3 Things People Pleasers & Rule-Followers Need to Know.

By: Amy Dalke

rule keeping

When I see a speed radar sign, I naturally accelerate.

Keep Off the Grass signs are like invitations to Walk All Over It.

And sometimes I’m that person who will tell you what you want to hear…because I want you to like me.

But God keeps changing me. The more I read his word and seek to understand what it says, the more I grasp who I really am in Christ, and what it really means to be free. If you are a people-pleasing rule-breaker who desperately tries to be a rule-follower, I hope you’ll find some freedom in these words. 

3 Things People Pleasers & Rule-Followers Needs to Know.

1) You cannot earn enough Holy Points to win God’s approval. Because there is no righteousness apart from Christ. You can be as morally straight as they come; you can give money to the church; and do nice things for poor people at Christmas. All this is very kind of you, but it won’t win you one ounce of God’s favor. Righteousness comes by faith alone (Galatians 2:16).

Some of us rule-breakers figure out in a hurry that we can never live up to the Law’s impossible standards, so we give up trying. Others (rule-followers) are determined to behave perfectly just in case Jesus was joking. I’ve lived on both sides of that fence, and neither one is all that awesome. Which is why there’s a lot to be said for that faith thing the Bible talks so much about.

(2) Popularity is overrated. For years (and by that I mean at least 34), it would stress me out if I knew someone was mad at me. I would lose sleep over the most trivial matters, and would spend far too much time and energy people-pleasing efforts.

But I’ve learned (I’m still learning) that if my aim is to be popular, I’m better off not bringing Jesus into the conversation. Because he’s not exactly the most comfortable table topic. 

Telling the truth tends to generate applause only when it suits the interests of the world. They’ll cheer you on when truth aligns with what they want to hear; and they’ll quickly slam you when reality is uncomfortable.

When we’re putting all our eggs in the faith basket (versus our point system), we don’t have to bend the truth out of fear that we might offend someone. But the biggest point here is that since the cross satisfied all our sin debt, and God accepts us in Christ just the way we are. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Suzy Q’s opinion of you is not all that world-rocking at the end of the day.

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

[Which does not mean that you throw all caution to the wind and start telling people they aren’t God so their opinion is dead to you. The point here is Love.]

(3) The Gospel is not a mini-course in behavior modification. The Gospel is the power for true life change that happens as God transforms us from the inside, out. (Galatians 5:1-5) Jesus isn’t like, “hey, get yourself fixed up and then we’ll talk.” Because hello, we can’t do that on our own. See point #1.

More to that point, the Gospel has had no meaningful effect on my life if I still think God is mad at me when I blow it. He’s not keeping score, and heaven doesn’t have a ranking system that determines my accessibility to God. (Galatians 2:11-21)


 

What about you? 

Do you value the opinion of others over truth?

Do you spend life just trying to be good enough?

Praying that today, you live a little more free than ever…

Amy

Breakthrough To Purpose

By: Gail Armatys

Are you in need of a breakthrough? Are you at a stand still? Stuck? Personally, professionally or spiritually? Are you looking for something…more? Perhaps God is calling you higher ~ deeper. But to get to that place, you need a breakthrough. More accurately…you need to break through.

If You Knew You Could Break Through – Would You?

I walked my dog, a sweet little Golden Doodle named Beaux, this morning. It’s part of our daily routine. Today, we walked a route through the neighborhood we sometimes, but not always, go. As we moved past a certain house with a fenced-in back yard we heard a dog. We are accustomed to hearing barking dogs as we walk …they envy Beaux’ out-from-behind-the-fence freedom. Usually, their barks are like the sound of cymbals mixed within a symphony of bird song that blesses us along our way. This time though, the barking didn’t ‘ching’ as though finger cymbals being played by a delighted child. This time they sounded more like the heavy yet abrupt ‘chong’, ‘chong’, ‘chong’ of heavy metal briefly grating against itself ~ not quite as cheery.

As I turned to look, there he stood. A huge, still barking, German Shepherd with his face pushed through a too large gap in the fence and his shoulders on stand-by ready to push through. We kept walking…both of us glancing over our shoulders every now and then. Maybe moving just a bit faster… and me saying to myself, “He could break through if he really wanted to…if he knew he could.”

