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If I... I Will by Debbie Covington

Will You Let the Crowd Stop You?

I've recently taken on a roll that I never saw myself ever being in: Women's Ministry Leader.  Not that it is a bad position to be in, or that I don't love the place God has me, but I always wanted to be the one getting fed, not feeding. I wanted to be the one to go to cool women's retreats, not planning them.

But God has me in a place that I have stepped out from the crowd to move deeper in my relationship with Christ, and in doing so I am encouraging the women in my congregation to go deeper too.

So, what if I didn't have the courage or strength like the suffering women in Mark 5 to step out of the crowd into uncomfortable waters to pursue Jesus? What if she'd never taken that step and touched Jesus gown, would she have died from her issue? Would she have had another chance in life to get healed by the Ultimate Healer?

Who's to say. But what I do know is that you don't always get a second chance.

Pursuing God and encouraging women in my life to move closer with me, not only makes the step a little less fearful, but also makes my step a little more worth taking.

So I ask, do you need to step out of the crowd, or are you going to allow them to hold you back?

This thought provoking devotion sprung up in me due to studying Debbie Covington's new book,  If I...I Will.  Pick up a copy for yourself.  It is well worth the read.

If I…I will: simple words, but do we ever move past the “ifs” in our lives? Do we know in our hearts and minds that God indeed will help us to achieve our dreams and goals? If I…I Will is an insightful look at the healing of the suffering woman in Mark 5 whom Jesus healed. And just like that suffering woman, we must step past our suffering, the words we may hear, our own thoughts, and the crowds around us to reach for Jesus. What if we reach Jesus? Will He change our lives forever? Will He heal us? Yes, indeed! Maybe Jesus won’t follow the way we envision the healing or the change to happen, but faith in Jesus will forever change us. So, step out and reach for Jesus’ hand, and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

 Debbie Sutton Covington writes and speaks on women in the church. She is also the founder of Journey of Sisters, a ministry that encourages women in their walk in faith through weekly devotionals, monthly newsletters, and fellowship opportunities. Debbie and her husband Kenny and their dogs live in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Debbie has written a book entitled If I..I will 

Read guest posts, book reviews and other stories by following this blog tour. You can find it at Red Couch PR.

 The Legal Stuff: This book was provided by Red Couch PR.


Betty said...

Thank you for the inspiring book recommendation. It sounds like something I would enjoy reading. I'm currently reading an inspiring memoir called Voices of the Heart by author Linda Lambert Pestana. So far I've laughed and cried as she taken me through her journey to find her way in life and seek answers to three profound questions. Who am I? Where am I going? What do I want out of life? It's very inspirational.

SuperMom said...

God to know that I am not the only one who wets a good books with my tears! =)

Thanks for the comment.

debbie said...

Thank you so much for reviewing the book and allowing me to guest post on your wonderful site!!! I love it!!!

I love to read, so I often check it out! I loved your devotion, it was thought provoking and definitely...exactly what this scripture meant to me!!! Step out! Other ladies please step out and pursue Jesus it is amazing!!!!

Sweet blessings,
Debbie Covington

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