Pursue Obedience to Find Blessings
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Pursue Obedience to Find Blessings
It’s hard to obey God when he calls us away from something we love, but he’s not angry if we need to wrestle it out or question his plan.

I was at the height of my career in non-profit marketing when I did the unthinkable...I walked away to become a stay-at-home mom and full-time homemaker.

In the months following my son's birth, I felt God tugging at my heart, calling me to lay down my professional ambitions and follow His lead out of the workplace and into the home.

I didn't want to obey! I wrestled with God, proud of my role as SUPERWOMAN, juggling both career and care of a home and family.

But his insistence chipped away at my pride until I finally surrendered in obedience.

It wasn’t easy forming a new identity outside the office; I went from managing million-dollar marketing budgets to mastering Lego creations.

Yet as I put aside my dream career, the blessings of my obedience showed up in the peace and stability that bloomed in our home. My son flourished from my undivided attention, and I was more present and patient with my husband.

It’s hard to obey God when he calls us away from something we love, but he’s not angry if we need to wrestle it out or question his plan.

- Leslie Jones

However, he does expect our obedience with the same attitude Christ Jesus had.

Philippians 2:8 (NLT) tells us ‘when he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.’

Don’t miss that – it wasn’t what Jesus wanted; he asked several times for God to ditch the plan to send him to the cross.

Just as he whispered in Gethsemane “not my will but yours be done,” we too can trust that what he’s calling us toward is greater than anything we must leave behind.

Obedience is costly because it’s uncomfortable, but we prove he’s our first priority when we humbly accept his will for our lives.

- Leslie Jones
Here's why obedience is so important:
  • Jesus commands it! “if you love me, obey my commandments” (John 14:15 NLT).
  • God rewards obedience with blessings: “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11:28 NLT).
  • Obedience reveals our devotion: “But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him” (1 John 2:5 NLT).

As we continue to pursue obedience to our heavenly Father, we can trust He knows what’s best for us.

- Leslie Jones

The blessings that flow from laying down my desires and following his direction are beyond what I could imagine.

Whatever we walk away from in obedience to God doesn’t compare to what we gain from him. As we position ourselves under his authority, we’ll find the blessings that come through obedience.

With faith, hope & love ~
Your friend Leslie

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