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Oceans

I’ve been pondering big dreams of late. I know that there is more for me to do. Sometimes my dreams appear so small next to a God who is so big, so vast.  And I wonder if I have the faith to walk it out, what He’s called me to do. What if I fail?  What if I drown? What if it all comes crashing down?  There is nothing more that I want than to bring Him glory with my life. I found myself asking this question of God this week, “Do You really desire to use little ‘ole me to make a difference?”

I don’t want to ever doubt Him.  I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that He’s already written my story.  I simply must trust that He will give me the strength and courage to walk it out.

God will call me out upon the water. There are no safety nets there, nothing for me to hold onto. Nothing but Him. And although it may appear that my feet may fail me, I must trust that He will not allow me to fall. His grace abounds in the deepest of waters. Staying on the shore or close to it involves no risk. But in order to fully trust, one must take risks. When all my strength is gone and it appears I may lose sight of what’s ahead, I can rest assured that His strength will uphold me.

So I will fix my eyes on Jesus. I will call upon His Name.  I am ready and willing to go whereever He may call me because I know that I am held in His loving embrace.

Take a moment to listen to this song. What is it God is calling you to do? Will you trust Him to give you the strength and courage to walk it out?

*Some content taken from Hillsong United – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life
    January 11, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I love Hillsong United!!!!! Finally got to see them live here in Miami in 2012 and suggest that everyone RUN to iTunes to download the album “Live in Miami.” (Do you sense my enthusiasm?) 🙂

    I love the premise of your post this weekend, Barbie. Faith requires us to “take the plunge” so to speak. Have you read John Ortberg’s book, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat”? Great book.

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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      I love them too. Would love to experience them live one day. I have not read John Ortberg’s book. I will have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by Lyli!

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    Bev Duncan @ Walking Well With God
    January 11, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Barbie,
    Just popping over to say Hi and visit your blog! Love, love, love this song!! Thanks for the encouragement that I have found here this morning 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Bev!

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    Joanne Viola
    January 11, 2014 at 3:30 am

    I loved the song! I have to tell you, I have heard this song before, even having sung it in church. It never hit me like it did just now. Being a woman who has a deep fear of water and cannot swim, it hit me deeply that I have no choice but to keep my eyes on Him. The only choice I have is to walk by faith or sink. And my word for 2014 is “Faith”. Know that the song & video spoke deeply to my heart this morning. Thank you, Barbie!
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      You’re most welcome Joanne. So thankful it ministered to your heart this morning!

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    Beth
    January 11, 2014 at 4:52 am

    “His strength will uphold me.” Such a beautiful promise and it’s so very true. I could not get through each day without Him. Coming here is such a beautiful way to begin the morning.
    Love you,
    Beth
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Love you back girl!

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    Beth @ My Destiny
    January 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Everything God calls us to do makes us step out of our comfort zone. Right now I am going to start attending a Bible study of a tight knit group of women. They have been together for years and all of a sudden I have been asked to join. I feel like an intruder, but God must have a plan in it all. I have to admit I am thrilled to join a Bible study!

    I need to step out of the boat in SO many areas.

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Beth
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      That’s so exciting Beth. He must have a purpose for your being there. Praying you are having a blessed weekend.

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    Linda@Creekside
    January 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Yes! Oceans vast, unending, mighty and strong. Like His love.

    And this song, Barbie? Balm to my weary, grieving soul. I praise Him for prompting you to share this with us today.
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Linda, I am sorry for your loss and thankful this ministered to your heart. Hugs!

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    kaseyparr99
    January 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Barbie, I believe when the plans God has for us are bigger than we are able, He gives us the blessing of knowing He is the one who made us able. I think it’s His way of showing us His glory. Blessings, Kasey

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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      AMEN Kasey! Bless you!

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    Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily)
    January 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Barbie, thank you for much needed encouragement and a reminder that all my courage comes from HIM, not from within myself. Time to stop procrastinating and walk it out.

