What if you looked at what you really can do?

Hey, so you've got a heart for ministry, and that's a beautiful thing, but your looking around and wondering how? How on earth will you ever make it work? Your heart is wrapped up tight, just waiting for when you make it to another point in life.

You might be saying something along the lines of, "Well, one day when I have a home of my very own." Or, "One day when the kids have all gone and grown."

Maybe it's gotten to the point where, yeah, you know that God can really use you for His gloriously big plan, but your season of life just isn't quite right for it yet. You've got to reach a little further, or wait a little longer and then, then you'll be able to do something, anything, for the Kingdom of Heaven.

You're stuck here waiting for a someday, and then when that someday comes and turns into your today, then you'll be free to live out the ministry that you've been dreaming up inside your mind.

But did you know that one of the greatest ways that the advancement of His great Kingdom can be stopped is through the words of "I'll do that someday."

Because the truth of it is, perfect never really will come to you until the day you step onto Heavens shores. Perfect never will arrive for you as long as your home is an earthly floor.

Yeah, it’s true, you really were made to do something, and not some distant day in the future, but every day that you are here on earth for.

So what is it that I'm trying to say here? That you should forget the responsibilities that are closing in around you every long, and tiring day? That you should do your best to do it all, and while you're at it, be sure to do it now.

If that were to be true, then you and I would be set up for nothing else but a whole lot of failure.

There are limits we face and there's a real release when we come to terms with each and every one of those limits and give them to a limitless God. 

So what do we do with the tension in our soul, the longing to be a Kingdom builder-and the reality of where we're at in life?

Well, can I just encourage you to start asking God the question of, "what can I do?"

Because sure, there might just be a hundred different things that you really just can't do today, but I bet you right here and now, that there are at least just a few things that you surely can do.

Yeah, so it might not be what you had in mind. But ministry can come in a variety of shapes. Who’s to say you know just the right one, after all?

And friend, when you learn to just begin there's beauty unlimited that is about to explode right there within your mundane looking life.

We trap ourselves unnecessarily when we think in only our own little human terms. We limit our already limited beings to a much higher level when we sit and do nothing when really we could at least go and do something.

So you don't have a home of your own to invite another in, then find another little place that is "less than ideal", but will actually make things work out quite nice.

So you've got kids running crazy and a mess in every room, so bless another mom that's feeling run down and invite her to join you right there in that mess, because she's more than likely just as desperate for encouragement as you are today.

A whole world of opportunities begins to open wide when we ask ourselves what it is that we can do today instead of getting hung up on all that we can't do. When we take our eyes off of the no's and the restraints-when we're willing to lay down what is ideal and learn to do what works well right here and now, we begin to breath a little more free and live a beautiful reality.

This world is in need of changing, and there are countless hearts that need another's cheering, so don't leave it all for someday when our today's could work as well.

You have something worth giving

I know it just as well as you probably do-there's an overwhelming amount of need that covers every part of this world.

You probably want to do something about it just as badly as I do, and yet how often we try our best to shut it out of our heads. And why? Why do we try so hard to turn a blind eye to the needs that seem to be out to overwhelm us?

Well, I can really only answer this for myself, but maybe you can also relate. You see, when I think about the need I see my inadequacies all staring right back at me. I see my shortcomings and my lack of ability. I see my humanity and incapability, and it doesn't take all that long for it to completely paralyze me. 

But did anyone ever do any good by doing nothing instead?

If your life is redeemed and your heart is restored by the Love and Grace of a good God up above, then friend can I remind you, you have more than enough to give! 

You have life everlasting to share with the world. You have hope that's eternal, the kind that nothing can steal.

So why, do we fall for the lie that we don't have an amount that is worth it to give?

What if you and I did a switch and instead of seeing our lack of ability, we saw only our riches from eternity?

Dream a little with me- what would be the difference if every heart that believed in a Savior who redeems, took the tools that they have and turned them into a daily gift of love?

Sure, we might just be dirt poor at this very moment, but if we've been given the ability to speak, then why not go and use that to fill another person's desperate need for encouragement?

