Who here likes to get up at 4 AM and get your workout in?! Really? That’s all the excitement I get? I know…it’s not something we all desire to do at all let alone that early in the morning. But, like it or not, I have chosen to make this healthy habit part of my typical day. To give you a better image, picture this: Here I am, coffee down the pipe, bible study complete and on my treadmill in my basement reading a book. I’m trekking along (well…as far as a treadmill can take someone)minding my own business when out of nowhere God says “you’re starting a blog”.
So I respond “you do see I’m reading here right? Do you mind?” No, I’m kidding! I didn’t say that but I did question it. I had that look on my face. Yea…you know the one! I was perplexed but honestly I just brushed it off with “like I have anything to say that’s important” and kept reading. But when God speaks to your heart he will be persistent until you get the message. Read on and you will see what I mean!
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WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART HE WILL BE PERSISTENT
Later the same day He (the mighty man himself) brought up the blog topic again. Let me just pause here a second and answer the question that I know many of you have been dying to ask after only a few paragraphs in. “Does God speak to you? Really, Stacey?” Yes, he does. It’s not a loud booming voice. It’s not a clear note left on a post-it note stuck to the counter in the morning nor is it a message written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror, but he does speak. He speaks to anyone who has an open heart and mind and is willing to listen.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. -Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
Thanks to God for his persistence because it is in this second attempt to get my attention that I decided to take it to prayer. So I prayed and waited. Now, it has been my experience (and I’m sure many of you can relate) that after I pray and ask God for clarification or an answer to something I spend time waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and…yea, I’m sure you get it. But….God had a different idea for this prayer that was out of the ordinary.
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WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART THINGS WILL HAPPEN
Let me speak to your heart for a hot second, sister. Do you ever get the feeling that maybe you aren’t doing enough? That maybe you aren’t doing what you are “supposed” to be doing, what you are called to do, or you’re not following your purpose? This is exactly how I felt for the longest time. I have felt like I am not making a difference in anyone’s life. I have felt like the purpose that God created me for skipped right past me. Like it came blazing in, skimmed the top of my head, and buzzed past before I even realized what was going on. I thought if I could just figure out what he has for me and wants to do through my life then I’d be all set. Do you feel this way too sometimes, friend?
Here’s what I want us to understand (myself included). God has a purpose for each and every one of us. It might not be standing on a stage somewhere sharing our testimony and watching thousands and thousands come to know Christ. It might not being a lead pastor at a church. Our purpose may not be going on mission trips and then deciding to be permanent missionaries. And that’s OK! There are people he created especially for those roles. But you know what? There are so so many more other roles that he still needs to fill and he created you for one very special role! When God speaks to you and you decide to listen – you will be closer to the purpose he has set forth for your life. Be still, sweet friend. Soak it all in. You WILL hear his voice.
WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART HE IS SPECIFIC
How do you know when God is telling you something? Not only is God persistent and creative but he is very specific. Sometimes this isn’t always obvious because we, as human beings, like to over analyze things. How much more specific can you get than John 13:34?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. NIV
On with the story – The next day I follow the same typical routine and add “blog” to my prayer list during my time with Jesus. I pray that if he so chooses for me to start a blog then I very well need some content to write about…right? Coffee down the hatch, sneakers on, treadmill purring, and reading my book. I’m a few pages to the end of completing the book when God says – “Broken Blessings”.
A specific answer –
That was to be the name of the blog! The book I have been reading while trekking miles across the country on my trusty treadmill? The Blessed by Sharon McMahon Moffitt:
“God told me something else recently in a dream. He told me that there was something that needed to be said that only I could say. When I told my friend, Bryan, about it, he was reminded of a story from the Hassidic tradition that goes something like this: God created the world, and then something happened and it broke. It broke into a million pieces, each shard a unique shape and size. In order to heal the world, the story goes, God made each of us to bring a piece of the broken world to the others so the world might be whole again.”
WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART HE CREATES
What happens when God speaks? He creates! With this confirmation I knew that I had to follow through on this. I mean, when you get specific direction from God there can be no hesitation! I’m still floored by that second sentence though – “He told me that there was something that needed to be said that only I could say.”Ugh, Lord! You overwhelm me!
Needing more direction –
Here is where things can get a little tricky. So here we are. On fire with a new and exciting and specific direction from God himself. Oh, but wait. What do we write about? Yea, that’s an important piece of blogging I would think. And we continue on with the story: So, as I am walking upstairs to shower and get ready for work I pray for clarification on what I am supposed to write in this “Broken Blessings” blog. “God, give me some idea here on what is needed to be said that only I could say.” I hop in the shower (oh the bathroom…where all our best ideas surface.) As soon as I’m in the shower God floods my mind and heart with all the things I’m supposed to tell the world about. So, naturally, I hop out mid-scrub, grab my journal and a pen, and start writing!
WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING
I think one of the most surprising and lovely things about this whole experience is the swiftness of it. But then I remember all about God’s timing.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:8-9
God has a plan for this blog and for me, and for you too, friend. My prayer is that I only write the words that He would have me write. The words that He knows will speak right to the heart of the #BBT and fill them up from sole to soul. I pray that this would be a place of comfort, encouragement, peace, and joy. That we would do life together: you, me, and God. I know He will move in big ways through this space. Because when God speaks – he is speaking to our heart.
Welcome to The Broken Blessings, friends! May it be a space of love, support, and so much kindness that you are overwhelmed and completely transformed! I want to hear from you – let me know how we can be praying for you!
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