Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Trusting the One that said "GO!"

Friday I am boarding a plane out of KC headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the writer's & speaker's conference called She Speaks. I am so excited about this I can barely stand it.

God has really opened doors for me and has blessed me like you wouldn't believe. If you've ever been here before you know that my husband had back surgery April 3rd. He is still recovering as it was pretty major and is praying to be released by his surgeon to return to work at his 2nd post-op appointment next week.

With Gene being out of work, we have been blessed to still receive a full paycheck from his job, but he had to give up his part time job which was a huge help. With finances tight, I had asked him to pray about my hotel situation for the conference as I had no idea of where I'd be staying. I did not share any of this on my blog, just with my husband. Then I received an e-mail from my blogging friend, Pamela from In His Graces, who I will meet for the first time this Friday at the conference offering to pay for my hotel room!!!! Gene and I were blown away friends...still are!

I feel God has confirmed that He wants me to go to this and my hearts' desire is to just obey Him. If you are going to the conference or are just wanting to be in His will and be obedient to the calling He has placed on your life, I want to share what God put on my heart to write and send to my dear friend Joy at Ponderings . Joy will be leaving Canada Friday to attend the conference also and is scared of flying...really scared. Joy is also blessed with the talent for writing and like with Pamela God has big plans for her.

I hope this brings your heart encouragement as you seek to do whatever He asks of you....

When I was younger my Grandpa used to hunt a lot with my uncles. He always took his hunting dog Molly with him. Grandpa used to shoot his pheasant and on his command to "GO", Molly would take off through the fields and retrieve what her master had killed. She would sniff until she found it, grab it in her mouth and take it to my Grandfather. He would then reward her with much.

Molly had a job given to her and entrusted to her by her master and whatever she had to do to please him, she would do it. That meant fearlessly running through fields filled with mice and snakes. That meant running in the cold snow. Whatever my Grandpa asked of Molly she would do it. Molly was created to be faithful to my Grandpa and to be obedient to what he asked of her. She was never created to plan out what field they would drive to. She was never expected to aim at the target and shoot the gun. Her job was to "go" when my Grandfather told her to.

She had to trust in him enough to know that she was going to return with something to lay at the feet of her master that would be pleasing to him. She loved hearing the words "Good job Molly, you faithful dog!"

My point is, that just like Molly, you are on a mission for your Master. He has given you the command to "GO". Go without hesitation. Go fearlessly because you trust that your Master is the One sending you. When you start to doubt yourself realize this is not about you, but all about Him. Trust that you are going to return to your Savior with something to lay at His feet that your obedience alone will be pleasing to Him. Whatever you lay down, it will be something that will cause your Master to look into your eyes and say, "Well done good and faithful servant."


Come back tomorrow to read more of God's greatness as I co-post with Yolanda from Higher Grounds on the God who really pays attention in great detail to the desires of our hearts!


Paula (SweetPea) said...

I think this is the first time I am your first comment! Yay! I have my blog list up and running so I saw you just posted within minutes ago. Now, I can be your first comment that is if I check my blog! Ha.

What absolutely WONDERFUL words you shared with Joy. I read her blog today and I had no idea she was so fearful of flying. She mentioned in her blog the many thanks to many emails of encouragement. I apologized for being a day late and dollar short.

That just is a really good word of encouragement that can apply to all of us regardless of the situation. While I read about your grampa and Molly, I thought even as wonderful as that is, we have it even better with our Master. By no means am I doubting your grampa's love for Molly or his good intentions but can you imagine how much greater our Master's love and intentions are for us? Wow. Just such a wonderful analogy and application for us ten-fold with our Master, Wonderful Savior.

I have prayed for you and the others in our cirlce that are going. Are you going for the speaking or writing portion? I am envious of the ladies attending but all in God's timing. Maybe next year when I have a better idea of my "place" in God's work.

Do you lead/speak at church?

Are you giving any book proposals or speaches at the conference?

I know you will do well but you will have my continued prayers over the weekend.
Love ya, my friend.

Katie said...

Hey I hope the conference goes well. I live in rock hill which is right beside charolette its a small world. God is really awesome:)

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Friend-remember, I received that money from God with that scholarship reward. He just wanted me to share His wealth!! Truly we are both there by God's doing and not by our own. That has become so apparent. I can't wait to meet you and everyone else!! I am leaving this afternoon and with yesterday being a huge mind game with satan, this morning I have a calm and peace about me...I am ready to more ways than one. We are all ready to arrive and receive what God has planned for us!!

Honored to be a blessing for you!In His Graces~Pamela

HisPrincess said...

That was a beautiful and encouraging story Lelia. Something I need to hear often (because I'm a bit of a slow learner sometimes!). Thanks, and have a great time at She Speaks.

tiggerdaisy said...

Beautiful, Lelia! What a wonderful blessing you were to Joy by sending her this story. What a wonderful blessing to us who are reading it through your blog.

I'm praying for you guys as you go to She Speaks. May God grant each of you the desires of your heart and may God give you the courage and boldness to stand up for what He has called you to do.

Prayers and Blessings!

Amy said...

Lelia, I am so thankful that you shared this story of your Grandpa and Molly.
As you know, God sent me on a journey...And while I was there, I was challenged by some very difficult people, physcial illness, and homesickness like I have never known before.
So many times, I questioned God, asking, "Why did You send me here?"
I may never know the answer, but since I have returned home, I have been able to look back and see some of God's activity....but the point is, I have to trust that God knows what He is up to. I may never know the whole story....One of my devotionals during the trip spoke of God doesn't need you to "know or understand" everything....He just wants you to show up...and be faithful....Like Molly....Run on ahead, keep going, knowing that God has your back.....even when you can't see it in the situation.

Anyway, Lelia, thank you for that visual.....I am trying to heal physically right now, as well as emotionally. The visual of Molly is so powerful; it helps me to realize that God didn't send me away for no reason.....I'm coming back with "something." Amen?

God Bless,

Michelle said...

Beautiful! I am so thankful I said yes to God and trusted Him to attend this conference. He blessed me already through this. I cannot wait to see what He does through us all at the conference and beyond. I look forward to meeting you.

Samantha said...

How wonderful :D
Many prayers and blessings that your trip is successful and fulfilling!

Joyful said...

Lelia, thanks for your love and prayers. That illustration meant the world to me - and continues to be a blessing.

Struggling today. Crying alot - BUT - trusting God. I know He's going to bring me through.

Praying for you too.
Just think...tomorrow at this time I'll be there just waiting for you and Kelley to give you a big welcoming hug!