When You Long for Something More

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been absent for a few weeks. I’ve been hunkered down working on a new writing project. Would you like a sneak peek?  Here you go. 

I was alone, or least I felt that way. Women huddled in happy clusters chatting about first one thing and then the other. Some propped babies on their hips. Others clutched Bibles in their hands. Most wore smiles on their faces. I wore one too. But it wasn’t a reflection of what was in my heart.

The upturned lips were simply the camouflage I wore to blend in–to avoid being found out. What I really wanted to do was run and hide.

On the outside I was a well-put-together church mom with trendy shoes and snappy jeans, but on the inside I was a little girl cowering in the far recesses of the playground hoping no one would notice my reluctance to join in.

What’s wrong with me, I wondered? Why don’t I feel the joy these other women feel? What holds me back from experiencing the confidence and assurance they seem to experience? Why do they seem so happy? Where is that abundant life Jesus talked about? If I am a new creation like the Bibles says, then why don’t I feel like one? Why do I continue to act like the same old me, struggle with the same negative emotions, and wrestle with the same old sins? Why do I feel like I’m wandering around in a maze with one hand on the wall, trying to find a way out of these feelings of inadequacy?

The problem was I was STUCK. Yes, I had professed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I had done that. I knew that Christ had set me free, but honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly what He had set me free from.

He had set me free from the penalty of sin and spending eternity in hell. I got that. But I had a niggling feeling that’s not what Jesus meant when He said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

I had a hunch He meant something more than heaven when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). That sounded earthy to me.

My early years in the faith were filled with wonder, expectancy, and downright giddiness. But somewhere along the line, I had settled into being a good church girl—a Bible-study mom who had pitched my lounge chair under a shade tree, and waved at other well-mannered believers doing the same.

Year after year I thought, maybe this will be the Bible study that will make it all better? And the truth is I didn’t even know what the “it” was.        

What do you do when your walk becomes a crawl? When you feel like you are a disappointment to yourself and to God? When spiritual chronic fatigue leaves you wondering if it’s all worth it? When you feel stuck between the Red Sea and the Promised Land—saved from slavery, but never quite making it to the land of milk and honey.

What do you do when you realize that your once passionate faith has morphed into the safe confines of a predictable domesticated belief system, faraway from “Go ye therefore” and “Greater things that these”?

Sometimes the gap between the faith we long for and the faith we experience seems vast beyond bridging. We stand on the east ledge of the great expanse, thinking the west rim is out of reach or possibly not worth the effort.

We think where we are and where we want to be is an impossible, implausible, or unrealistic, so we pull up a lawn chair in the land of in-between and settle in. Content, but not really. Longing, but not quite enough. Satisfied, but not at all.

We settle for reading about the adventures of others and secretly wonder if they are on the up-and-up. We settle for the occasional postcard from the brave and the few who’ve made it to the other side while we sip on sweet tea.

We make peace with passive because we falsely believe that God would never want to use the likes of us anyway.

If we were honest, I’d venture to say that most believers don’t really want to move out of the in-between. Given the choice, they wouldn’t go back to the Egypt of their life before Christ, at the same time, they don’t really want to get their shoes messy and venture into the unknown faith of sacrifice, miracles, and wonders.

Many settle for a milquetoast faith that listens to the music through the walls of a party going on in the next room. So what if they can’t catch all the words. They get the gist of the melody, and they’re OK with that. They aren’t particularly motivated to move beyond weekend visits with God, like a kid with shared custody.

But I’m not that person. I’m thinking you’re not either.

Do you want more from your Christian life than you are experiencing right now–today? Are you ready to get moving and march into your Promised Land?

That’s what this blog is all about. We’re linking arms and taking hold of what God has already promised. 

If you are ready to take hold of the promises of God, leave a comment that says, “I’m taking hold!”

Congratulations to Brenda Todd, the winner of the random drawing from the comments of my last blog. She has won a free copy of Trusting God!

291 Responses to When You Long for Something More

  1. Merlin E July 22, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    Yes, I am taking hold of all that God has promised me – for an abundant and adventurous life in Jesus’ name.. Amen!!

    • Jo Kime July 22, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      I’m taking hold!!:)

    • Annita July 22, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      YES, I’m taking hold! And, with God’s grace, victory IS mine!

    • viv williamson July 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      I am venturing out and ready to take hold o God’s promises. Amen

    • Joyce July 23, 2014 at 8:42 am #

      I’m taking hold! My victory has already been established In Christ Jesus! I’m learning to walk in what God has already given me!

    • joycelyn July 23, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Im taking hold

    • Robin Scherting July 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      I am taking hold! Amen

    • ARLENE August 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      I’m taking hold in the name of Jesus!!!!!

    • Arlene August 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

      I’m taking hold!

    • Edem October 6, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      I’m taking hold

    • Stacey December 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      I’AM TAKING HOLD!

    • Veda January 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

      I am taking hold with God’s help

  2. Christine July 22, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    I’m taking hold…… I’ve went from lost to found….to the mountain tops to the valleys and for quite some time now just barely hanging on….I so want more..I so miss the peace.. the joy…soooooo yes…..I’M TAKING HOLD!!!!!

  3. Renate July 22, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  4. Soraja van Greunen July 22, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    I’m talking hold

  5. Sharon July 22, 2014 at 4:27 am #

    I’m taking hold!
    In Jesus name!