We might be trapped in by a family to care for, but don't we have a pen and paper and just a few  minutes to spare? Then why not turn it into the filler for another souls need, and write out a letter that speaks life into their broken world?

We might have the earthly resource and no time left in our day, except to right a check for the amount that's extra this month. Then send it off to someone who's coming up short and is in need of a little extra today.

And no matter what can't we always, always pray for another human being?

So, what's your greatest source of means today? Whatever it is go ahead and turn it into a tangible form of Christ's love.

Send an invite or make a gift. When you love much through word and deed, you'll find that love comes spilling right over you from the Source of Love Himself. 

Our live's are meant to be overflowing, but you and I have to start giving in order to open up those endless streams of heaven's grace.

If each of us gathered up our little amount of ability, and put it into a daily use, we might find that changing the world isn't so far out of our reach. If each of us lifted even our emptiest of hands up to a Father who loves to transform, can't we believe that He's going to enable us to give out His love?

Be a giver of life out of what you hold in your own hands right now-no matter how small. You hold the treasures of heaven inside of you and that gift of His life has the ability to take on a thousand different forms.

When we live a life that gives out His love in countless ways, we begin to see it running in deeper streams within us today. 

"My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." 

{  1  J o h n  3 : 1 8  }

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Where do you belong?

There's one word that keeps coming to my mind, one theme of continuous learning right now, and it's the idea of really belonging. 

This word belong, I'm guessing that we all tend to like the sound of it. It's a concept that we all want for our own and would give up all we've got at times, just simply to say that we too belong.

It deals with our identity and who we're really meant to be. It deals with heart issues and sometimes even the scared parts of bent up lives.

It affects us at the very center of our being, this whole idea of belonging. So, let's go ahead and ask the question, what does it really mean to belong? Why does the word bring a stir of desire and an ache for possession?

The meaning of the word runs along two parallel tracks, two different ways of looking at this grand idea of belonging. It means to have a close or intimate relationship, and doesn't the whole world want more of a relationship, more of that love and attention that we are all longing for? 

And then there's the second view on what it means to really, truly belong. The second look will show us that it also means to be a possession- to simply be someone's. 

We might wonder at that, and ask ourselves if that's something good, and something worth wanting after all? We might ask ourselves if we really do want to be a possession? 

And yet, all along isn't there this craving in each of us to know just exactly where we fit? To know we have a place and a space that's made just for us?

This idea of belonging means to be just exactly where you are meant to be, and in a world that's often gone crazy, doesn't every single beating heart just want to know where they're meant to be? Doesn't every running, confused soul just want to know what they are really meant to do? Don't we all ache deep down to simply know where we belong?

And yet, in order to belong you've got to accept that you are owned. You've got to accept not only the belonging, but also the idea of being another's possession.

There's one fact in all of this that will make a world of difference to what our belonging really means. Perhaps you've already asked the question, but let's spell it out right here in case you haven't- 

Who do you belong to?

After all, there has to be an owner to every thing that is marked "owned". There has to be a possessor that goes along with every possession. 

So, who? Who is it that you and I belong to? 

There is a God who desires to have you. Yes, the same God who hung stars in the sky and formed each and every mountain peak. There's a God and He has a desire to have you and I.

He wants us to belong, not only amongst His acquaintances, but among those that are the very closest to Him.

Remember? To belong means a close and intimate relationship. That's what He's holding out to each and every one of us- this invitation for each and every weary heart to finally belong.

He gave everything that He could possibly give just to be able to offer the very greatest invitation. He spent and spilled His very own blood on a cross in order to reach you with His most important question, "Will you belong to me?"

How can any searching, human heart overlook the grandness of this offer? 
An offer from the Author of Life.
An offer from the only One who could ever redeem you, remake you, restore you and free you.
The only One who breaks every human chain and sets every prisoner free. 
The only one who loves you everlastingly.
The only One who never leaves.
The only one who is righteous, holy and perfect.
The only one who is deserving of worship wants you to be forever found in His closest presence.
And if that doesn't bring your heart low in a humble, holy adoration, then friend, I don't know what on earth ever will. 

