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The other day I approached an intersection and heard a loud flapping sound. I pulled up next to a six-wheeled pickup truck that had a tire cage in the bed and was hauling new tires. I looked over at the truck and noticed one of his inside tires was blown and the rubber was pounding against the pavement.
We continued down the road. I found it amusing that this truck had a blown tire and he’s hauling around a hundred tires in the back of his truck. He had everything he needed to fix the flat, but never stopped to use it. He drove on because he could. He still had five good tires, but no doubt the ride wasn’t as smooth, enjoyable or efficient.
Often times, we walk around this earth hurt, unfulfilled, attacked or spiritually drained. God has given us everything we need only we never tap into it. We continue on because we can, only we aren’t happy or content.
Do you have a tire blown and you just keep driving using the other five wheels. This leads to a mediocre life. Pull over. Change it. Look up and use the tools God has given us. His Word. Pray. Believe. Trust in Him. He came so we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance. John 10:10
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“And after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)
Have you ever prayed for something for so long that you have to continually remind yourself that God’s timing is perfect? And even though we know His timing is perfect, the wait can be excruciating!
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. God put the desire in my heart at a very early age. Stories have played like movies in my head since as far back as I can remember.
I won my first poetry contest in fifth grade. A simple poem I wrote in 1976, the theme: The Bicentennial.
One of our famous presidents was Lincoln,
He did us lots of good thinkin’
All though he was tall,
He was loved by all and
He kept the southern states from leavin’!
Wow, and I won first place. Amazing, huh? My prize…a book about boys track. Yes, the ultimate punishment, they thought Dana was a boy. Ugh. Not the first time someone thought I was a boy, but I graciously accepted my book, taped my poem in it and have cherished it since. Occasionally I pull it from the shelf, look at it and giggle. It is a reminder of God working in my life even before I knew Him as savior and friend.
I began the year 2015 with these words, “Okay God, it’s been twenty some years since I started putting our stories down on paper and this is the year. It’s time to start trying to get them out to the publishing world. By the end of 2015, I will be entering my Promised Land. And if I don’t have a publishing contract, I will self-publish.”
Reminded of my promise to God daily, and with the help of my critique partner’s encouragement, I subbed one of my books to two publishers in September. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. But God is good and before I knew it, I had both interested and one offered a contract. I’m excited to say that I signed that contract on December 4, 2015 with a release date set for next year. Whew. Twenty plus days to spare.
A Second Chance is due out May 24, 2016.
As I sit here and write this I believe our God to be big and I believe Him to fulfill our dreams. I am a walking example of His answer to prayer. I pray you will dream big dreams and believe our God to be as huge as He really is. Thank you, Jesus, for continued answer to prayer!
I was recently at a meeting with a lot of senior ministers, children’s ministers, youth ministers, and music ministers. My feelings of inadequacy began to rise. Thoughts invaded my head. I’m not smart enough. I don’t know the Bible as well as them. I’m not spiritual enough. Those thoughts and feelings make me sit quietly even when I feel the spirit prompting me to speak.
I left the first day of the two day meeting frustrated with myself. I’ve prayed about this feeling of inadequacy for years. As I drove home, I cried out to God, “When am I going to have a breakthrough. Am I always going to feel this way? When will I get over it? Why does this continue to haunt me? Will I always walk around with this not good enough feeling?”
I asked over and over again when my breakthrough was going to happen but heard no answer. I decided I needed some music so I flipped on the radio. The first words I heard were…Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave. I just wanna see you, I just wanna see you, I just wanna see you be brave. (Brave by Sara Bareilles) I realize the song is talking about something totally different but it was as if the words were coming directly from God’s mouth. Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down by the enemy, fallen for the fear and done some disappearing…bow down to the Mighty, don’t run…I just wanna see you be brave.
It doesn’t matter if we feel inadequate. The question is, do we trust God to equip us to do the job He has called us to do? When we’re weak, He is strong. Do it afraid. He just wants us to be brave. He wants to see it. Show Me how big your brave is.
Are you afraid to ask God for anything? I wrote this back in 2004 and love the reminder of God answering prayer!!! Enjoy!!
Many times I refrain from asking God for certain things so I am not disappointed if the answer is no.
Beth Moore says, “Those who truly know Him never stop inviting Him to reveal His awesome presence….I am convinced that faith sometimes means knowing God can, whether or not He does. Sometimes when I am offering up my pitiful petitions, my heart becomes convicted as if God is saying, “Come on! Challenge me today!”
Our bible study challenged God today and can I just tell you, nothing is impossible for God, whether it is a huge request like curing an illness to something smaller like providing a babysitter.
God answered our challenge, our prayer right in front of my eyes just ten minutes later. It was SO COOL.!!
At BSF, Bible Study Fellowship, each class has a fellowship lunch every month so we can get to know each other better and share what Christ has been doing in our lives.
I’ve never been able to go because children are not allowed. Our class is mostly parents with young kids so needless to say the fellowship luncheons are lacking women.
In class our teacher put in a prayer request. We asked God to provide childcare to those in the class who needed it. Our discussion leader reminded us that no task is too small for our Lord.
Five minutes later I sat in the sanctuary waiting for the lecture to begin when two women from Glendale Christian Church sat down next to me.
One of the gals leaned into me and said, “I didn’t know you were coming to BSF?”
“Since October,” I said, “I’ve never seen you here either.”
She asked, “When is your next Bible Fellowship lunch?” That question almost floored me because it was the first glimpse of God at work.
“In a couple of weeks, when is yours?”
“Ours is next week.”
Her next question knocked me off my seat. My human nature wanted to say she said it out of the blue but I know it was a woman whose heart was tendered to the prompting of our Lord and then followed through and obeyed. It was God answering our prayer.
She asked, “Do you want me to watch Collins so you can go?”
I was giddy, “Yes, oh yes, I’d love for you to do that.”
Never stop challenging our Lord to show Himself. Whether you are asking for something huge or something small He is there, waiting to answer you!
Pray right now for God to show Himself to you today! He so wants to. Then look for Him, He is there!
As the New Year approaches many of you are starting your list of New Year resolutions. Instead of resolutions, I prefer to spend some time thinking about the path God has me on, where He wants me to go and how am I getting there. I ask myself, if over the last year, I got closer to His plan for my life and if not, what are some goals I can set this next year to see it happen.
As I drove to an appointment the other morning I was stuck in traffic. We were at an on and off dead stop for over 30 minutes. I began to think about the past year and the upcoming one and if I was getting closer to His plan for my life.
I watched cars pull onto the shoulder hoping to catch a glimpse of what was holding us up. Other cars wouldn’t wait. They cut across the center median or went through the ditch to take a different route.
I wonder which really takes longer, to sit it out or take a different route. I mean, we could be seconds away from the lanes opening up. When I’m ready to throw in the towel and attempt to go a different way we start to move, if ever so slightly. All I needed was that little encouragement to reaffirm that we will be unstuck soon.
God’s path is so similar. We are on the road towards His plan for our lives but there are times He makes us wait and we feel like we do when we’re stuck in traffic. We can’t see what’s blocking us or why we are stopped. I often wonder what taking an alternate path does? Do we miss the blessing? Does it take longer? Were we seconds away from our breakthrough?
I find that when discouragement is overwhelming and I’m ready to go another route, God gives me a glimpse of His glory, some encouragement that keeps me on the road with my eyes on Him. We never now how close that breakthrough is.
This year, lets stay the course. Stay on the path God has set before you and don’t let anything veer you off. Keep your eyes on Jesus and do whatever it takes to be closer to Him!
Have a blessed New Year!