  6. Lucia July 22, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    That’s true Sharon, Jesus said he has given us life, he became poor that we might be rich but that is a complete different story from what we go through as christians. But I still have faith for aslong as I live Will never give up because my enemies Will celebrate. Jesus is Lord of Lords. I Love Him with my everything He is amazing.

  7. Colleen July 22, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  8. Kavita July 22, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    I’m taking hold of my life today!!! Thank you Sharon for this very inspirational blog. I have been in a similar situation to you, and I have really found myself on the outside looking in despite the fact that I have been a christian for many years. God is good and He is my provider and that is why He allowed me to read your blog today. I am going for an interview tomorrow and am praying that God would make a way for me, because right now there seems to be no way.
    Lots of love

    • Normande Baril Waine July 23, 2014 at 2:03 am #

      I am also praying with you Kavita. God will make a way for you. Amen

      • Tina Meyer November 25, 2015 at 6:31 am #

        I am taking hold Amen.

    • bettygoff July 23, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      I always feel alone and unworthy. Please

  9. NK July 22, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    Sharon, you know what – you just describved where I am right now – sort of listening to the party music through the walls! There but not still there! I have tried and still trying to get right into the party. Yes I am ready to make the move – continue the march to the Promised land and believe that by His grace I’ll get there. I AM TAKING HOLD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I DO WANT MORE!!!!

  10. Laura July 22, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    I’m taking hold…… God has no distance, he hears and sees my prayers all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa

  11. Jeannie July 22, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Please pray for my marriage. My husband of 18 months asked for a divorce I am devastated. Pray for Gods miracle to happen in my husbands heart

    • Cheryl July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Jeanie,
      I went thru a marriage crises 3 years ago .. Was separated for a year and half.. KEEP your focus on Jesus.. I know how hard it is to focus but Jesus will carry you .. Also check out this book and website “”Broken HEART ON HOLD
      It was a gift from GOD along with His word , prayer and godly friends..
      He is able jeanie.. Eph :320
      God bless and i will be prayi ng for you and your husband

    • Gwen July 22, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      I will pray for you Jeannie. Keep your eyes on Him and take one day at a time. God does love you.

    • Any (Annie) July 22, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Jeannie,
      My prayers are going out to you and over your marriage. Grab hold of God’s hand. He knows the place of desolation you are walking right now, He has had that walk Himself. He understands. For everything there is a purpose and while you have no control over this situstion God does. All you need do is keep praying, keep faithful and seek the counsel of your pastor, priest, faith counselor. Above all surrender this situation to God’s control. You are being lovingly thought of all the way from Texas.

    • Any (Annie) July 22, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Jeannie,
      My prayers are going out to you and over your marriage. Grab hold of God’s hand. He knows the place of desolation you are walking right now, He has had that walk Himself. He understands. For everything there is a purpose and while you have no control over this situstion God does. All you need do is keep praying, keep faithful and seek the counsel of your pastor, priest, faith counselor. Above all surrender this situation to God’s control. You are being lovingly thought of all the way from Texas.

  12. Karen Wales July 22, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    I’m taking hold

  13. Chisa July 22, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

  14. Regina July 22, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    I am taking hold! Thank you and blessings, My sister, I too have been feeling stuck, like I was on the outside looking in, too. My smile covered up years of tears, and doubt, and pain. I gave my relationships past, and present over to God. I surrendered them all.

  15. Michele Gorman July 22, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    I’m taking hold…..amen

  16. Lorna Baker July 22, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

    • Lorna Baker July 22, 2014 at 5:58 am #

      I’m taking hold.

  17. Bonnie July 22, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  18. Jeanette Colin July 22, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    I’m taking hold of EVERYTHING God has for me!
    JC

  19. Angela Flores July 22, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    I am ready to take hold

  20. Bridget Lynch July 22, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  21. lucinda July 22, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    I’m standing here, looking for the next steps, with a smile on my face, serving in my heart, and listening for God. I’m talking hold.

  22. Sandra July 22, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    “I’m Taking Hold” !!

  23. Karen Venezia July 22, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Praise Jesus! Yesterday I went searching for, what I thought, was a missed blog. I got here and was longing so much for a new word that I decided to read an old blog hoping it would stem my disappointment when I didn’t find one. Well, again, I say Praise Jesus, because I barely had my eyes open this morning when I squinted at the very small, and what seems like is getting smaller, notification on my cell phone. Funny enough, I was able to read considerably clear, I had a new blog from Sharon Jaynes. Not only that, but the title was a personal message from my Lord! If I could show you my journal, you would see a litany of entries that are nothing more than my asking Jesus to help me feel in my heart what I have once known, the passion, the moments of Sudden Glory, as you have put it. Thank you Sharon, for being a faithful woman of God. Yes, I am hanging on, continuing to wait, as Our Savior whispers in my ear that He has a purpose for this, and that He is the one who is allowing this for my good.

  24. Crystal Heavner-Reaves July 22, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    I’m Taking Hold!

  25. Crystal Heavner-Reaves July 22, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    I’m Taking Hold !

  26. Crystal Heavner-Reaves July 22, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    I’m taking Hold

  27. Karen Stroupe July 22, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

  28. Lorraine Henry July 22, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    I am taking hold,

  29. Carolyn campbell July 22, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  30. Betty July 22, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I am taking hold.

  31. Rita Daniels July 22, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  32. Arline Mcafee July 22, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I am taking hold!

  33. Anne B July 22, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I’m taking hold! God had been stirring and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  34. Donna July 22, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  35. Stacie Stanbery July 22, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I’m am taking hold! but where do we go from here?

