Abandoning My Comfort Zone

Five Minute Friday: ABANDON

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Possibly, now, more than ever, I feel as though I’m living with abandon. I’ve left the comforts of home and the closeness of friends and family to, prayerfully, see a gospel movement on the side of the world I now inhabit. This great dream I share with my church-planter-husband requires me to not just step out of my comfort zone, as this implies I could hop back in. Rather, commitment to foreign church planting demands a total abandonment of my comfort zone. Aside from dark chocolate on the couch or the warm embraces from my tribe of three, my comfort zone, for now, ceases to exist. Because, like it or not, I’m eaten up with this thing.

So I walk in the most comfortable shoes I own, which turn out not to be as airy as advertised, giving invitations to church along with an invitation for criticism and rejection. Either of these is not only possible but likely. As I get swept up in the going and doing, and telling and showing coupled with stress and sleeplessness, it’s also possible I’ll forget the why all this is worth it. I’ll need reminding, and I hope I can count on you.

It’s Jesus. The groom we’re waiting for. And it’s the greatest privilege of my life to ready His bride. It is my prayer, above all, I won’t forget Him, my first love, as some zealots have been said to have done. I hope, instead, I’ll be faithful, though I cringe, as I cross the threshold of my comfort zone. Living with abandon, I’ll cling only to the One who will never abandon me.

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Also, for those who don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I will share with you now that we are relocating as a family to be closer to our church plant (which will be up and running in 3 weeks! EEEEK!). I know that the truths I’m learning and have shared with you above will be put to the test more than ever over the next few months. I appreciate your friendship and your prayers for our family and ministry. The fears and obstacles are great, but our God is greater.

10 Comments

  1. I admire your commitment to following where God leads even when, as you say, ut doesn’t just mean stepping out of your comfort zone, but completely abandoning it.
    I’m sure God will be working through you and that you’ll be a huge blessing.
    I love yoyr paragraph about why you do what you do. That is so important- keeping our eyes on Jesus.
    Visiting from FMF#16

  2. Our God is indeed greater. You are so faithful to his calling for you and your family. But did you know that the words “Do not be afraid” appear in the Bible 365 times–one for each day of the year? Continuing to pray with you friend! I’m in the 41 spot this week.

  3. kelly @kellyblackwell

    Amber I so fully admire your courage to go exactly where the Lord leads and to abandon your very comfort zone. I pray that the Lord will richly bless this church and all those who will be served. I look forward to learning more about it.
    Visiting from FMF #70
    Blessings to you. – Kelly

  4. I am SO floored that I ended up in the spot behind you on FMF this week…I poked around on your blog a bit and I am completely in awe! Maybe it’s the NE Ohio girl in me, or the coffee-loving, shopping-hating lady who has been dreaming of going on the mission field my entire life but your writing resonates so deeply with me. I almost stood up and hollered at the end of this post when you started talking about Jesus as our Bridegroom–that EXACT thing that has been popping up in my quiet times and in conversations and in the book i’m reading over and over again for the past 2 weeks!! Crossing the threshold of our comfort zones….brilliant and beautiful. I can’t wait to read what you write next week. I’ll be praying for you, your family, and your ministry. So glad we were neighbors this week!

    • Nichole, I am floored, too, by your sweet, sweet comments! Thanks for reading around and taking the time to get to know me a little bit in this internet world. Can’t wait to see all the other things we have in common and how the Lord is using you in your corner of the globe.

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