A Consuming Fire

On Monday, I unexpectedly got to get my MRI done early. Yesterday, I got my results back.

Nothing. They found absolutely nothing. My brain & head are 100% healthy.

God is good, am I right?! He hears our prayers. He answers our prayers. He heals. He renews. He strengthens. He is so good.

My symptoms aren’t gone…yet. But I will continue to pray for that daily. & I believe so strongly that He will deliver me from this trial with His mighty, mighty hand.

It’s hard to understand why I’ve been feeling the way that I have. But I do know that God has revealed Himself to me in ways that I never knew He would. He has revealed to me wisdom that I seriously just can’t contain.

So lean in on this, brothers & sisters in Christ. God will give us many blessings in this life, & He will take many away. But why is it that we wait until He takes them away to appreciate them? Why do we wait until we are sick to appreciate being healthy? Why do we wait until we are dying to appreciate life? Why do we wait until our spouse has left to appreciate their friendship? I took so many things for granted before I fell into this sickness. I would rush through taking my dog for a walk, dread making dinner every night & put off going to the gym after work. Now, I seriously celebrate when I have the strength to do ANY of those things. I am only now recognizing how the Lord had blessed my life so graciously with good health for so many years.

I really believe that I am going through this so that I can share this with you: you are so blessed. I am so blessed. We have been given another day to taste the goodness of our God. We have a Savior who took our sin, along with our guilt, & did away with it for good. We have the hope of eternity in our hearts-an eternity in the presence of God. See, this is not something to be taken lightly. This gift of life that we have been given needs to start being experienced with a responsibility like we’ve never known before. The Word says in Hebrews 12:29 that our God is “a consuming fire.” He is not a gentle breeze that blows through every now & again to remind us that He is still around. No, He is a consuming fire. His strength is uncontainable.

He is moving among us, you guys. He is changing lives, He is changing people’s eternities every single second. He is calling us to fight, to advance, to conquer. He is healing people, saving people, raising people up. He is training leaders to speak for Him in a world that really only seems to want to speak against Him. His power cannot be quenched. THIS is the God you serve, the God I serve. THIS is the One we believe in. The One we put our hope in.

Live like you know who your God is. Thank Him for what He has poured into your life. Use the talents He has given you to advance His Kingdom. But do it now. Don’t wait-there’s a reason the Lord has spoken certain dreams into your heart at this very time. Because before you know it, you may not be able to act on these things anymore. Let yourself be consumed by Him, let Him set you on fire today. & keep on burning for Him-today, tomorrow, forever.

Bold Faith

Because today I am ending a time in my life and getting ready to begin another, the future is on my mind.

This morning I was driving to my last day of work, creating a vision for what I would like my life to look like now, and coming up with some modest goals. These included starting up a ministry, leading a small group, taking classes online, volunteering at the food bank multiple times a week, making new friends, getting a part-time job, and becoming the greatest wife and housekeeper imaginable. I laughed at myself while the list went on and on, and decided I was getting in over my head a bit. But then I started thinking about the Lord and His bold vision for His children’s lives, and instead decided to add a couple more things onto my list.

The truth is, anyone who is making waves for the Lord is in over their head. But He is never in over His. I want people to look at my life and say, “that’s gotta be God, because there’s no way she could do that on her own.” I want them to marvel at the miraculous work that the Holy Spirit displays through me-a sinful, imperfect person-and praise God for His perfection because of it. If you want your life to reflect Him, you have to leave some space for Him to show Himself! This means stepping out in faith and pursuing some things that you won’t be able to accomplish unless He steps in. This means adding a couple more things to your list, trusting that you will succeed or fail for His glory. It may not be in His plan that you achieve everything you set out for, but He will never do great things with you unless you believe Him for great things.

God honors the dreams of those who have big faith, because those who have big faith honor Him.

Hebrews 11:6

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”