Feeling Lost?

Are you feeling lost today, as if you are unsure and even possibly unsettled about your life’s direction?  If Google Maps were to locate your position, would it find you facing your forgiven past or your purposeful future?  Perhaps, you are standing where the saints before you once stood, somewhere between the sacred and the mundane.  You can see God moving in your life, He has to be, because without Him, you wouldn’t be where you are.  However, your Monday-morning reality appears anything but sacred.  Between counting calories and meeting deadlines, do you wonder if God can connect your present location to your future ministry?

Rest assured, He can and He will!  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

Consider the shepherd, David, waking up Monday mornings in the midst of stinky sheep.  Where man saw a shepherd, God saw a king.  “The Lord said to Samuel, “’How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’” –1 Samuel 16:1

And then there was Gideon hiding in a hole from the bullies in his life.  Where man saw a coward, God saw a hero.  “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”’ –Judges 6:12

How about Mephibosheth?  Physically handicapped and feeling rejected, he made his residence in a town of forgotten people.  Where man saw a disability, God saw royalty.  “And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.” —2 Samuel 9:13

What about Paul?  From persecuting Christians to a promotion in tent-making, would anyone dare to believe that God was preparing him for something beyond himself?  Where man saw a wrecked life, God saw an apostle, an author, a missionary.

And the stories continue…..  Moses in the desert, Joseph in prison, Sarah still barren, Noah still building…

the Transition Period

The transition period softens the rat race within our soul; we want more from this life than a larger bank account and a new job title.  We aren’t willing to settle for the temporal vanities of this world.  We crave more God and less stuff.  We want more meaning and less wasting of our time and talents.  We refuse to climb another step on the so-called ladder of success.  We can now see that it is leaning against the wrong wall!  Another day, another dollar…  we will be there when the kids get taller.

It’s the place between where we were and where we are going.  It’s a season of proactively waiting on God to direct our next big step.  What appears as our daily grind is actually God’s greatest training camp for our lives.  It is where God aligns our pasts with our purpose, where our failures and successes are woven into our future ministry.  We may not feel as if anything is happening here, but it is!  God is working behind the scenes, He is orchestrating events for our life’s performance.

Friend, are you currently in transition?  Congratulations, you have been promoted!  God is about to open doors of opportunity for your life, greater than any position the world might offer.

No longer in your past, you are now ready for God’s best in your future.

Are you a Christian feeling somewhat lost on your life’s journey today?  Get excited, it’s the place of new beginnings!  No matter how uncertain you may feel, the good news is that you are still standing in the palm of His hands.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6

Blessings! –Michelle

What is Your Dijon-Sized Dream?

What are you trusting with your life today?

Perhaps, it’s the car that escorts you back and forth with your children.  Maybe it’s your cell phone that delivers an urgent message.  Could it be your checking account that assures you another month in your house?  Wherever we find ourselves on this perfectly tilted planet with just enough gravity to keep us attached, one thing is for certain – everyone has faith in something.

Faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  –Hebrews 11:1

God does not merely suggest that we have faith; as a matter of fact, He requires it, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” –Hebrews 11:6

Imagine that!  Even in our daily lives, God is looking to bless us for what we should obviously do, trust Him.  As simple as that reads, why is it that we so often forget that God is in control?  We take matters into our own hands believing that we have the answers, but we soon realize that we are lost and only God can save us.

Would we dare trade places with a pilot maneuvering our plane?  Are our ways really better than God’s ways?  Will we ever regret any decision that we make that is covered in prayer and aligned with God’s word?  Even the complexity of our mere existence far outweighs our greatest life problems; yet, He cares for them as well.  How could we trust ourselves for anything when our need for oxygen to survive depends upon the grace of God?  Not only does He give us life, but He also provides directions to enjoy it.

To understand faith better, it’s important that we also know what it isn’t.  Faith is not believing in anything that we choose while trusting God to bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:4 commands, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  The desires (dreams, goals, ambitions) that we receive from God may or may not be the ones that we have for ourselves.  It is only when we align our hearts with God’s heart that we have pure dreams with pure motivesThese are the dreams for which God promises in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

What God-sized dream are you hiding in your heart?  Is it larger than you?  Does it require a miracle to get the job done?  If so, you are on the right path!  God specializes in big-dream makeovers, and He delights in our obedience to trust Him to completion.

This leads to the questions:  How much effort and how much time do we faithfully commit to a dream that has been placed in our hearts from God?

According to God’s word, we are to have faith the size of a mustard seed, and we are to faithfully commit to our dreams until we reach them or we die believing in them.

Matthew 17:20 –And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  Please notice that Jesus did NOT state, “If you have faith the size of a mountain, you can move a mustard seed!”  The difference between a mustard seed and a mountain is that the mustard seed grows and multiplies while the mountain remains stuck and eroded.

In addition, we are to keep moving forward in the direction of our dreams until we can’t move anymore.  Consider Joseph who went so far as to arrange for his bones to be brought with the Israelites from Egypt; he kept the faith that God would rescue them, and he dreamt that he would be a part of it.  “By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.” –Hebrews 11:22

Friend, have you trusted Jesus with your eternity?  If so, will you also trust Him with your dreams? Trusting Jesus with your eternity will bring you to heaven; trusting Jesus with your dreams will bring heaven to you.

Blessings!  Michelle