Our God is a big, big, God. Sounds obvious; but I have continued to stand back in amazement at the things He wants to do in our lives. Even in the midst of suffering; especially in the midst of suffering.
“Multiplied”, by NeedtoBreathe, speaks to my heart in so many different ways. I tend to connect to the serious things of life (my “light beach reading consists of “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering” by Timothy Keller and “Fly A Little Higher”, by Laura Sobiech). The thing I have noticed, the thing that God is teaching me, is that there is always a light-hearted note to even the most serious of stories. My initial instinct is to connect with the portion of this song that states, “I have surrendered to Your design”; to glaze past the beginning, “Your love is like radiant diamonds bursting inside us, we cannot contain. Your love will surely come find us, like blazing wildfires singing Your name”. Stop there for a minute. There is so much truth in that… His love IS like radiant diamonds, and the more of it we know the more of it we want to have and we want to share. His love always finds us, in all things. Love. As much as this season has been full of challenges and hard moments, may it be known that it has made the sweet moments that much sweeter. Like a dry fine wine is accentuated by a heavenly piece of milk chocolate, the Lord has taken the stings and gut-wrenching hurts of the past year and opened our eyes to the beauty around us and within us all the more. His promises are true and He is truly doing more than I could possibly ask for or imagine. Deep breaths.
When I initially surrendered to God’s design by writing this blog, I had no idea the things He had planned. He continues to astound me, and I have been brought back to those first blogs several times this week as I prayerfully take the next step of faith in this journey He has us on. Deep breaths.
I write the next paragraph with excitement and butterflies, with expectation that it is His desires and doings, not my own; and that He is going to continue to stun me with His mysteriously awesome plans. As the words fly across my screen, I am still in awe that this is going to be a reality. Through a long chain of events and many prayers, there will be a book coming soon. I say soon, however soon is a relative term to say the least. I let you as the reader know this now because many of you were the extra pushes I needed to bring affirmation that God wanted this to transpire. Thank you for being His hands, His feet, and His heart for me. In the meantime, I am opening myself up for speaking to however small or large of a group you see fit. If you have a small group, women’s event, etc., I would be honored to come and share my heart there. No cost, but a love offering that would go towards any of our girl’s needs or travel expenses would be humbly accepted. You can contact me via facebook, here, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is a way that I could serve in your life.
Friends, I am so excited, so humbled, so ready to continue to watch His plans unfold. His love truly is like radiant diamonds, and I cannot believe I get to spend the rest of my days proclaiming that truth. What undeserved grace. May you recognize His presence today and always.