Be Strong and Courageous

Tomorrow I launch a new project campaign. I am scared and nervous. Yet I am filled with anticipation and joy. This feeling is all too familiar. I remember the last time I launched a fundraising campaign. I felt a loud calling from God to do something beyond what I was capable of doing on my own. So I went. I followed. Amazingly enough, God provided for my every need. How come we so easily forget the provision and faithfulness of God? I have recently been reading through the story of Moses and Joshua. I love Moses’ words to Joshua before he is about the enter the promise land:

Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (NIV) “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Joshua was called to lead the people of Israel into the land the Lord had sworn to his ancestors. What a daunting task! He was about to face many cities in war, and he was going to confront many people who didn’t want the Israelites in their land. Joshua could have easily said, No God. Choose someone else. I am not ready for this task and I don’t have enough faith in your provision. But he didn’t. Instead, he obeyed and followed God. He was strong and courageous as the Lord went before him to claim the promise land.

Just as Joshua was called by God to something greater, once again, I feel a loud calling from God to do something beyond what I am capable of doing on my own. The new vision…

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Although I have a long, daunting task in front of me, I am inspired by Moses’ words to Joshua and I picture him saying them directly to me. “Be strong and courageous… the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.” I love what Christine Caine says in her book, Undaunted, “What is impossible with people is POSSIBLE with God. We just have to believe that God has called us to go into the world in His name, and not listen to the crippling or even paralyzing labels and limitations imposed on us by others. We cannot allow them to DAUNT us. Whom God calls, He qualifies.” God will qualify and provide according to His will. I have no need to be afraid.

So tomorrow… I boldly and courageously step into a new journey of God’s calling. And I will continuously remind myself of God’s faithfulness and provision. My prayer for this project is spoken so eloquently through this passage of scripture:

1 Peter 4:11 (NIV) “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 

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Valley Worship Blog

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a worship leader at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. To go more in depth, I am specifically a part of Valley Worship: the worship, creative, and performing arts ministry of Christ’s Church of the Valley. We serve the various technical, music, performing arts, and creative needs of CCV while implementing a vision, philosophy, and theology of worship all the way from the multi-generational services on the weekend, to youth, and children. In addition, we equip and empower others by developing and providing innovative and engaging resources and training that help to develop a deeper devotion of worship for individuals and churches nationwide.

Our Valley Worship website has just launched and I get the privilege of blogging for this site about every other week. I will still be blogging on this site, but I want to be able to share some (or all) of the blogs I write on the Valley Worship site as well. I will post links to the blogs when they are posted… just another way to hear what’s on my heart! 🙂 Enjoy…

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-Ashley