet on the blog this fall. Life can sometimes strip the words right out of you. You know what I mean?
When I turned my book in this summer, I had plans to return to the blog with great enthusiasm. But that didn’t happen.
There hasn’t been some big event that prevented me. It’s been more little daily dings that make me want to pull away and get a little quiet. Some days I’d feel a wave of inspiration and rush over to my writing desk. But then a ding would come out of nowhere. So, I stopped the tapping of the keys and closed my computer.
What’s kind of ironic about this whole quiet struggle is that it seems to be the opposite of what I thought this year would be about.
At the end of last year I prayed over a word I would pursue in 2013. My prayer? Growth.
Growth to move forward.
Growth to develop more.
Growth to accomplish new and exciting things.
But here’s what I’ve discovered about growth… it requires dings. It requires a cracking and breaking and a breaking away from what was to form new.
As we move forward, growth may require us to experience a few setbacks.
As we develop more, growth may require us to experience some messy situations.
As we reach for new, growth may require us to address old, unhealthy patterns or attitudes.
Just like a seed has to experience the dings of cracking and breaking so new growth can come forth, I guess my growth requires the same.
Growth comes as a package deal with dings.
I suspect I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. Something you don’t already live.
But I’ve discovered something that maybe you haven’t thought through. Yes, growth may require dings and cracks and breaks. But growth doesn’t require accusation.
That voice that tries to assign debilitating labels to you sees your potential for growth as a threat. The voice of the accuser belongs to Satan. Your growth is part of your testimony. And you know what Satan doesn’t want you to know today?
“For the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.” – Revelation 12:10b-11a
Satan doesn’t want you to know how powerful your testimony is. He doesn’t want you to know that your expressions of God-honoring, Jesus-empowering truths subdue and overcome him and his accusations.
Through Proverbs 31 Ministries, I intentionally help people more effectively share their stories, their life lessons, their testimonies. And I’ve made the accuser mad.
Because testimonies are powerful tools against him.
I want to tuck these insights into your heart to encourage you today. But I also want to ask if you might want to help us equip more women to use the power of their testimonies to defeat the accuser.
We want to defeat his strongholds on marriages and kids and churches and every other sphere of influence where a woman lives.
As we approach this year’s end, my husband and I want to once again match the gifts you, my blog friends, give to Proverbs 31 Ministries up to a designated amount that he and I determined through prayer.
That means between now and December 31st, the donations you make will have double the impact in furthering the ministry work of Proverbs 31.
Thank you in advance for any investment you make.
I promise you we will stretch every dollar to have maximum impact in the lives of women and families all around the world.
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So, my year started with a prayer for growth. And it ends with the realization that growth is never easy. It might be full of questions and tears and a quiet pulling back to gather yourself. But from growth powerful testimonies come.
Onward and upward my dear sisters. Onward and upward indeed.