WHAT Do You Want God to Do for You?

I love the author and pastor, Mark Batterson, of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One of his recent books is called “Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.” It is wonderful and thought provoking reminding us of the many ways we can know God is speaking to us. Obviously, the first place is in His Word, the Bible. A blind man called out to Jesus from the side of the road. Jesus asked Him what seems an obvious question in Luke 18:41

”What do you want me to do for you?”

Mark Batterson said: “We’re out of touch with what we really want. If we don’t know what we want, how are we going to know when we get it? Maybe it’s time to take inventory. What do you want God to do for you? You owe it to Him to answer that question.”

Mark went on to say, “We let the expectations of others override the desires God has put in our hearts.” (pg 92 “Whisper”) Just think about that statement for a minute… Is there something you’ve always had as a secret desire deep in your heart that you have stuffed away?

Let’s each look deep within today sifting through all the COVID clutter to find our one and only true life. This is our now, our gift of breath – our present. We don’t get to do this over. What is a deep longing that You can bring to Jesus’ feet and ask Him to bless and prosper? Are you hiding from a calling because you are afraid of failure? Do you long for a good friend but have fears about their condemnation or disapproval? Do you have something you have always wanted to do or be?

What do you want Jesus to do for you?

Watercolor and writing have always been a secret desire for me. Hidden away in notebooks and closets for a lifetime, I strove to meet the expectations and needs of others oblivious to what God had placed in my heart…until I heard His call and knew it was His time.

What place in your heart aches to be filled? In James 4:2b James says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Those are pretty powerful words… I encourage you to ask Him to clear away the cobwebs and clutter around you and dust off your passions. Go before God and ASK Him for what is deep within You.
It is too easy to fill those empty spaces with very wrong things: eating too much, falling into depression, unwise choices. None of us are strangers to these things…So I pray honesty, vulnerability, WISDOM and TRUST in this process.

One of my favorite promises of Scripture is Psalm 37:4. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

What is your heart’s desire today? Are you lonely, frustrated, fearful, hiding? Is there a secret part of you that wants to poke your head out and shine? ASK Him. TRUST Him. BELIEVE Him. Because He sees you as you sit by the road. He only wants to know from your heart, what it is you need from Him. And maybe more than anything, you need Jesus Himself.

2021…now what~

I tried very hard to find who wrote the wonderful words below. However I was unable to recognize or thank the author. If you know who they are, please let me know and express my gratitude! I hope you will find these thoughts encouraging and a good attitude adjustment as we embark on this new year. God does not promise us a life of ease free from trouble. But He promises He will be with us wherever we go.

”Sunrise of Hope”

Welcome aboard Flight #2021. We are preparing for an on-time departure into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Actions are secured and locked in an upbeat and upright position. All self-destructive thoughts should be turned off at this time and remain off forever. Any negativity, hate, and discouragement must remain completely stowed. In the unlikely event we lose Altitude while under pressure, simply reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically activate if you have Faith. With Faith, you will be able to assist other passengers. 
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. Now, Captain God has cleared us for takeoff. Our first destination is Love, with continuing stops at Peace and Joy. Before you deplane make sure you don’t leave any of your Hopes and Dreams behind. Once these are lost, they cannot be reclaimed. If there’s anything we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please do the same by paying it forward. We wish you a pleasant flight! 

So today my friends, I wish you courage and confidence, health and hope. In spite of all that swirls around us seemingly determined to rob us of our hope and joy, I pray you will exercise your faith muscles and trust God with what only He can do. If you have never considered Christ to be your only Hope, I am praying now that you would close your eyes, bend your spiritual knees before Him, and ask Him to REVEAL Himself to you! Ask him to forgive you, to love and to save you. And thank Him for the incredible gift of Himself given on a cross 2000 years ago to redeem you. He is worthy of your trust.

Now, let’s toss our baggage, trust our Captain and Pilot, and activate our Faith in the Only One who can safely lead us home.

“Going Home”

2021…now what~

I tried very hard to find who wrote the wonderful words below. However I was unable to recognize or thank the author. If you know who they are, please let me know and express my gratitude! I hope you will find these thoughts encouraging and a good attitude adjustment as we embark on this new year. God does not promise us a life of ease free from trouble. But He promises He will be with us wherever we go.

”Sunrise of Hope”

Welcome aboard Flight #2021. We are preparing for an on-time departure into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Actions are secured and locked in an upbeat and upright position. All self-destructive thoughts should be turned off at this time and remain off forever. Any negativity, hate, and discouragement must remain completely stowed. In the unlikely event we lose Altitude while under pressure, simply reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically activate if you have Faith. With Faith, you will be able to assist other passengers. 
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. Now, Captain God has cleared us for takeoff. Our first destination is Love, with continuing stops at Peace and Joy. Before you deplane make sure you don’t leave any of your Hopes and Dreams behind. Once these are lost, they cannot be reclaimed. If there’s anything we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please do the same by paying it forward. We wish you a pleasant flight! 

So today my friends, I wish you courage and confidence, health and hope. In spite of all that swirls around us seemingly determined to rob us of our hope and joy, I pray you will exercise your faith muscles and trust God with what only He can do. If you have never considered Christ to be your only Hope, I am praying now that you would close your eyes, bend your spiritual knees before Him, and ask Him to REVEAL Himself to you! Ask him to forgive you, to love and to save you. And thank Him for the incredible gift of Himself given on a cross 2000 years ago to redeem you. He is worthy of your trust.

Now, let’s toss our baggage, trust our Captain and Pilot, and activate our Faith in the Only One who can safely lead us home.

“Going Home”