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I am convinced that dirty dishes and socks multiply when we're not looking. If only it worked that way with the word count on your next research paper! There are some tasks that get put off until the last minute because we just can't motivate ourselves to do them: folding laundry, doing the dishes, writing a paper or whatever it might be in your own life. While it would be ...

I am convinced that dirty dishes and socks multiply when we're not looking. If only it worked that way with the word count on your next research paper! There are some tasks that get put off until the last minute because we just can't motivate ourselves to do them: folding laundry, doing the dishes, writing a paper or whatever it might be in your own life. While it would be nice if these things would do themselves, we've got to work up the motivation to do them-but how?

Here are five tips for motivating yourself to do the work when you are totally not in the mood to do it:

  • Set a timer. A well-known productivity trick, try setting a timer for 25 to 30 minutes for the tasks you don't like. Focus completely on your objective until the timer runs out, then take a break. By breaking up your project into smaller, manageable pieces with the "reward" of a break in between, it will seem much less daunting. You will also have more motivation to complete the task in a timely manner.
  • Give yourself a treat. Really don't want to write that paper? Offer yourself a reward for writing half of it: something small like making a cup of coffee or watching a YouTube video you've been wanting to see. You could also set up a bigger reward for when the task is completely finished. Some of my favorite rewards are eating dark chocolate, reading a magazine I've set aside or going out for coffee. While I could do these things anytime, I save them for the completion of tasks I don't like, in order to motivate myself when I'm tired.
  • Do the biggest task first. We like to put off the most unsavory responsibilities because-well, who wants to clean the bathroom? Instead, do the hardest task first. This will build momentum and give you satisfaction in your progress. It also lifts the mental burden that often inhibits productivity in other areas. You can knock out the rest of list much faster if you have the most time-consuming task already done!
  • Rehearse the benefits. Sometimes all we need is a reminder of why we're doing the hard things. You might drive into the gym parking lot and really, really want to drive right back out. Instead, think of the benefits of doing your workout: Exercise burns calories, helps you sleep better, tones your muscles and boosts endorphins, making you happier in other areas of your life. These are all fantastic reasons to do your workout!
  • Act how you want to feel. This is counterintuitive, but it works. Instead of waiting to feel "in the mood" to check things off your list, take action. Step out and do the thing that's nagging at the back of your mind. While the initial few minutes will be tough, as you keep going you'll gain momentum and your feelings will catch up to the action you've taken. If you want to feel accomplished-act that way! If you want to feel motivated-act motivated! It's kind of like Nike says: Just do it.

There is nothing like the satisfaction that comes when you complete something big and difficult!

Have you tried any of these steps before? If so, share how they worked for you!

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Every week, I go through the "Girl Talk" section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.Recently, a PI Girl felt like she wanted to go on a missions trip and spread the ...

Every week, I go through the "Girl Talk" section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

Recently, a PI Girl felt like she wanted to go on a missions trip and spread the Gospel; she felt that the Lord was speaking Isaiah 6 to her. The PI Girl feels like she is called to the mission field, but doesn't know where to start.

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The first thing is to pray about going into the mission field. Next, ask your parents or a mentor of yours where you can get involved, and see if it is realistic financially and also time-wise with school or work. Ask your youth pastor or leader if you are able to join a missions team and decide where you would want to go or where you feel God is calling you. Next, once you determine where you want to go, see how much funding you need to raise to go.

Again, like all things, we need to plan, prepare and pray. I am hoping this helps you, PI Girl, and that you are able to fulfill the calling on your life regarding missions.

 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)

 

Another thought regarding missions is that not everyone may have the means to go across the world or to another country, so look at your hometown or backyard as a mission field, too! There are always needs and we can be lights in the dark wherever we are.

 

And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

 

Here’s a summary of my advice:

1. Pray: Ask God if you should go on the specific missions trip and if that is where He is calling you.

2. Ask your parents and mentors: Talk to those whom you respect or who are guardians over you to give you advice and/or permission to go on the missions trip.

3. Find out the details: Find out if you will need a visa, a passport, how much money, (and if you need to raise funds), if you need inoculations if going overseas and so forth.

4. Plan ahead and prepare: Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up, as mission trips get full. Make sure to save your money in advance for unexpected expenses, and make sure to take care of your health prior to traveling.

5. Listen to God’s voice: The Bible talks about the Lord Jesus being our shepherd and hearing His voice. We know that when the Lord tells us to go somewhere, we must obey. At times this isn’t easy and can be scary, but you can bet if you trust God and He calls you to where you are to go, He will make a way where there seems to be no way, amen?

