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For over fifteen years, she’s taught small group bible studies
and spoken at women’s retreats and conferences.
She is the author of Friendship MAPS and her passion
is sharing life-changing truths about the grace of God in Christ.
On her weekly blog (on joyAwilliams.com) she encourages sincere or sidetracked truth seekers
with “hope for the heart and joy to the soul.”Joy is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
Her first Café exclusive “How This Election Elevates My Thinking” can be found below . .
BUT FIRST . . the Café thought you just might want to know
how an Encouragement Leader like Joy Williams has been encouraged
in her own faith recently.
In her own words…
God is in control.This truth never changes but it continues to change me.
God’s sovereignty encourages me to seek Him about the course of events (or the course of my day).
But as I submit to His will for my life, I undergo transformation.
I may not always understand what He allows,
but I’m learning to trust He’s doing far more than I can see.
Jesus, the King of the World lives in my heart yet,
He reigns over all creation.
That pretty much makes my day — any day.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“How This Election Elevates My Thinking”
by Joy Williams
Our Presidential Election Day is almost here …
It’s likely we’ll continue to see constant shifts in the polls and a bevy of below the belt punches. I’m no pundit. However as a member of the electorate, I’m troubled by the growing need to fact check each candidate’s moral fiber.
Hold onto your voter ID, this is going to be a bumpy ride.
I will vote. But just as I think the political conversation couldn’t get any lower; it goes deeper into the unacceptable.
Thankfully, a different election elevates my thinking:
confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you.
Don’t put it off; do it now.
Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing,
the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom
of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
– 2 Peter 1:10-11 –
God’s choice of you and I is the most important election. It compels me to confirm His invitation in every area of my life. It gives me firm footing no matter what. I want to say “no more” to the political uneasiness slathered across our nation.
Consequently, I’m using these three approaches
to say “yes” to my election in Christ:
Become an ambassador of calm
God chose us to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). The bible reminds us nations have been governed by child kings and evil queens and God’s plans survived them all. I’m not suggesting that either candidate is childish or evil (although others have labeled them as such); I’m emphasizing the Sovereignty of God.
I believe we should vote our conscious and do due diligence on researching candidates’ positions. But with polarizing rhetoric coming from campaigns and social media, disappointment will be on display no matter who wins.
However, through Christ, we can be at peace before and after the polls close. Who is better positioned than a believer to triumph in the sovereignty of God.
Bombard the heavens with prayer …
God invites us to come boldly before the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). If I believe a specific candidate’s presidency will be a disaster, I better call on heaven for disaster relief.
We can pray for a safe, orderly and a legally stringent voting process.
We can pray for a large voter turnout with voters’ hearts turned towards the will of God.
We can ask God to work on the heart and mind of the winner (He already knows who it is). Pray for that person to receive Christ’s salvation or experience personal revival to draw them closer to Him.
We can also pray for the candidate who loses, that he or she and all those affected by their loss, will be gracious post-election and become more acquainted with God’s love.
Be prepared for how God
will use us after we elect our new president …
He calls us to reflect who He is to the world (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). On November 9, we might be glad the election is over; but God’s Kingdom work continues. And the way things are going, they’ll be plenty of work to go around.
So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, His choice of you. There is something much larger in effect than the political bent of the White House; God holds the universe in His hands.
Eventually, we’ll all have the task of welcoming our next President – whoever he or she will be. It is the way of these United States. After presidential elections, most of us settle down and accept the majority’s choice.
If our preferred candidate doesn’t win (and no, I’m not saying who I am voting for) eventually, our focus will shift. Some may pause to consider possibilities for the election of 2020. But hopefully we’ll find common ground to unite us as a nation. The election of 2 Peter 1:10-11 makes that possible.
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