“And yet this was a SMALL thing…”

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

2 Samuel 7:18-22 ESV

This morning, I woke up completely overwhelmed by God’s relentless, reckless love for me. As I read this passage in 2 Samuel 7, and thought about who God is and all that He has done in my own life, I began to weep.

Like David, I asked who am I, so flawed, and insignificant, and undeserving that the Great God of Heaven would take all of my days, both good and bad, and make something so beautiful from them. And if the sum total of all that I have seen God do is merely “a small thing” for Him, then no matter the kind of moment I sit in right now, I can remain confident that the best is STILL yet to come!

This morning, be encouraged to pause for a moment, and look back over your own life. Identify the moments of deep sorrow, disappointment and heartache – it’s there we most clearly see God’s righteous right hand upholding us. Think back to the moments of unspeakable joy and unbridled celebration – there it is easy to see the Presence of the King who rejoices over us, where we see that His joy is our strength.

If you are struggling to find energy and focus for worship this morning, think of a Savior who was willing to sacrifice everything just. for. you. Who went down into the depths so that you could be raised to life again! The same Jesus who now sits at the right hand of His Father interceding continually on your behalf.

And like David, I’m sure you will come to the conclusion: “Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).

Leap-Causing Connections

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“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:41‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend or mentor that left you feeling incredibly alive and energized? Have you ever shared a moment with someone that you couldn’t find adequate words to describe – you simply knew that something had changed within you?

If your answer to the questions above is “YES!”, then you have experienced a leap-causing connection!

According to Luke 1:41, when Mary, the soon-to-be mother of Jesus came in contact with her significantly older cousin Elisabeth, the Divine Purpose within Mary caused the baby within Elisabeth’s womb to leap. The scripture says that at that moment she was filled with the Holy Spirit – at least 33 years before we see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the upper room in the Book of Acts!

I once heard it said in a sermon, that this moment may have been especially significant for Elisabeth because it is possible that she had not felt the baby “quicken” in her womb up to this point. Feeling my babies move within me will always be a memory I carry for my entire life, as it was a vivid reminder that the little person inside was alive and well. We know from scripture that her child would be John the Baptist – the one called to be the forerunner of Jesus, preparing the way for His arrival and ministry, and declaring the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven.

There are some connections in life that can cause your purpose to awaken and leap within you!

For some of us, it may have been a long time since we felt our purpose, or the thing we were created to birth out move within us. We doubted that it had survived the storms and turmoil of life, the criticism of naysayers, the discouragement of dream stealers, the abuse of envious hope-takers, or the internal dysfunction of our own personal identity crisis. Yet one day we came in contact with someone that caused the potential buried deep down inside to begin to stir again. Your purpose and passion connecting with that individual even caused you to have an experience or to conceive an idea that was ahead of its time, ushering in a new era for your life and for generations to come! In this season, it is critical to seek out, nurture and cherish these relationships, as they remind us that we are not alone, and let us know that our “baby” inside is alive and well!

If you have not yet had this experience, then I encourage you to allow this post to begin to massage the heart of your passion and purpose again to bring it back to life.

I pray leap-causing connections over everyone who reads this, and I look forward to seeing what will be brought to life and birthed out of those relationships!

The Place That Never Was

Recently, I have been contemplating a quote I came across in one my favorite books, entitled The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. It has remained with me since I read it almost 3 years ago.

The book chronicles main character David Ponder’s journey to finding his reason for living, after a series of seemingly calamitous events have taken place in his life, causing him to feel as though he might as well end it all. David is mysteriously transported to various points in time where he meets a number of historical figures, all at a moment of consequential decision which will determine their success or failure. At a particular juncture in the story, David is brought by archangel Gabriel to a room full of potentially life changing discoveries, some of which could alter the very course of human history. There were papers documenting the cure for multiple types of cancer; a machine that could regenerate optic nerves giving sight to those blind from birth; another to regenerate spinal tissue.

There were even photos of children who had been desired, but never conceived; hopes and dreams left to gather dust out of fear of failure. Sadly, Gabriel tells David that this was an ever expanding space, as each day the aspirations of many were abandoned in exchange for the familiar. Finally David asks the angel the million dollar question: “What is this place?”

Gabriel responds:

“This, my friend, is the place that never was…This is the place where we keep all the things that were about to be delivered, just as a person stopped working and praying for them. The contents of this warehouse are filled with the dreams and goals of the less courageous.”

I will never forget the moment of instantaneous understanding I experienced while reading this statement. It was as if someone had punched me in the gut, because the angel’s statement was far too accurate and relevant to my then current state. I had been exposed. I had allowed fear of the unknown to cause me to remain in my miserable little corner, keeping my ideas bottled up in the jar of inferiority, my talents hidden under the cloak of inexperience, my potential- restricted and confined in the straight jacket of complacency, my life on perpetual hold, waiting for destiny to find me… in my hiding place, no less. I was hiding behind other people’s evaluation of my worth, other people’s assessment of the value of my contributions, other people’s limitations which they used to encourage me to “stay in my place”.

In that moment, I realized that I had items, dreams, visions, ANSWERS that someone else in this world needed, in that room… and I needed to go get them back! So I made decisions; decisions that have changed the entire course of my existence, and my level of participation in the world around me. And I am happy with my choices. Not because everything has worked out exactly as I planned, but because they were MY CHOICES. So win, lose or draw, I can say that I have stepped out on faith, and I am becoming exactly who I was always meant to be. But I am not so far removed from this experience to forget the agonizing difficulty with which I made my first baby steps towards the vision that God has given me. Which leads me to the video posted above…

I encourage you to watch this inspiring TEDtalk by Matt Cutts entitled Try Something New for Thirty Days.

And then I challenge you, choose something, no matter how small, to try for 30 days. I’ll be doing it too, and I will do my best to share them with all of you. Please feel free to comment and share your experience, we’d love to hear from you!

Best Wishes on your journey to a better You!

Peace & Love

Andrea

P.S. Need help brainstorming ideas of new things to try? Here are a few links to some inspirational blogs and articles to get you started!

http://www.projecteve.com/motivation-to-spring-out-of-your-comfort-zone/

http://pathpartners.com/25-ideas-for-trying-something-new/

http://maximizemylife.com/2011/10/want-to-try-something-new-for-30-days-here-are-50-ideas/

http://thoughtbrick.com/lifestyle/30-day-challenge-to-change-your-life/