I shared this phrase before, it’s the tagline from one of my talks: “Look back with gratitude look forward with faith.” This has been instrumental in my life. I have found, as I venture out into some new territory, I can become a bit paralyzed with thoughts like, what should I do? which way should I go?
It has helped me before proceeding full force into the unknown, to look back at what God has done in my life, with gratitude, therefore I’m able to look forward in faith.
Why has this helped me? Because I have seen His track record and I know God cannot lie, He does not change and He always keeps his promises.
Here’s a WHOPPER of a promise:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 NIV
This has truly helped me not get my undies in a bunch or adopt needless anxiety over life’s future endeavors. Even now, today as I write this post, I find myself wondering a little bit about the future. During one of my a recent posts, I wrote about the catalyst behind the podcast idea I had.
God really went before me! I see ways He has been preparing me for years. I’m happy to announce that January 8, 2019 “The Real Deal”- with Rachel Inouye launched. Eek! I m so excited about it I can hardly contain myself! I’m extremely energized by it because I’m very relational and I get to interview amazing people, share segments of my past messages which have helped to encourage and inspire others. I plan to have a frequent guest, my girl friend, Gayle join me for “Buddy Time.” I’m very jazzed by the thought of how God will use it and how He will direct me in and through it. I had the privilege of interviewing my father, Richard Heggen for episode 001 of “The Real Deal.” *See link below
I’m the type of person who agonizes over decisions. I wonder what I should do? Which way should I go? I have seen how God was moving me into position for this phase of my life for quite a while. So, I look back with gratitude and look forward with faith.
I get asked this question, or ones like it, quite often. What do you think I should do? It may originate from:
- a mentee,
- a friend
- someone I’m ministering to in the moment
I don’t find it necessary to try to answer or solve. Instead, I find myself just pointing the person to God and sharing this verse because it has been very helpful to me. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
Let me ask you a question. Is there an area in your life you are wondering, what should I do? Which way should I go? What is next? I’ll share the promise of God with you again, but allow me to include the very next verse along with it.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:8,9.
Yeah, yeah, you figured it out. The next part means we are NOT to be stubborn, like the horse or mule, when being guided by God. Oh, lordy LORD… My prayer becomes: God, please forgive me for my stubbornness from time to time. Golly, I do so want to be easily guided by you cuz I know you guide me with your loving eye on me!
Even as I write this blog I am asking for God to guide me as I add the podcast to my regular rhythms of life.
- Should I keep blogging once a week?
- How often do I release each podcast episode?
- Will I have the time to do all I have bit off on this year?
- How will it work when I’m off speaking in another country?
- Should I finish the online course I started working on?
- If I do this, will I get my next book Waiting on Grace finished? When will I secure an editor? Who is going to publish it? Blah, blah, blah!
WHEN I get ahead of myself, I simply look at the track record God and I have had. It helps me to NOT have to breathe into a bag to prevent hyperventilating. Hahaha! I’m kidding, well mostly! This is the moment when I remind myself, “Look back with gratitude look forward with faith.” AND I clearly hear Him reassure me of His promise… I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
My only response is, “THANK YOU JESUS!”
Soooo…what decisions are you in the midst of making? Are you letting yourself go CRAZY bonkers as your thought train speeds ahead full steam into the vast unknown of the future? Well, I encourage to “Look back with gratitude look forward with faith.”
And REST in the promise of God. Look closely at it…It doesn’t say I MIGHT guide you. No, no, no, it says, “I WILL instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8
So press on, dear believer, knowing:
- You’ve been given the mind of Christ.
- He will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.
- He will counsel you.
- His loving eye is on you!
- You’ve seen Him work in the past. So you can look back with gratitude.
- He’s out in front of you.
- You can look forward with faith!
Side note: I want to continue to exhort and encourage more and more people. God continues to enlarge my territory and he is saying, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2
Here’s the ask:
- Will you listen to the podcast?
- Will you subscribe?
- Will you rate and review it? It takes seconds
- Will you share this blog and/or “The Real Deal” podcast on social media or tell someone about it? (I do trust God but he’s asked me not to shy away from enlisting an army of His soldiers to help me in this because we are better together than alone)
I DO APPRECIATE IT! It’s so fun to see what God has done! It makes me want to do cartwheels and hoot and holler, “Yay God!” I’m down right giddy about what 2019 holds for us all. It’s gonna be good, because God is good!