Jesus Boot Camp: Assurance

a being certain in the mind
After seventeen years of hoping and dreaming of returning to college, it was becoming a reality. James was starting kindergarten, and Tom had a schedule that allowed him to be home with the kids while I went to school.

As the first day of class approached, I got scared, not concerned, but flat out scared. After seventeen years…what was I thinking?


It only took a couple of weeks of classes for me to really feel overwhelmed. A friend and I were visiting when I shared my anxiety with her.

“It’s only fourteen weeks; you can do anything for fourteen weeks. Besides, you’re a strong person; you got this!” she enthusiastically assured me.

During the next five years of completing my bachelor’s degree, my friend’s assurance carried me through more than a few times. And thankfully, her assurance lingered into subsequent degree programs.

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

Throughout His ministry, Jesus demonstrated empathy and compassion for his disciples. When I read this passage in Matthew’s Gospel, I’m convinced He understood any hesitancy or fears they had, and we have.

Have you launched a new endeavor recently, Dear Reader? Maybe a new phase of life? Marriage, career, family, empty-nesting?

Over time, I’ve learned that no matter how well we plan the next big thing, there will always be unknowns. It took me a little longer to figure out the Lord probably wants it that way. How else would we learn to lean into the Lord, Dear Reader?

Praise God, when we are obedient to His will, He provides us with the assurance we need, when we need it. By equipping us to fulfill His will for our lives, the Lord also empowers us to be leaders in His Kingdom.

5 If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
​Proverbs 3:5-6  TLB

0 thoughts on “Jesus Boot Camp: Assurance”

  1. I have to trust in God each and every day :). For energy, creativity, and a desire to reach out to people (I’d much rather just hang out alone or with my husband 😉 ).

  2. Alice V Walters

    Amen to that, Sister! I was almost relieved a few years ago when our son pointed out what an introvert I am. From your online presence I never would have guessed it about you, so obviously the Lord is listening to and answering your prayers:)

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