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Brace Or Embrace?
by yolanda van der merwe
12/13/11
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Simply have to share something before I carry on with the actual thought I want to share. Earlier this week I sent out and e-mail titled "Taking Risks". Then an hour or so later the above mentioned thought popped into my mind. Well let me put it this way, I have had the heading for a while but didn't know what to write about it. Then on that morning the words just started flowing. When that happens I have to put it down on paper. It was only after a few paragraphs that I realised that the two thoughts were exactly the opposite!!!! One saying, take a risk the other one should I brace myself? Had such a laugh about it. Immediately stopped writing and carried on with something else. Just goes to show how our thoughts jump around from one thing to another, depending on how we feel at that moment. To the men out there, I am sure changing your mind sometimes is not just a woman thing :-).

It is amazing how grammar can give two words that are almost identical, adding or removing one or two letters, a totally different meaning.

How do we know in life when to embrace something or brace yourself and hold back a bit?

Had to really think about this one for a bit on Monday morning. After some recent events I now understand it much better. On Monday I wouldn't have been able to really say how experience led me to writing about the above subject. Isn't it interesting to realize when you go through things how it changes your perspective completely? How you can actually relate to it? Understand it a lot better.

I do know that it is something that each one of us should be asking ourselves. It is not a question that anyone can give you the answer to or decide on your behalf. There are certain things in life that we have to figure out ourselves. Take some time to sit back and get perspective on it. This is, as I have mentioned numerous times before, where discernment comes in. There are definitely times when we "feel" we "want" to do something but we "know" that we "have" to go in the opposite direction.

A friend once explained it to me this way. The example of Abraham was used. God asked him to sacrifice his son Isac. While walking up the mountain he asked God time and time again if it was the right thing to do and when God kept on saying yes, even though it was an extremely difficult thing for him to do, knowing that he will suffer a GREAT loss, he still obeyed God. Just when he was ready to sacrifice his son, God provided a way out!!!!

God knows what is in our hearts. If we stay loyal when He tells us to go in a specific direction (even if we feel that it might be at a tremendous loss on our side and we are scared) He will always stay true to His word. He will ALWAYS step in at the right time. Do what is best for us. It sure takes a whole lot of faith when this happens.

Don't underestimate the power of faith and loyalty.

I would like to wish all of you strength to always step into faith when things really get tough and you are not sure which direction to go in. Ask God and trust that the answer He gives you is the right one.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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