 

PI Girls, have you ever been on a missions trip before, and if so, where did you start with regard to planning? Comment below to share your experience and places you have shared the Gospel! :)

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Hi loves! Hope you all are having a great week as we say hello to the month of March. I love this time of year, well one because  I am a Spring baby and March, April, May just make my happiness level shoot through the roof! lol So I have shared with you all many […] Read more...

Hi loves! Hope you all are having a great week as we say hello to the month of March. I love this time of year, well one because  I am a Spring baby and March, April, May just make my happiness level shoot through the roof! lol So I have shared with you all many […] Read more...

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There’s nothing like having your own space dedicated to productivity and handling your business. It may take some rearranging and a little effort, but it’s totally possible to make a small space work for you. Here are some ideas to inspire your workstation. 1. There’s nothing that a small desk, a shelf and inspirational photos can’t handle! Source: A Merry Mishap Blog 2. Ever thought of turning your ...

There’s nothing like having your own space dedicated to productivity and handling your business. It may take some rearranging and a little effort, but it’s totally possible to make a small space work for you. Here are some ideas to inspire your workstation.

 

1. There’s nothing that a small desk, a shelf and inspirational photos can’t handle!

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Source: A Merry Mishap Blog

 

2. Ever thought of turning your closet into an office? (Gasp!)

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3. Here’s another stylish closet office….

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Source: Design Addict Mom

 

4. Save some storage space with this utility cart from IKEA! Genius, we know.

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Source: IKEA

 

5. It just doesn’t get any cooler than this DIY Murphy desk. And abracadabra-it’s gone!

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6. Find a corner of the room, rearrange your bed and make it happen!

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7. Another beautifully designed corner desk? Don’t mind if we do.

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8. Again, when in doubt, try that corner wall going unused. You’d be surprised what you can do!

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Source: Bloglovin’

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One thing I love about living in New York is having the opportunity to see in person the fashion exhibitions I used to read about wistfully from afar. Last night, I took that relish with me to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where an exhibition entitled “Fairy Tale Fashion” …The post Fairy Tale Fashion at FIT Museum is more eye candy than content appeared first on UNWRINKLING.

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Various designers, used to illustrate “The Little Mermaid”

One thing I love about living in New York is having the opportunity to see in person the fashion exhibitions I used to read about wistfully from afar. Last night, I took that relish with me to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where an exhibition entitled “Fairy Tale Fashion” is on display until April 16.

The exhibit features clothing grouped thematically around 15 fairy tales from writers such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Some of the display items, such as the Cinderella slipper by Noritaka Tatehana, were specifically inspired by fairy tales. Others, like a gem-encrusted Dolce and Gabbana ensemble used to illustrate a "member of Sleeping Beauty's court," relied more on the aesthetic imagination of the curator for connection. The latter category included some pieces that felt like a bit of a stretch, but they were so pretty I didn't care.

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Dolce and Gabbana, used to illustrate “Sleeping Beauty”

That leads to an interesting point, though: in the context of a museum exhibit, should the beauty of a garment really override a tenuous connection to the theme?

It depends on the purpose of the exhibit.

One of the things I appreciate about the FIT museum is the way it generally positions clothing as historical document. It's similar to how an art history teacher evaluates an old painting based on its ability to reflect society, culture and history rather than on aesthetic merit alone.

Upstairs from the Fairy Tale show is another exhibition that does just that. It looks at denim as physical portal to understanding the past. Yet in comparison to the downstairs gallery-with its more robust collection, moody lighting and imaginative backdrops-the denim collection seemed a little flat, even to a denim fangirl like me.

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Comme des Garcons, used to illustrate “Little Red Riding Hood”

But it would've been more useful to anyone looking for actual information. For all the visual loveliness of the Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit, there was very little content. It functioned more like an editorial spread in a magazine (look at these pretty clothes made by famous designers!) than like a reference book for a serious researcher (here's a chunky bibliography; educate yourself).

And that, I suppose, is either a very good thing or a very bad thing, depending on what you came to the exhibition for. So if you're going to visit the FIT museum soon, here's a little guide for you. Want a real-life version of your newsstand glossy? Head downstairs. Want to check out a fashion history textbook come to life? Stick to the ground floor.

Or, do like yours truly and sample the best of both worlds.

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J.Mendel, used to illustrate “Furrypelts”

Want to see more of the exhibit? Add @Unwrinkling on Snapchat today to see a mini virtual tour in my Story before it disappears.

