We Already Know

This blog is a reflection on Pastor Steven Furticks’ sermon this morning.

Signs point to something deeper, something beneath the surface. Everything that God does for us is always pointing to something deeper. For example, in John Chapter 2, Jesus waited until the wine at the wedding had completely run out to turn water into wine. He did that to teach the disciples to have faith, a much deeper lesson which includes patience and knowing that He will provide. In the same way, God is revealing signs to us, pointing us towards something deeper. But see, not all signs are always miraculously shining so bright, in a way that we can’t miss it. The signs may be right in front of us, but we’ve been so busy looking in places where we expect to find them, instead of allowing God to direct us where He knows we can find them.

We may be struggling with a huge question in our life, such as “Where is my blessing?”, “Why am I going through this?”, or “What is my purpose?”. But the answer may not be in a place we would expect it to be. In fact, more often than not, it’s already available nearby, just waiting for us to notice it. Sometimes we don’t see the things right in front of us because it’s something common in our lives. We can’t see, hear, or experience it because we’ve grown accustomed to it. But if we were to see what God has laid out in front of us, and pour ourselves into what is already available to us, God will move mountains and our questions will become answers. Answers we’ve already had, but didn’t even realize it! Those who serve the Lord are those who already know.

Whatever answers we are looking for in our lives, we must begin looking for them. They’re so close that we will miss it if we aren’t actively looking for them. We must stop waiting for something special to come along that will be “the sign” we’ve been looking for. The sign may likely be something normal, something we see daily and don’t even notice anymore – because it is so common. You see, the Lord already knows what we’ve been praying for and what we’ve been waiting on Him to show us. That’s why lengthy prayers are unneeded. He already knows what we’re going through and what our loved ones are going through. All we need to do is have faith. Faith is a substance of what is hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is what enables God to move mountains in our lives. We must activate faith.

So many times we can get caught up in seeking advice from others instead of God. Sometimes it is good to reach out to the people in your community, but there are also times when the only one we need to reach out to is The One. The Almighty. The Savior. The Prince of Peace. THE LORD. You see, everyone is running low on something. We may not realize this while we are in the midst of it, but when we are continually going to someone with our issues, we are unknowingly draining them of what little they have. It is impossible for us to know when someone is running low, because so many of us tend to cover up our low or empty cups. That is why it is so important to take our requests to the Lord first. He will fill our cup so that we can have in abundance, which we can then pour into others! Flip the flow – instead of taking from others, let’s GIVE to others. The only way we can do that is to let the Lord overflow our cups with His knowledge, peace, patience, understanding, and so on…

Every need in our lives is pointing us to a deeper place of _______ (love, contentment, peace, joy, etc.)! Some of us need God to do something right now. The good news is, HE WILL! All we need to do is start moving in faith. In turn, He will make moves in our lives. We will begin to see the signs, the blessings, the answered prayers. His timing is based on our faith in Him! You can live for God wherever you are, right now! Flip the flow – if you would do what you know, you would know what to do! 

We are so addicted to knowledge, but the funny thing is – we already know! However, it is not in the knowing, it is in the doing that provides results. Put your knowledge into action. We need to stop piling knowledge on top of knowledge, because it will do no good if we aren’t using the knowledge we already have! Make time for what is important. Stop saying “yes” to everything else and start saying “yes” to what God has told us to do! You see, we spend so much time pointing to what is not there, that we miss what is there! Flip the flow. God didn’t let it run out because we aren’t worth it, He let it run out because He has something greater for us! What is against you is not greater than what is in you. God already knows what is against you and what is in you. He knows everything. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

In closing, I wanted to let you know the most important take away from this message from Pastor Steven Furtick. “You may not run out of wine, but if you know The One who provided the wine in the first place, you will never be without.” He will always provide. All we need is to have faith and leave the rest up to Him. It is impossible to run out of anything good when we fill ourselves with faith in The One who created good. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Thieves Don’t Break into Empty Houses

Someone I don’t even know randomly sent this to me on LinkedIn as a congratulations on my new career.

Clinging to this promise has gotten me through one of the toughest seasons of my life, and this is confirmation the Lord has been listening to my prayers. I am grateful for my struggles. I am grateful for my trials, because they give me the strength to bounce back so much quicker than before. I am grateful for life. I am grateful for happiness, and the discovery that the outcome of my life is solely my choice. Nobody else’s. Mine. I am grateful that I’m choosing life, and life in abundance.

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Life Inside the Box

It was a beautiful Monday morning as I walked into the office towards my cubicle, and, once again, I began thinking, “there has got to be more than this”. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this same, or similar, thought as you walk into your own office or cubicle. It usually starts off small, with a pang here and there, causing you to slowly begin loathing your “box”. Then your boss (or yourself, if you own your own business) is standing over your shoulder, demanding impossible deadlines, and the stress starts to take over. You feel anxious, frantic, worried… the list goes on. I get it. I’ve been in your shoes. I have wanted out of what I perceived to be my cage. To be released into my own world – full of all the things I love to do. Things like reading, spending time with my family, having girls night (without being completely exhausted), and… well, you get the picture. I simply wanted to live my own life, not dictated by anyone or anything.

About a year ago, I decided I was tired of spending 40+ hours slaving away in my cubicle: scattered with paperwork and endless to-do lists. So, my husband and I began our own company, in an attempt to free me (and eventually him) from our 8-5 grind – A.K.A. working for “the man”. Fast forward 10 months later. Although things didn’t go exactly as I had planned them to, I am currently job-free. Friend, I cannot stress to you how serious I am when I say things didn’t go as planned.

At the end of October, I was laid off from my long-term position as an Office Manager for a small family owned business. It was unexpected. It was hard. It was… AMAZING. As I drove back home, a 45 minute to an hour commute, I was overwhelmed with joy. I was crying, but not tears of fear or sadness. These were tears of pure bliss. Until that very moment, I had no idea just how badly I needed out of that painful place I called my box.

Once I got home, the fear set in. What were we going to do? What about the bills? How would we be able to make it through the holidays? I immediately got on my laptop and began cancelling, or pausing, auto-drafts. In the moment, the very first auto-draft I paused was my tithes to the church. That makes sense because I would not have an income coming in, right? Well, it depends on how you look at it. In the following blog posts, I will tell you how I overcame my lack of faith in the unexpected.