Running Like Jonah

Running Like Jonah

Oh Lord Have Mercy On Me! That’s what I was crying out to God when He started leading me towards writing. I’m a Registered Nurse by trade and so writing was not something I was fond of…in fact I like computer documentation where you check off the box and write a sentence or two. That is my style, easy and simple.

So,  like a good Christian soldier I ran like Jonah. But just like Jonah, I heard God calling to me again and again, so this time I set up a Facebook page that I would occasionally post some cute sayings and verses with equally cute pictures. Not quite what God was calling on me to do. For a time this was good and comfortable for me. So I let it ride like that for several years. Until now, this past month when I heard and felt a strong push to write. God never promised me it would be easy, but He promises to be with me through it all.

Now that I am done with my running I can listen to God closely. Do you have ears to hear Him? Do you hear him calling to you, pushing you forward?  I can honestly say discerning God’s voice is difficult to do when your eyes are off the Holy One. I learned that from many difficult times I had while running from God’s calling on my life. The lesson I learned from my running is this: that if you humbly present yourself before God, you will be changed into the person He wants you to be. Just call upon the Lord.

When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.”
‭‭Jonah‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He promises to transform us, He promises to renew our minds, and He promises us the Holy Spirit to guide us. Jonah was a changed man once he stopped running.  Transforming, equipping and encouragement all from God – what more do we truly need!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond to each of you personally.

16 Comments

  • Donna

    July 19, 2016 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Awesome!!!

    • JoAnn Corr

      July 19, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s a work in progress 😊

  • Patricia

    July 20, 2016 at 2:11 am Reply

    I Loved it

  • Mary T. Mathieu

    July 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Well written and inspiring!

    • JoAnn Corr

      July 20, 2016 at 4:33 am Reply

      Thank you Mary, I appreciate your words of encouragement.

  • Leslie

    July 19, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

    Great job Joann! Loved it

  • Dot Pease

    July 20, 2016 at 6:31 am Reply

    Awesome Jo Ann, thanks for sharing your heart!

  • Shelley

    July 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Great jib!!! Absolutely love it!

  • Shelley

    July 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Meant job

  • Tammy

    July 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Love it! You are blessed with such a talent for writing…I am blessed you share Jesus, and your writings with me ! Thank you

    • JoAnn Corr

      July 25, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply

      You are so sweet Tammy! I have been the one so blessed by you and the other women in our group. 💗💗

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