• Jill Jarrell Newsome


For quite a while I have felt God nudging me to do a blog. Someone told me a few years ago that I should do that. I did not even know what a blog was! I love to write and find it very therapeutic but this would be for everyone to see which makes me very vulnerable.

Recently I started "stressing" over blogging when I let the negative thoughts creep in. "I am not good enough"; "No one will want to read it"; etc. I even thought, "what if they know my sins?!" Thankfully God forgives and He uses sinners!

Vulnerability has a negative connotation but God wants us to be real - including the good, bad and ugly. He made us to relate to each other which means sharing our stories to bring glory to God. God has been so good to me how can I not be obedient?

I was reminded of the first time God nudged me to give a talk in front of people! My greatest fear! After many tears and prayers I asked God for a sign. No, actually for the big stuff, I ask for billboards! The next morning at church I got my sign. We sang, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." I had never listened to the words before. They were reassuring as they said, "what have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms." I felt those words in a way that I knew that was my sign. That was the first of many talks. They have all been difficult but God has provided triumph over fear. God has blessed me beyond measure for being obedient.

Is God nudging you to do something? What is holding you back? We are our own greatest hindrance to God's blessings in our life. We cannot fulfill God's purpose for our life it we do not surrender. Surrender does not weaken you; it strengthens you! If something is holding you, Satan is glad and he wants you to continue to be bound. Don't focus on the problem but focus on the problem solver! With Him all things are possible! Let God help you to be all that you can for His purpose! Imagine what your life would be like if you were to receive the blessings that God has in store for you! Ok God, I'm trusting you! So today I surrender and step out on faith! Here's my first blog! All glory and honor is Yours, Father!

Job 22:21 "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you."


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