Go Big!

Many years ago, a friend gave me the unexpected & extravagant gift of a solitary diamond.  She explained that the Lord told her to give it to me as a sign that He would always exceed my faith with good gifts I hadn’t even thought of or asked for.  I’ve now worn this diamond on my right hand for close to 25 years.  Every day it testifies to me of the generosity and faithfulness of God.  And, true to His promise, God has and continues to do “above and beyond” what I dare ask and believe for.

I consider myself a “faith girl”.   I KNOW I serve a great God, who delights in doing the seemingly impossible in my life.  I think my prayers are big, daring, and bold. But lately God has been challenging me to ask bigger; dream bigger; believe for bigger.  Every where I turn, in simple, yet profound ways, I feel His nudge to go big!

My wildest dreams

My craziest ideas

My deepest longings

My grand plans

The things I dare not share with anyone else and barely my own soul will imagine.  I can’t say it any better than God’s word does…

God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!  He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.   Ephesians 3:20 (Message)

Let me tell you, God is not thinking small.  God is not going to give you some mediocre dream.  There will be an element of the impossible so you are constantly drawn to Him, and ultimately, give Him all the glory.

Whatever you are asking God for today — dare to ask bigger!  Go big! The One who promised that we would do greater works than He (John 14:12-14) is the same One who spoke all things into existence.  He has the ability to back up what He is promising.

I’m praying for you, friend, that as you read these words your faith will grow. Dare to believe your great God can and will do above and beyond what you ask or think.   GO BIG! Scratch that — GO BIGGER!

What Your Husband Needs Most

Kevin jokes that he’s like a cactus. He only needs a little water and care.  Funny guy!  Truth is…he’s more like a succulent plant that needs gentle misting and constant care.  He’s worth it though. After all, he’s God’s boy and deserves all the love and help I have to share.  He’s my #1 ministry – above kids, church, work.

Well, this morning I woke up with an urgency to pray more FOR Kevin, not just WITH Kevin.  God reminding me how I can get so busy doing things for Kevin, that I neglect what will help him most.  And, so, I prayed that he would…

  • Grow in his love and revelation for Jesus
  • Live in God’s plan – full of faith, obedient.
  • Cooperate with the Holy Spirit – humble, teachable, discerning.
  • Lead with wisdom, grace, integrity.
  • Be fruitful in all his labor
  • Trust God enough to dream bigger dreams.
  • Be healthy, strong, youthful, and energitic.
  • Enjoy fulfilling relationships – marriage, family, friends.
  • Have fun!  Laugh. Be happy.

If you aren’t praying for your husband, who will?  Cover him with God’s presence.  Speak God’s word over his life.  Fight the good fight of faith with the prophetic words God has given him.   Your prayers will have a huge impact on your man.  God will move his insurmountable mountains.  And, God will answer the smallest needs with pin point accuracy.

Pray about everything.  With grateful hearts, offer up your prayers and requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

Only God Can Help!

Today’s news headline really pierced my heart – “Four Teens Torture Disabled Boy”.  To top it off, they did this heynis act on the internet live!  Really?  Where does such hate come from?  How can any human inflict such harm on another person?  It’s more than my heart can bear.

In the last days, there will come times of great difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying it’s power.  II Timothy 3:1-17

The world is in cardiac arrest.  So many hearts have become callous toward God — Who is our One & only solution for all that ails us.  Parents do the best they can.  Police bravely serve our communities. Teachers work tirelessly to help this generation.  Unfortunately, all our efforts will never be enough.  Sin has led this world spiraling  downward for centuries.  The Bible tells us that as time ticks on, the problems will continue to increase in frequency and size, much like woman in labor. (I Thes. 5:2-3)

So, instead of watching more depressing news on TV tonight, will you join me in praying for our land?  (II Chronicles 7:14). These four teens in the news (and countless others like them) need a new heart, that only God, their Creator, can provide.  I know prayer can seem like your throwing a frisbee up in the air and watching it drop right back to the ground.  But, the truth is — GOD does hear our prayers.  And, God is faithful to respond.