Good Saturday morning, friends!
I’m coming to you in the early morning hours again. Don’t worry, I didn’t oversleep again, just took the evening hours to get some rest last night. 🙂
Thank you so much for those of you that commented yesterday about fasting. You each gave super insightful perspectives on what God is prompting you to do and why it may not necessarily be food. I would encourage you to go back and read the comments if you have a chance over the weekend (click the Draw the Circle words in the top left hand corner of this page to take you to the home page with links to all of the daily posts).
There is one comment that I HAVE to share with each of you from Aunt Debra. If you aren’t familiar – she decided in the beginning of this challenge to start walking physical circles around her house each morning. She walks a circle for whatever day it is of the challenge. For example, today you will find her making 28 circles around her house!! And she starts around 5am in the dark during the week.
Here’s what she had to say yesterday:
I have a story though…I’ve been spotted (on my morning walks) by the neighborhood “Watch”. My next door neighbor called me last night to say the neighbor behind us called her yesterday to say that someone was walking around my backyard about 5:00 or a little after yesterday morning…casing my house. Both neighbors have dogs and they sometimes start barking. But the most interesting part of the story is that my neighbor was told there were TWO people walking. I kinda got a chill as I remembered the story from Daniel…”I see not three people in the fire…but four, and it looks like the Son of God”. WOW!! Now I KNOW it was just me, He wouldn’t be walking my circles with me, would He?
Doesn’t that just bring chills? Aunt Debra, I fully believe He is walking with you each morning! What a testimony that you are now able to share with us and so many others that start asking about why you are making your circles. Who knows how many lives will ultimately be touched by your faithfulness to do this CRAZY thing? Just think of the kingdom impact that is being birthed each morning as you make those circles! Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging story with us.
Today’s reading is based on Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I thought the last paragraph summed it all up beautifully:
When everything is said and done, God won’t say, “Well said, good and faithful servant.” He won’t say, “Well thought,” “well planned,” or even “well prayed.” There is only one commendation He will give: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Don’t just pray about it; do something about it.
(pg 159 Draw the Circle)
As we pray and ask God to stir our hearts and move us closer to Him, we will begin to realize that there are specific things He wants us to DO! Certainly, getting into His Word shows us examples of what to do. And if we don’t read His Word, we won’t know.
I started praying a prayer several months ago, “Lord, make me uncomfortable.” And boy, has He ever done that!
It doesn’t take long to realize that the things in this life won’t satisfy. I’ve seen over and over how money isn’t what brings happiness. I’ve seen people try to accumulate stuff and it always disappoints. I’m over living the “American Dream” and I want God to bring me to a place where I become so uncomfortable with this normal life that my soul constantly craves more of Him and less of me.
The result of being uncomfortable: seeing the needs around me and becoming aware that I have a role to play.
Are we all called to become missionaries? Maybe not. But, you can’t ignore the fact that there are hungry people all around us, children dying across the world and people that go without clean water on a daily basis.
Just this week I saw a mind numbing statistic that said Americans spent 600 BILLION dollars during the Christmas season last year! What part did my own family contribute to that number? I can tell you that something is certainly stirred within me to change. Can I change the whole world all by myself? No. But maybe I can change the world one family at a time.
And this is just one example of how God is calling us to go and DO.
For those of you that have asked about continuing into another study after we finish our 40 days, I’m considering a book by Jen Hatmaker that is called “Interrupted.” It goes deeper into how God can interrupt our comfortable lives in ways we’ve never imagined. Jen shares her own personal story of exactly how this happened in her family. And it all happened when we she began to pray crazy prayers! We’re on the right path, friends!
This is my prayer today for our entire team:
God, stir something inside of us. Start a fire in our souls – one that can’t be contained, one that can’t be controlled. We want more of You, God – we want more of YOU! I ask for a holy passion to stir inside of us to get into Your Word like never before. Reveal to us exactly what You want us to do. God, speak to us individually. Place us in situations to minister, to glorify You and to get uncomfortable. Don’t let us sit and become complacent with our normal everyday lives. Don’t allow us to go through the motions. Help us to GET OUT OF THE WAY! Don’t let us be a roadblock by our disobedience to You, but allow us to be the pace setters that lead the way in a broken world that needs You. I ask for a boldness like never before to go and DO. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen!
I’m thankful that you are on this journey, friends.