Faith

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





{Blurb from our book} First Time Ever!!

The Power of Persistent Prayer

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Do you need a miracle? And need it fast?

Join the club. We all have urgent requests we'd love God to answer... like yesterday! And how should we respond? Pray like the persistent widow. 

For the first time ever, we are sharing a short blurb from our upcoming book, Love Fast Live Slow
 

"My pastor has preached many times about prayer. One message in particular has stuck out to me from the parable of the persistent widow. 

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1

Jesus went on to describe a persistent widow who kept coming to a judge asking for justice against an enemy. Apparently her plea was frequent because she wore down that judge. 

“The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Luke 18:4-5

Even this judge who had no care for God or reason to extend justice to this widow caved to her consistency.

“So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?” Luke 18:7

If you are in the trenches like us...  albeit hard, your faith will be strengthened. If we are asking God for something, let’s approach Him like the widow approached the judge. Day and night. In full faith the right thing will be done. She was asking for something that aligned with God’s will, justice. When we ask God for favor, make sure it’s aligned with His will and not our own vanity. Remain persistent, faithful and trust that God hears your prayers day and night."

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FREEBIE: Need a bit more structure and accountability with your prayer life? Laura is starting a 100 day challenge on Monday, July 29th. She will be walking women from all over the country through a devotional study (hosted via email and blog). If that is something you need, check out more info here: Live Slow Bible Study

xoxo

Laura




This One Things Affects Your Entire Day...

This One Thing Affects Your Entire Day..

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What's your guess?

Morning. You read it right, have a good morning. If you start your day with momentum, you can keep it up for the rest of the day. Some people are natural early birds and others are night owls. Regardless of your preference, there is proof that creating a regular morning routine will improve your mood, energy, metabolism, spirit and life.

How to have a Love Fast Live Slow morning?

We believe there are three key components to a LFLS morning.

First, plan ahead. Set that alarm. Go to sleep early enough. Write down what you hope to accomplish in your morning routine. Be realistic yet don't cut corners on the good stuff.

Second, don't skip the good stuff; bible study and breakfast. The grand trifecta would include exercise but I'll leave that one out assuming you'd knock that out in the afternoon, right? ;)

Third, do something for someone. Waking up with a LFLS mindset means you must start your day considering the needs of someone else. This could include bringing your spouse coffee in bed, texting someone a compliment, planning to meet for lunch with that friend you keep rain-checking, you know the one.

Jesus was a morning guy.

You don't earn more brownie points for waking up first, but you do become more like Jesus if you rock your morning.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

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PS. If you want to get serious about a morning routine, Laura is starting a new #LiveSlowBibleStudy soon. There are two options, (1) Online Bible Study and (2) Fitness accountabilty + Online Bible Study (depending on which floats your boat, both are going to be amazing IMO). Learn more here: Live Slow Bible Study

xoxo

Laura