And yet, there's this part of the belonging that you and I don't often take time to consider. It's like we're reaching up for all of the treasure without counting in the fact that there's a real cost. 

You see, you are truly His possession. A prized possession. And when a prized possession leaves it's rightful owner, there is a vast amount of trouble. When a a prized possession takes a look at the empty treasure of this world, it pains the One who paid such a high and costly price simply to call you His.

See, we like to make it light. We like to skip over what we're actually doing when we take a little break to fit in with the world. But how in heaven's name do we ever turn our eyes away from perfect, eternal love? And when we take our eyes off of His holy perfection, what are we really trading it all in for? A cheap and deadly counterfeit. A shadow of light in a world of dark, when Heaven's light has already been opened up to us. 

We're His. We're forever belonging to Him. We've got a place that's made especially just for us at the greatest table your eyes ever could dream up.

We've got more love flowing down and over us than any of us knows exactly what to do with. And don't let us kid ourselves on thinking one drop of it is deserved by us. Undeserved and Unreserved it all flows down on us.

Our hearts are fragile and our hearts are quick to turn away. But I ask you today, won't you look at the Master of your life and see once more the love in His eyes?

Don't go and trade in the only real reason for hope in your life, for a moment of the world's cheap and fleeting version of a treasure. 

You've got something eternal. You belong to a Forever King. Stay in your place of belonging.

"You are not your own, for you were  b o u g h t  with a price. 
So  g l o r i f y  God in your body."
- H E B R E W S  6 : 1 9 - 2 0 - 

Because we all have our own list of distractions

I bet you know just what it's like, that feeling of trying to get something done and getting everything else done that wasn't meant to be done instead. You get a hundred distractions through the form of mental lists or screens lit up, and pretty soon you're caught wondering where the time's gone since it isn't showing up in the project you were meant to complete.

A world of distraction, that's where you and I live. A world that seems to make it easier to do everything you never intended to do and harder to to what you set out to accomplish. 

Distraction can take on just about any type of form. It can come as a need for constant communication or news, it can come in the form of keeping up a certain appearance, making sure you've got a top-notch reputation. These days it seems to come at us ten thousand times through the form of a lit up device.

We can even be distracted by our games or our hobbies, the things that were only meant for fun all along. 

You and I can be terribly quick to give away every ounce of precious time to something that will never even give a drop back to us.

Time is precious and comes with a limit for each of us. So why are we so eager and quick to spend it on the trivial?

If it can't possibly bring glory to our worthy and great God, then why do we have such a pull to give it our all? 

If it isn't capable of bringing about real community and creating gospel-love opportunities, then why do we invest so much of ourselves into it?

When it's all said and done, how much of your life will you hold in your hands once all that is earthly has been drained away from it? 

How much of our lives have we invested in what will last?

I am guilty of giving in to a thousand distractions from how I ought to live. I'm guilty of a thousand investments in the unneeded and unimportant. 

Cutting out distractions doesn't cut out all the joy. It's more like cutting out more space in life to fully enjoy your time. Cutting out all of those distractions cuts out enough space for a greater amounts of peace. 

There's something beautiful that happens after we learn to invest well. After we've given our all to what really matters most, we begin to receive in multiplied form. We gain greater treasures and deeper amounts of riches when we invest our time into those most-important things.

And just what is it that you and I gain when we put down the distractions and live fully invested? We gain back treasures such as the beauty of friendship gained, experiences fully enjoyed, and a life full to the brim of well-lived days. 

The truth of it is friends, you and I have been given a task to do, live well and live fully for a King who deserves glory. We're never going to get far in our goal if we spend all our time in trivial things. 

Invest well today, friends. You'll never regret the time you give to loving the lives around you.

We've all got a list of distractions, start by naming yours. Once you've named it, you'll sooner recognize it and you'll learn to turn away from it, because nothing that distracts from Christ is ever worth your time. 

"Is anything you're doing here adding up to anything that matters? 
And in the end, is what you've chosen ultimately about Christ and His kingdom?"
- A N N  V O S K A M P -

If you’re feeling a little lost in life

Have you ever felt lost in life? Maybe you've been going for awhile, just doing your very best to stick with the plan and get to the end. You think you've got it set in your head, just what will be ahead, and then life goes and takes a turn and you're left somewhere else instead.

