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Today's reading: Nehemiah 11:1-36

As I read the first two verses of Nehemiah 11, the fact that living for God requires us to move out of our comfort zone and make sacrifices came across loud and clear.

"And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem" (vs. 2).

I like it when my life feels comfortable--when all things are in order, I have a routine, I know what to expect and I have a sense of being in control. (Can you relate?) But what I've discovered over the years is that NOT remaining "comfortable" is a good thing because it's when I move out of my comfort zone that my relationship with God is enhanced on a number of levels. Moving out of this zone of comfort and making sacrifices: heightens my awareness of God; reinforces my reliance on God as provider and director of my life; increases and intensifies my communication with God.

Earlier this week, someone messaged me this wise phrase that really drives home this point. "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone." If we want to live fully for God, sacrifices and making changes and moves have to be a part of the equation of our life.

In what area(s) might God be asking you to make some moves or sacrifices in order to serve Him more fully? Identify one thing (a possession, a habit, an opinion or mindset, a physical location) that if you gave it up (sacrificed it) would benefit your relationship with God and your service to Him. Tami

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These are tough questions, and at this time I am not able to give an answer although the Lord knows that I have been a willing volunteer when I was asked to come out of my comfort zone.

Thanks Tami, for bringing up these tough questions, I need to pray to the Lord, to show me the answers so that I will have a more sacrificial relationship with Him.

I have experienced several uncomfortable situation but I had peace in my heart knowing that I was obeying the Lord.

I was moved by the verse that you used today " And the people blessed....all who willingly offered...
The people blessed the willing volunteers.
That is what I have tried to do,by being an encourager and help those who are the willing volunteers although I should do it more often!!
Thanks again, Tami you are blessing and may God continue to use and bless you!

P. S. One habit that I need to give up is too much time on the computer and computer word games!

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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