Thursday Tips: Go

“The Door we fear going through most may be the very one where we will meet God profoundly.”  -Erwin McManus

Today’s Thursday tip is all about having the courage to take the first step.  Watch below and I’ll catch you after the jump.

“Make the best decision you can with what you know now.  The future is not guaranteed, so… work with the choices presently avilable to you.  Then leave the outcome to God.”Revelations of a Single Woman

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”  Jeremiah 32:27

Question to ask yourself: Are you hiding like Saul or climbing like David?

Following and listening,
Ginger

In spite of…

SCARY DECISIONS
Choosing a college
Deciding “what to do with THE REST OF MY LIFE”
Making a big move to another state
Trusting someone to say “I do” and enter into marriage
Starting my own business venture

I suppose scary is relative.  There are plenty of scary movies or situations that are definitely much more worthy of the “scary” title.  I’ve definitely had those moments.  But what I’m talking about is the kind of fear that keeps us up at night or the anxiety that keeps us guessing and worrying throughout the day.

I don’t even like choosing where to eat my meals, much less what to do with the rest of my life.  So when it came to my college graduation I had a plan… I wasn’t hearing God audibly, so I tried to quiet myself and just listen.  I tried driving my car out into the middle of a field and opening the sunroof and looking at the stars.  I tried opening my Bible, closing my eyes and pointing… but I didn’t really hear anything.

I felt desperate.  I had tears rolling down my face during prayer as I begged, “TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

But what takes more faith – an arrow that says “go right here” or taking steps and trusting that He sees me and will guide me?

COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR, BUT THE ABSENCE OF SELF
I become nervous even when I speak or take the stage.  It doesn’t mean I’m doubting… I just have to learn to go IN SPITE OF the fear and remember that He is with me.

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

If you are searching for answers today, trust that God will be with you wherever you go.  Seek to honor Him with your life and He will continue to guide your steps.

‎”Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom

Following and listening,
Ginger

That’s a Relief

THE SITUATION (And no, it’s not found in Jersey)
One of the biggest obstacles to living a better story can be fear!  (At this point you can all roll your eyes as you picture bungee jumping and moving to South America.  Duh, Ginger.)  But I’m not even talking about THAT kind of fear, although it is very real.

I’m talking about the kind of fear that comes from wanting to follow rules.  As a rule-follower by trade I know all about wanting to make the right choices, to only choose things that align PERFECTLY with God’s plan for my life.

THE CHALLENGE
Here’s the problem with that – we only get to discover God’s plan as it unfolds, and not before that!  Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a “God App”?  It could tell me (just like GPS) where to turn, how fast to go, and how long it will take me to get there.

But part of having a God who loves us enough to give us freedom, is learning to live and move within that freedom.  So what, we just take a step forward and hope we don’t fall into some pit?

Yes.  (Kind of.)

THE SOLUTION
God gives wisdom to those who seek it!  This doesn’t guarantee a perfect track record for any of us, but it should hopefully add some more hope and confidence to move forward trusting that He is powerful enough to teach us and take us where we need to be!

“If you call out for insight
   and cry aloud for understanding,
 and if you look for it as for silver
   and search for it as for hidden treasure,
 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
   and find the knowledge of God.
 For the LORD gives wisdom,
   and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”  Proverbs 2:3-6, 9-10

Do you have a big decision in front of you this week?  Ask the SOURCE of wisdom to pour it out generously.  He loves to give good gifts.

Living out His Story,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Chasing Daylight

Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus has been on my top influential reads since the fall of 2006. I was looking for a book to read on my “exploratory” flight out to Arizona. I walked into the office of my boss and borrowed Seizing Your Divine Moment straight off his shelf. (The book has since been rereleased with the title, Chasing Daylight. Little did I know how apropos that choice would prove to be!)

Here I was, 24 years old and considering moving from Texas to Arizona and not knowing a soul in the desert. I would be far from home, friends, and everything familiar – but I couldn’t shake the feeling that God had brought this opportunity my way.

I realized my mistake in borrowing the book even before I boarded the flight. Since the copy wasn’t my own, I wasn’t free to high-light or mark up the words that were causing my heart to leap out of my chest. I have twelve pages in one of my journals just filled with quotes and thoughts captured on my three-hour flight to Phoenix. My interview wasn’t until the following morning, but already I felt more ready to GO if this was a God-breathed opportunity.

This book didn’t tell me to take the job at the church in Phoenix. This book didn’t contain a page that read, “Ginger, you should do this. Love, God.” But this book did allow me to comprehend the possibility of the moment.  Rather than focusing on my fears of what might happen, the chapters encouraged me to embrace adventure.  This was a chance to change the course of my life and risk big in order to gain more of Him and less of me.

Chasing Adventure, November 2006

I highly recommend this book for dreamers and adventurers everywhere.

“What if you knew womewhere in front of you was a moment that would change your life forever, a moment rich in potential, a moment filled with endless possibilities?  What if you knew that there was a moment coming, a divine moment, on where God would meet yu in such a way that nothing would be the same again?  What if there was a moment, a defining moment, where the choices you made determined the c ourse and momentum of your future?  How would you treat that moment?  How would you prepare for it?  How would you identify it?”Chasing Daylight

“The most important moments rarely come at a convenient time.  Sometimes you wish that God would check your calendar first.  The ironic part is that our schedules get packed with the mundane and ordinary, and we become irritated with god when He interrupts us with the miraculous and extraordinary.  The Bible is full of stories about people who were rudely interrupted by God.  We read them and long to have the kind of adventure experienced by those men and women.  Yet when God interrupts us, are we willing to respond on a moment’s notice?”Chasing Daylight

As Erwin McManus says…

Dream. Risk. Create.

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Take Notes

Fact: While I can handle addressing a room full of thousands of people I am NOT the person you want in an emergency situation.  I’ve learned this about myself in spades.  Like most things in life, hopefully I’m getting better.  The minute I become emotional my decision making abilities are shot.

Enter the rational people in my life.  (Thankfully!)

Take a gander at todays’ Thursday Tip…

List out your tasks, fears and thoughts and commit them to prayer.  Remember that God is for you during this whole process.  If He has provided you with multiple opportunities, then trust that He will walk through this season with you!

Following,
Ginger

Ninevah

Confession: I recently tried to pull a Jonah. Check out the video for full details…

Directions. from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

Swim?

 

Sometimes I tell God that I want to know His Will for my life… but what I really want is for Him to sign off on MY will for MY life.  I’m slowly learning that delayed obedience isn’t really obedience.  But thankfully, His love is deep and His grace is wide.

Following & stumbling,
Ginger