You know, it doesn't take some great big catastrophe to knock us down off of our feet and remind us that we're little more than a frail human life.

No, sometimes all it takes is the reminder that we can't see what's coming ahead in the days that are yet un-lived.

You don't have to have an earth shattering event take place in your life, for you heart to suddenly flounder into what-if's and what-am-I-doing-here-in-life?

Sometimes all it takes is a moment's pause and a little reflection.

Chances are, if you're human than you know well how it feels to sense that you are lost.

You've come to crossroads that don't seem to come with any direction. You've come to seemingly blank spaces that don't seem to have any form of progression.

You've up and lost your way, without one bit of your own trying. You've simply come face to face with the fact that you are a limited human.

You're dealing with the reality that you don't have all the facts in life, and you're dealing with the idea that you're less than qualified to live out this life.

But friend can I remind you that there's a God up above who isn't ever capable of becoming lost.

Right now you're going back and forth on what you ought to do. Right now you're searching far and wide for whatever is the best choice. And friends did you know that there's a God up above who really does know it all?

He knows the options that you can't even see yet. He knows the end destination of every road that you could end up walking down, and He cares enough about you to never leave you in your lost and sorry state.

He's a God of direction and a God who has order, and He'll never leave you stuck to figure it out all on your own.

And yet friends, did you know that this God who loves to lead, can also see the value of a much needed wait.

He'll always lead you on, but He won't ever rush past the treasure gained through a little bit of a wait.

So, let your disorder and your confusion be organized into peace and submission, as you look up above to the only Perfect One.

Give yourself over to the One who knows the inner workings of your heart and is the only One capable of following a perfect plan.

Maybe the truth of it is that in all of those times that we've begun to feel lost, is when we're really the most found. Because there's nothing greater than coming to terms with the reality of your own inability.

Maybe the sooner we each come to grips with our great weakness, means the sooner we can reach our hands up to the sky for His unfailing wisdom.

So, to every lost and weary heart out there in this vast and beautiful world, hold on tight to the One who sees every moment. Hold on tight to the One who holds you the closest. Hold on tight to the One who goes before your every step. Hold on tight to the only One who was able to pay the ultimate price to set your life completely free.

When you don't know where on earth you're meant to go in life, place yourself right there in front of His light, and trust that in His time, He'll always lead you right. 

Soon you are going to find that the greatest lamp is His Word, and the greatest Light is now yours when you walk ever and only in the presence of your Lord. 

A letter to the friend with a stirring in their heart

Hey there Friend,

So here you are with your little bit of treasure. You were built with the ability, made specially to do something extraordinary. You feel that stirring in your heart to do just exactly what you know you were made to do. You feel that rumbling in your soul to take a step out and put your treasure to it's very greatest use.

I get it friend, because I'm right there with you. 

Right now maybe you're working a 9-5 that you wouldn't have wished for, or maybe you're stuck with no time to try out the things that you long to do.

You dream when you've got the space, but that's about the end all for you right now. 

Maybe you long to reach more people, to use it all for His good. You wonder why God hasn't given you a greater opportunity. 

Maybe you don't have much clarity at all. You just know that there might be something more than what you're living right here and now.

Maybe your a dreamer, with ideas that others say just can't become reality. Maybe you're a planner and you're just too afraid that you might make a mistake.

Well, no matter where you're at, who you are, or what you've got, can I clue you in on something grand today?

This God of the universe, this maker of stars, this Very Greatest Designer that you and I adore, He's the one who made you and He's the one who gave you the treasure that you hold tight in your hands.

The treasure of a beautiful talent.

Truth is, this talent has a far greater purpose than what your grandest dreams can come up with.

This talent was made and fashioned to be used for His Grand Story. The One that's all about rescuing souls and putting His glory on display. The One about a coming King who rescues His own and brings them to eternal glory.

That treasure that you're holding in your hand? It's meant to fit inside of this Story in some beautiful way.

