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true sustainability: your steps are ordered of the lord

It is not that we cannot begin these wild adventures, these big steps of faith. And it is not that we do not hope to finish.

It is right now, in the middle, that we begin to doubt the sustainability of our direction. We falter, second-guessing, wondering if we’ve take the right path, set our sights on the right goals, listened well.

It requires faith to take every step, from the first to the last. And all the mundane middle ones too.

But not just faith. Relationship.

Trust.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord. This word shalak means “to throw, hurl, pluck…” No gentle casting, but a heaving -onto Him – of what we carry: worry, fear, anger, exhaustion, confusion, regret.

And He will sustain you. Here is the promise of sustainability, long before it was trendy.

This word sustain is actually “kuwl” (pronounced cool, ha!) and encompasses every kind of steadying you could need: to keep in, measure, maintain, abide, bear, comprehend, contain, feed, guide, hold, nourish, be present, make provision, receive.

These are the kind of words that describe the relationship between a child and a parent. Like you.

A much loved child of God.

He won’t permit you to be moved. Any movement goes through the filter of His hands, His heart. His timing on everything. His hope. His way.

Really let Him be your Father. Hide in His heart. Let Him do the heavy lifting.

Steady, now. Stay kuwl…

Your steps are ordered of the Lord.

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  1. I think you just need to begin every post with “Dear Sarah,” đŸ˜‰ Your words are always precisely on time! Thank you for sharing them. This morning I was camping out in Psalm 138. So much to love, but the last verse caught me: “The Lord will work out His plan for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” He WILL work out the plan for my life. I was also wrapping up 1 Kings, where Ahab tries to get Jehoshaphat killed in his place, but the Word of the Lord stood, and he was the one who was killed by a “random” arrow. His Word, His love, His plan – unfailing.

    On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:19 AM Encouragement Today wrote:

    > Faith posted: “It is not that we cannot begin these wild adventures, these > big steps of faith. And it is not that we do not hope to finish. It is > right now, in the middle, that we begin to doubt the sustainability of our > direction. We falter, second-guessing, wondering” >

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