Breakthrough

When I heard my own words, I knew I had to tell you, “You don’t have to wait any longer hoping for more…yet keeping the status quo. For to gain a higher, deeper life what you must know is that you can have it. But first, you must examine your path, take a look at negative life patterns, thoughts or habits that keep you captive. You must take a moment to realize that like the German Shepherd;

You could break through

If you really wanted to…

If you knew you could.

Breakthrough Based on Faith

A man brought his boy to Jesus to be healed. Jesus asked the boy’s father how long he had been like this. His father told him, “from childhood…But if you can do anything take pity on us and help us.”

“If you can?” Jesus said. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Mark 9:23

Once you identify what about you, your beliefs, your habits, circumstances or others is holding you back, you must surrender it to Christ and intentionally step out in faith to experience breakthrough. A humble belief in your self and your God-given abilities, yes! But much more ~ a belief in the power of Christ in, through, and around you…faith that He is able to do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

Breakthrough Requires Struggle

Some people are physically, mentally or spiritually held captive in extreme circumstances that would seem impossible to overcome. But even Dr. Viktor Frankl, in just such a situation as a prisoner and survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, kept himself alive and helped others do the same by focusing on one day again becoming involved in and completing a project they enjoyed or hugging someone they loved. Instead of focusing on darkness, death, hatred, and blame they deliberately chose to focus on their purpose.

We do not have to experience Auschwitz to be imprisoned mind, body, and Spirit. There are things that keep us from being all God has intended…they restrain us and we must be deliberate in seeking freedom.

Breakthrough. It is a decision to take action and be accountable. It is a willingness to surrender, count the cost, pay the price, and experience the struggle of overcoming and pushing through to a higher, deeper place focused on God and His purposes for our lives.

Can we let go of our well-worn paths and follow the one less traveled?

…Discovering destiny is far from passive.

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, Ken McElrath

You can break through.

Purpose Steps

Ask yourself:

1. Is there a negative life pattern, thought, habit or belief that is holding you back ~ keeping you from a breakthrough? If so, what is it?
2. Are you too comfortable with ‘business as usual’, yet there is something on your heart God prepared for you to do that you aren’t doing?
3. Who or what is stopping you from making your God-designed contributions? Comfort? Fear? Others?
4. What leverage do you have that gives you an advantage to accomplish your purposes?
5. What is the next step to drawing closer to breakthrough and discovering that something calling your name?
6. Believe. If God is for you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31)

Purpose Prayer

Father, thank you for your faithfulness that I may abandon my fears and believe in you. I pray for knowledge and strength to push past all that holds me back. Help me step forward in faith and experience breakthrough, knowing that your kingdom purposes for my life will be accomplished. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Listen to Your HeartSong ~ Click the Link Below

Called Me Higher/All Sons and Daughters

Can We Pick How God Blesses Us?

By: James Thompson

God's blessing

A few weeks ago, my family attended a home school convention in Arlington, Texas.  Among the various presenters and speakers, were the man behind Hank the Cowdog and the Duggars.  Not all the Duggars were present.  But, 17 of 19 isn’t bad.  For a family with the highest rated show on TLC, they were pretty down to Earth.  They were friendly and approachable.  Interestingly, they even put their kids in the kids convention.  Zoe, Lexi and Isaac were awestruck when they actually playing with some of the same kids that they watch on TV.

During their talk, Michelle Duggar quoted Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”  I don’t know why that surprised me.  After all, she has 19 kids!  But, it really did get me thinking.

Do I believe that?  Are children a gift from God?  I know there are times when I may question it.  It would be a gift if they put their shoes away, turned off the lights, and FLUSHED!  But, if I believe children are a gift from God, then I may have (literally) cut off one (or two) avenue(s) for God to bless me.

After Isaac was born, I promptly contacted my local neighborhood urologist and scheduled a vasectomy.  For those who don’t know what it is…….well, it is a whole lot of  “Your gonna what?” mixed with some “I can’t watch” and just a dash of “Are you done?”  Which is then followed by a week of frozen peas.

