When was the last time you chased a dream?
My daughter loves to imagine fantastic scenarios, often saying things like, “What if I could turn into a cat?”, or “I want to invent a car that flies.”
I almost always have the same reaction. I listen, respond with “Wow, that’d be awesome!”, and then start listing all of the reasons she couldn’t do it.
There would be no harm in me just listening and encouraging her. So, why do I feel compelled to snap her back to reality, to suppress her imagination and her desire to wonder? At what point did I give up dreaming?
I suspect I left dreaming in the dust as life experiences created a fear of failure. Or perhaps I shelved my passions believing I don’t have the education, the skill, grit, determination, the “right” whatever to do anything “big” or make a difference?
But, scads of Bible verses assert that we can do anything, right?! And there are countless accounts in Scripture of “nobodies” doing incredible things, so why do we doubt when it comes to our own lives?
Ah, but I’m overlooking a very important detail, aren’t I? Not one of the “nobodies” in the Bible accomplished incredible feats alone. They accomplished them with God—through His power at work in them.
In Ephesians 3, Paul gives glory to God “who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
So, yes, we can do anything…. anything that’s initiated and empowered by Christ!
God, the limitless inventor of creativity and imagination, wants us to dream—to dream big! Not by chasing wildly after whatever our heart desires, assuming because we want it, He must certainly want it for us too. But, to approach Him humbly, asking that He’ll reveal the dreams He has for us, the plans He laid out long before we were born, the mountains He created us to move. I guarantee, He’s been longing for us to ask.
Have you forgotten how to dream? Or gave up after you experienced disappointment? Ask God to help you rediscover childlike wonder as you learn to live Wholly Loved.
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Why do I allow that which is loudest to rob me of what’s most important?
An alert on your phone catches your attention. You open Facebook or Instagram and have multiple notifications. Everything from advertisements to party invitations to comments on posts you’re following. It never ends.
In the social media driven world we live in, God doesn’t send us a Facebook message or email. How does He get our attention? We have to be purposeful in seeking God and allowing His presence to fill our spirit.
There are times when I have 10 or 15 minutes to spare and I spend them reading a post about weight loss or make-up tips or something that adds little value to my life. What would happen if I spent those few minutes reading His Word, the Bible?
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”
When I spend time in God’s Word the Bible I gain a renewed sense of purpose in Christ. I feel energized and alive – like I’m on a spiritual high. I want more. A few minutes doesn’t satisfy my craving. I’m addicted. However, the opposite is also true. The longer I go without reading my Bible and spending time with Christ through prayer, the more quickly I forget how good it is. It becomes too easy to put off.
The next time you have a few minutes to spare, try spending it in the Word instead of on social media as you learn to live Wholly Loved.
Want to develop the habit of reading your Bible daily but don’t know how or where to start? This website, with numerous daily reading plans, might help: Back to the Bible
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Do you ever feel like God’s checked out for the day or taken a much-needed vacation? Do you earnestly desire His presence and relentlessly search for it and feel nothing? What do you do in those situations?
Almost two years ago, I had a stroke that left me with dulled sensation in the right half of my body. Some parts are completely numb. My nerves react to my inability to feel by misfiring. My body knows something is wrong and tries to fix it. It’s trying to feel. It won’t give up trying to regain sensation. Because of this, I take a nerve blocking medication to stop the prickly and tingling sensation that are more than I can handle.
And just like my body, sometimes I can’t feel God. Sometimes I can feel Him a little. Sometimes I can feel Him a lot. I want to feel Him a lot, all the time. But how? How do I go from feeling nothing some days to being engulfed in His divine presence everyday?
In Hebrews 13:5 God says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
In other words, God is always with us and will never leave us. Even if we can’t feel Him, He is there. He doesn’t leave. He doesn’t take a vacation. So if you want to feel His steadfast presence, ask Him to reveal Himself to you in ways you’ll see and understand. To show you ways that you can feel Him even when you are “numb”, and be diligent in daily attempts to connect with Him through prayer and scripture as you learn to live Wholly Loved.