My dear friend (and wonderful author) COURTNEY WALSH is my guest here on the blog today. I’m so grateful for Courtney filling in for me as I’ve been with family this past week.
UPDATE: The winner of Courtney’s novel Change of Heart is Lisa Cullett! Lisa, see the final comment below with instructions on how to get your book!
by Courtney Walsh
I’m going to be honest. Lately, life has gotten the better of me. On a number of fronts. For the last 8-9 months, I’ve felt like I’ve lost my way a little bit, struggling to make sense of so much of what’s happened in my life and the way I’ve processed it.
My brave face has started to crumple.
My stiff upper lip has gone a little limp.
My sense of inner peace has been stirred, kicking up debris around the calm I desperately want to cling to.
I have been living an anxious life.
A couple of years ago, my husband and I started a performing arts business. We teach music, theatre, acting and art. We do big, full-scale musicals with casts of over 100 kids. We put on summer camps and and concerts and recitals and sometimes my head feels like it’s going to explode because everyone knows creatives aren’t organized people!
Still, we truly believe this is exactly what God wants us to do right now.
But if it’s what God wants us to do, shouldn’t it be a little easier? Shouldn’t I find it easier to rest in his presence and provision? Shouldn’t I trust that I can do what’s needed in my business and still write the books God has put on my heart? Shouldn’t every relationship we develop continue forever without any snags or tears?
In my experience, no. And you’d think someone my age would’ve known that. But perhaps I took the step into the deep end like a blind man stepping off the curb of a busy intersection.
Just because you’re doing what God wants you to do, that doesn’t guarantee you a problem-free life. I was naive to think otherwise.
In fact, it’s the exact opposite. The enemy doesn’t want us anywhere near God’s plan and purpose for our life. He wants us to tuck tail and run as soon as it gets hard. It’s his job to do everything he can to make us think we’re on the wrong path, doing the wrong thing, incompetent, “not cut out for this,” setting ourselves up for failure.
And he’s darn good at his job.
He’s been doing a bang-up job of convincing me I can’t do what God has called me to do. I’m not the right person after all. All those dreams–dreams of writing, dreams of creating a space for kids to grow and learn and love their creativity…they can’t coexist in the same person. I’ve actually let myself believe his lies.
And I’ve paid the price for it, physically, mentally, emotionally…constantly striving to unravel myself from his web of lies.
The enemy is a bully. He wants to shove us down and stick our face in the mud, and just when we’re about to get back up, he pushes us down again. Over and over in a vicious cycle.
But here’s the thing I know for sure. He attacks us because he’s afraid. He’s afraid that if we start believing, even for a second, that God’s promises are true, that we can walk in His fullness, that we are filled with His power and peace, that we cannot be shaken, that every mountain in front of us will move, that He is the author and finisher of life, that no weapon formed against us can prosper, that He has a plan and a purpose for us…
Once we get that…We will be unstoppable. And the glory of God will shine through our lives like a ray of hope to everyone who sees.
Today, I’m standing on those promises. Because I really hate bullies.
Thanks again, Courtney. Courtney has generously offered to do a giveaway here too! Anyone who comments on this post will be entered in a random drawing for a copy of Courtney’s newest novel, Change of Heart.”