But, by deciding to undergo that procedure, I probably got in the way of God’s blessing.  The reasons that I used to justify the decision are the same used by many: costs associated with food, clothing, schooling; will we have space; etc.  In retrospect, most of these concerns factor around money.  And, more clear to me know, a failure on my part to put my faith in God to handle these concerns.

So, had God wanted to bless us with another “gift,” I basically said….”No, thanks.”

Not surprising really, is it?  It started in Genesis.  God creates heavens and the Earth.  He puts man in the garden, gives him a wife, and sets forth to bless him for eternity thanks to the Tree of Life.  He only gave him one commandment.  That’s right, don’t eat from one tree.

Simple enough.  Nope.  Apparently, eternal communion with God was not enough.  We had to go for what was behind Curtain No. 2.  What was there?  “Sin, death, and banishment!  But, wait, there’s more – women will also have more pain in childbirth!  And, for him – working the land which is now cursed!  But, for playing (and because God is gracious), you’ll both receive some new cloths made of skin because nudity was so before the Fall.”

God wants to bless us.  He desires to bless us even more.  In exchange, what does he ask for in return?  Faith.

In Malachi 3:10, God even goes so far as to say “Test me in this. If you have faith and trust in me, I will “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”  

How do we respond to this challenge?

“No, thanks.”
“I know you created …….. EVERYTHING……..but, I think I can handle this alone.”
“Can I pick the way in which you bless me?  How about a new truck?”

I am not saying that placing your faith in God is easy.  It goes against everything we are taught growing up or experience on a daily basis.  Just as I did six years ago, I struggle with it and still often think I know what is best for me.

My prayer for everyone is that you “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6.

True Identity In Your Father’s Eyes

By: Gail Armatys

True identity is not what the people and circumstances of life say that it is. Your true identity is found in the eyes of your heavenly Father…the One to Whom you belong.

I Belong To You

In the song, Abba, the artist shares the following as a prelude to his music.

“I wrote this song from a prayer of Brennan Manning.

The prayer begins with the word ‘Abba’, which means daddy, papa, my dear father.

Abba, I belong to you.

And he tells you to take this prayer into a quiet place and with the rhythm of your breathing inhale, Abba, and exhale;

I belong to you.

As I began to pray this prayer the love of God began to wreck my heart and I realized Jesus began a revolution with one word. When he said the word ‘Father’, he changed everything…and now he’s invited us into this reality. Into this place of belonging… to call God our papa, our daddy, our Abba.”

Jonathan David Helser

Dear one, what ever your relationship with your earthly father, the reality you must surrender to is this; as a follower of Christ your true identity is found solely in the loving, wise, forgiving, patient, kind, just, and unshakeable eyes of God.

While the wounds of life may create scars that cause your true identity to be difficult to remember, accept, or live out ~ the truth remains the truth. You are and always have been desired and loved…by your earthly father, perhaps…I hope so. By your heavenly Father, there is no doubt.

True Identity Desired and Loved

Abba, I belong to you.

You were imagined and created because God wanted you to be and to live. He wants you to know him, spend time with him, and love him. He wants you to understand that in this sometimes tired and often dreary world there is a place where you belong because you are his.

Known By Heart

Every little girl desires her father’s attention. She seeks his undying love. She hopes beyond hope to see his joy as she captivates his heart. It’s the way God set things up. A girl finds her first taste of confidence, value, and hope as she seeks and finds her true identity in the mirror of her father’s eyes.

Unfortunately, not every earthly father lives up to his calling. Not every little girl receives her father’s love as she should. But, every little girl does have a heavenly Father that is enchanted by her. He cherishes her ~ even the very thought of her. He desires deeply that she spend time with him and know him well. So well, she knows him by heart.

Then he went with Sara into her little sitting room

and they bade each other good-bye.

Sara sat on his knee and held the lapels of his coat

in her small hands and looked long and hard at his face.

“Are you learning me by heart, little Sara?” he said, stroking her hair.

“No.” she answered. “I know you by heart. You are inside my heart.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Perhaps little Sara didn’t know what simple and deep truths she spoke.

Do you?

