Recently Mrs. Jackie, a trusted mentor and the former women’s director at our church came and encouraged the By Faith She Girls, as we met to plan. She made several wonderful points, but one really stood out to me. She said, “There are no shortcuts in our spiritual walk.”
As she began to explain, I thought through all of the “shortcuts” I’ve wanted and tried to take in my spiritual life over the years.
I remember being a young believer, and hearing others talk about how the Lord spoke to them, or how they knew exactly what God was calling them to do. I can remember talking with friends and mentors who knew Gods Word well and spoke about it with passion. I remember wanting these things for myself, and wondering if I was doing something wrong.
I tried many different ways to get what they had. I did love Jesus and wanted to know Him more. I would pray for the same knowledge that these people had. I desired to hear God’s voice and know what He was calling me to do. I would go to Bible conferences in hopes I would learn the big secret to being a “Super Christian”. I even thought maybe the latest Bible study would have the answers. I truly expected that these things would just happen over night. But they didn’t.
It reminds me of something that I did in high school. I had a final exam coming up, and although I had studied, there was so much information to know that I didn’t think there was any way to remember it all. Somehow I heard about learning by osmosis, (a fictional theory for sure). But I was desperate to know the information as quick and as easy as I could. So for several nights before the test, as I went to bed, I would push play on my tape recorder where I had recorded myself reading all of the test study guide in hopes that as I slept, the information would somehow find its way into my brain. I’m a little embarrassed to say that this is a true story.
I was trying to take a shortcut for my final exam as well as in my walk with the Lord. There wasn’t anything wrong with me praying for Biblical knowledge, or going to conferences or doing Bible studies... These were all tools to help me grow. But it’s a process. One that can’t be rushed. The Lord uses situations and experiences over time to grow you and to build your faith. It also takes time and dedication to grow in knowledge of Him, His word and His will.
I’ve also learned there is no such thing as a “Super Christian”. Yes, the Lord uses each of us in different ways and has different assignments for everyone. But, we are all just regular ordinary people. It’s up to each of us how strongly we will pursue knowing Him.
The four By Faith She Girls are just that, your everyday ordinary girls. There is nothing special about us. We haven’t learned Greek or Hebrew. We aren’t Bible scholars. None of us have been to seminary. But we all have one thing in common. Over many years, we have pursued Knowing the Lord. We have pursued Knowing His Word. And we have even learned, that when we press hard into Him, and pay attention, we can hear His voice. The reason we write each week is to show you how regular girls can walk with Jesus. Not perfectly. Not even close. But step by step, we learn and we grow!
Jeremiah 29:12-14a says
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord...!
I want to encourage you today to pursue The Lord, and continue pursuing Him. You may not see the growth today or even tomorrow, but as time goes by, as you experience walking with Him, as your faith in Him builds, You will begin to recognize His voice and His work in your life and it will be amazing!