Friday, August 21, 2009

Your Comfort Zone by Lena Nelson Dooley

It’s Fortifying Friday, and today we welcome friend and guest author, Lena Nelson Dooley.

When you're around Lena, you can't help but feel lifted up and encouraged. She always has a kind word and hug for everyone. Lena is known not only for her books, but also her heart for mentoring other writers.


Your Comfort Zone

The place where you are now is a comfort zone. When He asks you to step out in faith to a place that seems beyond your skills or beyond your reach, there is always a reason.

God makes comfort zones. They have a place in our lives. In the comfort zone, God renews us and heals our hurts. We learn to trust in the comfort zone.

However, when we stay in a comfort zone too long, it becomes a rut. When God has renewed and strengthened and healed us, He is ready for us to step out. Most new growth doesn’t take place in the comfort zone. Only when we listen to His voice and test our new trust can we truly grow and move toward the place God wants us to be.

At one time, that comfort zone wasn’t comfortable. It took a step of faith to reach it in the beginning.

As God uses that safe place, then it becomes a comfort zone. Remember wherever God asks you to go will be a safe place of growth. He won’t ask you to go anywhere that will destroy you. He only wants to strengthen you.

That scary place He’s calling you to will one day become a comfort zone to launch you into even greater places of ministry.


Lena Nelson Dooley is a multi-published, award-winning author, who really enjoys encouraging other authors along the way. She is currently writing a novel for Summerside Press - Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. She and her husband live in Texas, where they're active in church. They love to travel, go to movies, spend time friends and family, and just be together. They will soon celebrate 45 years together.

Please visit Lena’s Web sites and blogs.

http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/
http://lenanelsondooleynewsletter.blogspot.com/ - Monthly free book
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/ - Author interviews/Free books
http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/ - Regular Blogger
www.facebook.com/lena.nelson.dooley

6 comments:

  1. That's so true about most new growth not taking place in a comfort zone. It can be scary to step out in faith but also exhilarating, with the potential to add a whole new dimension to our relationship with God.

    I feel like God is asking me and my family to step out of our comfort zone with finances and relationships. But it's amazing how he remains in it all and guides us even though ultimately it's up to us to take the leap.

    Thanks for the post!

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  2. Lena, thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    I'm on the verge of a new season and I love how your words comfort and challenge me as I face it. I have no way of knowing what it's going to look like entirely, but God goes with me, and He is my safety.

    Warmly,
    Annette

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  3. Lena is a great person and also a great writter, I read a lot here on the internet where she premotes a lot of new authors, and gives her time and talent to help others. That is a good picture of her and her husband.
    I stay in my confort zone about all the time, I have a phoia about getting away from home and have to take medication in order to go out. I can't take a lot of people or noise, it just tears me up.

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  4. Edna, I'm praying for you. Max Lucado wrote a book called "Fearless." It's a very down-to-earth book that is really blessing me. Perhaps it would bless you, too. I imagine your library would have it.

    God bless you,
    Annette

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  5. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments. I've read them all and they blessed me.

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  6. So glad you could visit today, Lena!

    :) Annette

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