Hi friends. It’s good to be back here with you in this space where I get to pour out to you what God has been pouring into me. Where I sit in the quiet and contemplate my words because I want them to be just the right ones for you. The ones that may make a difference for you whether they encourage, affirm, or challenge.
As I stepped away a bit for the summer in search of some quiet in my life, I was reminded of a few things. And as the work in progress that I am, I learned even a few more.Extend grace for others and ourselves.We are all just works in progress. #momentsofhope #hope Click To Tweet
Mostly it’s about trusting more and waiting well …
- As a Mom, you just don’t find much quiet when your kids aren’t in school. I realize I’ll have time for that when I’m missing the noise and distractions desperately because they’ve all grown and are spreading their wings of independence.
- Embracing chaos is often a better tactic than the relentless uphill battle of finding balance.
- God has a great sense of humor.
- There’s something holy about getting your teenager to really open up and talk.
- The business of opening improbable doors is still part of God’s everyday work.
- We are each a work in progress so there is no need to beat ourselves up for not getting it all right all the time.
- All things are in His timing, so we must wait well. It may be sooner than we think or it may be years later. It may even be as long as never. Yet it’s about trusting more each day in Him, His timing, and His reasons.
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” -Acts 13:2
It was the first scripture greeting me as I opened the pages of Erica Wiggenhorn’s The Unexplainable Church. It’s a verse that begs us to ask the question, “Why Barnabas and Saul?”
Was it unique speaking skills or all the right connections in the community? Did it come down to social stature or financial status?
No. It didn’t.
They were two ordinary men whose stories started much earlier in the pages of our Bibles. But it was in this moment God delivered “the bid to begin the work.”
It reminded me of where many of us sit in this moment in time. Our stories began many pages ago and the stirring is there in our hearts, yet we wait for the bid to begin our work.Did your story start long ago and today you wait for the bid to begin your work? #trustmore… Click To Tweet
And while we do so, we learn to lean in and trust more.
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. -Acts 13:3
Paul and Barnabas didn’t just grab their jackets and walk out the front doors after their encounter with the Holy Spirit. Before running off to do the work for which they’d been called, the believers around them gathered, laid hands on them, and sent them off in prayer.
That’s key, my friends …
believers uniting around us before we set off on the work God has given us to do.Do you have a community of believers uniting around you before you set out?… Click To Tweet
I’m guilty of it. How about you?
“And the church continues to be inseparably tied to every divine call since. The wonder of the Holy Spirit is that while He calls us individually to live unexplainable lives, He works collectively through the body, bidding the realization of the unexplainable church. The early believers understood their interconnectedness to one another. They found it inconceivable to fulfill the call of Christ apart from each other as members of the Christian church at large.” -Erica Wiggenhorn
Hear the whisper from the Holy Spirit deep in our souls that says we are called to a special purpose?
Set aside fear, uncertainty, and insecurity to step out in obedience toward that purpose?
Include a community of believers to cover and go out before us in prayer?
Erica’s study is broken down into 10 weeks. Each week has 5 days of lessons. Each lesson takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes. The content is rich and goes beyond simply understanding the context of the chapters. It is a study that urges us to go beyond the surface of Biblical knowledge and into the darker places of our hearts holding us back from being the church God intended.
Always in God’s Time
This study was given to me to review by Moody Publishers in just the time God planned. It couldn’t have been more appropriate. You see, I know God had started the pages of my story a long time ago. But this summer, He placed the bid for me to go into the next chapter. It came at a time I was filled with insecurity and doubt. I was overwhelmed, exhausted, and wondering what, which, and how.
One day while fighting yet another migraine, I decided my world would have to stop and I would have to do something different to ease the pain. I called for a massage appointment and was surprised with an opening within the hour. I grabbed it. As I laid there, I prayed like crazy asking God for His wisdom to know what to set down and what to pursue. I was a bit like Gideon in my quest for firm affirmations one way or another.
At the end of the massage, I gathered my things, walked out the door and reached in my purse to see if I had any missed messages or calls. Friends, I literally gasped! As I had laid there praying asking God to show me what to do, Brian Cole of Extreme Faith Productions and Aspire Women’s Events texted me to ask if I was available to speak September 30th! (Live in Arizona or in need of a girls road trip? Come join us! I’d love to meet you in person!)
You see, this all happened only by God’ s divine plan. I wasn’t seeking it. I hadn’t pounded any pavements trying to build my speaking platform to garner a resume adequate for a speaking opportunity such as this. It was a friendship God orchestrated and a moment where God simply opened the door because HE wrote my story and now it’s time to go tell it.Join me along w/ @MelSpoelstra @AmberlyNeese @miakoehne Sept 30th for an evening of… Click To Tweet
But there is something I need to do a better job of first, and this Bible Study has convicted me of that truth. I need to make sure I’m not going this alone – not the writing of this message of hope nor the speaking of it to whomever will hear it.
How about you? Are you heading out into your purpose alone or have you intentionally called upon your fellow believers to go before you in prayer and stand alongside you in faith?
Friends, your purpose may be the witness you provide each day in your workplace. It might be the heartfelt words you need your teen or adult child to hear. Or, maybe it’s the baby you rock in the church nursery. God is sending you forth with a special purpose and you need to call on your community of believers to go before you in prayer. God didn’t design ministry as a solo journey. He wants His people united in heart and prayer. So, reach out. Build your prayer support. Just ask and see what God does!
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Hope is at the heartbeat of living victorious lives. Without hope, what do we have? But to hold onto that hope, there are some things we have to embrace like our identity in Christ, the power of gratitude, a positive thought life, prayer, and the Word of God. Would you like extra encouragement to keep you focused on the right things? The things that will keep your hope alive?
#MomentsofHope Link-UpJoin us for the #MomentsofHope Link-Up! Share hope and be encouraged every Monday! #hope Click To Tweet
#MomentsofHope is back in full force this week! I’ll be visiting as many posts as possible, sharing them to my Moments of Hope Group Board on Pinterest as well as my other social media platforms when applicable, and choosing one post each week to feature.
Thank you for joining me here each week to share the hope given to us through Christ. Whether your words come from a story that points to the full healing you have experienced in Christ, or its a story of the journey along the road to the healing you know He is working in you, it is giving hope to others. Your words matter and it honors me to have you share them here in this space!
What I ask of you:
- Share up to 2 blogpost URLs resonating with the topic of HOPE. That which gives us hope for tomorrow and hope for victory. The little things and the big that inspire us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2.#MomentsofHope is a place to give and get hope, so let’s encourage others in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
- Please either grab the #MomentsofHope button found here or link back to me. If you’ve been featured, grab your button here!
Finally, find me linking up with these encouraging places!