If and when your earthly father is far from you or perhaps, not the father every little girl deserves, know this…your Abba, Father is so close to you that his Spirit resides in you. He is always with you…inside your heart…ready to be known. And as only the King of Kings can, he patiently waits for you to call on him that he may listen, guide, direct, and love you unconditionally.

So, as you look hard into his face…dwell on the reflection captured in his eyes.

For you are his child.

Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, crawl into your Abba, Father’s lap. Stare into his eyes and realize ~ this is the One to Whom you belong.

Know him by heart and receive your true identity.

Purpose Prayer

Abba, Father, thank you that you love me unconditionally. Thank you that your desire is to spend time with me, to know me, and to claim me as you precious child. I pray always and only to find my worth and true identity in your eyes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Purpose Steps

Listen to your HeartSong below, Abba. Find a quiet place and breathe in, Abba, and exhale, I belong to you. Accept God’s invitation to belong to him your papa, daddy, and dear father. Discover your true identity in your Father’s eyes.

Click the link below to Listen to Your HeartSong 

Abba/Jonathan David Helser

How are you experiencing these 3 gifts of Grace?

By: Vivian Wilson

Pot of pink fresh roses with blank card beautiful flowers isolated on white background

I did something this morning that thrills my heart. I bought something for someone. These are the reasons for my joyful anticipation.

1.  This person is not related to me. In fact I spend less than an hour a week with her. We never talk on the phone or meet for coffee.

2.  It is not for any special occasion.

3.  It is totally unexpected.

4.  I know that she will treasure it, because it is something in which she places great value.

5.  She will use it every day.

6.  It is something she would probably never purchase for herself.

These are the reasons that I especially chose this gift for her.

What I am finding is that my joy in giving it may far exceed her joy in receiving it though I expect I’ll see tears of joy when I give it to her.

I tell you this because it made me think. It made me remember. I thought about how the manifestations of God’s grace toward me is like this.

He chooses them especially for me when I least expect them.

They are memories of great value that I truly treasure.

I never ask for them, but joyfully receive them with humility and gratitude.

I remember three of these special gifts specifically. These three gifts of God’s grace given to me the very real POWER, PEACE, and  PRESENCE of my Heavenly Father directed to me; His full, undivided attention lavished on me, His beloved child.

The first gift, reminding me of His power, happened thirty years ago.  As I lay in my hammock under a huge native pecan tree in my yard, I gazed into the night sky.  There were no clouds or lights to obscure or dim my view of millions of stars in the vastness of space. As I prayed and worshiped the Creator and Sovereign Ruler of this vast universe, I was humbled as I pondered how small and insignificant man is.  In awe of Him, I began to say to Him, “You are so great and powerful; with your very word You can hurl one of these stars across the heavens”. I was halfway through my sentence when before my eyes a star streaked across the dark sky. I remember the joy that filled my heart because I knew that this Powerful God, who created everything, heard me and wanted to show me that He hears me.

The second gift represented His peace. This gift of grace was given to me last August while I was on a vacation that was anything but restful. None of my plans had worked out. I was not happy, complaining, and feeling alone.

To say I was not content is an understatement. However, God was working on my attitude the entire week. By the end of the week my attitude had changed.  After a week of quality time with God I was grateful. As I was enjoying my last full day on the beach I waded out into the water which was very calm until I was in neck deep. I was facing the shore, having a last look at the activity on the beach.

I turned around to look out toward the horizon and was startled when I saw, almost within arms length from me, a huge creature staring at me. (According to a guy who was about fifty yards from me, he had been “checking me out” for a while). It was a manatee. He was magnificent! I didn’t even know what a manatee was, much less anything about them.

When I googled it I learned that they are considered to be the most peaceful of sea creatures. God gave me a visual of the peace that is mine in Christ; the peace that transformed my discontent to contentment that week.

The last gift was given a couple of months later in October. It is a gift to remind me that He is always present, even in the mundane, seemingly insignificant moments of everyday life. I was at a retreat, working in the conference room as we served thirty-five women hoping for spiritual blessing. I looked outside and saw two of these women and two workers searching the grassy area for something. I went out to them and learned that one of the ladies had lost a gold loop earring.

After searching for several more minutes the two ladies went back in the the conference room and the workers left to search the last place she had been.  I told them I would continue to look for the earring.

