God wants to perform miracles in your life – and not just one, but many! He has been waiting to do this. However, before the Lord can, you need to let Him perform a miracle inside of you. You need to trust Him to turn you into a living, walking miracle – a breathing testimony to who He is. And my friend, God is love, and God is good.
Isaiah 44:3 (NLT) – For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.
The Lord’s miracles require us to have faith in Him. They mandate us to rid our lives of piddly distractions, so there is room in our cups for Him to pour into us. (Netflix binges… anyone? Just me?) There are two analogies we can use here. In the first, our cups are too full of the wrong stuff – distractions, worry, mundane obligations, social media, television, etc. In this case, when God tries to pour into us, His goodness just splashes off and sprays everywhere else because we did not leave any margin for Him. In the second, when we don’t believe who He says we are in Him – when we ignore His promises, thinking we do not deserve them – we unwittingly crack our cups so we cannot receive or retain His goodness. It just drains right through us. *
*That was an excerpt from my upcoming book Overflowing Women: Creating Margin for God to Pour Into Your Life. More details to come!
So, which scenario fits you? Are you a Splashy Sue or a Drainy Diana? Perhaps a Bridget Both?
- If you’re a Splashy Sue – Subconsciously, we often keep ourselves busy for a multitude of reasons. Are you afraid of feeling bad, or of the repercussions of saying no? Do you have a secret need to prove yourself? Regardless of the reason, why do you say “yes” when your schedule is already full?
- Drainy Diana – Is it hard for you to believe God loves you? That his promises are for you, and not just for everyone else? Do you have a hard time receiving love, in general? If so, why do you think that is?
- Bridget Both – Many of us are Bridgets. We often keep ourselves busy to avoid deep, fulfilling connections with others and God, because we don’t believe we deserve them. If this describes you, please use the two reflections, above.
Weekly Wise Counsel:
After you answer your questions, pray for understanding and take one tiny baby step in the opposite direction:
- Sue, delegate one task on your to-do list.
- Diana, take a deep look at 1 John 4:16, Jeremiah 29:11, and Psalm 139:14.
- Bridget, you get to do both!
Heavenly Father, help this woman feel, know, and receive your immense love for her. Open her eyes to the subconscious biases that block her from allowing You to pour into her. Help her heal and overcome them. Amen.
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