But here is what you've got to remember-this God of the Galaxies and Maker of Beauty, He never really does things in the way that you and I would plan.

He asks you to simply surrender that treasure up into His grasp, and let Him use it in the place that it fits the very best.

Sometimes He asks you to wait until His perfect timing is here, and sometimes He asks you to take a leap that looks like it might just kill you. No matter what, He asks you to trust and obey.

So, to the hearts that have a stirring and a longing to use what they've got in a bigger grander way, remember that The very One who formed that longing will put it to it's very greatest use.

He's orchestrating something glorious by the perfect combination of willing vessels with their treasures held up in surrender to Him.

Learn to listen, learn to wait, but above all learn to be willing and obey.

And if you ever struggle with doubt that this God that you're living for really does have a desire to use you and your treasure, well, just go ahead and read these verses here below-

"And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker...-those who do every work and those who design artistic works. And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of works for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded."
{ E X O D U S  3 5 : 3 4 - 3 6 : 1 }

Chapter thirty six goes on to show the beauty that is accomplished when each person is doing just exactly what they were made to do with the treasure in their hands. 

This is the God that you and I serve, a God who doesn't forget the inner workings of our heart for even just a second. The God who patiently waits until it's the very best time. A God who wants to use you in the very best of ways.

Our task today is to listen. To listen for His grace in leading. To listen for His gentle words of Guidance.

So to my fellow friends with a stirring in their hearts and a treasure in their hands, I'm right there with you, in the midst of the times of confusion, and the prayers for instruction. With the aches that come with desiring more. 

Hold fast to The God who does it all,

In His grace,

P.S. If you relate to these words in any sort of way, I'd sure love to hear from you! Tell me a bit about the dreams He's placed in you. You can always send a note to amanda@thesplendidordinary.com

One of the greatest keys to building community

One of the greatest points of interest today, is our craving for community. You can find it just about anywhere- within the church or in a secular world, for the introvert as well as the extrovert. It's what we're after, and it's our main desire.

And friends, I'm caught up with it right along with the rest of the world. I love community. 

When I learned not to care

I remember back to the days when I was the one who used to care.

This word caring is usually linked with something that is a little more positive, but it all comes down to what it is you’re caring about.

We should seek to care, by all means. Don’t ever let caring break away from your being. But take careful watch over what it is that your heart begins to really care about.

When we don't see the good

There's a list of things that we lack, but it would seem that near the top of that great list of lack would be the word consistency.

If you're in need of proof of this, just turn your pages to the book of Exodus. 

Exodus, the book that's packed full of demonstrations of our God's power, and yet the Israelites couldn't seem to make up their mind on whether or not this God who held everything in His hands, was bigger enough to see them safely through.

And how often do we find ourselves living just exactly how the Israelites did?

When living different really makes you free

Everyone around you today is looking for freedom in some sort of way.

They're looking for liberty, a chase for no boundaries. They're desperate to be free of anything that's oppressive.

As sons and daughters of the One true King, you and I posses within ourselves just exactly what this crazy world is desperate for. But have you ever noticed how the freedom we have full access to, begins to look like bondage to some. In fact, maybe somedays it even looks that way to us.

To become someone with depth

Let's pretend I had anything in the world that I could give you today. There would be a number of things that I would choose, but one of the very top things on my list that I'd like to give to you is the aching desire to be a human being filled with content. 

And no, that might not be something that ranks high on many lists, and you might just be wondering what it is that I'm even saying to you.

So here, let me explain what this whole idea of possessing content really means to me and why it holds such a high ranking on my list of valuable treasures.

To seek to be a person of content means to seek more wisdom than what you've got at this very moment. 

Living in light of the very Greatest Day

This past week has opened my eyes in greater ways to how brief a life we live here on this earth.

Eternity is where our hearts must be-it is our our truest reality. 

How many of our choices are wrapped up in the things here of this world? How many of our pursuits will be left behind when it all comes down to our final day?

You and I, we're made for another realm. We've got a place tucked away for us in our eternal dwelling place, and yet here we strive and try to get our best and make something of ourselves while we're racing through this space of time.

