Jericho Sized Prayers

There are days that God blesses us immeasurably. Wednesday was one of those. Incredibly blessed to have had each of my college kids home in the last two weeks (one each week). My son, who is studying to be a pastor, led worship and gave the message at youth group.

Both of the songs he sang were new to me, but one of them talked bout the walls of Jericho. He knows I asked him to pray big a few weeks ago, but doesn’t know the details. The reality is that I’m praying Jericho sized prayers I thought it was cool that God picked that song for him to sing

His message was about hearing the voice of God. Not in an audible way, but in a guiding way. As a high school intern at the church last year, he also gave messages. To see the difference in his presentation skills and the depth of his messages from last year to this were amazing. As a mama, it warms my heart to know he’s on a good path.

Thank you, Lord, for blessing me beyond words to describe

Still praying Jericho sized prayers, knowing You are ever faithful.

Blessings,

SB

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Following the Dream

Where would we all be today if Noah hadn’t been faithful to his dream – the dream that God had given him — and the dream for which God provided?

I have often wondered what Noah’s wife, Mrs. Noah, thought while Noah was building the Ark. I’ve had a dream for almost ten years. Every so often, I buy something and my kids will ask what it’s for. I will reply, “oh it’s for the (insert dream)”. They’ll say, “oh, that one that doesn’t exist yet??” One day, I replied to my son, who is studying to be a pastor, “Noah didn’t just wake up one day and build an ark. He had to gather the wood and other supplies first.”

Fair enough.

The truth is that Noah was probably gathering for quite a while; then he started build by and it took him about 100 years — all the while believing in what God had called him to do. Surely there were people, probably even in his own family, who thought he was crazy. He may have felt that way himself a time or two. After all, his dream was pretty large and overwhelming.

Where would we all be today if Noah hadn’t been faithful to his dream – the dream that God had given him — and the dream for which God provided

I am believing in my dream today more than ever, because I believe this is a dream that God has given me. I am believing that He will provide.

“God honors big dreams because big dreams honor God” (Mark Batterson, from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day).

I don’t know what you’re dreaming today. Keep dreaming. Keep moving toward your goal. Commit your dream to the Lord, and He will establish your plans

I’m so excited to see what God is doing and will do!

Blessings to you!

SB

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The Mountain

“I never compete against the other snowboarders. I compete against the mountain, because if the other snowboarders aren’t great that day, I can not be my best and still win, but my goal is to be the best.” Shaun White, Olympic athlete Something about this comment intrigues me. No, we’re not snowboarders and Shaun has […]

via Our Mountain — Karinwritesdangerously

Today, my friend, Eric, accomplished something few people accomplish. He reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He was the epitome of competing against the mountain.

Before he left, I told him I’d be praying for him. I was proud of the mountain he was chasing, though in all honesty, have little desire to attempt a feat like that. He reminded me that, though I’m pursuing a different mountain, I’m pursuing a mountain nonetheless.

It’s true. We all have different mountains to climb. But climb them, nonetheless. Whatever your mountain, know that you don’t go alone. God is always there with you.

Congratulations, Eric! Great job pursuing your dream! You are an inspiration!

Blessings,

SB

The Journey — Day 21

For those of you journeying with me this Lenten season, thank you! We are 21 days into our journey. Tonight was a special night for me. At our youth group, we had a service that consisted of worship, a message, and an opportunity to nail a note to a cross.

For me, worship was awesome because it was the first time that my daughter and I led worship together, just the two of us. She’s been singing in church since she was five, but usually with other people. I am blessed beyond words to have three children following God who genuinely love to lead worship. I am amazed at His blessing – I know when I was their age, I was not as willing.

The service was held in a dimly lit room, and as Pastor Alec reminded us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us to have a way to be reconciled with God, behind him was a 2×4, hammers, nails, papers and pens. In the quietness of the dark room, we prayed and contemplated anything holding us back from completely surrendering to God. Then, as we were ready, we wrote that thought on the paper, folded it in half, and nailed it to the cross.

We sat in utter silence as the first boy quietly got up from his chair to nail his paper to his cross. The first strike of the hammer to the nail pierced the quietness in a hauntingly eerie way, and immediately my mind wandered to Jesus’ hands, being pierced by the first blow of the hammer. I’m not sure if it was by design, but that sound set the stage for preparing my heart to really think about the sacrifice made.

Sometimes I feel as though we go through these motions of Lent without pausing to truly reflect the gravity of the gift God gave us. As I hear that sound in my head, I am humbled that God would love me enough to provide a way to be with Him for eternity.

If you haven’t already, take some time to think about His gift. When you do, think about what sacrifice we can make back to Him to show we love Him, too.

Blessings,

SB

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The Journey — day 20

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10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 | NIV

Nearly ten years ago, an idea welled up inside me like a volcano – an idea that sparked a desire to do God’s will in a mighty way.  I was filled with excitement, and remembering praying out to God to let Him know I wanted to be his servant with ALL of my life.  I wanted nothing more than to be able to lead other people to Christ, and I thought for sure that God would want that, too.  I remember praying in my quiet time, and listening for God’s voice, which I assumed would say, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Instead, I heard the inaudible yet unmistakable voice of God saying, “Fix your home.”

You see, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God knew that there were areas of my life that I had not fully surrendered to Him.   He knew it and I knew it.  What He was telling me on this day was this:  Surrender ALL to me – give me your entire home.  Then, and only then, can I pour blessing out on you and give you the desires of your heart.

Proverbs 3:5  “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”.

At the moment that God spoke to me, I had a choice to make.  I could either cower away feeling defeated because God said, “wait” to my prayer.   If I had done that, I would surely have missed out on the blessing that God wants to pour out on me.  To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how to surrender all of the areas of my life that I needed to, so I started by asking God to show me how.  Then I started moving in that direction.

I could see bits and pieces of my dream, but in all honesty, it wasn’t all crystal clear.  I began to pray about it and kept moving in the right direction, both spiritually and experientially.  Every so often, additional pieces of the dream would become more clear.

The scripture verse above, from Ephesians, assures us that we are created by Him to do good works for Him – which He has prepared in advance for us to do.  Our job is obedience.  I believe, with ever fiber of my being, that God was, and is, preparing me to do works for Him, and that every experience I’ve had since the inception of that dream nearly 10 years ago is to prepare me for those works.

I am beside myself giddy with excitement to see God’s plan unfold – and even more excited to share His gifts with other people.  I am confident that He has a plan, and I know that His timing is perfect, so I will wait as patiently as possible while it unfolds.

The journey to the cross is such an amazing journey – I pray that all of you will come along on your own journeys!

If you have already followed my journey – thank you, thank you, thank you!  If you haven’t, please click, “follow” me to follow my journey for Life – which I have for eternity through the saving grace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus.

May God richly bless your Journey!

Blessings!

SB