"God's healing promises are based on His goodness, not on yours. You don’t earn and deserve healing — you believe it to receive it! You didn’t DESERVE salvation either, you received it when you believed." — Karen Jensen
I’m a firm believer in the saying “no guts, no glory.” Almost everything you do in life is going to take faith, and you have to be willing to dive in. But it’s never easy. I always say, be careful what you pray for, because you might just get it, then you have to walk it out!
I have been a writer most of my life, and I always knew I would write my own books some day, but of course it took longer than I thought. When it finally came to pass, I realized that getting published was only the beginning! I was going to be called upon to make many, many tough decisions in the process of marketing and publicizing my books. Sometimes those decisions involved a lot of money.
When my first book, Why, God, Why? What to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, was coming out in 2013, I needed to decide whether or not to employ a public relations firm. Now, hiring a PR firm to do a lot of the marketing work for you may sound like a great idea, but let me say this—it’s not cheap. Every month (for at least six months, maybe more) it was going to cost way more than my paycheck could cover. I would have to believe God for extra money—and we’re not talking about just a few dollars. Committing to this kind of output was the scariest thing I’d ever done!
My apologies in advance if you work at a K-Mart or if you love them, but I have a confession to make: I used to hate them. And really, I pretty much hated all superstores like them.
For one thing, they’re just so huge. You have to walk for miles and miles looking for things, and that just eats up time. For another thing, there are sixteen checkout stands but only two are ever open. Right? So the lines are long, and the checkers seem to move in slow motion.
Well, one day Jesus helped me get over my hatred of super stores (my neighborhood K-Mart in particular), and I just have to testify that when the Lord gives us His supernatural help with something, He can make everything fall into place so much better than you or I ever could.
On this particular day, back when I was a pastor’s wife, I had about a hundred things on my to-do list. I was stressed. So stressed, in fact, that I was planning to skip my morning devotions because I didn’t have time for them. But I felt the Holy Spirit gently prompt me, “Karen, if you’ll put Me first, I can set your day straight.” So I went ahead and read my Bible and prayed before I headed out for the day.
The first thing on my list required a stop at K-Mart, where I had to pick up some oil for a hinge. I wasn’t sure where the hinge oil might be located in the store, so I was prepared for a long walk and then a long wait at the checkout line. But, I had that promise from the Holy Spirit: “If you’ll put Me first, I can set your day straight.”
And do you know what happened?
Have you ever had so many things racing through your mind that you couldn’t make any kind of rational decision, much less hear the voice of God about it or get His leading? I have! In my mind the conversation sort of sounds like this: “If I do it this way, then that will happen. Or I won’t be able to do that thing. But if I choose this other way, then it might lead to this—or I’ll look like a fool. But if I don’t do this, then there won’t be enough to make sure that happens” (and on it goes).
Know what I mean? It seems like fifty things need to happen before you can go in the right direction, and you don’t even know where to start.
I’ve learned that when I get to the point that there are too many thoughts in my head, then it’s time to just stop. I know I’ve gotten too far off track and I’m trying to do too many things in my own strength. At that point I need to shut everything off and just get with the Lord to find out where I am and what needs to be done.
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