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Live Slow Bible Study: Day 15 of 100 Days To Brave

Day 15 of 100 Days To Brave

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Believe Who God Says He Is 

I feel a resounding theme in my life: "Laura, trust me!" - God  

The picture above is what life feels like for a lot of us. We are out in the world, being all vulnerable and hard-working, just trying to do the right thing but getting hit from every angle. Lucky for my son, he loves this kind of resistance. Unlucky for many of us, we think any obstruction to our plan means God's not in it. 

Sister, let me tell you: God is in it. He's always in it. 

This week as you dive into the next section of 100 Days To Brave (Brave Enough To Believe God), I hope you encounter resistance. Not because I don't want you to success or experience peace, but because this gives you the chance to grow. When we surrender and believe who God says He is, that means we are laying down our pride, our fears, our control. He is in charge. He has a plan. He can win the day. 

Today is the last day of summer for my boys (they start back in school routine tomorrow). I look forward to this next section of our study and this next transition into the school year. What things are you looking forward to? Are you letting God move in your life... or are you the one being resistant?

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The comments you've shared on the blog have been the highlight of my week. Please keep it up! I have learned so much about you and it connects us all. You are so special to me girl - and as you will learn this week, you are incredibly unique. I am thankful you are choosing to spend time with me in our #LiveSlowBibleStudy. 

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I hope you are walking into day 15 with more courage than day 1. If you are reading ahead, you go girl! If you are a bit behind, no worries. Pick the book back up and start. Each sections' blog will be posted and waiting for you when you are ready.

See you guys in the comments soon !

xoxo

Laura Mendenhall




God Can Handle The Details, You Simply Trust Him!

How to surrender worry and trust God with the details 

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Change is inevitable.

Wouldn't it be nice to sit pretty in our little comfort zone, dig our feet into a daily rhythm and know the sequence of the day like clockwork? If you are in that zone, it may be short lived because change is inevitable. You are either coming out of or going into some sort of transition. And, if you are like me, you want to know all the details... yesterday! 

When God is stirring up change in your life, it can stir up excitement and worry at the same time. Since God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), we know He's got the whole world in His hands. Your whole world too. 

I love this verse in Isaiah after the Israelites had been praying for change. 


"Behold, I am doing a new thing! See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." (Isaiah 43:19) 


"Behold, I am doing a new thing!" If you are like the Israelites, you have been praying for God to turn the page in this life chapter. And this verse is reassurance that God is on the brink of doing something new. Everything happens in God's perfect timing. 

"See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?" Often times, God is working behind the scenes getting His plan together. Let's be brave enough to trust that He knows what's best for you. You don't have to know all the details or have control over every decision for the transition to turn out smooth.  

"I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Even though this change was something the Israelites were praying for, fear and anxiety could quite easily trap them from taking the first step towards freedom (they were in captivity at the time). God reassured them that He'd give a clear path to walk in the wilderness (the Israelites feared wandering in the wilderness since their ancestors did for decades after their captivity in Egypt). And He'd provide rivers for water and needs in the desert. They would not go hungry or thirsty. God was taking care of the details. They just needed to trust Him.

Often times, God leads us to places that (to the human eye) doesn't make sense. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles. It may not be as comfortable. And instead of surrendering our worry, we try to analyze all the details and over plan until we loose the chance to experience faith in action. 

If God is telling you, "Behold, I am doing something new!" then trust Him. 

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With every season of transition, it's easy to be overtaken by busy schedules and to-do lists. I have found that when everything is changing, I find refuge in having a few constants between it all: Bible Study & Exercise. That is why I host a FREE Fitness + Faith Bootcamp (ladies only, sorry). You may think you don't have time because "life is too crazy" but that's the EXACT reason we need this type of support, motivation and accountability. Check it out here.


Until next time,

Nick and Laura Mendenhall