Good morning, sweet friends! This morning I’m grateful for all of you who have shown me so much love and encouragement on this ministry journey. I’ve learned over the past few years that there’s no time like right now to pursue your purpose. If anyone had told me two years ago that I’d be ministering to people in more than 90 countries from the comfort of my home, I would’ve laughed out loud, literally, but that’s where I am, and that’s what I’m doing.
Truly, it wasn’t my dream. I’ve always been an exhorter/encourager with a genuine passion for helping others grow to their full potential, but I never considered using my gift for writing as a ministry tool. That was God’s idea. I didn’t have that vision, but he did, and he revealed a snippet of his plan for me to me as I was penning a letter of recommendation for a teacher at my school. I recall that someone else was supposed to write the letter, but she handed it off to me on the day it was due. No pressure there! I wanted to do her justice, so I just prayed to God for the words, and he gave me a masterpiece.
That evening when I got home, all I could do was think about writing. I had even pulled out some old writing samples — short stories, essays, and articles I’d written as an undergraduate. The divine call to use this gift seemed urgent, and I couldn’t push it to the next day like a load of laundry. Since I’m using domestic duty references, it was more like ridding your house of the stench associated with baking salmon. I love salmon, but I wouldn’t dream of leaving the dishes in the sink ’til the next day. That’s the type of urgency I felt — like my mother-in-law was coming over, and I hadn’t dusted or mopped in weeks. There was no time for hesitation, deliberation, or cogitations. He wanted me to push the publish button, and tell the world that there’s hope in him.
When it comes to expressing your love for the Father, your desire to know him more, or your complete transparency about not knowing him at all, there must also be a sense of urgency. Where do you stand on this continuum? I know it’s a little scary, but it won’t be for long.
At this moment, I’m asking you to leave all those anxious, uncomfortable feelings behind you in the past where they belong. Today is a new day — a great day to stand on solid ground and declare your status and make an effort to be better than you were yesterday. That’s a vow, a commitment, a promise you can make to yourself publicly or privately. Remember that what you tuck in the deepest part of your heart is still visible to God. He’ll serve as your accountability partner — even when this is the message you’ve tucked there:
I don’t believe in God.
Does he even exist?
I’m mad at you, God, and I don’t see that changing.
Why would you do this to me?
Why have you forsaken me.
Can you even change my circumstances? Heal my husband? Give us a family?
This problem is too big — even for you, God!
I know firsthand that he hears your prayers — even the ones you can’t verbalize, and even the ones you attempt to hide from him.
Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. ~Psalm 44:21
What you’re seeking can be found in him. Only he can fill that void that you’ve tried in vain to fill. Just know that nothing changes if nothing changes. Give God your heart today because he already loves you. In fact, he thinks you’re to die for.
Before you leave today, take a few minutes to listen to my Music Monday selection for today by Colton Dixon entitled “All That Matters.” Enjoy, and may blessings abound! <3