  36. Beth July 22, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I’m taking hold.

  37. Carolyn Shanesy July 22, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    I’m taking hold of what God has promised.

  38. Terri July 22, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    I’M TAKING HOLD!!!

  39. Beverly Wells July 22, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    I’m taking hold…. I have been slammed dunked by the storms in my life for a long time… I’m hurting and bruised…. sometimes I’m confused about what it is God wants me to do or learn from all I’ve been through… but I’m STILL standing. I see so many hurting women in bad relationships and marriages and I feel like there is something I’m suppose to do but I’m not sure what…. I want that joy and peace from God that I hear others talk about… I WANT change in my life so badly!

    • Jaci July 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Dear Beverly,

      Thank you for being real, I totally understand you and my heart goes to you. I feel just like you I am been through big storms and I pray I will learn what ever The Lord wants to teach me. Just like you I want joy and peace. I will pray for you. Sometimes I feel so bad that I can not pray. I play Christian music all day and that helps me a little sometimes. My Bible study teacher says that concentrate in the promises of God and I am trying to do that, but sometimes not even that helps me. Praying for you

      • sue August 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

        Beverly and Jaci,
        Thank you for sharing. I’m so stuck in the same situation. My husband left me almost 4 years ago. Most of that time I felt God was asking me to stand for my marriage. We split over an affair and now he is on (to my knowledge) girlfriend # 3. I have finally filled for divorce. My heart ache still for my marriage and my family yet. I feel so lost in what God wants me to do. I have had more support over getting divorced rather than standing. I like you Jaci I pray I will learn what ever the Lord wants to teach me. Same with the Christian music. I so want to take hold of what God has promised. Lord give me peace in what I’m to do in your will. Praying for both of you also.

  40. Sue July 22, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    God is moving me….and I am taking hold!!! Confirmation from God ~ Sure do love how He works. Thanks be to God and thank you Sharon.

  41. Beverly July 22, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I’m taking hold…

  42. Othia July 22, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    I am taking hold!!!

  43. Cyndee Heflin July 22, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  44. Sabrina Wade July 22, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    I’m taking hold! My hope rests only in the Lord.

  45. Letitia Rhodes July 22, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  46. Beth Sheaffer July 22, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    I’m Taking Hold!!! You just described my feelings exactly, and I couldn’t even figure it all out. You just “nailed” where I am TOTALLY at. Been in this place for 3 1/2 years after my husband and I being burnt in ministry badly.

  47. Brenda July 22, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    I am taking hold!!!! This is awesome.

  48. Claudia L. Mobley July 22, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  49. Tina Volen July 22, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I am taking hold! Not sure what I’ll hold onto but I’m ready to find out!

  50. Paula July 22, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Since you described me so perfectly, I wonder how many more smiles on all the pretty faces hide the same feelings. I long for more….I want to take hold….I pray for the Holy Spirit to take hold of me and create a desire for Him that won’t be silent.

  51. Marlene July 22, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  52. Beckey July 22, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    I am taking hold!!
    This grabbed my heart from the first words and wouldn’t let go! It was like seeing my own soul whispers written out on the screen. I am no longer willing to shrug my shoulders and settle for the in-between. I want the fullness of life promised by my all powerful God. Thank you!
    Beckey
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

  53. alice July 22, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  54. April July 22, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  55. Joy July 22, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    I’m taking hold of God in Ecuador.

  56. Julie Ward. July 22, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Yes I’m taking hold with love.

  57. Tammy Jo July 22, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I want to take hold…..but I need strength. I don’t know if I’m strong enough to come out of that place that you spoke of and described so perfectly. I want to but I’ve been through so much change in the past months that I’m loosing steam. I’ve lost my job after 15 years…had to apply for services and feel the societal stigma that goes with it while jumping thru hoops to prove I’m not a fraud…I have back problems that are the cause of loosing my job and now preventing me from getting others. I was holding on and having great faith that new things were coming and there was a reason for all this…but I’m feeling drained…I need a boost. Please pray for my strength to feel that way again and find the hope and trust I had plus more to have the courage to take hold and keep moving to the promise land!!!! Thank you and God Bless!!!

    • Noel Carol July 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Tammy Jo … keeping your eyes on JESUS . . . the author and perfecter of your faith… Keep ‘Looking Up’ for He is keeping His eyes on you. When you feel weak, He is strong! Sing praises to Him. Let Him work in you and through you. Remember, He is your shepherd and you shall not want. The Joy of the Lord is your strength!
      Praying for you and lifting you up to Jesus.
      In Jesus name. Amen.

  58. Zelda July 22, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  59. Susan Venning July 22, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  60. Tammy Jo July 22, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    And…thank you Sharon for once again being God’s messenger to me and saying the words, describing the feelings so well that I’m going through!!! You are a blessing in my life!! And blessings to all these ladies who are feeling as I do and having struggles of their own!!

  61. Sheree July 22, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I’M TAKING HOLD!
    Thank you for listening to God so I can listen to God!

  62. Cindy Mahaffey July 22, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Thanks for voicing what I have felt so often. I’m Taking Hold!!

  63. Denise July 22, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I’m taking hold

  64. Kena July 22, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I’m Taking Hold!

  65. Joyce July 22, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    I am taking hold and hanging on for this was a reminder that my God has this and he has a purpose for my life. I just have to be patient and let my God and my Savior tell me what purpose is. thank you Master for sending miss Sharon into my life to remind me You got this.

  66. Uvita July 22, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    “I’m taking hold!” “Holding-on for many eons!”

