Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day 403 ~ I Am Second, An Afterthought

One thing is for sure... twenty-three days ago when I decided to do the I Am Second 22 Day Challenge.. I was prepared with an open mind, as well as an open heart for Christ.  I knew that if this challenge was anything like the two inspirational videos I had already seen at church... well... I was ready.

I had already been trying to get close to my faith, yet felt something was still missing... even so.. I was not going to stop seeking Him. 

Starting this challenge I really did not know what effect this would have on me, if any... listen, I knew that the experience could not be bad... at least no worse than what I was doing on my own- which was nothing.

Twenty-two days later... I have learned of some twenty-two inspiring people.  Some strong people... some very humble... and others brave.  All of them Second.

Each person's story, very much different then the next, reiterated to me the same message... one must have faith.

It all happened very quickly ... I now realize it... my faith was growing each day more and more...  

I feel a bit more at peace.  I have surrendered to Him.  I am trying not to worry about things. really releasing them to Him.  I am really trying to love my neighbor... not pass judgments... as I said I do feel a bit more peaceful...

I am NOT saying that it is all EASY!  I am here to tell you that it is NOT!  

It is In those times of trouble(s) that I have been turning more to God and praying my heart out!

wink, wink.

I would recommend it to anyone to do the 22 Day Challenge... especially if you question or are looking for a relationship with Him.

I have complete faith in God... He knows what He is doing and I am willing to listen and follow. 

I can wholeheartedly say...

I am second. 

We are Second when we put Jesus First.  Seconds are bold to lift up Jesus and tell others.  Are you ready to become a stronger Second?

I challenge YOU to take the I Am Second [22] Day Challenge... Can you spare maybe fifteen minutes in a day?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  ~James 1:2-4 (NIV)

[here's to you finding your... ]


... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  

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ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

What a wonderful challange and great to see it's given you the little extra peace we all could use, first with in ourselves then on to others. This Sunday our pastor shared a lil sidetrack during his message and it really made an impact on me.

What are we: sinners-saved by grace
What we've been given-eternal life through Christ,and all the other blessing he's seen fit to put on use.
We get in trouble when we forget WHAT WE ARE--and think WHAT WE'VE been GIVEN is who we are!! POWERFUL!!!!!

Aliy Hurd said...

Good for you for getting through and other Challenge they can always be a bit hard to get through

leigh said...

Proud of you xoxoxo Sounds like this is just what you needed!

Joy said...

Good for you! Not an easy challenge at all!

Heather Lynne said...

This sounds like a great challenge. Congrats on getting through them!

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry your challenge is done because it was such a good read! Congrats on a happy ending (and a great foundation builder for the future).

Shannon Milholland said...

I am second. Those are beautiful words, friend!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

That was a beautiful conclusion Carla.

Anonymous said...

Truer words were never spoken and this on the heels of the realization how quickly we forget to put Christ first (or even in the cue sadly) in our day to day lives!

Wendy said...

I love that God uses people to speak to us! Thanks so much for sharing this friend! Blessings!

Rosann said...

Such a great challenge. I know God is smiling down on you right now. So proud of you, girl! I am second!