After several more loops of the area, I stopped. I prayed. I told God that this earring was important to this lady.  (Like He didn’t know)!  I said, “I don’t know where it is.  You know where it is.  It is impossible for me to find it in this grass and leaves.  So when I find it I will know it is You who showed me”. I took one step, looked down, and there under a leaf I saw half of a gold earring. He showed me that He was present in that moment, caring and compassionate.

When I take the time to think and to remember God’s personal, unexpected gifts of grace, designed especially for me, and given to me with love, I am filled with great joy and gratitude once again.  It causes my heart to sing songs of praise and worship to the lover of my soul.

I AM CONVINCED THAT HIS JOY IN GIVING IS GREATER THAN MY JOY IN RECEIVING.

I hope this will encourage you to take time to remember the special gifts of grace that God has given you so that you will be filled with joy and be inspired to praise and worship the Lover of your soul.

A work in progress,

Vivian

Why We Fail at DIY Christianity

By: Amy Dalke

What happens when we think we need to help Jesus out a little bit.

Sunday evening Bible study at my childhood church was called Training Union. (Feel free to take a moment to absorb that terminology.) (I think it was an old school Baptist thing.)

We were a small country church where average Sunday night attendance was roughly 45-50 people. One of my most clear memories of the church sanctuary (besides the yellowish orange carpet) is of the two attendance boards that were prominently displayed on the walls behind the pulpit.

baptist attendence board

In addition to a board for Sunday school like the one above, we had a separate board to keep track of the Training Union stats. That particular board included a section called Daily Bible Readers, which, true to its name, recorded the number of attendees who professed to read their Bible every day. (True story.)

We had a Training Union Secretary who went from class to class to take attendance and account for the number of Daily Bible Readers. From as early as I can remember, I proudly raised my hand in answer to that question. And on those weeks when the adults and kids remained in one group, I reveled in the approving looks the adults would give this 9 year old.

So much so, that it’s safe to say there were times I only claimed to be a Daily Bible Reader. (Probably a lot of times, but we won’t dwell on that.)

I haven’t thought about that Training Union scoreboard in years. Until it recently came to mind as I thought about my tendency to think I have to earn God’s approval. Nearly 30 years following my childhood entry into the Christian scoreboard system, I’ve finally realized why I continually fail at DIY Christianity: because it’s not even possible! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a do-it-yourself project.

The Gospel is not a Cross + My Efforts = Righteousness kind of equation. 

We know the churches in Galatia struggled with this same issue, because the Apostle Paul’s letter to this group addressed it head-on. After Paul had introduced the Gospel of Christ to the Galatians, a group of religious rule-followers came in to put a different spin on the message. They insisted that adhering to traditional religious standards was necessary in order to be considered righteous.

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-7)

Paul makes it clear in his letter that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a man-made tradition; and it’s not a club that demands an entry price of good behavior. Rather, the gospel of Jesus Christ is this: we are saved because of God’s sheer generosity towards us in Christ. There is no good behavior addendum; and there is no fine print requiring extra holy points. 

Mainly because WE CANNOT EVER BE HOLY ON OUR OWN!

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9)

But still. I want to check boxes and keep score, and have some measure of how well I’m doing with the Holy Living. I want a scoreboard for crying out loud!

So the gospel gets twisted into DIY Christianity: Jesus + Rule-Following + Good behavior = Righteousness. Which means that if I’m not careful, all my “religious” activity (studying aka Daily Bible Reading, teaching, serving, church attendance) can easily slip into performance mode.

That kind of thinking ultimately translates to “God is happy with me as long as I’m performing well”. But if there is any kind of failure or weakness in any of these areas, I’ve basically failed at righteousness altogether.

Thank the Lord that grace tells a completely different story. Because here’s the truth: any man, method, or measure of salvation apart from Jesus Christ is false. Be done with chasing Good Enough…because you already are. And if you’re working to put up numbers on a church scoreboard…close the lid on that game.

The work of the cross is finished.

This means you and I can quit trying to earn it. (Which is a good thing because I can’t follow rules worth a darn, so basically I could never be a good Christian without Jesus.)

And frankly, that’s the point.