  67. Donna July 22, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    I AM TAKING HOLD!!!

  68. Mary July 22, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I am taking hold!
    Thank you

  69. Mary July 22, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I am taking hold!
    Thank you

  70. Jennifer July 22, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    “I’m taking hold!”

  71. Angelique Fenton July 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  72. Angie July 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  73. Terry July 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    This is so much like how I feel….I’m taking hold!

  74. Yvette Beaman July 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I am taking hold. I want every God has planned for me! Thank you Sharon for your encouragement.

  75. Jane July 22, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I am taking hold!!

  76. Barbara July 22, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

  77. Maggie July 22, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I’m taking hold! Sometimes if feels like I have made that choice and God is moving in my life and other times I am in that room next to the music wondering how I got here again. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

  78. Emma July 22, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I am taking hold !!! God bless you to continue your good works 🙂

  79. Cyndee July 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I`m taking hold!!!

  80. Cyndee July 22, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I`m taking hold!!!

  81. Any (Annie) July 22, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I am taking hold from a place of loneliness where I watch others enjoy what life has taken away. Yet, God is with me each day and when I do not take hold of His hand, He just sweeps me and carries me until I can stand again. Thank you Sharon for speaking honestly about those of us looking from the outside, may it be a reminder that we are not alone in this journey. Let each of those ‘in’ reach a hand to those ‘outside’.

  82. Trina July 22, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I turned 40 last week, & in celebration, I broke free from the spiritual bondage I’ve been under my whole life!! I’m now finally able to experience God’s love, joy, & acceptance in a way I’ve only ever dreamed about!! You can bet I’m taking hold!!

    • Sharon Jaynes July 22, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      That is soooo exciting. Happy Birthday and Happy Re-birthday!

  83. Patricia July 22, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks Sharon, I am at the middle of the dessert and cant get out !, thanks for your devotional, I need to believe God will take me out.“I’m taking hold!” Need lots of pray.

  84. Sharon July 22, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    I’m taking hold! I am trusting! Our pastor had a great sermon about this same topic on Sunday!!! He said as Christians we are not promised a life of happy happy joy joy! We need to trust in the one that makes all things good in His time…you are cared for and loved..He is never ever not there with you, even though sometimes you don’t feel it. Please pray for my husband as he struggles with self worth. As a man of God, he still needs to grasp what God holds in store for him, and that he can overcome any stronghold…in Jesus Name I pray…

  85. Tammy July 22, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    I’m taking hold!

    • Marli Sanders July 22, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      I’m taking hold!! I don’t want to live a milquetoast life!!

  86. Anita July 22, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Yes, I’m taking hold. I want something more than life has handed me.

  87. Marli Sanders July 22, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    I’m taking hold!! I don’t want to live a milquetoast life!!

  88. Sandra Pelletier July 22, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  89. Angel July 22, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I am taking hold!

  90. Marlene A July 22, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    I am taking hold

  91. Christie July 22, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I’m excited about taking Hold of all that God has promised!

  92. Carol C July 22, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    I’m taking hold.

  93. Carol C July 22, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  94. Kristie Henderson July 22, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  95. Tracy July 22, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  96. Phyllis July 22, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    I’m taking hold! Thank you!

  97. Vicky July 22, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    “I’m taking hold!”

  98. Paula July 22, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!! For the past few days the Holy Spirit has been really speaking to me, so much that yesterday it was so strong in our car on our way to work, I had my husband pull over. I told him we had to pull over and NOW!!! He did as I asked wondering what was wrong and when we stopped I prayed for God to go before us and lead us and guide us in a way we had never seen or experienced before. My husband goes for a job interview today and this could open up huge possibilities for us in our marriage and walk with God. Please pray with me today that God will open up new doors for us. The Holy Spirit has really been dealing with me these past few weeks like never before or maybe I wasn’t listening as clearly as I am now.
    Thanks!!

  99. Debbie July 22, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I am taking hold!!!

  100. Dawna July 22, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    I am holding and will continue to hold! Praise God!

  101. Padi July 22, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I’m TAKING HOLd!!!

  102. Monica July 22, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I’m ready, I can’t wait anymore. I’m taking hold!

  103. blanca July 22, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I’m Taking Hold! Going To Do Whatever It Takes, believe that the battle is over and has already been won in the Mighty Name of Jesus! And be reminded in the passage In Mark 4:35 where Jesus said “Let us go to the other side”,” Hush be still”, Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?” so many times I know i had to tell God I Believe but help my un believe, for years i know i have been calling and crying out to God about how tired and drained i feel so tired of wandering in the desert, i want to reach the promised land, but we have to cling to His word and His promises, about reaching the promised land i cling to this promise in Psalm 27:13, I would have despaired unless i had believed that i would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.

  104. Nancy Alexander July 22, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  105. Katherine Swarts July 22, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    You described me perfectly here, not least in the part about not being sure just how far into the Promised Land I REALLY want to go. … I’ve actually been taking hold–in fits and starts–for several months now, and the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that, like the historical taking of Canaan, it’s not a “do it once and it’s done” thing but a series of battles and the occasional big mistake and setback (the biggest of which can be beating up on yourself for “being so slow”). Second most valuable lesson: whatever else you tackle first, never let your mind fall back into an obsession with “how hard it is”!

