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Today’s guest blogger is Debby Efurd. Debbie is President of Initiative 180 and Peace After the Storm ministries providing awareness and healing after abortion. She has facilitated post-abortion Bible studies and facilitator training for Life Impact Network since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Active in her church, community and life advocacy, she is passionate about helping people find their “voice” through their personal testimonies of the transforming power of Jesus Christ in their lives. She shares her message of encouragement at churches, colleges, and women’s organizations. Her personal journey is chronicled at The Second Mile (www.debbyefurd.com) offering perspectives on what really matters in life – a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Amazing Grace. A wife of 26 years, mother and grandmother, Debby is a pillar of strength to her family. She and her husband, Cary, operate a real estate and property management business and reside in Duncanville, Texas. To connect with Debby, email her at email@example.com.
There was a time twenty years ago when I had a change of perspective regarding my habitat. During that period, I viewed our residence as a prison. Six months later, I viewed it as a sanctuary. That change in perspective gave me sanity, peace, and increased faith to weather storms later in life.
I imagine “Shepherd-Turned-King David” had a change of perspective a few times in his life, too. As a teenager he was entrusted with the care of the family flocks. He was the sole line of defense between a lion or bear and his family’s livelihood. David didn’t shrink from responsibility and retreat, but very well may have said to those predators, “You are going to die some way and some day, and I’m here to make sure you die this way and today.” With each encounter, David increased his faith.
Years later, David met another predator … Goliath. As the Israelites cowered with fear telling David that “Goliath is too big to hurt,” David’s perspective was different. “Shepherd-Soon-To-Be-King David” ran quickly to confront Goliath thinking, “he’s too big to miss.”
David ran toward predators, not away from them. That comes from faith. The Lord wants for you what a predator wants for himself — victory.
I Samuel 17:48 When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
It’s funny how life changes. When we first looked for a home in North Texas, it was important to me to have some kind of pool in the backyard. I love water, and I find it is one of the few things that totally relaxes me.
However, when we first used the pool, our sons were younger, and there was no relaxation whenever we got in the water. Instead there was an intense pool basketball game that I was always recruited for. Worried about losing a tooth under the basket, I settled for playing point guard and attempted to launch long bombs to score. Occasionally, one would go in!
I would not trade those memories for anything, but nine years later, with one child now out of college and the other disinterested in family pool time, the pool is now the refuge I imagined it to be. Even if it’s just for thirty minutes, I float and relax. While my water-loving dog often threatens the quiet time, I am still able to steal a few minutes of total peace, weightless, listening to the babbling fountains and the birds chirping above.
I find that in life I am also learning to float more, what about you? Instead of striving and worrying, I am giving my struggles, my battles and my projects over to God, and trusting him to handle them.
When you think of the word FLOAT, remember this: Fully Lean On Abba Today.
In what areas do you need to lean on your Father in Heaven?
I have seen great results when I give over ministry projects, family matters and my own cares to him.
It feels like floating.
As Christians, Jesus inferred that we did not have to strive when he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
When King Jehoshaphat had to go up against the Moabites vast army in battle, the LORD said to him, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
What battle do you need to give over? Where in your life are you striving too hard? It’s time to fully lean on your Heavenly Father. FLOAT.
Are you a list maker? The older I get, the more I need daily reminders, whether it’s about errands I need to run, or people I need to contact. If I don’t write it down, it may be next week before I remember it again!
God had something he wanted us to remember for all eternity and he told us to write it down. We find it in Deuteronomy 6:5-8: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
This passage in Hebrew is called the Shema. It’s a pledge of allegiance and love to one God and it sits over the door that leads to our garage. God did not want us to ever forget to love him with all our heart and He wants us to always remember He alone is our God.
Reminders that draw us closer to the Lord are good. I have them all over the area where I work and they often give me a faith booster shot when I need one.
What daily reminders do you need?
We don’t have to go to our local Christian store to buy reminders. We can tape Scripture on our bathroom mirrors or post God’s word on our phones. I typed up one of my favorite passages, Psalm 37:3-4, printed it out, and framed it. Be creative!
God is a jealous God and He wants us to remember him throughout the day. 1 Chronicles 16:12 says, “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he’s pronounced.” He also wants us to work on being more like his son, Jesus. That’s why reminders are good.
What reminder do you need today? LBW