WOW! I have to tell you I feel like a different person over the course of the last 24 hours. Has circumstances changed? No, not really. It is more about the fog lifting, a change of heart, a clearing of my mind.
Yesterday my son Kris that just recently graduated and turned 18 moved out with his life long friend into a new home. I am excited for him yet as a mom it is so hard to see your kids grow up. My daughter is partially moved out and continuing this week. My oldest son marries one week from today. My 16-year-old son just started his first job and in a matter of months will be driving on his own. My 12-year-old is less than a head shorter than me and yesterday for the first time said “I’m too grown up for you to say I am your mommy, mom!” I still have broken down cars sitting in various locations throughout my yard/driveway. There is even more but, I am not willing to share, nor is there a need too. The important thing is GOD knows. He sees and knew even before me that all these things would happen.
Did it feel like the perfect storm? YES!
Is it always something? Why yes, of course, and I reckon it always will be.
So as all these “things” keep happening and the only thing I have any control over is me. As the “water” poured in I panicked and instead of speaking truth to the lies I started to swallow the lies, drowning in the junk.
How refreshing to take a deep breath and remember that I can boldly go before my living, loving Jesus and find rest, strength, peace and grace.
This morning I looked back at the message from yesterday and found this blog below. The title is the link. It was nice to refresh my mind and start my day asking BOLDLY.
Posted by Joel Osteen on 8/10/2012
One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, “Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?” I kind of laughed and said, “Why wouldn’t we want to pray that God would help you make an A?” She said, “Oh, all I ever make in this subject are C’s.” She had conditioned her mind to strive for a certain level.
Well, I encouraged her to dream a little bit bigger, and we prayed that she would break through and make an A. So, she went home and studied. She prepared. She did her part. A few weeks later, she came back beaming with joy, holding her test results. For the first time ever, she made an A in that subject.
Now, this is just a simple example, but how often do we get conditioned in our minds to live at a certain level? You may think, “This is the way it’s always going to be. This is what I make. This is where I live. This is my level of talent.” But don’t just look at things in the natural. We have to remember that we serve a supernatural God!
Today, I encourage you to break out of the rut and start praying bolder prayers. It’s time for you to have some “first times” in your life. For the first time, you have an abundance; you’re not struggling. For the first time, your child is making good decisions. For the first time, there is somebody in your life to love. You’re not just talking about the dream. You’re living the dream. Take the limits off of God. Stop asking for a C and start asking for an A. Stretch your faith. God wants to do something new in your life. He wants to give you the secret petitions of your heart, the things that you dream about but never told anyone. You would love to start a business, love to take a mission’s trip, love to get married, love to own your own home, but it seems so unlikely, so far out of reach. If you told your friends, they would probably laugh. They wouldn’t understand it. That’s okay. You don’t need their approval. This is between you and Almighty God. In your quiet time when nobody else is around, you need to be bold and start asking for those hidden dreams, for the promises God has placed on the inside. As you pray those bold prayers according to His will, it won’t be long until you see every dream and every desire come to pass!
“…It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32, NKJV).