FAITH IN THE JOURNEY

by Emily Duckworth - May 5 2018

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

In my early twenties, I had an unwavering faith. It was a faith that could not be broken no matter how hard you tried. This steadfast faith led me through some of the most trying times I’ve ever faced, but then something happened along the way. I fell in love with an amazing man, who I am now married to, and life “got in the way” and soon that firm stance in my faith became this fine line that I constantly toed. The line of faith and putting my journey into my own hands. As believers we often find ourselves wondering what our purpose is, and if we are ever going to get there. We go through life with a firm grasp on our faith and then it falls to the wayside for a season until we get our crud back together and remember how strong we really are.

During that season of “life happens” I found myself constantly wondering what my journey was meant to be. Where was I heading? Did I have a purpose? What was God calling me to do? Will I EVER get there? Will He be proud of me what I do? What will people think of me? I constantly felt guilty for asking these questions and even more so I felt a sense of frustration. He wasn’t responding. At least I perceived it as He wasn’t responding. I had given up on my faith. I was putting life into my own hands, and I wasn’t being appreciative of the things that were right in front of my face. The problem wasn’t God, the problem was me. He had already planned my future far before I even took my first steps. He knows the path that I am meant to follow, and it isn’t my place to get myself there.

See the problem was me. I lost my faith. I took for granted things like being a mom and a “housewife”. I thought those things weren’t important. I mean I’m only 28 and when I imagined my life ten years ago, I totally thought I would be leading the charge in some corporate office dressed in stilettos. Instead, I’m mopping up spilled milk in leggings and a hoodie. When I sit back and think about it though, this season of my journey is one the most important. I’m not only a mom. I’m a preacher, a teacher, and instilling values into the future generation of leaders. I’m teaching my children to grow up to be stronger, and more faithful than I ever could be. I am leading the charge, I’m just not doing it in a suit, instead I’m raising leaders!When we have little faith, we are only limiting what our journey can be. God can only do so much to guide us along in our path. We must be open to all the possibilities and outcomes. When you limit your faith, you are limiting your journey. Jesus spoke to his disciples after the healing of a young boy and said to them, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV) Notice the first part of this passage of Scripture. “Because you have so little faith.” Woah, truth bomb! The disciples weren’t able to heal the young boy because they didn’t have faith in the fact that they could actually do it. They wavered. They limited their journey. If they had faith in their abilities that God had given them, they would have been able to heal the boy. It would have never been a concern. The thing they most wanted was at their fingertips, but they couldn’t achieve it without that major piece of the puzzle, Faith!

See here’s the best part of all this. You have a pre-destined path. You are bound for incredible greatness. However, when you waver in your faith you can’t achieve what God has set out for you to do. The second part of that piece of scripture says, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.” Let’s repeat that, “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU.” Don’t let those stumbles in your path keep you from making it to your destination. There will be times when life seems impossible. When you feel like you’ve failed. There will be times you’ll ask the same questions that I have, but I want you to ask yourself these new questions. What has God given me that I am truly appreciative of? What can I achieve in this life if only I have faith as small as a mustard seed? What would make God proud, not those around me, but GOD? You are destined for great things. Your journey will not always be easy, and it may seem like you will never get there, but you will. You need only to have faith in the journey!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Emily and I am a Mama of two, a wife, a hot-mess, and a child of God. I have a passion for documenting all of my crazy life from health and fitness, to mom life, to my constant journey in my walk with God. Through faith and gratitude we can achieve even our wildest dreams. We need only to believe! Website: https://www.walkwithred.com

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