It seems simple enough. I mean how hard can it be to say “yes”? A little word with three letters that we learn to say at a young age. An affirmation that all is right with the world. A positive in a world that broadcasts the negative. A big shout out that says “hey, I’m in” when the chatter around us sounds more like “no”. Easy right? But I press pause often because the power of yes is daunting and overwhelming. And in the pause I analyze, predict and outline logical steps, believing that I can figure out my “yes” before I even say it. You too???

My first tendency for most of my decisions is to press pause. I visualize what a “Yes” means in the situation, what it will look like and how this affects me. Jumping in with both feet feels foolish and risky. Life is about informed decisions, measured responses and cautious steps forward, RIGHT??? God loves to take the pause button right out of our hands and instead press play even when we aren’t ready. This is the power of yes!

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Have you ever jumped into the water feet first without testing it? Do you jump before taking the time to figure out what the outcome will be? How do you face decisions in your life?

My response is not the same as everyone else’s and your decisions may look very different from mine. But what I know is that God is a patient teacher who never sighs deeply as we take our time over and over in moving forward. God loves to show us how in the power of yes He protects with a safety net, ready to catch us when we feel like we are falling. He is the anchor when we are drifting, the lighthouse beacon directing us toward home, and the shore when we need rest from the crashing waves. God is in the power of yes with a promise that all will be well.

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Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:56-58

The power of yes is easy when we believe in God’s promises. When we say yes to God’s plans, the path is rough, rugged, jagged and challenging. But the remarkable beauty that greets us when we round the bend is God’s pre-ordained gift for us. When our “yes” matches the one God writes for us, our steps rhythmically match His in a journey of greatness.

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The power of yes looks like…

A step by step journey with God by our side

Multiple mistakes and an abundance of grace

Jumping feet first into the water because we know God is our safety net.

A path with no end until we choose the promise and hope of Jesus.

Yes is a leap when all you really want is solid ground beneath your feet. It is trusting God in the details and the moments you have no control over. Every “yes” brings you closer to the bend in the path and the amazing view of God’s glorious creation.

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May we see Jesus along the path, allow Him to show us the way and trust that our “yes” is exactly what He had in mind the whole time.

Walking toward yes and trusting in God’s promises,

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