  106. Celia July 22, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I’m TAKING hold!!!

  107. Russelyn Westmoreland July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Sharon, I am taking hold!!! Yesterday morning I got up & spent a few moments on the deck listening to the beauty of the sounds of the birds & nature that GOD created for us & then went to the kitchen to get my coffee & Bible & devotionals so I could go back out on the deck to do my morning readings..then I realized that I had not brought my Bible bag inm from the car after church on Sunday afternoon. Every two weeks I have an office that I clean & I cleaned it Sunday night & never even thought about leaving my windows down while I was in cleaning. Let me make this a little shorter, well maybe…My Bible bag was not in the car on Monday morning 🙁 apparently someone thought it was maybe a purse or computer bag & they took it while I was cleaning the office..There were many things that cannot be replaced that were in it…Death announcements from My Husband, My Baby Sister, My Daughters Daddy, pictures, play announcements from my Granddaughters school plays, the Bag was my Mommas & she has been in Heaven now for 6 years, and the Bible itself was a gift from Brother Joe, the pastor of the church where I gave my life to Christ in 1980, then walked away about 4 years later then at the 15 year mark of walking away GOD drew me back to Him & that is when Brother Joe gifted the Study Bible to me & it has been my trusted guide & map for the last 17 years…I do not write out of sadness but, to say I pray who ever stole it will not throw it away but it will be used as a tool to draw them to new life in Christ. I am taking hold literally to the fact that GOD’S Word will not return void. GOD has taken HOLD of Me & I Will hold on to the hand of my Savior with all my might praying that what was meant for harm will be used for good, In Christ’s love Miss Rusty

  108. Michelle July 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  109. LaDonna July 22, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    I want to take hold!!!!!

  110. Vanessa Gaskins July 22, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I am taking hold! I want to be all that God would have me to be. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless me this morning.

  111. Stephanie July 22, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I’m taking hold!! I fully trusting!! I’m READY, LORD!

  112. Ruby July 22, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I am taking hold

  113. Vickie Williams July 22, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I’m taking hold

  114. Rosemary July 22, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I’M taking hold! Like an old popular song says,” you’ve must of read my letters”. Well thank you Ms Sharon for sharing and putting into words what i can not, but i am feeling (or lack of) right now. This just brings me to tears. I feel so alone and abandoned. Even though I know God is there for me. I want to step out of the desert place and into an intimacy with Him that I have never felt before. I look forward to the next email. God bless you & Thank You! † ?

    • Vashti Fleming July 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Rosemary,
      Thank you for saying exactly what I feel. In tears now. Blessings to you. 🙂

  115. Becky July 22, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  116. Ruby July 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I know and believe that I will surely get to the promised land. I have not given up!

  117. Sandra Sands July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I am here to profess that “I’m taking HOLD of GOD’s hand in prayer that things are about to change for the better for me so yes, I’m claiming it in HIS name!

  118. Sandra Sands July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I am here to profess that “I’m taking HOLD of GOD’s hand in prayer that things are about to change for the better for me so yes, I’m claiming it in HIS name!

  119. Sandra Sands July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I am here to profess that “I’m taking HOLD of GOD’s hand in prayer that things are about to change for the better for me so yes, I’m claiming it in HIS name!

  120. Christie Bland July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  121. Vi-Ann July 22, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    “I’m Taking HOLD!”
    Wow this blog really amazed me. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who feels that way. I always wondered why most of my friends are successful with the paths they have chosen and I’m not and Satan convinced me that it’s because of my past sins and my present sins(although I knew from my heart and my soul that God has forgiven me) that God would not let me be successful so I withdraw from God.
    When I read today’s blog then it hit me that I’m not alone that someone,somewhere feels the same way as I do and reading this blog is not coincidence but God made a way to speak to me so I”m taking hold.

  122. Lynn July 22, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    I’m trusting, taking hold of Jesus’ hand, and walking as a daughter of faith, waiting for the next opportunity God will put in my path.

  123. Barbara Kennedy July 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m desperately taking hold!

  124. Angela Gonzales July 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m taking Hold!!!!! HELP!!!!

  125. Angela Gonzales July 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m taking Hold!!!!! HELP!!!!

  126. Debbie Skarupa July 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Yes Sharon, I am taking hold, in the midst of the storm in my life right now. Thank you for this blog. It is an encouragement to read someone who has the same struggles that go one in ones life. May God Bless you always. Thank you.

  127. Sue Young July 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I am taking HOLD!!! I am a child of God, an heir of salvation….and ready to receive all the blessings and abundance He has promised.

  128. rev. minnie July 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    I’m taking hold

  129. Lori July 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m Taking Hold!!!
    Thanks for your encouragement…..Really hit home!
    God Bless and thanks for serving! 🙂

  130. Lady July 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    I’m taking hold. Praise the Lord

  131. Lady July 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m taking hold. Praise the Lord

  132. Lady July 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m taking hold. Praise the Lord

  133. Dee July 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    I am taking hold! This posting describes EXACTLY where I am and what I feel right now. So desperate for that connection. Just don’t know how to get there. Willing to do whatever necessary for that relationship with God. I love Him so. Pray for me.

  134. Dee July 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    I am taking hold! This posting describes EXACTLY where I am and what I feel right now. So desperate for that connection. Just don’t know how to get there. Willing to do whatever necessary for that relationship with God. I love Him so. Pray for me.

  135. Donna July 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    I’M TAKING HOLD!!! I love God’s impeccable timing

  136. Deanna July 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!

  137. Cindy July 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    OMG Sharon! Get out of my head. You’ve put into words what I couldn’t!
    I don’t want to be milquetoast or lukewarm
    Yes I am taking hold!

