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Finish. And how you must first begin. (FMF)

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I’m all alone in a new-found favorite spot. Comfy purple chair. Earbuds streaming the soul-calming sounds of my Audrey Assad Station. Beside me sits a tall iced coffee infused with coconut and a slice of Hawaiian Banana Bread. Apparently, I’m wishing for an escape in more ways than one.

I’m not just here to read. Or to think or relax.

I’m here with a task. Something that I’ve known I had to finish for more than two months. Something for which the deadline is looming. But each time I sit and try to “knock it out,” several things loom larger than my responsibility.

My own inadequacy. My own “green-ness” at this. Some might call it stress-paralysis. My own fear that someone else could do it better. Someone else could say it more eloquently. Truthfully, I’m not very brave am I?

But here’s the thing.

It’s not always ALL about Bravery. Somedays it’s ALL ABOUT OBEDIENCE.

Today is that day.

Somedays you have to be brave, other days you just have to show up and be available.

Here is what I know. I know that when we are given tasks that seem too big for us, it is because they most certainly are. 

Tasks that are too big for us require that we allow our smallness to shrink back a bit and allow God to more clearly show His power. His strength. His might. His ABILITY to equip us where we feel ill-equipped.

But obedience requires the first step. Often the first step is all we know in the way of direction.

But let’s take it. Take the first step to begin in the direction God is nudging us.

Begin. And He will take care of the finishing. 

So happy to link up with my other Five Minute Friday Friends HERE! 

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7 thoughts on “Finish. And how you must first begin. (FMF)

  1. “Begin. And He will take care of the finishing.” So true. And I so needed to hear it today, Cynthia!! :-)

  2. Yes! When bravery and obedience meet, it is a beautiful thing! And now, it has me asking…what is this thing looming that you need to finish? ;) I have a talk that I am preparing for India so as I peck away at letters and hear whispers from Him, I will pray for you as well!

  3. I love this! And I can’t help but keep looking at your adorable profile pix as I am reading and you are just too stinking cute! And this: “Here is what I know. I know that when we are given tasks that seem too big for us, it is because they most certainly are.” Oh Amen, my friend! Such a good reminder!

  4. Great reminder today. Visiting from FMF. Rosanne

  5. Yes! Sometimes, as someone else once said, we just have to do the next thing (in obedience!). Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Your beautifully woven words provide a powerful reminder about what’s asked of us: take that first step. Begin.

    I love this line: “Somedays you have to be brave, other days you just have to show up and be available.” It doesn’t matter how brave you are if you don’t show up. And that is sometimes the bigger struggle – showing up, isn’t it. But when we do, God is able to do amazing things with our obedience.

    Thank you for these words today. So glad to discover them today through the fmf family <3

  7. Cynthia- Oh, why do we burden ourselves with the marathon when our first step is all is asks? This is a perfect word for me today. Thank you for sharing it and crafting it so beautifully here. Love it!

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