Wednesday, May 06, 2009

721 - Whole Heart Faith - week 1

Good Morning everyone!! Hope you are doing well - I am doing wonderful, but a bit nervous too!

Ok - details of how this is suppose to work. Sarah S. and Dori please help me where my non-detailed, unorganized, untechy mind falls short! Please!!!!

I am thinking the what you will do each Wednesday is
1) come to this blog and see what kind of encouragement the Lord is speaking thru me to you for the next week
2) check up on how I am defeating this idol
3) sign Mr. Linky so that I can go to your blog and check out how you are doing on whatever your Whole Heart Faith issue might be!

I do not have the button today for you to add to your blog and for others to click on to come back here and find out why I am spilling my raw guts and what this is all about, but hopefully I will have that by the end of today. It is ready, i just don't have it on me to paste...

My goal - and I am not much into setting goals although i realize i need to get better - is to write out the encouragement to you - the most important part - but post my personal struggle on the video. I know not everyone is into watching the video or some even still have dial up and it take a half a year to watch that thing! So no one should miss the most important stuff!

As I was praying this morning about what the Lord wanted me to encourage you with, 
Ex. 14:10-14 jumped into my thoughts. 
"10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"

13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."


In this process of Whole Heart Faith do not be surprised at a bit of fear and trepidation from yourself. It is natural and to be expected. It may even feel like you are dieing - literally if you are happen to be eating less like me! ha! Have you ever thought about the word that is in the middle of obedience? "DIE"

The Israelites were screaming out that Moses had brought them to this land because there were no more graves left in Egypt. He brought them to this land to die because the burying was easier! This journey the Lord has us on is not to kill us for complete burial. It is to die to ourselves, yes, but to be raised anew and walking in the Promised Land!

As the Israelites complained you too might find yourself wanting to go back to the familiar. You might even find yourself back to the familiar and comfortable before you ever knew you got there. If so - start again!!! His mercies are new every morning, but because of Jesus Christ they are new every moment of the day.

As Moses implored the people to not be afraid, I too beg you to squash that fear. Maybe your Whole Heart Faith issue is to walk in area that is unknown. Maybe it is to obey in area that is not comfortable and quite daunting! He can do this, but we have some instructions...

1) Don't be afraid!!
2) Stand Firm
3) And Watch His deliverance

So for this week - I would love to go to your blog and see how for you, you will do the three instructions!! I would love for you to post whatever you want, but include how you will do the three!!
Will it be difficult?
Will it take work?
What is your biggest obstacle?  





I can't wait to pop over to your blog and check out what He is going to do in your life!!!  Are you ready - offer it today - Whole Heart Faith!!!  It's the climb, people, it's the climb!  







7 comments:

Dori said...

Oh, Leigh...I signed the linky thingy before I actually had my post up. I'm working on it now. It will be the LAST thing I do before I go on this fast from "non work related" computer time that God has called me to. I don't know how long it will last but I know that it will at least go through the end of this week.

And that led me to choose my Whole Heart Faith "thing!"

For MONTHS...maybe more than a year (because you and I talked about this at least that long ago), God has been calling me on the carpet about my idleness. And my "idleness" has turned into "idolness" -- making a word, work with me!

So that's my Whole Heart Faith Thing - idleness that has become idolness.

I'm working on my post, but it might be a little while before I get it up on the blog!

Love you dearly...all 181.0 pounds of you!!! :)

Dori

Angie said...

I am following you with Whole Heart Faith because it is so what I need to get to where He wants me to be.
I have not signed up because I don't have a blog per say for you to go to.
I will come here and leave my comments or struggles.
You are such an encourager for me and provide guidance in my new walk.
Love to you!!
Angie

Sheryl said...

Leigh,

I'm a member of this Whole Heart THANG. I'm at work so it will be tonight before I can post anything.

Denise said...

My post is up sweetie, bless you.

Grammy said...

Hi Leigh, I had to laugh at the scale I have the same one. you have to have it on flat ground and hit it before it works. I am 182 on flat ground and 162 on carpet. lol. I have found just loosing a few pounds make a difference at 185 life is not easy. I like you don't look heavy to others. So I have leaned to be ok with my self. Be blessed my prayers are with you to succeed in your goal.

Tami said...

OK Leigh, I have been seeking God's desire for me on this Whole Heart Faith commitment and I am now ready to make my public statement (Yikes! :) )

I am surrendering to God my poor eating habits. I am a foodie and eat for pleasure. However, my choices are not always the healthiest (thus...my current weight issues!). God laid on my heart that I need to surrender my food choices to Him. Not go on a diet but to choose food and portions that are beneficial to me. My conviction came when God showed me that because of my eating habits, I am not ready to do His will. If He were to call me to certain ministries, my physical limitation could make me have to say 'no'. Ouch! I am convicted and ready to let Him lead me through this!! I don't have a post on my blog yet, but will get it up in the next week. In addition to posting about this faith commitment, I am going to start a food journal blog to share my choices and how God is working with me in this each day or week.

Thanks for following His lead to inspire us all to surrender more to Him.
Tami

Anonymous said...

Leigh,

thank you so much for inviting me to your site I am going back to old post to try and catch up. My family has had a personal struggle over the last two years. My husband was diagnosed with cancer (now cancer free)I had my second child and he lost his job all within 2 Weeks. We have had many obstacles I have always strive and believed I put Christ first. When the fear of life's disappointments set in so did doubt and fear. I have had to learn to trust God in the unknown and believing he is going to deliver what I may not understand at the moment- I still have days as we put our lives back together. My prayer and struggle is to keep positive and just hold on and wait for his deliverance. God Bless Gerri