Linger longer, worry less

In the past few weeks I've been able to have face to face conversations with a vast amount of friends coming from different backgrounds and a various life situations.

Each time our conversations seem to flow in the same sort of theme. 

I can't help but notice that deep within our hearts lies much of the same type of pursuits and passions. 

We long to know where it is that we are supposed to go. We're hoping we can get it all right, rather than turning this life into some great, big mess.

It's time to give your all

Paul understood it to be the only way to live out Christianity.

Timothy saw it as something worth following after.

Peter welcomed it as a result of the transformed way of life.

James claimed it as his very own identity.

And what is it, you might ask, that tied all of these legends of the faith together in some common bond? I'll tell you.

It was the way of a bondservant.

You are what you love

They say that your identity is the fact of being who you really are. At the core of your very heart, it's your truest self.

So, who are you really, underneath all of those layers?

We each have our passions, and preferences. We've got things that we like and things that we hate, and somehow they all can find their way into what we are known by.

If you've ever felt in need of happiness

I hear the steady hum of it from the world that dances all around me, surrounding me with their idea of where I can find my own fulfillment.

In a grand wide world, with a vast amount of cultures, it would seem that this one single way of life is one of the few things that are universal-breaking through boarders and keeping a steady familiarity no matter where in the world you go.

It’s the continues pull to a life that pleases myself.

The tension of a tragically, beautiful world

I've been wanting to do a count of all the miles I've traveled in only a few short days.

I'm thinking the numbers would add up to something quite high, but no matter what they amount to, they'll never compare to the vast amount of emotions, joys and sorrows that this heart has covered in a mere couple of days.

From sitting by your friend's side while her dad lies sick with cancer, to sharing beautiful moments of truth with a small band of Christ-followers, to holding those who've just laid a loved one to his final rest, to celebrating the exquisite beauty of a dear friends wedding day.

Walking in grace on unexpected roads

When I was a girl, I'd dream up the ultimate life. That's what we tend to do, right? Picture it in our mind and then spend our whole life trying to make it our reality.

And yet so many times we chase without ever holding in our possesion the life of our childhood dreams.

It could be for any number of reasons. Maybe you've grown up to find that life is a little more complicated than the simplistic view from your childhood days, or maybe events beyond your control have gone and taken over control of the ten year plan that you were in the midst of working through.

Or, maybe we could all find that the greatest dreams come true, when we open up our hands and lay our hearts bare before the One who crafts the galaxies and spins this earth in a perfect, perpetual orbit. 

How to live a day that holds more weight

They say that time flies and we're all pretty sure that it's true. We look back on the days that made up the weeks, which made up the months that somehow turned into years, and we wonder exactly how we've gotten to where we are.

We wish we could freeze it-store it all up to be lived all over again. But the fact is that time just keeps on passing us by without us knowing just how to even pause for a moment to catch enough breath.

The doors that lead us deeper in

In all of your imaginings of heaven, do you ever sit and wonder about the list of things that we're going to be surprised by?

I like to think about what could be listed there among the countless things that will catch us off guard in comparison to being in His glorious presence. After all, what do our earthly minds know about a place that is called eternal? What does our short sighted view really amount to standing up against all of time.

When you've got to fight daily

There are days when it seems to be a battle to simply keep the focus. You can have your eyes set on the Master, you can have your heart fixed on what is true, and yet a thousand times you feel the pull to look, instead to doubt.

The enemy tries his best to deceive you, sending little lies to run right through your mind. He tries to make the fears appear greater than the source of safety you are leaning heavily upon.

Choosing to see the least of these

You and I have always been taught that bigger is going to be better than the little that we've got. We're told to go as far as we can, and embrace every bit that this life has to offer. We're taught that success is measured in numbers and the great heights that you are able to reach.

We've all heard it said, "go big or go home." As if this life is wasted if you don't reach up for the best.

Our culture seems to cheer the loudest for those who are running the fastest towards their own, self-created version of success. Our world stands up to applaud those who've given their all to the fight for more in their earthly lives.