    Love that you linked up with Recommendation Saturday.

    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Have a beautiful weekend Shelly!

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    Lea
    January 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Oh, Barbie, HE has already used you to make a difference. Blessings abundant for this new year as you “go forth.”
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you Lea! You bless me!

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    January 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    As you know, Barbie, I’m totally walking on water right now. But, as much as that is true, I haven’t given much thought to my calling, nor even know what it is, these days. It seems that my whole life is on hold until my husband gets ‘situated.’
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      Barbie
      January 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I totally understand my friend. I’ve been there. Just keep walking forward. He will directly your path. Hugs!

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    Holly Barrett
    January 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Let me walk upon the waters wherever you may call…that’s a scary song to sing or prayer to pray. Except that’s what I want to do too. May we all have the courage to walk on the waters with Him!
    Holly Barrett recently posted..A spacious place

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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

      AMEN!

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    Marty
    January 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    The beach is my happy place. I feel like it reveals so much of Him…beautiful image!
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I love the beach too Marty! Thanks for stopping by!

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    bluecottonmemory
    January 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I can’t really see a dream He’s put in my right now. I’ve given all that to Him and am just walking one step at a time. It feels like limbo – but it’s not. When I read your post, since I couldn’t see ahead – I looked behind – and realized that for 27 years I’ve been living a God-sized dream of raising 5 sons and being married to an awesome man for 30 years. My right now doesn’t seem very “seize the dream” and think plan a work toward it – but I have to trust Him that right now isn’t nothing.
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      You are living a very worthwhile dream right now! Thank you for sharing!

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    Elizabeth@BeautyObserved
    January 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This is the second time this week that someone has referenced this song. I hadn’t heard it before. It’s very beautiful!

    There is so much more that God is calling me to in 2014. I can only cry out to Him. I know He has me in His hand. <3
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Yes, you are held securely in His hand! Have a blessed week!

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    Joan
    January 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    As I’ve been focusing on courage from God in these first few days of 2014, I realize that placing my trust in Him is key. The more I trust Him, the more my faith grows and the more my fear fades. I have some big dreams, too…But no dream is too big or too small for our God!

    Happy Saturday, Barbie!

    In Christ, Joan
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      AMEN!

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    June
    January 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

    That’s the key, Barbie, keeping our eyes focused upward, on Jesus. We’re less likely to see the doubt, the scary things that taunt us when our eyes are on Him.
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      So true. When are eyes are fixed on Him, all we can do is look ahead. He’s so faithful!

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    Lisa @ FSL
    January 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

    THIS! This, is beautiful!!
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      Barbie
      January 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Lisa! Have a beautiful week.

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    lisha epperson (@seespkhearmama)
    January 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I am loving this song right now and you picked my favorite lines for this post…”trust without borders” gets me every time. Thanks for sharing your words and the ministry of this song. So inspiring.

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    Laurie Collett
    January 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Praise God that with Him, all things are possible! Thanks for the great post & for hosting & God bless!
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      Barbie
      January 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Blessings to you Laurie!

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    Kym
    January 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I love this song, and it hold special meaning for me and for my church family right now. Very timely post – thank you.
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      Barbie
      January 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thankful it blessed you! Have a beautiful week.

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    Janet
    January 13, 2014 at 6:56 am

    This song is one of my favorites. And I love your willingness to step out in trust God wherever He leads.

    Right now the only thing I know God is calling me to do is surrender. He has made it very clear that this is something we’re going to be working on in my life. He keeps bringing it to my attention and showing me new things that I need to surrender to Him.

    As always, I appreciate your encouragement, Barbie.

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      Barbie
      January 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Surrender, yes I hear Him calling me to do the same. Thank you for stopping by Janet and for linking up to The Weekend Brew!

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    Karin Madden
    January 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Oh, I love the song Oceans! I am so grateful God has brought me to meet you Barbie. Have a great week!
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