Amy

Vision That Provides Your Best Life

By Gail Armatys

God has a vision for your life, should you choose to accept it. His vision for you is uniquely and utterly yours. God desires you, and only you, to walk a certain path with excellence ministering to a broken world. He wants you to participate in fulfilling His purposes and at the same time, yours. Not surprisingly, as God is so good, His vision provides your best life…the dream He has written on your heart.

Vision provides your best life

God’s vision for your life – How do you know?

To begin with, the foundation for the vision of our lives is something you probably already know: to love God and love our neighbors. Then, there is this…go and make disciples. Like Abraham, Daniel, Jeremiah, Moses, Deborah, Jacob, Mary, Paul, Jesus (and the list goes on…), your vision will require action and will affect lives of those you may never know.

God’s vision is much bigger than the car, vacation, home, fame, career or savings account you may wish for. When God reveals His vision to you, you will know it is what you were born to do. God’s vision is His way for you to tell the world what is on your heart…what is on His heart through you. It puts to work your spiritual gifts in ways that bring heaven to earth. It glorifies God’s name.

Don’t despair if you haven’t caught a glimpse of God’s vision for your life yet…wait. When the time is right, He will reveal it. In the mean time, you have daily purposes to undertake, obstacles to overcome and patience, obedience, perseverance, humility, faith, and love to grow.

God’s Vision Requires Much

It could be you’d rather not know God’s vision for your life. It may require more faith than you believe you have. You may be afraid you must surrender too much and make changes you’d rather not make in order to step forward. If that’s the case, please know this: whatever you surrender of yourself, things, or time in order to accomplish God’s vision makes room for more of Him in your life and allows you to become more of who He created you to be. While you give yourself up to Him, you are filled up with Him.

A little faith will bring your soul to heaven;

A great faith will bring heaven to your soul.

Charles H. Surgeon

God’s Vision Is Never Too Late

Maybe you think it’s too late to know and accomplish God’s vision. May I remind you that for years Sarah desperately yearned for a child and was 90 years old when Isaac was born? Apparently, God had a few other things and people to prepare including teaching Sarah (and Abraham as well) what was necessary. In His time, He brought Sarah’s dream to fruition while fulfilling His purposes. It is not too late and you are not too old to accomplish God’s vision.

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus, Matthew 19:26

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

It could be you’ve already captured God’s vision. If you are in that place, you know it takes perseverance and faith to go where God is calling you. Have you stopped short of realizing your vision out of fear? Honestly, it will cost you everything as you are spent in the service of the Lord. It will require you to push out of your comfort zone to a place where you can rely only on God. Yet, do not let fear stop you! For as Jesus reminds us ~ with God, nothing is impossible!

Continue seeking and stepping forward into your dream. For there is no more joy, no more meaning, no more passion, no better place to be than bringing light to darkness in the way only you can. It is what you were gifted and meant to do. It is the tremendous blessing and source of fulfillment you’ve been seeking.

Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” God has a vision for you…an out-of-this-world-desire for your life should you choose to accept it. He wants you to live the dream He has written on your heart ~ your best life.

Purpose Steps

1. Request God reveal His vision. He may have already given you ‘sneak previews’ in your childhood or through deep-seeded wishes or an undeniable longing of the heart. In any case, son’t be shy. Ask.
2. Be receptive. If you desire to know God’s vision for your life, be willing to accept it.
3. Pray with confidence. Ask God to increase your faith and clarity so when your vision is revealed it is apparent. Believe God will answer your prayers.
4. Be patient. God’s timing is perfect. While you wait, find out the needs of your church or community and see how ministering to others might spark a light in your heart.
5. Listen for God’s answer. It may come through scripture, other people, circumstances or a combination of the above. Be still. Listen to what the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart.
6. Expect to Receive. Do you really expect God to speak? Are you willing to receive His vision? Remember, the dream is supposed to be big so God can equip you ~ for nothing is impossible with God.

Purpose Prayer

Lord, thank you that you have a vision for my life – one that allows me to help build your kingdom on earth and glorify your name. I pray to listen for your direction. I pray I accept your will and obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Listen to Your HeartSong – Click the link below!

Impossible/Building429

Live the song written on your heart.