In search of deliverance

As we all seek to move forward in the journey of following after Christ, there is one thing that we never want to find in our lives.

It's called idolatry.

To the heart that truly knows Him, this idea ought to bring a cringe to our souls as we think of giving our worship to anything of waste.

We know in our minds that He's the One true God, and yet our affections seem to constantly fight to be given to objects holding nothing of value.

Today's small choices

"When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us."
 -Oswald Chambers

Have you ever felt that God is silent? Have you felt as if you're wandering in the darkness, in search of some direction, and there aren't any lights that are turning on? 

Or, maybe you're trying to do His will and yet with every step forward into what seemed right, you're left feeling like somewhere, somehow you got it all wrong. 

Yesterday I heard the quote up above, and was caught by it. I turned it over in my mind and thought about what it means for my life.

You see, we can be pretty good at this whole idea of obedience when it looks fairly heroic. When God asks us to do something that we deem as grand and glorious work, we some how have the instant "yes".

But is that the only time for our obedience? Shouldn't there be smaller yes' paving the way in our Christian lives? 

We can stumble around and wonder why things aren't falling into place. We can trip and falter and begin to doubt, thinking we gave it all our very best, and God just isn't coming through. But let me ask you, are you obedient today? 

Not just in those noble and grand tasks, but are we obedient on today's littlest tasks? 

Are we doing what we know we ought to do, in order to love Him best? 

Are we following His ways in every part of our lives, or only when it works well for us?

If we're giving Him our all-every part of every single day-then there's nothing that will stop Him having His way. 

We will still stumble at times and things aren't always clear, but if obedience is kept our theme then peace will rule our hearts and worry fades away. For the God of the galaxies is walking close beside, and He gives everything that's needed to the heart that is given to obedience. 

Just as a parent knows what's best for their child, so our Father knows what's best for us. 

He will use you in ways you didn't plan, ways that you wouldn't have chosen. But in the end you'll see with unclouded view and understand that His ways are always going to be best.

If you sense some sort of distance, or you wonder why life isn't making sense; if you're praying seems to get you nowhere and you're left wanting something more, look for ways to be obedient today. Take the leap and do what you know you ought. 

You'll soon find that your obedience to Him is one of the very greatest acts of love to your Father, who always knows best.

Perhaps you've felt that urge to wake a little earlier and spend a bit more time with Him. Perhaps it means a letting go of something else you're holding onto besides Christ. Perhaps it's your lack of prayer or your actions against another life. 

Whatever it is that might be that is pulling on you, go ahead and say yes. Take the leap and learn to obey. The reward of your obedience will always far outweigh the price you'll pay for holding anything back.

If you might be called a dreamer

There are countless times in my life when I could be found scribbling away on a pile of blank pieces of paper, filling them full of the plans that I had. Perhaps if you're a fellow dreamer, you can understand.

I made up the goals. I laid it all out. First this step and then the next. I called them my dream-these ideas that I'd chase. I told myself that I could do it all if I just reached up high enough and gave it my all. 

A dreamer is a beautiful thing to be in this world, and yet, it's a messy thing to be when done in the natural ways of the world.

Why it's safe to let it all go

There are times in life when it seems that everything we've got has somehow been tied up in knots. It seems that the harder we try to make things right, the tighter it all gets.

Truth is, that's when we're meant to just let go. 

We let go-not to forget, and not to give up-but to be released from the burden of trying not to mess it all up.

We can let go because Christ never lets go of us. 

We can release our hold on this fragile life, because Christ never moves from His place of control.

Just as He stood sovereign on the day that He breathed this whole wide world into existence, so He stands in control of it all now.

Just as He stood as Lord over the great flood waters, so He stands sovereign over the raging seas inside of our lives.

Our letting go might make us feel like all is falling out of control, but in reality, it's simply a step out of the way so that He can have His better way.

When we refuse to release our hold on the way that our life goes, we are refusing to let the God of the universe run our life the way He intended to from the beginning.

When we try to lend a hand, try to choose the course we think we should take, we dim the light of His unfathomable grace. When we try to make it all turn right, we've begun to limit His power within our lives.