Not in Vain

I was reminded this week that my prayers are not in vain. It was in a moment of incredible sadness, when I was certain God had forgotten all the tears I have cried for souls, that God came. In a random statement from a friend, God spoke. He said He was storing my tears and my prayers in golden bowls.
Others do not see or hear the prayers I pray or the tears I weep for them. They do not know the prayers YOU pray or the tears YOU weep for the ones you love. But God does! God hears your prayers and stores them in golden bowls. And, at the right moment, He will pour out the contents of your prayers into the hearts of those for whom you pray. Your prayers and tears will be turned into mercy and grace. And a fragrant offering will be lifted up to the heavens. So hear the words of Brandon Heath as if God were speaking into your life today:
This one goes out to the world changer
Shining your light in the face of danger
Oh, tell us what you know
You’re a saint, you’re a son, you’re a promise keeper
Bottom of the well, still digging down deeper
Oh, how far you gonna goChasing down hope
Moving on dreams
Taking that path
Maybe it’ll lead you home
Maybe it won’tNobody knows why your heart is broken
Nobody cries while your prayers are going up
But Love does
Nobody walks on the road you’re paving
Nobody sees all the souls you’re saving
Oh, but Love does
Love does
Love doesThis is for the one on the front line fighting
Ringing that bell over everybody
Oh, tell us what you know
Knocking down doors in the midnight alley
Looking for a life in a desert valley
Oh, how far you gonna goChasing down hope
Moving on dreams
Taking that path
Maybe it’ll lead you home
Maybe it don’t

You are a renegade
You’re an outlaw of Love’s crusade
And they don’t know who you are
They don’t know
They don’t know
But Love does
I’m telling you, Love does

Somebody knows
Somebody cries
Somebody feels
Love does
Somebody walks
Somebody sees
Somebody knows
Love does

 

Can I Wear Your Sweater?

5053118556_efda10bba0_z

I went back to school to finish my undergrad while my children were still in preschool. Night classes were a simple solution, but it meant some nights away from my children. So, during my breaks between classes, I would call home to say good-night.

My daughter was barely three years old and many times she would be upset that mommy was not there to tuck her in at night. I would remind her that Daddy was a good bedtime story teller and “tucker inner”.

My daughter would sigh and tell me, “But Daddy doesn’t smell like you”.

It is true that we each have our own fragrance. It seems to be as unique as our DNA. When we were first married, we had a dog who used to steal our socks. But she preferred to steal the ones that were dirty and smelled like us. I guess little children are sort of like dogs. I would come home at night and find my daughter wrapped in my sweater.

“It smells like you, Mommy”, she would tell me. Somehow my fragrance brought her peace and comfort.

St Paul calls Christ followers the “fragrance of Christ”. Christians are called to walk closely with God and clothe themselves with Christ. When we clothe ourselves with Christ, we smell like Him. And if we smell like Him, maybe we can help usher in some peace.

Therefore, let us clothe ourselves with Christ. Let us clothe ourselves with His compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility, and patience. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, and let us become the fragrance of Christ.

Dream Big!

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. ~ Daniel 2:28

Christians have stopped dreaming.  In the days of the Book of Acts, the Apostles and other disciples believed that God desired to pour out His Spirit and power on the world.  They believed the Kingdom of God was at hand.  There have been times throughout the last 2000 years when Christians have been renewed and revived with this same truth.  But we have begun to wane.  Mostly we have limited our faith to the next life.

Yet, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He still desires to pour out His Spirit and power.  And He still wants to work His will through His people.  We have stopped dreaming that Christians have been given the power and the assignment to do great things here.  God desires to raise up His own children to find cures for cancer, a vaccine for AIDS, solve unclean drinking water problems, and find eco-friendly energy sources.  He wants to empower His children to heal marriages, feed the poor, clothe the naked, and fight injustice.

Why has our generation stopped dreaming?  We have stopped praying prayers that require faith and a miracle of God.  We have stopped believing that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available now!  We are not even sure if the miracles of the Bible happened anymore.  And we wonder why Book of Acts miracles only take place in 3rd world countries.  It is because we have stopped dreaming big, praying hard, and thinking long.

Join us this Sunday as we begin to trust God for some big, crazy dreaming!

 

%d bloggers like this: