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Belief. Faith. Surrender.  These simple words hold the secret to great power.  They seem so simple, and yet, they end up being so elusive.   Every time I think I understand these words, I am thrown into a situation in which its quite clear that I don’t.  Back in April, my family took a huge plunge into faith.  We decided to send my oldest daughter, Anna, to Honduras on a mission trip with the youth group, and to send my other teen daughter, Abbi, and myself to Swaziland for a mission trip.  Crazy!  Here we’ve been struggling financially for 2 years and we decide to do this while my husband is enrolled in the police academy.  Insanity is the word I would use, but God calls it faith.

I personally determined that I would not worry about the $6,500 we would need to raise in two months time.  God would take care of it, right?  But as reality hit and the tickets were purchased by the church, there was no turning back and panic set in.  Once again, I launched into “moving my own mountain” mode trying to be creative with fundraising ideas.

Then my husband got a job!  After 9 months of testing and interviews, he was accepted into the police academy.  Another reality hit, he would be gone for the summer and the responsibility of family, my job, raising funds, and our non-profit rested on my shoulders.  I freaked!  “God, you have to close a door!”  Never in my life have I prayed for God to shut a door, instead it has always been to open one.  “I can’t handle all this!”  I complained.

God began whispering into my heart, “Don’t worry about fundraising.  I just want you to enjoy preparing for the missions trip and enjoy it while you’re there.”

“Sounds great, God, but this is a lot of money and you’re asking me to sit back and relax?  What about working for it, earning it?”  I asked confused.

“What about belief?  What about surrender?  What about the rest I’ve promised to you if you would just let go?”  He asked back.

This wasn’t the door I expected for Him to shut, but I was quite relieved and happy with it.  Still unsure if I heard God correctly, I tested the waters.  Instead of trying to come up with a nifty fundraiser this weekend, I weeded my yard and helped my husband study.

I just came into work this morning and was faced with some amazing news!  Donations had come in over the weekend to help my daughters with their trips.  They are now both completely paid for!  Two down and one left to go.  I know God will take care of my expenses without my help.

Belief. Faith. Surrender.  Three simple words that create the greatest fundraiser of all!  God is true to His promises, and if He calls you to something, He will make a way for you to obey.  To God be ALL the glory!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory…  Ephesians 3:20

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Recently, I was asked to video record my Bible study, The Journey of Surrender. As I have been teaching it, the Holy Spirit has been teaching me. (You have to love it when your words are thrown right back at you.) No sooner had I finished video taping the first chapter, “Unbelief: The Roadblock in the Journey”, when God pointed out to me an area of unbelief that caused a roadblock.

Our church had held a breakfast and special appreciation service for the firefighters, police officers, and paramedics within our community. It came as no surprise when no one showed up that day.

“Did you really even pray about it?” the still small voice challenged me.

“Not really because I knew no one would come.” I responded thinking that was a satisfactory answer.

“Isn’t that unbelief? Didn’t you just teach that unbelief causes roadblocks?” the gentle voice continued to question.

“Ugh.” I sighed as conviction set in.

The following week I spoke on the topic of belief and how it brought about many amazing miracles. “For without faith it is impossible to please him!” I passionately proclaimed. Still, I had my own personal struggle with faith for the many upcoming tasks that God was calling us to do.

“Can we really accomplish this task?” my stomach twisted in knots.

“Believe.” came the reply.

My husband could sense that I was struggling with something. Finally I blurted out, “I don’t understand why I’m having such a hard time with this! A few years ago when we received only half the months salary, we saw so many prayers answered and had so many victories, but now I feel like it’s been more defeat than anything else, so why even pray?”

Immediately I could hear that still small voice, “Did you hear what you just said? When you prayed you had victories. When you stopped praying, you felt defeated. Where’s your belief?”

The picture became quite clear – lack of belief results in lack of prayer which results in lack of victories. Ouch! Those first 2 chapters of the Bible study came back to bite me, but it was perfect timing. I was going to need the faith and prayer to accomplish the ministries ahead.

Now that I’ve been open about my faithlessness and getting another clue, let me ask you, how’s your prayer life? How well do you believe that God is able? Join me in prayer, “Lord, I believe! Help thou my unbelief!” Then let’s watch God move mountains and turn the world upside down because of our prayers of belief.

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