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When I was single, I often pictured the day I'd be in a relationship. I imagined never feeling lonely again. I imagined introducing my boyfriend-or eventually, husband-to my relatives and friends. I thought that finding the right guy would make me feel complete.Fast-forward five or six years: I'm married. And, like a cruel joke, I still didn't feel complete.Don't get me wrong: My husband was and is wonderful. ...

When I was single, I often pictured the day I'd be in a relationship. I imagined never feeling lonely again. I imagined introducing my boyfriend-or eventually, husband-to my relatives and friends. I thought that finding the right guy would make me feel complete.

Fast-forward five or six years: I'm married. And, like a cruel joke, I still didn't feel complete.

Don't get me wrong: My husband was and is wonderful. He's thoughtful, kind and godly-everything I prayed for and everything I need. But I learned an important lesson in my first year of marriage. I learned that boyfriends and husbands don't complete you. And then I learned three important concepts every single girl should learn before jumping into her next relationship.

 

1. You Are Already a Complete Individual

Without even recognizing the implications, we accept that who we are as individuals is not enough. Whether through the influence of media or the pressure of friends, completeness to us means "in a relationship."

But it’s this mentality that leads girls to settle for the first guy who comes their way. If we are incomplete without a relationship, any relationship should make us complete…right? Instead, we find that relationships begun in desperation, urgency or insecurity often lead to heartbreak.

Here is the truth: You are a complete individual. What you have to offer in knowledge, skills, talent and spirit was designed by God for use in His kingdom. You were equipped to fulfill a purpose beyond yourself and beyond a dating relationship. God's purpose is not limited by your relationship status; in fact, singleness can be one of the greatest vehicles of God's love in this world. But to use it for God's glory, we have to embrace our status as complete. You are full of potential for God's loving mission in this world. You are not incomplete, but exactly the opposite.

 

2. You Are Meant to Complement Each Other, Not Be Codependent

Living as a complete woman doesn't mean you won't ever be in a relationship. Yet women who embrace their completeness are filled with confidence in both who they are and where they are going. This kind of confidence is not only attractive, but it also provides a solid foundation upon which a lasting relationship can be built. Why?

Because godly couples complement one another. The marriage relationship-a form of it often echoed in dating-is a partnership in which two walk together in agreement (Amos 3:3), helping each other should one fall (Ecclesiastes 4:10). Where one is weak, the other is often strong. Where one is hesitant, the other is confident. But both are already complete.

This kind of relationship is interdependent. The couple depends on the strength of one another, but each person can stand on his or her own. This differs from codependency: a relationship in which one member completely depends on the other for her satisfaction, happiness or completion in life.

Don't look for a guy to complete you-he isn't meant to do so. You can offer so much more to the relationship by accepting your complete status and bringing that confidence into your dating life.

 

3. You Are Completed by the Work of Christ

Finally, and most importantly, you are complete because of Christ's work on the cross. The purpose each of us has in this world is because of Christ's sacrifice, which makes it possible for imperfect people to be used in God's plan. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit provide the perfect model of complementarian relationships for us to use as a template in our own lives. The completed work of Christ is our identity, and in embracing that identity we can walk through life with irreplaceable confidence.

I once heard a saying: "People with inner dignity are never embarrassed." Similarly, people with inner completeness are never insecure. Christ offers us this security of heart and soul, and you can offer it to the right guy at the right time.

So embrace who God made you to be, and walk in the confidence that you are already complete.

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Snapchat is great for staying in touch with the day-to-day events of our friends and those we admire. Some accounts are just too funny to forget. Here are just a few that had us laughing!  Follow @TheJamieGrace!     How do you use Snapchat? Tweet...

Snapchat is great for staying in touch with the day-to-day events of our friends and those we admire. Some accounts are just too funny to forget. Here are just a few that had us laughing!

 

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As we desire to progress and grow in the new year, we want to hopefully get closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we hopefully want to develop an even deeper relationship through the power of the Holy Spirit, amen? How do we get closer to God and what can we do to enter into His Holy presence?In the Bible, it says to enter into His courts ...

As we desire to progress and grow in the new year, we want to hopefully get closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we hopefully want to develop an even deeper relationship through the power of the Holy Spirit, amen? How do we get closer to God and what can we do to enter into His Holy presence?

In the Bible, it says to enter into His courts and gate with thanksgiving and praise. The key to His presence is to worship the Lord.

