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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: White-Knuckled Boldness
By Tracy Walshaw
09/05/07


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I’ve been saved since I was nine. My cousin and I had spent the service playing with our Snoopy dogs and really paying no attention, then at the altar call, I “white-knuckled” the pew in front of me, and I knew all at once, no doubt in my mind, that I needed to go up. I didn’t care what anyone thought. So I went, and my mother almost passed out in the choir. That night, the last of Revival, I had been absolutely belligerent about everything; my clothes, acting like a brat in the car, walking past our pastor with my nose in the air as he extended his hand. My mother was mortified, but Pastor Calhoun just smiled and said I was under conviction, and he was right. Less than an hour later, I had been adopted. My new father was pretty rich. Owner of the universe and all that is in it, no less. Yours, too? Yep, yours, too.

Months ago, I began to realize that I just couldn’t live another day in the mediocrity my life had become. When we get to our late thirties, I think something hits us hard. We realize, for the first time, that we’re not going to live forever. I mean, not mortally on the earth. Most of us haven’t realized our deepest dreams because we’ve married young, popped out kids, tried to have a house, work and make ends meet. Suddenly, the perfect skin we always had isn’t so perfect. Keeping the weight off suddenly takes work. Tiny gray hairs pop up in the midst of our rich brown. And we realize that we haven’t written the next "Gone with the Wind". Haven’t even started.

I cried and prayed so hard for God to show me that this wasn’t all He had for me. What about those great promises - and I know you’ve read them, but do yourself a favor and refresh your mind. You might see them in a new light. I did.

John 17: 23,24 - And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

Mark 11:23, 24 - For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 John 5:14,15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (All KJV)

We don’t have forever on earth to fulfill God’s dreams for us. It took so long for me to realize that he might let me be an author. Let me? He put the desire in my heart in the first place. Why, I’m following in my Father’s footsteps by becoming an author. Without words, on paper, we wouldn’t have the great stories of the Bible to teach us. Without Norman Vincent Peale, Beth Moore, Joel Osteen, T. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and so many others whose books have guided me to reach for all I can be, I shudder to think where I’d be. Not only is it “okay”, I think he’s rather proud of those children of His who love to write.

His hands are wide open, ready to give us the desires of our heart. Just believe and be Bold! I can’t really recall a time when he ever said “NO!”. Can you?


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c clemons09/07/07
Good, you have a couple of trains of thought here but basically good stuff. I think what you're saying is "lets get off the pot and do what he's called us to do." At least that's what I got.
Dee Yoder 09/11/07
Thanks for inspiring me with your devotional! You brought out some good points about trusting the gift God gives, and using it no matter where we are in life.
Janice Cartwright09/14/07
Tracy you made some important points here. If we look at our goals and accomplishments with an eternal perspective, suddenly all the stuff we thought so important shrinks to size. Whatever we do in our human strength or with human wisdom can perish. But when we work out what God is working in He can create from perishable goods, imperishable treasures.