I remember gazing around her home. The essence of family and of love so present I thought could almost physically touch it. That moment was over 20 years ago, yet I still vividly remember it today.
They lived in a gorgeous home. Her kids were splashing loudly in the pool as her husband reached for some of the treats laying on the kitchen counter. To me, it felt as though I’d stepped into my forever dream … a dream I no longer believed possible.
At the time, I was convinced my future held less. I believed I deserved less — that I was unworthy of more.
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe it’s not a ‘felt’ kind of thing for you. Maybe it’s where you are right now. Something has happened. Either something you did or something done to you. And it has given you cause to believe your dreams have washed away.
Forever gone. It’s just too late, too hard, or too broken.
But, friend, stop. Stop that ‘stinkin’ thinkin’ right this moment. Because it’s just not true. I promise.
Start with this Truth.
Will you do me a favor? Will you read these next words out loud?
Nothing is impossible with Christ.
Now, let’s do it again.
Nothing is impossible with Christ.
Did you know God tells us this truth in the pages of the Bible? He tells us this not once but many times. And He shows us this again and again in the many stories and historical details found within His pages.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37 ESV
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26 ESV
‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. -Jeremiah 32:17 ESV
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” -Mark 10:27 ESV
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13 ESV
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” -Job 42:2 ESV
But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” -Luke 18:27 ESV
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” -Mark 9:23 ESV
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? -Jeremiah 32:27 ESV
Why did I — or why do we, not believe we are worthy of our dreams? Or, phrased in another way. Why do we believe in less than God’s best for us?Why do we believe in less than God's best for us? Click To Tweet
Friends, I am convinced we believe in less because we don’t know all God’s more. The only way we can know His more for us is to read His Words within the pages of our Bibles. Without that, we cannot truly know Jesus nor know His heart for us. And sadly, far too many of us believe we are too busy to find the time or it is too complicated for us to understand.I am convinced we believe in less because we don't know all God's more. The only way we can know His more for us is to read His Words within the pages of our Bibles. Click To Tweet
Yes, we may believe in Him — that He existed and died on the cross so that we may have salvation. We may know general facts about Him. But knowing Him, as in having a relationship with Him, is a whole different thing.
It’s only when we truly know Him that our faith can function in its fullness.
And it’s only then that we will believe in His best for us. A best that includes dreams once swept away and hopes once crushed.
God is the dream maker. He gave you a dream for a purpose. And with God, all things are possible.
What Causes Us to Settle?
As I’ve talked with young women over the years, I hear their stories of how they settle for less. They settle for a relationship that is unhealthy — for a partner who treats them disrespectfully, who is unkind or unloving. But these precious young women settle because they worry they may never find another. Or they worry because they somehow believe they aren’t worthy of more.
In and of ourselves, we may not have the platform, the resources, or the support to accomplish immeasurably more. But with God, my friend, immeasurably more is a common occurrence.
Here’s What You Need to Remember First, Though.
God does immeasurably more. He makes all things possible. But it also takes us doing our part. We can’t expect all the things if we aren’t willing to do all our things!
It takes faith and surrender. Active faith and active surrender.God makes all things possible. But it also takes us doing our part. We can't expect all the things if we aren't willing to do all our things! Click To Tweet
Friend, you have to trust, follow, and sometimes even leap. And it takes trying your best to say no to sin so that nothing comes between Him and you.
Missing out on some things may seem like a lot to ask in the moment. But when we follow God instead of following sin, everything begins to change for us. We find a joy that’s deeper and fun takes on new life. Hype loses its power over us. We discover what the God-sized hole in our hearts has been longing for all along.
A Full-Circle Story
I had the chance to catch up with the owner of that house just a few weeks ago. It was a by-chance meeting — a God-cidence.
It was my opportunity to share with her how God had used her in my life. How He whispered something into my heart that I would always remember.
So I told her the whole long story of feeling the love that lived in her home while doubting I would ever have that same kind of love in my own future. Then, how I held onto her words — the ones that told me to be patient and that I would have all of it someday.
She knew the young me — the broken me. So, I wanted her to know that she was right. That God had met me at my lowest and lifted me up and out of the pit. I told her that as I began to know Him more, my life began to turn around. Now, 25 years later, I try to be the words of reassurance to the young women and girls who walk into my home.
I listen to their stories that sound eerily similar to mine. And then I encourage them as she once encouraged me. I share my story with them and promise that nothing is impossible with God.The encouragement we share with someone today may just be the encouragement they share with others someday. The encouragement that changes a life. Click To Tweet
More Like a Miracle.
Not long ago I was notified that my book, Surrendered Hearts, won the bronze medal for the Illumination Book Awards! What a sweet surprise it was!
Surrendered Hearts is our family’s story of learning to surrender and trust God with our life outcomes. It’s about our adoption of our daughter, Selah, but it’s even more about believing in God’s best for us.
The truth is, I’ve always loved to write. But I never believed my first book would be a story about my family. The very family I didn’t believe was possible. As I walked some through some pretty dark places, I didn’t believe I’d write a book or have a family filled with so much love. Much less write a book about our family that would end up winning an award.
My Hope for You
So today, as I write this to you. I want you to know that your story isn’t over. Your mistakes and failures do not define you. Instead, they will serve as character-strengtheners and life-motivators. They are the steps on which you will stand as you meet your dreams. Dreams that once seemed impossible.Your story isn't over. Your mistakes and failures do not define you. Instead, they will serve as the steps on which you will someday stand as you meet your dreams. Click To Tweet
You can turn your life direction around. Trust me, please. Nothing is impossible with God as your Helper. He will never leave your side — He loves you that much.
He does immeasurably more, my friend, if you start by doing your part. Love Him back enough to turn your life over to Him. Get to know Him, live His way, and follow only Him.
Then, nothing … yes, nothing is impossible with Christ.Nothing is impossible with Christ! Click To Tweet
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