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9)

 

10 Ways to Go Deeper in Worship with God

1. Worship: We honor God in worship with our lives-time, treasure/giving and talent. We also honor the Lord through singing, praising, giving thanks and the vehicle of music. Our lives should always be edifying to God, but singing and making hymns or being creative unto the Lord Almighty blesses Him and enters us into His mighty presence and power.

 

You are holy; you sit as king receiving the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. (Psalm 99:9)

 

2. Pray: Seek God’s face, and sit alone with Him to really focus on Him and hear His voice. Remove distractions such as cell phones (unless you’re reading a Bible app, of course), and remove yourself from anything that may sidetrack you. Sit somewhere quiet where you can just be.

 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

 

3. Kneel down and give thanks: Either say out loud what you are thankful for or write down the many blessings you want to thank God for.

 

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! (Psalm 95:6)

 

4. Listen to a worship music playlist: I love the new Bethel CD by Amanda Cook called Brave New World, and love any Hillsong United, Kari Jobe or Natalie Grant CD. Also, I love the new artist Lauren Daigle. Check out any of these artists on YouTube or Spotify, and just worship the King!

5. Memorize scripture: Focus and meditate on God’s Holy Word, which is truth and life. The Bible says that the Word of God is like living water that refreshes our souls. When we focus on the truth and rehearse it, we are like a spring that is gushing with life, truth and water to share with others. Like the Word says, out of your bellies will flow rivers of living water, which basically means we will be feeding others the bread of life (Christ), and the living water, which is the Word of God.

 

When Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

 

6. Worship Him genuinely: God is looking for those who seek Him out WHOLE-heartedly in spirit and in truth.

 

Jesus said to her, "…But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:21-24)

 

7. Be still and listen: Sometimes we need to hear diving instruction and orders from our commander in chief and Lord. When we obey, we are blessed and we please the King.

 

But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

 

8. Humble yourself: We need to heed to the Lord and surrender. We need to listen to Him and go through with His plan.

 

The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (Isaiah 2:11)

 

9. Draw near to God: Ask God for forgiveness of anything hindering your faith walk and resist the enemy. Repentance isn’t just saying sorry, but it is a lifestyle change and is turning AWAY from poor choices and sin that hinder us from being closest to God’s presence.

 

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. (Hebrews 5:7)

 

10. Ask for a heart of worship: Let us revere, honor and respect our Lord (Isaiah 6).

 

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. (1 John 2:15)

 

Read more here.

 

PI Girls, how do you focus on the Lord in worship? Do you have advice on how to go deeper in His presence? Comment below!

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I sometimes get questions from readers who are wondering if I know anything about the ethics behind one of their favorite brands. And while I welcome those questions (seriously, please keep ’em coming!), I figured I’d share my (admittedly imperfect) research methods so that you have a better idea of how to …The post How Do You Know if a Brand Is Ethical? appeared first on UNWRINKLING.

I sometimes get questions from readers who are wondering if I know anything about the ethics behind one of their favorite brands. And while I welcome those questions (seriously, please keep ’em coming!), I figured I’d share my (admittedly imperfect) research methods so that you have a better idea of how to go about learning more on your own.

This is the beginning of a piece I wrote for Relevant on the subject. You can read the whole story here.

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Perhaps you remember the horror of the 2013 Bangladesh garment factory collapse, or maybe you watched a documentary that confronted you with the global consequences of cheap clothing. Either way, you've caught on to the fact that clothes shopping isn't an amoral activity.

But that still leaves an important question: how do you tell if a brand deserves your business, in the first place? Here are a few steps to help you get started.

Familiarize Yourself with the Issues

In order to make informed decisions about whether or not a particular brand is "ethical," you need to learn about the potential moral issues involved in making and selling clothing.

A good place to start would be by considering laborer rights, environmental impact, transparency and social impact. A few issues connected to laborer rights include safe factory conditions, fair overtime payment and the right to unionize. Regarding environmental impact, considerations include the sourcing of raw materials, carbon footprint and overall sustainability.

It's also important to consider a brand's transparency, as this is what keeps companies accountable by making outside monitoring of their environmental and human rights impact possible. Lastly, look at a brand's social impact, examining what their advertising communicates or whether they're known for treating their retail employees in fair, non-discriminatory ways.

This list by no means exhausts the issues involved in making clothing, but starting with these four broader topics-laborer rights, environmental impact, transparency and social impact-is a good first step toward understanding what ethical concerns you'll want to consider when making a purchase.

Check Independent Brand-Ranking Organizations

Entities like rankabrand.org, free2work.org, GoodGuide and Ethical Consumer are all useful resources that conduct independent research on major brands. Most of them also break down their ranking process, so you can see how a brand scored on different issues.

