A Girl Can Dream {2.7.18}

Several years ago (about six I think), my daughter called and asked me to pray about something. She had a dream on her heart. It was a dream with a goal, that she would be home more with her family. This dream involved a shared passion/hobby both of us have. I was certainly all onboard with her idea because I could see myself in the middle of it with her. But, more than that, she was seeking God FIRST – I had to honor that! I knew that what seemed impossible from our perspectives for many reasons, was entirely possible with God if it was within His will for her life. So, we began praying and God began working. dare to dream

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

As the years progressed though, it became apparent that the details of the dream she originally had in mind was not going to materialize. Then upon further reflection, knew that the original idea would not produce the goal she sought. So, we kept praying and watching.

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

God gave her creative ideas, wisdom, contacts, etc. He closed one door but opened so many more that we knew He was intimately involved. She kept on going where He led, learning as she went along. She has had many successes through her obedience to God’s call and direction rather than doggedly going down the original path she had envisioned. Yesterday was another one of those successes. It made me think of God’s Word and specifically, how He gives us skills when we need them, words when we need to speak them, and direction when we feel lost. I was remembering the words in Exodus where God was directing the Israelites to build the tabernacle. It says that He gave them the skills they needed to create what He designed. He has done the same for my daughter and we are so thankful.

Exodus 35:35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them master craftsmen and designers.”

A dear friend recently shared how God had answered her prayer. She had been praying for a financial need. She knew God was able and trusted Him to provide. She didn’t know how but knew that He could send money in the mail to her if He so chose.

1 Timothy 5:5 “The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.”

However, like she shared, God didn’t give her money, he gave her a job. But, it wasn’t just any job. It was a job doing things she enjoys! How like God to orchestrate things in our lives that we have no idea of and then putting them before us as a gift of love. Did God answer her financial need? He sure did. And, in the process she is meeting new people and sharing the good news. She was blessed and is now blessing others. Sometimes God gives us our hearts desire even when we haven’t thought to ask him for it. psalm 37.4

Why do I share these two stories? Because they both began and continued being bathed in prayer. If we are going to delight ourselves in the Lord, we must know Him, speak with Him, listen to His Word. Prayer is our part of the conversation; God’s Word is his part (along with wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit). Both of these women sought God’s will, not their own. They shared their desires of course, along with their needs but they ultimately trusted God with the outcome. God always delivers – just what we NEED, and just WHEN we need it.

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

So, my friends. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Our God is able!

Matthew 19:26 “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

AGE – It’s only a Number {1.16.18}

Have you ever thought you (or someone else) was too young or too old? Too young to know, understand or do? Too old to dream, make a difference or contribute? I think that maybe we put entirely too much emphasis on age. As I began my annual journey of reading through the Bible this January, I was once again struck by the ages of people whom God used to effect change in the world – for His Glory and His Purpose. It doesn’t seem to matter to God what a person’s age in years is. It doesn’t seem to matter to God what station or situation in life in which a person lives. AGEGod uses all kinds of people in all ages, stations and situations in life. He chooses how to use each of us according to His plan for our lives and His working in our lives. He created us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. So, I ask myself…why would I ever doubt that God could do something for His Kingdom using me? I had a friend tell me once that if God can use a donkey, He can certainly use me. Don’t worry, I wasn’t offended by being categorized with a donkey. I got her message loud and clear and it has encouraged me many times over the years.

While I was thinking about this “age” thing, I started to remember all the different aged people God used to bring about His Will in His Time. Reminding myself that some of these things took many years. We are not very patient as a world today, are we? We are so used to immediate communication, gratification, etc. that we don’t like to wait for anything or anyone. But, some things just take time and we can trust that God knows the right time.

Here are few examples of young people God used for His purposes (in no particular order):

Boy Reading the holy bible·         John 6:8 (God used a little boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves to feed over 5,000 people – a lesson for His disciples and everyone else then and now)

·         1 Timothy 4:11-14 (Timothy, a young messenger of God)

·         2 Kings 22:1-2 (King Josiah – age 8! The scriptures say he was upright before the Lord)

·         David – a young shepherd boy who became King (and yes…that was a long time coming)

·         Samuel – a young boy dedicated to God and hearing from God in a special way

·         Joseph – his story and purpose took years to fulfill

·         Mary, Mother of Jesus – a teenager who bore the Christ Child

·         Esther – another teenager (an orphan who became queen and was used by God to save her people)

And what about old (or should I say elderly) people? Some seemed to begin their ministry at an age where nowadays we might think their usefulness was close to being over – NOT SO WITH GOD! He says in Psalm 92:14 “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”Bible - old hands

·         Abraham and Sarah are great examples. Talk about having children late in life – this was really pushing it to the extreme. But remember, with GOD, nothing is impossible! After all, He is the creator. He can certainly recreate something any time He wants!

·         Moses – I love the story of Moses because we can see (with the benefit of scriptures) how his story unfolds from birth to end. He didn’t know the full impact of his life as he submitted to God. It’s in looking back through our lives that we see what God has done – even with us (broken vessels as we are).

·         Noah – This is a wonderful story of trusting in God when not only do you not see, you can’t even comprehend. Remember, it had never rained yet. He didn’t know how God would accomplish what He said, he couldn’t imagine it. He trusted anyway.

·         Joshua – God told him, “You are very old…” but there is still much to do and I want to do it through you.

·         Anna (the prophetess) – She was very old but worshipped God day and night with fasting and praying. God blessed her with seeing the Christ child – Jesus.

So, does age really matter?  Not to God. What matters to Him is whether we are fully committed and submitted to Him.age 2 Nothing is too small (no one is too young) and nothing is too large (no one is too old) to be used by God in a mighty way. The real question is…will we allow Him to guide, direct and use us for His glory and His kingdom? Or, do we just want to keep to ourselves until Jesus returns? It’s a serious question I must ask myself every day and maybe you should too.

I hope as you read scriptures you will notice the young and old God used and remember that He can use you too! If you have a dream that you think is well past or too far out of reach – pray about it. It just might be that God has given you that dream and is waiting for you step out in faith so He can fulfill it through you.

I will end with a couple of scriptures for us to ponder.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Acts 2:17-18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

It’s never too early or too late to be used by God. Let’s remember – nothing is impossible where God is concerned. Have a blessed day and don’t forget to be a blessing to someone else.