  138. Susan Eggert July 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m taking hold! Sharon, this was the topic I preached on as the guest speaker at two small churches recently: Who Wants More? I used Nicodemus as an example of an atypical “seeker”…someone who had a “faith life” already but was discontent and wanted more…so he sought out the one he knew was from God and in essence, sat at his feet. Used the wonderful children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar as the children’s lesson and related to it in my words for the adults. We need to choose the right food (physical and spiritual). When the caterpillar made wrong choices, it became very ill. Once the caterpillar chose the right food, its transformation began. It started spinning a chrysalis…then for two weeks, a big chunk of its life, it remained in that quiet center, allowing God to transform it into what He intended as the Creator..a beautiful butterfly. I went on to talk about how, when we carve time out to spend in God’s presence, giving our total attention and willing heart and mind, He will do the same with us. And suggested ways for coming into His presence on a regular basis, private and communal.

  139. Marlene A July 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I’m taking hold! I am declaring this even tho each day is a struggle for me to read God’s word and spend time with Him. It is my greatest longing but also my greatest struggle 🙁 I love Him with all my heart and He has truly been good to me but the strongholds are also real..unfortunately. Please pray for me. Thank you.

  140. Angie W July 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Described my life to a “t”. I feel so fake. Saved but floundering! On the 26th it will be 2 yrs since my oldest son died. I’m not the same person I was. Almost drowning!

  141. Stacy Trimble July 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I am taking hold. This really encouraged me cause I get stuck in a mediocre faith when my spirt wants to strive for more. I struggle with fear and insecurities. Thank you and God bless!

    • Stacy Trimble July 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      I am taking hold. I struggle with my mediocre faith when my spirt wants to strive for more. This really blessed me. Thank you!

  142. Jeanie Matthews July 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Dear Sharon this blog had my name written all over it, the former me anyhow praise God now please don’t misunderstand I know that I still have so far to go but I am taking hold of all the promises of God for me, and I am standing in the gap for every lady who reads your blogs whether they leave a comment or not that God is going to manifest His promises in their lives as well to take them into their Promised Land IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  143. Vashti Fleming July 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!!!!

  144. Cindy July 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    OMG Sharon, come out of my mind and heart!
    You have described exactly how I feel but couldn’t express/articulate.
    I don’t want to amilquetoast/lukewarm faith!!
    I’m taking hold

  145. Vicki July 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  146. Lorna July 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I’m taking hold.
    I have been struggling with this the last few days. Through some very difficult things, God has shown me that I am a child His, fearfully and wonderfully made. He has done a lot of work on me, but then, it seems the walls come crashing down, and I start to read rejection and dislike into everything that happens. “They don’t like you. No one wants to spend time with you. You are so all alone.” These are things that Satan whispers into my ear. I need to remember that there has never been a moment that I haven’t been completely and totally loved.

  147. Frances July 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!! I’m believing in all his promises!!!

  148. doreen July 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    I am taking hold from South Africa…

  149. Debbie M July 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!!! I have been stuck for too long. You have described me perfectly and how I have been thinking recently. Please keep writing…….I am anxious to hear more! Thank you!

  150. Pat July 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Sharon, you are awesome! Thx for your ministry! I’m taking hold! Praise The Lord!

  151. Deborah July 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    I am taking hold.

  152. Kristi July 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!

  153. Becky July 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing….sometimes I feel like you write directly what’s in my heart. I have stepped away from church for a while and have found it harder to go back. But I believe this is something that God would like me to do….I am taking ahold!

  154. viv williamson July 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I am taking hold-amen

  155. viv williamson July 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I am taking hold

  156. Mary July 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    I am trying hard to take hold. I feel just like that. I am a Christian but feel I’m missing something lost and alone. Looking for that joy and just want be confident in the fact that I know God Is there and has all in control. I am going to take hold.

  157. Debbie July 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    “I’m taking hold!”

  158. Kathi July 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m taking hold…. she says sheepishly. Ok- Yes, I’ve got some work to do. Love the sneak peak and ready to read more. Thanks for taking hold of your gift to share with those of us who need it!

  159. Donette July 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m holding on!!! I too have been in a season of in between but reading this blog today has kindled a feed spark to keep on moving forward!! Praise the LORD!!!

  160. Tena Smith July 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I’m taking hold, help my unbelief!

  161. Alesia July 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  162. June July 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I am taking hold! Praying for the tenacity and drive follow through.

  163. Carol July 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    This one got me…..”I’m taking hold!”

  164. Lynette July 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    I’m taking hold. Lord have Your way. Hope

  165. Lilli July 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I so long to take hold!

  166. Julissa Nieves July 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Im taking hold!

  167. Vicki C July 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I’m taking hold!! These thoughts were heavy on my heart just this morning!

  168. Erna July 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    I’m taking hold! I am so glad to have God in my life. Life is not always easy, esp when physical pain is almost always present. But thank God that I do not have to go through it alone.

  169. Gretchen Baird July 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  170. Gretchen Baird July 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  171. Angel July 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I can relate to this blog post….

    “Im Taking Hold”

  172. Elena July 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    I’m taking hold! And I want to be bold!

  173. helenhelen cavett July 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I am taking hold

  174. Apikali July 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    “I’m taking hold!”

  175. cathy July 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  176. Raimunda Celestino July 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m taking hold of the promised land!

  177. Dorenda Speed July 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    I am taking hold.

  178. judy July 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  179. Marcia July 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  180. Anna July 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    i am taking hold! 🙂

  181. Ashley July 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  182. Bonnie July 23, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    I’m taking hold.

