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Beautifully Illogical

Beautifully Illogical

When it comes to prayer, we’ve all been struck by hardballs of disappointment. And when we don’t see results, we’re tempted to lower our expectations, hopes, and dreams.  After all, what if God doesn’t come through the next time?  I’d better protect my heart and accept my circumstances the way they are.   Do you hear that whisper?  Where does it come from? It comes from the spirit of fear who wants to keep us from believing the God of miracles. God is bigger than our disappointments, fears, and present situations.  IF God can do anything, he can surely move our mountains and calm our storms. Have you become weary when it comes to calling out to your miracle-working God? Perhaps it’s time to let go of your fears and become like that little boy who handed Jesus his entire lunch. He could have lost it all, but instead, he gained so much more, including a miracle he would never forget. Call out to God for his Kingdom to invade your impossible. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 Work it, wrestle with it, stir it up. It takes faith to live supernaturally in this natural world, but our faith doesn’t need to be any larger than that little boy’s lunch.  It just needs to be active, and humbly placed in God’s hands with our inadequacies and all. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  Mark 9:24 What mountain are you weary in praying about?  You might want to take a moment to pray Mark 9:24.  Trust God with whatever portion you’ve been given. Trust him in the face of your pain like “crooked lady” Ema McKinley did–even all those years before she received her jaw-dropping miracle. Keep praying, believing, and loving your Savior. Your miracle breakthrough may happen when you least expect it. Ema McKinley’s time came on Christmas Eve morning 2011. In the midst of her darkest hour, the Lord showed up in a sudden shock of brightness and glory.  Standing in Ema’s room in his flowing white robe, he healed her deformed foot and hand, then straightened her helpless, crooked neck and spine, allowing her to walk again. Do you believe God still performs amazing miracles like this today?  If so, you have already experienced a miracle of faith. Keep meditating on the Word of God...

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Help, I’m Dying!

Help, I’m Dying!

In speaking of Ema McKinley’s amazing modern day miracle, people ask, “Why did God wait eight long hours before appearing to Ema to heal her?  For that matter, why did he wait eighteen years?” Who knows… The point is, Jesus showed up and healed her crippled body from head to toe.  After hours on the floor, I’m sure she wondered if she might be dying.  Then Jesus suddenly showed up and stood over her helpless body, saying, “Ema, give me your hand.” With her hands in his, He raised her to her feet. Rivers of love passed between them.  Just when she thought she was dying, she became more alive than ever. Did she ask him, “What took you so long?” No.  In that moment, she was too smitten by his glory.  When we’re engulfed in the captivating, mesmerizing, transformative power and presence of God, questions, fears, and doubts slip away, melting like candle wax.  Time becomes timeless…  Fear becomes fearless…  And hope resurrects us. Do you want to be immersed in that sweet awareness of his Presence today?  Surrender to him completely and die to yourself in the wait. You may not see Jesus with your eyes or feel him with your hands, but you better believe he is with you and in you—ready to move heaven and earth on your behalf. You are his precious child. “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  2 Chronicles 16:9 Abba Father… Lift our spirits ‘til we’re free and tall…  Unshackle us from the weights that bog us down…  Make us aware of your presence… Keep us hopeful and faith-full as we wait for your pick-me-ups. What are you waiting for, living for, dying for? What is he whispering to you...

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What is the Object of Your Courage?

What is the Object of Your Courage?

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 What in the world doesn’t take courage?  You need courage to get up in the morning.  You may even need it to look in the mirror. But what do we really know about courage? When was the last time you told a stranger about Jesus, faced an angry mob, got arrested for your faith? The disciples faced death and persecution daily, but in their commitment to truth, they grew in courage. They knew the truth and truth had a name. They saw Jesus, the one who had been nailed to the cross, alive and well three days later!  Seeing Him alive transformed them to become alive. Suddenly they didn’t care about the opinion of man. Jesus was the object of their courage. They now had living proof stirring something inside, making them living proof—right to the end. You can have that kind of courage too.  But first, it takes courage to ask for it. Dear God, thank you for being our Glorious Living Proof. Please help us be your living proof...

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Don’t Go Green

Don’t Go Green

Has it happened to you lately? The moment your joy meets another person’s envy?  The time your happy heart collides with someone’s self-pity? A friend waxes green behind a tight-lipped smile and a reluctant shake of the head… “Must be nice…” She may even toss God into it. “Boy, I sure wish God would do that for me…” Self-pity, self-seeking, comparison-making, false-fronts. Yuck, yuck, double yuck. But who hasn’t tasted the sour-stomaching fruity effects of the flesh? So we ask God for more love! Indeed, our flesh screams in protest when we work to attain something, only to watch it plop smack into someone else’s lap. Ker-plump!  In that shady moment, our self-seeking souls want to resist the choice to deliriously enter into another person’s joys. I mean, to truly, completely, whole-heartedly enter in and celebrate with uncorked delight. So we ask God for more love! Life offers oodles of opportunities to practice love from all angles. For example, when others look less than ecstatic about our own blessings and golden eggs, we can choose to become serious pros at showing mercy. In so doing, we can watch grace-seeds hatch wild and swing right back around to kiss us! God eagerly waits to empower us to take the high road of unconditionally blessing others—even the most undeserving—with kind thoughts, words, actions, and prayers. It’s called partnering with God and becoming more Christ-like. So we ask God for more love! Our refusal to go green can actually color our world and lift our spirits to new Kingdom heights. So what do you say we stir up God’s love-pot today? We’ll be all the more blessed for it. And so will everyone else! “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John...

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Love to the Brim

Love to the Brim

In Home with a Heart, James Dobson tells a story of a mother who got the flu. The woman’s little girl, in an effort to play nurse, fluffed mom’s pillows, brought her a magazine, and surprised her with a cup of tea. “I didn’t know you knew how to make tea,” said the mother, taking a sip. “Oh, yes,” said the little girl, sweetly. “I learned by watching you. I put the tea leaves in the pan. Then I put in the water, and I boiled it. Then I strained it into a cup. But I couldn’t find a strainer, so I used the flyswatter instead.” “You what?” said the mother. “Don’t worry,” the little girl assured her. “I didn’t use the new flyswatter. I used the old one.” We’re being watched. By little eyes, big eyes, even skeptical eyes. I know we’re not supposed to worry about what others think of us. We’re supposed to be God-pleasers, not man pleasers. But God also wants us to be mindful of those around us. We’re salt and light, called to live lives worth emulating. As God’s representatives who bear his name, we’re to glorify him and make him look good. This is our divine privilege. God wants us to make a positive Kingdom difference wherever we go. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5 …So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Little acts of kindness like friendly smiles, kind words, and caring cups of tea can show God’s love. Lord, we want to be filled with your love to the brim and overflowing. Help us live lives worth imitating. Lives that say, “follow me as I follow...

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