Inside: 3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Let God Make the Difference in Your Life Right Now!
Don’t we all want to make a change–or seven? Maybe it’s human nature. And when we call it a new year’s resolution, aren’t we insinuating that boom, it’s done! What’s been on your list for too many years? I have an idea. And I only suggest it because “quit smoking” was on my list for what, 12 years. And it never happened until I let God make the difference.
How do I do that? Let me show you . . .
Did you know that God has super cool plans for you?
Seriously, in the Bible, He says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
And God can do things we can’t.
I don’t know how, but when I asked God to help me quit smoking, He not only helped me to quit, but He also took my desire for cigarettes away.
I’d quit before, but the whole time I did I craved cigarettes, not so when I quit with God.
And that was what? Thirty years ago! 😳
Changes aren’t easy, but something happens when we include God.
So, my guess is that you’re still reading because there’s something you wouldn’t mind some help with in order to make a change this year. Amiright?
If that’s true, let’s ask God for some help. Can’t hurt, right?
Step one: Ask God for the help you want!
Dear God, this year, I would like Your help with (fill in this blank with as many things as you want!)
There, step one is done. 🙂
And I never expected it, but God is funny!
As I typed the words above, a friend posted a song on my Facebook page. I listened to that song and then the next.
The title of the next song made me laugh out loud because once again, God was speaking the next words of our on-going conversation when I least expected it.
Seriously, I was wondering what I’d call this thing I’m about to share with you. And when I saw the name of the song, I said, “That’s it!”
What the heck is that, right? ☺️
Click here if you want to let the song by Bryan & Katie Torwalt begin to explain it to you through these lyrics as we continue to let God make the difference:
“I found You in the middle of my mess.
You had been there all along
Open arms and open heart,
You called me in.
You didn’t hesitate at all.
“And the lies I once believed
With the weight of Your truth.
And the fear that gripped my heart
So that I can see You.
“When I only see in part,
I will prophesy Your promise.
I believe You, God
‘Cause You finish what You start.
I will trust You in the process.
I believe You, God.”
Let me show you what I’ve learned because it will help you, too!
A couple of years ago, the thing I wanted God to help me with was to write a memoir called Mary Me: One Woman’s Incredible Adventure with God.
As I wrote the book, I studied the craft of writing.
Often, I came up short wondering how the heck do I do that? You know, how do I make my characters come alive on the page, and . . . and . . . and.
So, this is what I did. I wrote everything I wished I could do into a list of bullet points and then made it a prayer by addressing it to God, like this:
Raw chicken? That’s a funny God story. I’ll tell you about it in a minute.
But think about this for a second: What if God was going to give you everything you asked for and all you had to do was make a list? ☺️
The Bible says, “we have not because we ask not.” (James 4:2-3) So, let’s ask!
Step Two: Look at each item you wrote in step one,
then list all the things you’d need to know to accomplish them.
Does it ever seem like God takes too long to answer your prayer?
It seemed like writing my book was taking forever. I just wanted to call it done.
That’s when I heard the voice I’d come to recognize as God’s say, “Are you willing to let it take the time it takes?”
He’d been accusing me of always being in a hurry. And He was right.
Since He’d given me the time and place to write, I felt like I’d better get cracking and get that book done. That’s what I was trying to do when He started talking to me about chicken curry.
He knows I love it.
“Would you serve your guests raw chicken?” He asked.
I wrinkled my nose, and said, “Gross, no-o-o!“
“When you’re cooking,” He reminded me, “you need to let it take the time it takes, right?”
Right! Food’s not done until it’s done and neither is the book. I get it!
So, every time I got tempted to wrap up too soon, God would whisper, “chicken curry,” letting me know the book wasn’t done yet!
But in doing so, He put a smile on my face even though it meant more work.
I’m praying and trusting God to put lots of smiles on your face
as He answers your prayers!
And whenever you realize there’s something you forgot to put on your list . . .
Just add it!
Every couple of months, I’d print out an updated copy just to keep one where I could see it. After I hung out with God that morning, I’d glance at the list and remind Him of a few things.
Have you ever heard the story in the Bible about the widow who kept nagging the judge to settle a case in her favor?
It’s called: The Parable of the Persistent Widow.
In Luke 18, Jesus was teaching His friends that they should always pray and never give up.
It’s a message for us, too. Sometimes it’s tempting to think we’re bugging God, but He wants to hear from us.
The judge finally caved because he wanted the persistent widow to quit bugging him.
After Jesus told His friends the story, He said,
“Won’t God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night?
Won’t he be concerned for them?
He will surely hurry and help them.”
(Luke 18:7-8, Contemporary English Version)
We’re some of the people Jesus was talking about! ☺️
So, feel free to look at your list and remind God.
When I do that, I begin to get ideas.
You can call them mine, but I think they’re from God because they always seem to come to mind without a train of thought.
And they’re much better than the things I come up with on my own. It’s like God’s teaching me how to do something.
Step three: Feel free to remind God about the details of your goals
because He loves to hear from you
and He’ll show you what you need to know
when you need to know it.
Have you ever had someone share a Bible verse . . .
. . . as if they were saying, “Stick this on your situation and everything will be fine.”
That doesn’t always work, does it? Here’s something that does . . .
I came across the suggestion of recording the promises of God that I wanted to believe, like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).
So, I decided to try it.
And the first time I listened to my recording and heard, “I will never leave or forsake you,” (God says that in the Bible says all the time, like in Deut. 31:6, Heb 13:5, and Jos 1:5.) I’d roll my eyes and think ri-i-ight.
But check this out . . .
I listened to the 5-minute tape as I fell asleep at night and then again as I woke in the morning. And it wasn’t long until I was like, “I know that. I know that and I know that!” ☺️
I became like a dog with a bone, no one could pry them away from me if they tried.
That’s when I decided it was time to prophesy some new promises because it worked!
And guess what happens?
When we change our understanding, we change our actions.
Once I knew that I knew God was for me and He wasn’t going anywhere, I began to trust Him.
We’ve built on that ever since . . .
. . . and that’s my hope for you!
You’re doing it, You’re letting God Make the Difference!
I’m so excited for you that I want to give you a little gift.
Here’s a 3-minute audio clip of 14 verses where you can try this out by inviting more peace into your life.
It doesn’t add one extra second to your schedule. You can play it while you’re driving, cooking, or taking a walk.
This is how you prophesy your promise!
The verses are recorded as “I statements.”
And by that, I mean Philippians 4:6 says: “Be anxious for nothing . . .” (NIV). Instead of that, I recorded, “I will not be anxious about anything . . .” so you can own God’s promises!
It’s how I make changes in my life. I dig through the Bible and own every promise God says I can have whenever I notice I need it.
And now you can do that, too, and accomplish your goals!
Ready, let’s prophesy our promises and let God make the difference!
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