  183. Sandy July 23, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    WOW !!! That hit home. Yes I am taking hold !!!

  184. Melissa from Texas July 23, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    I will hold on!
    After ten years in a relationship with this person I thought loved me for better or worse and in sickness and in health and let’s not forget til death do us part, I find myself and my daughter starting over. I’m so confused at this time because I want to think restoration is possible but with God all things are possible. However, if I try to maintain this stall pattern then I will get depressed and the rejection hurts more everyday that I’m not loved by this person anymore. I can’t control this situation nor do I want to because my actions got me to this point of no return. I want to hold on to hope, faith and patience and this blog was right on point for me. I will continue to be comforted by God’s Good News and await his path for me.

  185. Tiffani A July 23, 2014 at 12:56 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  186. Jules July 23, 2014 at 2:34 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  187. Andrea Perry-Scardina July 23, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  188. Susan July 23, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    You nailed it – like you were inside my head! I’m taking hold!

  189. Thelma July 23, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    I’m taking hold

  190. Paula July 23, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  191. Donna Goodman July 23, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I’m grasping for so much more! This world has dished out so many negative situations in my life that I am about to sink. I long to see all of this from God’s perspective and have the faith I need to not just get through, but to live abundantly.

  192. Crystal J July 23, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I’m taking hold !!

  193. Tina Day July 23, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Yes, I’m taking hold. No matter what the cost to me – it cost Him more to set me free. Amen.

  194. Vickie Lamoreaux July 23, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  195. Melissa July 23, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    I’m taking hold!!! Amen!

  196. Elaine Tomasello July 23, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Yes, I am taking hold of all that God has promised me – for an abundant and adventurous life in Jesus’ name.. Amen!!

    All of my life I have felt alone & scared. I felt like no one understands me. I sat in the corner alone. No one noticed me. I played alone in the playground. No one noticed me. I sat alone in high school classes. No one noticed me. I went to a dance & sat alone. No one noticed me. I never had a “best” friend – one you can share your secrets with; one you can share your hopes & dreams with. No one ever noticed me. I felt invisible. I still do. The only time I feel alive & noticed is when I am talking with the LORD. He listens to me. He hears me. And He speaks to me. I have been noticed. God noticed me!

  197. Shaunna Mechler July 23, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  198. Pilar July 23, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  199. Rebecca Tellez July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I am taking hold. Like so many, I am stuck in the land between and I want out. I long for the sweet relationship I once had with my Lord. I have let life and its disappointments become my focus instead if Him and I am weary.

  200. Rebecca Tellez July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I am taking hold. Like so many, I am stuck in the land between and I want out. I long for the sweet relationship I once had with my Lord. I have let life and its disappointments become my focus instead if Him and I am weary.

  201. Rebecca Tellez July 23, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I am taking hold. Like so many, I am stuck in the land between and I want out. I long for the sweet relationship I once had with my Lord. I have let life and its disappointments become my focus instead if Him and I am weary.

  202. Sabrina Owens July 23, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  203. Lisa July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  204. laura July 23, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Wow I can’t believe it I see I’m not the only one who says you put the words in my mouth how I feel. I want more. I can’t find it. I know I”m saved but where is the freedom, peace and joy that I know I should be able to find. What do I do to get out of the rut of not even knowing how to relate to God any more. I don’t even seem to know how to pray. I praise Him But do I REALLY praise Him? I pray He reveals himself to me in a way that confirms my faith and gives me that fire that I see in others again. I know I have to get out of the rut of my crazy life that doesn’t leave me with space or time to read and pray like I know I need to. Pray for me that God will become real to me again. That comment of wondering which Bible study, or church service, or book will make it better. That’s me.

  205. Amy Parker July 23, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  206. Rosalyn G. July 23, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Yes, I’m Taking Hold! I want to take hold, I desire to hold, but how does one take hold in the busyness of everyday life? (Something to share*) Just when typing in busyness at first I typed it using an ‘i’ instead, as I wasn’treally sure and I realized something,there it was — the word business, and the thought came to me that that is exactly what business is – busyness. That must have been a God moment in response to my question about “I’m Taking Hold!” The question really is, whose business do I want to be about? I guess that answers it, about His business of course! 🙂

  207. MarianneSophia July 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I’m taking hold! x

  208. Carol Mundy July 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!! Want the abunda-wonderful life that Christ has for me!!!

  209. Donna K July 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I’m taking hold. So tired of trying to get there and always feeling like I’m falling short….

  210. Denise July 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I’m taking hold. Jesus shed his blood for me. I am ready to use my faith to upbuild God’s kingdom.

  211. Pam July 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Those words sound so much like me. I’m taking hold of His promises!!

  212. Jacqueline Cortez July 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  213. Lynn Clare July 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    I’m taking hold

  214. Deb July 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    I’m taking hold!!

  215. joan pickart July 24, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!! Your words are what I have needed to hear for a LONG TIME!!! Your are a blessing to me!! Thank you!!

  216. Ruth July 24, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Thank you Sharon. I’m taking hold too. Onwards and upwards. No turning back!

  217. Julie July 24, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  218. Toni July 24, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  219. cynthia ward July 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I’m taking hold…don’t really know how…just know there’s more…you wrote my heart in this…

  220. Felisha July 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I’m Taking Hold!! In the name of Jesus!

  221. jacqueline E Torres July 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    I am taking hold

  222. Dianne July 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    I’m Taking Hold….AGAIN!

  223. Chantal July 25, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    I’d love to respond I’m taking hold… but HOW?

