Let’s Get Going!

It’s time.

Let me be honest, it’s WAAAAAY past time!

I’m sorry to say it has been months since I last sat down to write a post for Throne of Grace. If you are a regular around here you know that our family and business survived a big move this year. I know many of you were praying for us and your prayers were felt and answered! The Lord has been so faithful in all His provisions and although it was tough, through the power of our Savior I can say we not only survived, but truly did thrive in the midst of the move!

Even at 8 and 6, boxes provide endless entertainment!

Even at 8 and 6, boxes provide endless entertainment!

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Moving Day!

As many of you can attest, big life changes have the power to strengthen our marriages and family relationships or they can be totally devastating. Our prayer all along was that we would stay united as a family, that the challenges of such an undertaking would not compromise our witness to those around us, and that we could glorify God even when it was hard. We had many failures along the way but, praise God, He is allowing us to triumph!

Our new home...for now!

Our new home…for now!

The story is not finished. We are still adjusting (a little dazed!) and living in a month-to-month rental, so we are looking at yet another move down the road. Along with all the personal changes, Throne of Grace is undergoing a makeover as well. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to put into words all that has happened in the last few months!

My attention has naturally been drawn to a million other places as I’ve packed and moved my family and I’m thankful God has given me a ministry that is flexible and can work around our family life. But the task of communicating all the changes and getting back to consistency with this blog has seemed daunting for some reason!

It hit me today how it parallels one of my lifelong struggles with being a type-A perfectionist. If I can’t do it right, I don’t want to do it at all! This mindset can be paralyzing at times! So even after the boxes were unpacked and production in the Throne of Grace workshop had resumed, this website has sat stale and lifeless. I keep waiting for just the right words to explain the past 6 months and get this blog rolling – and they haven’t come!

Satan loves to paralyze us, doesn’t he? It’s one of his many wily schemes. If he can’t discourage our faith, he’ll try to render our faith ineffective. I’ve definitely seen this spill into my prayer life over these past months! This girl who has dedicated the past 6 years of her life to equipping others to live and leave a legacy of prayer has a new prayer journal that has [big confession coming…] been empty for months! [gasp!]. Will you be shocked if I say that I wanted to set it up just right and hadn’t quite decided how I wanted to do it and hadn’t found the perfect pen to use yet…? Such silly excuses, but it’s true!

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Am I the only one who has felt spiritually paralyzed?

Maybe it’s not your prayer journal that has sat empty like mine.

Maybe it’s that ministry that God is calling you to take on but you haven’t answered because it’s just not the perfect time yet.

Maybe it’s the neighbor that you have smiled and waved to for years now, but have never invited in for a cup of coffee.

Maybe it’s the conversation that the Holy Spirit has been nagging you to start with a group of friends, knowing that doing so will out you as “in the world, but not of it”.

Maybe it’s not for lack of prayer but a sense that the prayers are producing no answer and you have no idea how the Lord wants you to move forward.

Whatever the situation that has you frozen, don’t you think its time to get going? I sure do! This girl is getting a move on! I’m starting to see a pattern…when I find myself stuck, it is often because I’m making things WAY TOO complicated! The best thing for me to do is to get back to the basics. Return to what I know. Simmer the situation down to God’s simplest principles. He is a simple God.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:29-30)

 

I hope you’ll join me and the rest of the Throne of Grace team as we refresh ourselves with a review of the simple disciplines of the Christian life. Let’s get going! We will begin next week with a look at the purpose and privilege of prayer. Watch for that!

Last month we celebrated 6 years as a ministry! Praise God! It’s a good time to remember where we started as we launch ahead with some  changes for the future. I look forward to sharing more updates with you soon…

Glad to be back with you at the Throne of Grace!

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly

Comments

  1. Tiffany Hayes says:

    In the meantime, you’ve been part of planning a tremendously lovely shower for a dear friend that turned out beautiful and you made it through moving your family to another home, which that in itself is a tremendous task. I know cause I’m in the same process myself. (and two years ago I made three huge moves all in one year) Along with all the other daily demands of life.. moving is a HUGE addition. If you’ve successfully moved your family to a new home.. let me tell you Molly, you have not slacked… you’ve moved mountains!

    • Tiffany,
      I’ve been meaning to reply to your sweet comment! Thank you so much for the encouragement and validation! 🙂 Now I hear you are getting to experience the joys of moving (again!). I’m praying for you and your family for a smooth process and quick adjustment to all the changes!
      Blessings,
      Molly 🙂

  2. Yes indeed you have moved mountains with the help of your best friend Jesus! It is also good to know that you are a human, Molly, because you stand way above so many of us regular people. You have been a huge inspiration to innumerable people so smile and give yourself a super gigantic hug from one of your eternal fans

    • Oh, Ree! How I love you! You are far, far from “regular people”! You are a dear saint and everything you wrote about me has already been said about you! I’m just following in your big footsteps! 🙂

  3. It’s SO good to hear from you again! I’ve missed your posts! 🙂 I can completely relate to what you wrote – I am the same way – I feel if I can’t do something just right, I don’t want to even attempt it. This happens to me in my prayer life too. Thank you for your encouraging words! I’ve been meaning to tell you that my Mom, who just had her hip replaced, and my Aunt, who just went through cancer treatments, both commented recently about how the verse cards from your shop have meant so much to them and how having God’s word handy has been just what they needed to get them through some tough days. So thankful for your ministry!! 🙂

    • Jenny,

      I’m sorry to hear about the trials your mom and aunt have been going through, but SO glad to hear the Lord has used Throne of Grace to help them through the tough days. His Word is so powerful, isn’t? I can’t always count on you for an encouraging word. Thank you for hanging with me – even after months of silence! 🙂 I’m glad to be able to post again and pray God will continue to give me words that may honor and glorify Him!

  4. Karen Sturgeon says:

    You are such a treasure Molly, you always encourage and challenge my heart!

  5. Kimberly says:

    God bless you and your family! It’s so great to hear from you again and I found myself agreeing with everything in your post! I’ve been there and I’ve been stuck in a certain aspect of my faith for a couples months now. It’s weird how I know it and yet I make excuses instead of progress. I think it was an eye opener for me when you wrote that it was Satan. I hadn’t thought of that for my circumstance before because I was blaming myself but now I’m starting to recognize that it is Satan keeping me from what I want and need to do. Thank you for your post and have an awesome day!

    • Hi Kimberly! I’m sorry for the late response but it was good to reread your comment tonight and be reminded of my own words! Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy but our God has come that we may have LIFE! Praying now for both you and me – that Satan will have no power of procrastination over us, no power to dissuade or defeat us in the work God is calling us to do TODAY. Blessings to you!

  6. Love this post, Molly! I, too, have neglected my time with God over such silly things as the correctly set-up notebook or right pen. Thanks for your honesty and your encouragement to Get Going!

  7. AAHHHHH!!!! Finally, someone who understands that paralyzing, unable to accomplish tasks, perfectionism! We moved out of our house last year into an RV. (long story) I knew my house was a disaster. But I had just given up! Inside my cabinets, drawers, and closets were spotless. But anything that I couldn’t figure out what to do with was left to collect dust. Moving into the RV has been a huge adjustment for me, but it forced me to let go of so much that I didn’t need. We still have a lot in storage to sort through and dispose of. But I can so relate to the paralysis that comes from being a perfectionist. And I have had that blank journal for a while now, as well. Starting back on it today! Thank you for sharing!

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