Taking the next step…

I was thinking about what my pastor said to me  about moving forward and the verse in Isaiah 57:13-14 came to mind… 
 
"When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain; And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people." 
 
Those "obstacles or stumbling blocks" of pain and hurt have been keeping me from moving forward… as I went back to read the whole chapter I see how I need to take the next step.  That just happens to be our church theme this year "Taking Your Next Step"  God is so on time!
 
As I was thinking about all of this a friend called me at work and told me she had a dream last night and she felt like she needed to share it with me….the dream was about Joshua crossing the Jordan and the Priest standing in the water and the Lord pushing back the water so the children of Israel could walk across…she said she felt like the water was all of my problems and if I just take the first step then God would take care of the problems…push them back so to speak…
 
Then immediately this verse I used to claim popped into my mind…Isaiah 43:2
 
"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
 
I just love how God works everything together for good! 
I am taking the next step, praising Him for all that is past, all that is today and all that will be tomorrow!
"Thank you, Lord for your mercy and grace to me"
Grace4shell

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