  224. Anette July 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    I am taking hold and taking hold for good with your help!!!!!! Thank you so much

  225. Stephanie July 26, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  226. Melanie July 26, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m taking hold!

  227. Debra July 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Yes, I’m taking Hold

  228. Denise July 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    ” I’M TAKING HOLD” !!! .. Amen praise God!

  229. juliet August 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Am taking hold

  230. Christina August 4, 2014 at 3:51 am #

    Wow this is exactly how I feel! Just didn’t know how to articulate it verbally! I’m taking hold! But do not know how!

  231. Pam August 4, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I’m taking hold!
    ——————–

    Please PRAISE THE LORD with me because I know HE IS answering my prayers in HIS WAY and in HIS TIME! He will use this time for HIS GLORY!!

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!

    Thank You Sharon for your obedience and faithfulness!

  232. Terri August 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Yes, I’m taking hold

  233. Ruth August 5, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I AM TAKING HOLD

  234. Laurie August 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I’m taking hold! Praise to God and our Lord Jesus Christ!

  235. Laura August 8, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    I am taking hold. Thought I was the only one who felt that way. Going through the motions. Listening in church to all the victories, all the peace, love and freedom … And wondering why that wasn’t my experience. Trying so hard, asking, seeking and knocking and nothing but a hollow sound. Desperately looking for so much more, the more and better life that Jesus died to give us.

  236. Ileana August 13, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hi there Sharon. I am taking hold.
    Yeah im swamp too. And is not that life is not good to me. It is, really, and like you I love the Lord sooo much. I know ,and acknowledge He is my everything. I am in a thankfulness period. I have accomplished dreams that I dreamed but really never even put on a list of dreams I wanted to come true. There is another one I did, when I didn’t even knew Jesus, and its true in my life now. Life is good right now to me. Some promises have become true, Hallelujah!. And I recently received some more, Hallelujah! Then, what is wrong with me that I say Hallelujah and not jump inside of me? I don’t know. I have thought about register for new conferences and get busy. I have the never ending battle of wake up really early o seek for the manifestation of the presence of the Lord. I feel the guilt for not accomplish it. 🙁 I started reading your book The 5 dreams of every woman and how God wants to fulfill them. I also have that same feeling of you, that the abundant life sound earthly to me too. Maybe we are idealist people, and want to live on a cloud. You know, I am not shame if people think that is weird. The Lord knows how I feel. He knows what my head thinks, I trust him. He will boost us and He only knows how.
    I wish you find the deepest inspiration on your new writing adventure. An I wish to meet you in person some time. Blessings to you.

  237. Catherine Brown-Ratcliffe August 18, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  238. Brittany August 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Went through a lot the past seven months. Ias attacked and all types of ungodly thoughts came across my mind, things that I would never think. Feel like there was a cloud of unbelief and doubt bothering me too. I believe in God’s Holy word and I desire to go deeper in . God is a miggtymighty good God. Zephaniah 3:17 says He is mighty to save. I love you Holy Spirit and I want more of you. Lord please fill me with more of your precious Holy Spirit. Please take away any pride in me and fill me with humbleness and humility in Jesus name. I thirst for you Jesus. I was created to worship.

  239. Brittany August 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  240. Sadelina August 19, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I’m taking hold and I’m trusting God!
    I’m tired of going around the mountain. I’m ready for the Promised Land!

  241. Adrienne August 20, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  242. Naomie August 25, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    I’m taking hold. My victory is already there I just need to take hold of it and own it!

  243. Mary August 25, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    I know this is an older blog, BUT I AM TAKING HOLD!!!!!!!!!. I lost my job 3 mos ago but m downward spiral started before then. I know God,love Him with all my heart but just can’t seem to get there, not sure where there is just there. I am 58 years old having to start all over again.I know God has a plan for my life, just have no clue, please pray for me that my eyes will be opened and I truly know my calling!

  244. chidinma a. August 26, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    I am taking hold of a more vibrant relationship that comes from the Lord with all the trimmings!

  245. Maureen August 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  246. Gugulethu September 17, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I’m taking hold

    • diane October 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      I’m taking hold

  247. Lisa October 15, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    I’m takin hold!

  248. Latonia Reid October 15, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I’m lost and don’t know how to get out of the rut I’m in. I will hold on.

  249. diane October 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m taking hold

  250. Jane Reisner October 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    I’m taking hold

  251. geeta November 4, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    I am taking hold, by God’s grace.

  252. Jacin November 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    I want to get to the Promised Land, but I have been in the dessert for several years, I want to take hold but I don’t know how.
    I believe several years ago I had the abundant life.
    Blessings and thank you

  253. Jordan November 12, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  254. Angie November 17, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    I’m taking hold of all that God has promised!

  255. Sharon November 19, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  256. Favour C November 24, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    Yes I am taking hold in Jesus mighty name because i am God’s creation created in Christ Jesus for good works.

  257. Julia December 4, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks Sharon! This describes exactly what I’m currently struggling with. Reading this, it’s sort of God’s comfort that He knows and I’m not alone.

  258. Eva December 9, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    I’m taking hold for everything God has for me. Praise his name.

  259. Aleta Huggins December 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I am taking hold. He said his sheep hear his Ifeel voice.I don’t know if it is me, him or something other. I want to get close to him, so close. I

  260. Sandi January 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Yes, I am taking hold. Can’t wait to see what He has in store for me !!!

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