You Were Made to Do Hard and Holy Things!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about COMFORT. How we like it, how we arrange our lives and our schedules to create as many moments of it as we can get.
I am chief among comfort seekers. I love nothing better than a warm fire, cozy blanket and hot drink while being surrounded by my favorite people. While that isn’t wrong in and of itself and I believe the Lord even delights in blessing us with those moments, I also believe he has called us to be people that do hard and holy things.
As a family we have walked through some really hard things, some of which I cannot even share the extent of. Even the past several weeks my son Jake has been facing some full out frontal attacks on his faith and who he stands for as a Christian. It has caused me to revisit some truths the Lord taught me and also look back.
Sometimes I reflect about how easy it was to be a believer who didn’t press in. It was more like a club I belonged to that came with a get out of jail/hell free card. I used to coast along on my good intentions and efforts to be a good person and fell asleep at night with no care about tomorrow and no longing in my heart to see a dark world reconciled to their God.
But what is that but a religion that I made all about me? Salvation for me, peace of mind for me, prayers for me.
Beloved, if we are to be the light bearers that God call us to be, we must step out. We must leave our comfort zones. Sometimes those are places in our minds that we have set up camp, that say, “I will spend time with you because you are just like me, therefore you are worthy of my time. You don’t challenge me, you don’t speak truth to me we just coast with each other. I like coasting!” We also must step out of the rigid idea that life must look the way we think it MUST look.
I remember my husband facing a particular challenge day after day and year after year. This went on for more than 15 years. We begged God to deliver him from this challenge that he had to face. I especially didn’t believe that it was God’s will that he should face it. It was so hard on him and many times he became discouraged because of it. But at the end of the day he would say to me. “God can deliver me if he wants, but if he does not want, to he will not and I will continue to face it.”  He told me that God was teaching him to love difficult people. Eventually, he was relieved of this affliction, 5 months before he was diagnosed with brain cancer and two years before He went home to be with Jesus.
Sometimes beloved the road is hard and while my flesh cried out that Alan hadn’t had enough time to enjoy living without that affliction. My spirit cried louder that his heart was silver refined in the furnace and then taken home to His King to enjoy all the peace this world can’t bring.

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Perspective shifted. I still pray for God to protect and deliver and He does many times. But, I also pray that God would open doors for us to walk through to share his goodness with others. I pray for him to break our hearts wide open with love for the ones he will leave the 99 to go after. Now I am watching him send out the ones I hold dearest to dark places that desperately need the light. I am watching the evil one do everything he can to put that light out…. But God.
Two very powerful words… “But God.”
This is the truth beloved. We were made to do hard and holy things. Whom shall we fear and What can man do to us?(Ps. 118:6) Our help comes from the Lord the maker of Heaven and Earth. I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord.(Ps.121) 
I encourage each of you to ask the Lord to help you step out in some way and be brave. I don’t know what that will look like for each of you, but I know we serve a personal God and He wants an army that will race on to the battlefield and not shrink back and take up residence as professional bench warmers that talk about the game but never join it. Then, when you do that brave thing, stop and pray for someone else who is walking brave! Then we will fight with one arm and be the shield bearer for someone else and the kingdom will advance For His Glory.

11 Replies to “You Were Made to Do Hard and Holy Things!”

  1. Beautiful word, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read Missy! 🙂

  2. Oh how I love and need this right now!! We left our son at Army AIT training Friday and so many emotions flooded my heart. I’m so very proud of him and at the same time I’m so very worried. I’m so very happy and yet there’s some sadness. I don’t want him to stray from his heavenly Father. I don’t want him to make bad choices. I want him to walk in the path God has for him. As much as I’d like to have him home I know God’s plan is best. I’m having to lean in to my Father and I’m having to lift up my eyes! I know God has a plan and I want to trust His plan above my own and above my children’s. He is a good God and I can sense His presence in these hard times and I can see Him teaching me as we walk together. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Thank you for lifting up your eyes and for allowing God to lead you and to write your story. You are a blessing to me!

    1. I completely understand Lawanda, (Dawn)! What a comfort to know our God goes with us through these transitions and difficult times! I am so glad he is speaking to your heart!

  3. By the way, I’m the same person that follows on your Instagram as lawanda. My first name is lawanda but I normally go by dawn. Thanks again!

  4. Powerful and convicting. Thank you, Tara, for allowing God’s Spirit to speak through you. I will be lifting Jake in prayer as he goes where darkness does not want him…But God. Amen.

    1. Thank you for praying Glenda! I know prayers are powerful and effective!God Bless you!-

  5. Beautiful Tara! This is my heart also🎂

  6. On earth we bear the burden of knowing there is more, but not until we release ours to His. Your testimony is powerful and your young bear witness to the loving lessons of God given by Him through you and Alan. I love seeing Him in you and the young ones. Blessings abound.

    1. Chuck, Thank you for your encouraging words. I am so blessed when you share what God shows you also. I believe He wants us to speak truth over each other.

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