Today’s Truth

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)

(John 10:10b AMP).

Friend to Friend

What do you do when your walk becomes a crawl? When you feel like you are a disappointment to yourself and to God? When spiritual chronic fatigue leaves you wondering if it’s all worth it? When you feel stuck between the Red Sea and the Promised Land—saved from slavery, but never quite making it to the land of milk and honey?

What do you do when you realize that your once passionate faith has morphed into the safe confines of a predictable domesticated belief system, faraway from “Go ye therefore” and “Greater things than these”?

Sometimes the gap between the faith we long for and the faith we experience seems vast beyond bridging. We stand on the east ledge of the great expanse, thinking the west rim is out of reach, or possibly not worth the effort. We think where we are and where we want to be is impossible, implausible, or unrealistic, so we pull up a lawn chair in the land in-between and settle in.

Content, but not really. Longing, but not quite enough. Satisfied, but not at all. We settle for reading about the adventures of others and secretly wonder if they are on the up-and-up. We settle for the occasional postcard from the brave and the few who’ve made it to the other side while we sip on sweet tea. We make peace with passive because we falsely believe that God would never want to use the likes of us anyway.

If we were honest, I’d venture to say that most believers don’t really want to move out of the land of in-between. Given the choice, they wouldn’t go back to the Egypt of their life before Christ, at the same time, they don’t really want to get their shoes messy and venture into the unknown unabridged faith. They aren’t particularly motivated to move beyond weekend visits with God like a kid with shared custody. They’re satisfied circling the wilderness; after all, it certainly is better than Egypt. They’re satisfied with a bit of manna and a splash of water every now and then. There is heaven to come. Yes, at least there is that. And that is enough.

But I’m not that person. I’m hoping you’re not either.

How do we get unstuck from safe confines cul-de-sac Christianity and venture out to the mountain-moving, giant-slaying, lame man-leaping, adventurous faith? How do we stop circling in the wilderness of unbelief and make our way into the Promised Land of peace, purpose, and passionate faith? How do we refuse to be lulled into the ridiculous idea that God is a safe, supple, and simple grandfatherly gentleman who kisses babies, and helps us find the closest parking space at the mall, and matching towels at a clearance sale?

How do we consistently access the power of God’s promises and boldly believe the truth? It starts with believing and obeying what you already know.

Is there something God has already told you to do and you haven’t done it?

Is there a truth that He has already revealed that you’ve not truly believed?

If you want to go into your Promised Land, it’s time to stop sitting and soaking, and start taking those steps of faith and get moving.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I am ready for the great adventure. I’m folding up my lawn chair and am on my feet. I am making a decision to believe what I already know, and act on what I already believe. I’m ready to get moving. Lead the way!

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Today’s devotion is from the first page of my new book that I’m working on. I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.

What are some ways that you have settled into a safe faith?

Do you think that’s what God really wants for you?

Are you ready to be more than just a nice church girl, but a powerful force of God to be reckoned with? If so, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m ready for more.”

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14 Responses to “Get a Move On”

  1. Donna says:

    Wonderful devotion today. I am already on the road for more. Need prayers for strength & for discernment to battle the adversary who seems to be attacking me left & right. I know God is refining me for His glory, but the molding is difficult. I don’t want to be content in the wilderness, I want a closer walk with God & I want to be all that He would have me be. Please pray for my obedience, my understanding & my strength. Thank you & God Bless!

    • Pam says:

      I’m praying for you, Donna. May God take you by the hand and pull you through whatever the devil tries to hurl at you. May you be strong and focused on the things pleasing to our Lord so that His Will be done. God Bless You in your daily walk.

  2. Kinna says:

    Very convicting truth! I thank God for this ministry. It has been. Huge blessing for my life.

  3. Anita says:

    Amen….I’m ready for more. I want to be used by God and be His hands extended. Lead me Lord!

  4. Vicki says:

    First I want to say I enjoy your writing very much. I recently purchased your book A Sudden Glory and it was such a blessing. I look forward to your next book. Thank you for sharing the first page with us. It speaks to a place I have been for awhile but am determined to leave. I am praying for courage and direction as God leads me from here to there – the place He is calling me to. God bless you and your writing.

  5. Vicki says:

    This devotional spoke to my heart today. For awhile now I have been wrestling with that in-between feeling. Grateful for where God has brought me from but knowing there is more He is calling me to. I am determined to move into the next He has planned for me. Thank you for your work and what it has deposited in my life.

  6. Mandy says:

    Good devotion! I always need prayers, just like Donna for discernment and strength, but I am delved into God’s word through Bible study groups and know our relationship requires my ACTIVE PARTICIPATION!
    GOD is good!

  7. Chrisonne says:

    I’ve also been stuck in the wilderness. I feel like God is telling me to move forward and purse what has been in my heart since I was a child, but I’m afraid of failing or making a mistake. I trust Him, but sometimes I second guess myself and my understanding of what God is telling me.

    I can say at my job I have grown a lot in Christ because I have some down time. I usually use my down time to read devotions or to pray, but I feel the Lord telling me to move forward, but I don’t know where…

    Please also pray for my obedience, my understanding and discernment to know where God wants be to be. (I’m praying for you as well Donna! God will lead the way. Just remember to ALWAYS keep Him first and to acknowledge Him in everything you do).

    God bless you all and thank you so much!


  8. Vicki says:

    It’s so awesome how God is speaking to me. Yesterday’s sermon was similar to this devotion. I am ready for God to mold me for his service. Please pray that I will be able to listen and obey. Thanks much for the prayers and how you have allowed God to use you.

  9. Belyn says:

    Really good devotion. I was in that dry desert land of in-between a few years ago. I was burned out in ministry but knew that God was moving me in a different direction. Scared me to death so I ran and parked my lawn chair in the land of in-between. Once I had enough of the dryness and the distance I felt, I repented and stepped out by faith. God took me from working with children for the past 24 years of being in ministry with my pastor husband to mentoring young women 35 and under. I was scared to death! I now mentor 6 young mothers and absolutely love it! God is so good, faithful and patient. Thanks for the reminder of getting out of the in-between and safe faith and into the “I want more” in our walk with God.

  10. Chris says:

    Simply said-Your best devotional yet. Praying God guides your hands on your keyboard to make the book exactly what He wants us to learn. God bless you.

  11. WAHM says:

    Yes! I am so ready for this! Lead on, Lord!

  12. I’m ready to move forward do what I believe.

  13. Lizette says:

    I’m in the wilderness and going deeper and I am seeker more truth! I’m hungry and ready for anything…the attacks is not stopping and I am not stopping either! bring it on!

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