Run to the roar. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-given passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.
Mark Batterson, The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto, Chase the Lion
In every dream there are days of trial and days of triumph. (That’s just telling it true.) Giving birth to anything is hard sweaty work!
Ask any woman who has gone through labor.
It gets messy!
In The Trials of giving birth to a dream…
Before the triumph there is lots of enduring to do.
And here is another hard truth…
Not every dream survives the fire.
That’s just a hard-true.
Because not every hope gets a resurrection. Some hopes have to be left behind. Especially, if they aren’t willing to go where God is going.
If you have decided that you are “All in!” with God?
You will have trials.
But whatever they might be, God will be faithful to you, always!
If, right now, you are out there somewhere in the murky middle, treading water? Here is some solid hope.
‘Cause HOPE? Will always float!
In his wonder-filled devotional, I Hear His Whisper, Brian Simmons wrote this beautiful devotion he titled, Hold on to Me!
(Perhaps, it’s just the hope you need.)
In your days of trouble and your days of glory, in your days of testing and your days of triumph-hold on to Me! The changes will now come more swiftly than you have imagined. That which looms before you may challenge your faith, but hold on to Me!
Your help comes from Me and from nowhere else. Many look to others to be there for them, but I say to you, I will always be there for you. Trust in Me. Let your challenges bring you to a greater faith, for My outstretched arm of power will bring you courage-hold on to Me!
Those who trust in Me see miracles. In these days of intense struggle, when it looks like darkness is winning and your light is growing dim, hold on to Me!
I have taught you many things. You have learned that walking with Me is more valuable and pleasing than your comforts. You have sacrificed your plans for Mine, and you have given Me the reins of your heart. I am satisfied with your tender surrender. You have trusted My ways even when they were nothing but a mystery to you. Many times you bowed your heart in worship. These are the times you grew in grace and took giant leaps of faith. Keep moving into My heart even as things shift all around you. Hold on to Me, and you will have all that you have ever desired, for I am pleased to be your Father and your God.
The sun and moon will stop shining before your lovers will stop worshipping; for ages upon ages the people will love and adore you! Psalm 72: 5
In The Triumph…
So where is the “triumph” when most everything in our lives seems dark and confusing?
What do we do when our life is steeped in the mystery?
We go straight to God’s promises, and find something solid to plant our feet upon…
Until God is ready to bring us into His perfect plan, at His perfect time, in His perfect way, and reveal all, to His glory.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26: 3
Here’s some more wonderful encouragement to go along with our peace-promise.
Real, sturdy, lasting peace, peace that doesn’t rise and fall with circumstances, isn’t to be found in picking apart your life until you have understood all the components. You will never understand it all because God, for your good and his glory, keeps some of it shrouded in mystery. So peace is found only in trust, trust of the One who is in careful control of all the things that tend to rob you of your peace. He knows, he understands, he is in control of what appears to be chaos, he is never surprised, he is never confused, he never worries or loses a night’s sleep, he never walks off the job to take a rest, he never gets so busy with one thing that he neglects another, and he never plays favorites.
You need to remind yourself again and again of his wise and loving control, not because that will immediately make your life make sense, but because it will give you rest and peace in those moments that all of us face at one time or another-when life doesn’t seem to make any sense.
The Lord said to me, “I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” Jeremiah 1:4 TLB
What would you attempt to do if you knew it was impossible to fail?
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