This is especially helpful as you try to shop in tune with your own conscience-if you're not committed to veganism but you are committed to workers' safety, scores on individual facets of a brand's practices will help you shop according to what's important to you. Keep in mind that sometimes these organizations will rank the same brand very differently, so it's wise to cross-reference whenever possible.

Continue reading the full story here. 

Want more on fashion ethics? Check out these previous posts on everything from ethical consumerism to blackface in fashion campaigns.

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If ever someone was called out of their comfort zone, it was Moses.After fleeing Egypt for the murder of an overseer, Moses found a safe place in the deserts of Midian. He led a humble life as a mountain shepherd-nothing like his world as a prince of Egypt. But God's plans for Moses went far beyond leading sheep to pasture: Moses would lead people to freedom.As God casts ...

If ever someone was called out of their comfort zone, it was Moses.

After fleeing Egypt for the murder of an overseer, Moses found a safe place in the deserts of Midian. He led a humble life as a mountain shepherd-nothing like his world as a prince of Egypt. But God's plans for Moses went far beyond leading sheep to pasture: Moses would lead people to freedom.

As God casts the vision for the deliverance of Israel in Exodus 3-4, Moses is overwhelmed. He already left everything behind in Egypt, and God's call meant leaving everything once again. Moses' conversation with God about this calling can guide us as we step out in our own life mission.

 

Who Am I? (Exodus 3:11)

When God told Moses His plan to deliver Israel, Moses' initial response was utter shock. "Who am I that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" he asked.

How many of us ask this same question when we feel God tugging at our heart? In the span of the world, we feel small and insignificant-the last choice for use in God's plan to reach people with His love. But just as God promised Moses, He promises us "I will certainly be with you" (Exodus 3:12). It's not about who we are, but about the greatness of the God who is with us.

 

What Should I Say? (Exodus 3:13)

Despite God reassuring Moses of His presence, Moses wasn't convinced. "If I go to the Israelites…what should I tell them?" Moses knew there would be questions about his calling. He knew people might judge him, belittle him and doubt his qualifications. Like Moses, we often limit our acceptance of God's calling based on the opinions of people. We fear their response to our mission and aren't sure what to say when we're questioned.

God told Moses He didn't need to worry about popular opinion: "This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." (Exodus 3:14) When we trust God to equip us for the ministry He's given us to complete, it doesn't matter what people say. All that matters is that God sent us to accomplish His purpose.

 

What If…? (Exodus 4:1)

Moses still wasn't sure about God's plan. "What if they won't believe me and will not obey me?" he asked. This question "What if?" is the same question we turn over in our minds as we decide whether or not to follow God out of our comfort zone.

"What if I'm single forever?"

"What if people don't like me?"

"What if my message is not received?"

Fear settles in the crevices of our hearts and sends our thoughts into a storm of worry. What if, what if, what if?

God responded to Moses' fear with a display of His power. First, He changed Moses' staff into a serpent. Then He caused Moses' hand to become diseased-only to miraculously heal it a moment later. He told Moses to show these signs to Israel as evidence that God was with him.

Today, we don't turn staffs into serpents as evidence of God's power. But God's Holy Spirit resides within our hearts. We can pray for God to demonstrate His power through us, giving us words that meet people right where they are. We don't know what is going on in the lives of those around us-but God does. He can use us to bring a message at the perfect time, but we have to let go of the "What ifs" and trust Him to work in and through us.

 

But I'm Not Qualified! (Exodus 4:10)

Even though God answered all of Moses' doubts, Moses couldn't shake his sense of inadequacy. Since he was raised an Egyptian, Moses never experienced the slavery his Hebrew brothers did. But as a fugitive, he didn't fit in with the Egyptians, either. There was a good chance no one would listen to Moses, and he was overcome by the thought of it. Not only that, but Moses wasn't good at public speaking. The whole mission seemed like a terrible fit.

But God had other plans. "I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say." (Exodus 4:12)

Today you might doubt your calling. You might feel God calling you to step out of your comfort zone. You might be asking questions as you decide whether to follow God into the unknown.

There is a famous saying: "God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called." Just as the Lord equipped Moses for a monumental task, He will give you His presence and wisdom for your own calling. Instead of asking in fear, "What if..?", we should ask, "What if I don't follow God into this calling? What great work might I miss out on?" Remember, no matter what the call God gives, He will "certainly be with you" (Exodus 3:11).

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