Part II – A Brief Study II
In the first post of this series, we began diving into my word for 2017 – MIRACLES and some things the Lord spoke to my heart over the course of the year as I paid closer attention to his activity in and around me. We established the foundation that everything God does and does not do is solely for His glory and our good and from there began breaking down the different kinds of miracles that we read about in Scripture and experience today. I suggested that there are two main “categories” of miracles – Unexpected and Expected – and from there stem five sub-categories – Nature, Healing, Protection, Provision, and Salvation/Spiritual. We then unpacked Unexpected Miracles, “those events that occur with little to no warning, and perhaps even without your knowledge, that you may or may not have ever even prayed for” and from there discussed some examples.
So, now let’s dive into the realm of Expected Miracles. What sets these apart from the stories we discussed in the first post is that these, I believe, are God’s answer to that long-suffering, enduring hope of believers. Whether it’s a few hours or many years, asking God for a miracle and fully expecting Him to act will always lead to a supercharge of faith when that answer does finally come. So let’s walk through some examples of these special moves of God.
Part I – A Brief Study I
Like many of you I’m sure, I go into each new year with a special word to serve as a sort of theme for the next 365 days. The hope is that these words will help guide our decisions, define our steps, and set some intentionality behind everything we do that year. Going into 2017, the word I felt God put on my heart was MIRACLES. At the very end of 2016, our little family made a giant move, literally, from Texas to Tennessee and in the months leading up to our transition we saw God do a number of miraculous things both in our own personal situation as well as in the lives of several people around us. I had tasted a new level of the “supernatural” and I wanted more!
What I wasn’t ready for was the testing and stretching that would come with this request to see more of the signs and wonders we read about in the Bible. So the further I got into the year, the more I began studying a little more about those moments of divine activity that occur all around us whether we choose to see it or not.
Now, I’ve never been a proponent for putting God in a box or thinking that we can somehow figure Him out this side of heaven. But I do believe that in studying His character and then correlating that with His handiwork, we can and will pick up on different patterns that might help us know how better to look for the miraculous in the everyday and even position ourselves to experience the unexplainable first-hand.
Have you ever been in a season where there seems like there’s a million things to do? To the point where your surroundings seem to be blurry? Where at times the biggest challenge of the day is to simply look forward to what is right in front of you?
This has been one of the most challenging seasons for me personally since becoming a believer. I’m thankful as I’m going through it because I can see more and more what God is doing, how He is growing me and sanctifying me, and at the same time it’s incredibly painful, vulnerable, and continues to reveal to me how often I really don’t trust The Lord.
Not too long ago I was going about my day pretty overwhelmed with all the things we had to do from selling our house, finding a new home, getting ready to leave to a new city, etc. and that night let’s just say our kids weren’t being the most obedient of kids, and I found myself almost treating them like “they were in the way.” I know that sounds terrible, but it’s true. I probably should have called this post my sinful confession, but I’ve already done that multiple times here and here. :)
That night I was at a loss for words because I realized how I went about my day. I was doing all of these things, but I was neglecting HOW I was doing all of them. I quickly threw character out of the window because it was “in the way” of my performance to get everything I needed to get done. That same night, I had a friend share with me some great wisdom on this.
As the year end approaches and we look towards the new year, it’s a great time to evaluate how our time with The Lord has been and how often we have been reading the Bible.
I know for me personally in this season with so many things going on, the temptation to be “too busy” to read the Word has been growing more and more. It’s such a daily battle to sit down and really read the Bible. The fact that it’s such a battle itself almost proves just how important it really is when you think about it.
At the end of the day, everything comes down to Jesus. That’s why we made this reading plan available for you on YouVersion:
The Life of Jesus 80 Day Bible Reading Plan
This plan takes you through the four Gospels, in chronological order, walking through the life of Jesus from His birth to His ascension into Heaven.
We can’t emphasis anymore just how crucial it is for us to be reading the Bible, spending time with God, and growing in our relationship with Christ each day. There is power and the Word as it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and it’s our only offensive weapon against the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20).
If you aren’t sure where to get started in reading the Bible, we’d encourage you to give this plan a try and walk through the life of Jesus as He walked. Jesus is the main point all throughout Scripture and this plan will help show you why and how that is.
Let us know if you decide to start reading this plan, we’d love to hear from you!
Click Here to starting reading the plan.
If you’re anything like me you love it when progress is being made. There’s nothing better then checking things off of your to-do list and having a sense of accomplishment. You simply watch your tasks disappear! Even typing about that feeling right now is making me feel calm!
However, is growing as a follower of Christ always measurable? As much as I want to say “unfortunately” no I’m learning more and more that the better answer to that question is “fortunately” no.
Our family is in the middle of some big transitions. You can see our latest announcement here and as you can guess it, working multiple jobs, while planning to move to a new city, can take quite a toll. Don’t get me wrong…I’m LOVING where God has our family headed, but I’m also being challenged in my faith in terms of what “progress” really means.
While traveling lately to visit some close friends I noticed something while on the plane. In the middle of this storm, this happened…