Changing gears

Abide | Trust | Believe
an online devotional
https://AbideTrustBelieve.wordpress.com/

Every writer goes through seasons of change. The more you learn, the more you understand what’s possible. And sometimes a course shift is needed.

I’m starting out on a new course. This isn’t a dramatic change from what I have been doing, but it does have a better focus. I want to explore more devotional style writing. And honestly, I’d love your feedback as I go along if you want to shoot me a message or an email. I want to hone this craft so that I can better communicate. But ultimately, I want to focus on really encouraging you in your walk with Christ, and to be open about my own.

Above is a link to my new web address. You might recognize the “Abide, Trust, Believe”. God has been speaking to me a lot about these three words, and I wanted to dedicate this next phase of writing to it. I hope you’ll check it out, follow along, and share with those who might be encouraged by it!

I so appreciate all of you who’s been with me through this writing journey and the support you’ve given me. I pray you’ll continue to do so.

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Trust

Right now, on this earth, we have days where we can clearly see God and follow His lead.

But then the sun goes down, night surrounds us, and we begin to doubt.

Lord, I can’t see the steps anymore, and I can’t see you. I can’t move forward like this. I reach my hands out and I all I feel is…air. Nothing.

I think a lot of us believe that our goal here on earth is to get saved, and then wait until death to meet God. But I believe there’s more. I think He wants us to know Him now, here on earth. Back in the time of Noah people lived hundreds of years! God did not wait hundreds of years to know Noah. Instead, He met him on earth and took him on one wild ride.

When night falls and we can no longer see, it’s time to start listening for His voice and moving forward in faith. If He’s shown you the way to go in the middle of the day, it is still the same in the darkness of night. What if, when the sun went down, we engaged our faith and trusted God even more than we did in the middle of day? He’s shown us His plan, path and direction. We just need to keep walking.

In heaven we will never be separated from the presence of God. He will forever be with us. Won’t that be amazing? But now, we have to see in the day and believe through the night. Just think of the reunion you’ll have when you get to heaven after you’ve already had a lifetime of walking and adventuring with Him on earth. I can just imagine how sweet, special, and full of meaning that reunion will be.

“Your sun will never set, your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light.”  In heaven, we won’t have an enemy waiting to sabotage us on every corner. But let’s take a stand, believe, and not let the enemy sabotage us now. In the light, let’s follow where God leads. In the dark, let’s have faith and trust Him.

“Your sun will never set, your moon will not go down.
For the Lord will be your everlasting light.
Your days of mourning will come to an end.”

Isaiah 60:20

 


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Kristen Larson started writing in 2011. Since then, she has contributed to Faith Radio Network’ blog, wrote devotionals with Barbour Publishing, and got her dream job working for Bethany House Publishers. She and her husband live in Minnesota.

 


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A reasonable hope

I haven’t shared that much of the hope I have in Jesus. He’s always a part of my writings whether it’s written blatantly or in the underlying message, but there isn’t much I’ve shared that really goes into it. And I think a big reason is that I’ve placed so much of my hope on my emotions, rather than in the knowledge I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had. It’s taken time for me to learn that there comes a point where hope isn’t a feeling – it’s a white knuckle grip on a fact you know is true despite what’s going on around you. All your experiences in life tell you things – that water is wet, the sun can burn, mosquitoes are out in the summer… These become truths that you come to depend on and you act accordingly. If you don’t feel like getting wet but you have to go out in the rain, you’re going to get hit by a few drops. And if it’s raining heavily, you might get a good soaking. But experience would tell you to use your umbrella or a rain coat to mitigate the damages. That way you can get to point A to point B a little dryer than you would have.

I’m finding that hope in Jesus is a lot like these examples. I’m 30 now, and my 20s exposed in me a deep need for a relationship with the Father. That decade of my life contained constant, confusing change and it was galling. Through those years I learned truths about Jesus that don’t change – no matter what my circumstances may be. These truths include how he is only ever a breath away. How he’ll walk with us and provide every step of the way if ask and submit to his leading. How he works everything out according to his will, and sustains us in the process. How he gives good, unexpected blessings that set us back on our heels. How ready he is to speak with us if we’ll take the time to listen. How he defends us. How he protects us. How he gives wisdom, insight, and understanding. These are a few of thousands. No one can know the depth of his love and understanding. But he is ready and waiting! These are the things I need to set my mind on when my emotions and my circumstances tell me otherwise. These are the things that hold ultimate truth. Because honestly there is nothing God can’t use. There is no person beyond his reach. No one is so far gone that they can’t start anew in him. These are truths that keep me going through the darkest hours.

In storms that rage, grab your rain gear. In the blazing heat, grab your sunscreen and water bottle. It seems logical, right? If you’re foot is broken, don’t walk on it. Allow it time to heal. Why not approach the circumstances of life in a similar fashion? Seek the Lord in all things. In all things honor him. Apply the things you’ve learned and rely on him.


 Kristen Larson started writing in 2011. Since then, she has contributed to the Faith Radio Network blog, wrote devotionals for Daily Wisdom for Women IMG_46322016 with Barbour Publishing, and got her dream job working on book covers for Bethany House Publishers. She and her husband live in an adorable rural town in Minnesota, where they love spending time together working on home updates and renovations.

For more information, visit her About Page.

 


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