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“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
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Did you know that God’s agendas are never ours?  Do realize that when God has something planned it’s almost completely opposite than we expect?  If I have to say it a million times even to myself then I will, “God has it planned out already.  Believe in Jeremiah 29:11 and begin to ask God for the next step rather than trying so hard to figure out what to do next.”
So often we have ourselves so wrapped up in the “what do we do next” mode that we miss what God has for us already.  God has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives and if He just opened up the book and showed it to us we would run so fast in the other direction we would be a distant shadow of what God intended for us. If only we would stand still and listen to that still small voice directing us, we could stop trying so hard.
Just today I caught myself doing this.  Why am I trying so hard to make sense of my job or my dance group or what to do with my aging dad?  All I need to do is crawl into my prayer closet and curl up in Daddy’s lap.  What do I do instead?  Come up with grandeous ideas and things to do to get God to work in my life.  I sometimes just shake my head at myself.  It’s like  I can blog all these great things that God can do, yet I don’t apply it to my life.  It’s frustrating sometimes because I know that I know that I know that I KNOW it’s as easy as a simple prayer, “God…What’s next on the agenda?”
I think I shared that when I started this dance group I argued with God.  “When will I have time?  No one is going to show up.”  The Devil tried to get me to quit.  Next I injured my back and missed a practice.  THEN, I was healed on Sunday and my back is better than new.  So tonight when we were practicing the pastor came to us with a proposal and in that tiny moment of time I knew God had something so big in mind for our little group that it would be almost surreal.  The funny part in all of this is that it’s not about our group.  It’s not about our insecurities.  It’s not about performing.  It is all about advancing His Kingdom.
I am excited to see what God is up to.  We are about to step into something we never saw coming.  My spirit is excited to experience this next adventure with God.  I know that I will not be able to figure out the steps on my own and I will need to seek Him more strongly than ever before.  I will need to be quiet and stand still even when I want to run ahead.  It is His plan, not mine.  I challenge each of us this week to stop trying to frost our own cake and allow God to cover it with so much icing we can’t move!  Surrender is the word.  Not moving is the game.  Peace is the prize.
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Time to Move: Full Force

048Psalm 37:23
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Well the wedding is over.  The honeymoon was an awesome respite.  Now it is time to see what God is going to do next with our ministry.  But before we get to that part, let’s see just how awesome our God can be.  First of all, John and I are still standing on the fact that we did nothing to force this union.  God gave each of us the love we have for each other and we just walk daily in faith.  God has spent a lot of time on the littlest of details for this wedding and I will do my best to paint this picture for you!

First was the rings.  John prayed for God to give him the perfect ring for me and God provided.  I had a ring picked out for John but when I went to go get it, it was gone, so I too prayed and God provided again.  Our rings were gifts to us as a couple from two separate people in our lives.  Then came the date.  We had set a date in October but it just kept having issues.  We listened for God’s voice and set a new date for 12-7-12 and everything just feel right into place.  Next came the photography.  Yup, God made that possible too.  A friend of ours gave his old engagement ring, yes, gave away, in exchange for photography services.  The dress and his suit were gifts.  John and I made all the flowers and the wedding cake, so not much expense went into this wedding at all.

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The wedding was perfect.  There was an issue with the songs at first but we decided God needed someone to hear the song that was accidently played.  I was able to surprise John with his favorite worship song during special music.  Our sand jar was the perfect representation of our new union.  Friends of ours painted portraits of lions for display.  God was in EVERY aspect of our marriage.  And He still provided things afterwards.  We got discounts on both of the hotel stays.  The most favor though was at the second place we stayed.  God changed our plans bright and early Saturday morning and we were headed to  this quaint Bed and Breakfast only a short drive just north of us.

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From the moment we arrived at The Shack, we were filled with peace and joy.  As John shook the hand of the man who was the manager, he was overtaken by the love of the Father Himself.  After handing us the key to the perfect room God had waiting for us I began to feel the love as well.  It was room 151.  The ones represented John and myself, the 5 represents the 5 fold ministry we are about to enter into as a married couple and all the numbers add up to 7 which is our wedding day and the number for completion.  How cool is our God to focus on every detail of our marriage?

To top all of this off, one of the most perfect gifts we received was a set of mugs, not just ordinary mugs, prayed for mugs. John had been on a journey for some time now for mugs for us to have in the morning for our coffee.  As we unwrapped this precious gift we just sat and cried.  We had read every card we received and marveled at our gifts but this one was so God organized we could hardly believe it.  We discovered as we opened our gift we noticed that they had Bible verses on them and they were the exact ones we had read at the ceremony.  The person who we received these from would not have had a clue as to what we had chosen for our verses, this was truly someone listening to God as they chose the perfect gift for us.

034All I can say is that God is awesome and He does delight in each of us.  Every day during our honeymoon we had opportunities to meet people, pray for people and minster everywhere we went.  Now it is time to get back into the swing of things.  Back to daily blogging.  Moving forward at our new Revival Fire Church.  Getting the two written books published.  We are both ready for what God has already planned out for us.  We have come to the conclusion that God designed our lives so that we could love each other now in this moment.  We have surrendered everything to God and as we eagerly await the house we will soon be moving into, we know beyond the shadow of doubt that God is in control of every little detail!

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Always Planned Out

Psalm 37:23
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Ever just been freaking out about something?  Trying to make sense of where you are suppose to be going in life?  You toss and turn at night thinking up ways of accomplishing things?  You plan every detail of your day out and then something goes wrong, throwing everything into a tailspin.  Perhaps you were sure that you knew what was suppose to happen only to discover, God had different plans.  That very thing has been happening over and over again in my life and I am finally beginning to sit back and rely on God to do His thing.

Just today I was trying to get stuff pulled from the trailer in preparation to move into my dad’s house for awhile and I was contemplating calling about having the trailer pulled out and destroyed when God just filled us with revelation  Why get rid of a paid for trailer when my daughter was in need of a place to stay?  She could afford the rent and it would be close to work.  Funny how I never thought about it before.  Now, granted there is a lot of work that needs to be done, but leave it to God to work this out too.  He provided a man who is willing to gut the trailer completely and rebuild it.

How amazing is our God that we really do not need to think things out for ourselves?  If He has already ordered our steps then why do we think we need to do anything but pray for direction?  I have so much peace about the next few months as I move in to my dads, my daughter gets the renewed trailer, I get married and we move into our new home when God says it’s time. For now I am content to be staying with my dad and being able to take care of him.  I am happy God is working things out in the order He already designed.  I am very eager to stay in this time of total surrender, allowing God to do what He wants with my life.

Are you ready to let go and let God?  Maybe it is time to just let things be.  Time to stop worrying and fretting about your next steps.  Relax, God has it all under control and things are already set in motion by God Himself.  Who are we to change His plans?