Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
I will never forget the day my daughter Catherine came home from children’s church with the song, “My God Is So Big,” on her lips. She kept singing the song over and over as if it were stuck on “repeat” in the CD player: “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty. There’s nothing my God cannot do.”
Eventually, the endless repetition began to get on my nerves. I was just about to tell my daughter, “Catie, Mommy needs some quiet time – alone.” Then I stopped and thought, “What if this is all Catherine ever knows and believes about God? Imagine what she could do, if she truly believed that no difficulty, obstacle or hurdle could defeat God’s plan for her life.”
How I wanted that kind of faith!
“My God is so big,” I began to sing along with her. I still face giants, but I’m determined not to be stopped by them.
God has set before each of us an exciting and world-changing mission. He wants to work in us, so that He can work through us. We can trust Him! After all, He can move mountains.“… I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations.” (Ezekiel 38:23)
Today’s devotional is centered around Propel, Christine’s new ministry for women in leadership.
For generations, women have navigated the nuances of being a woman in leadership without a roadmap, finding their way through trial and error. While there are many books, resources and leadership networks aimed at strengthening leaders, few address the distinctive role of women in leadership, and fewer still address the calling of women in the marketplace.
While our culture is changing and women hold professional positions of leadership, many women still wrestle with identifying themselves as leaders or feeling empowered to operate within their full leadership potential.
Maybe you feel this way. Or perhaps you know a co-worker, have a daughter, mentor students or even recognize a leadership gift in your wife ...
Propel exists to help create an interconnected life in Christ, who affirms and acknowledges every woman’s gifts, passions and leadership potential for the glory of the Kingdom.
The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng ... Psalm 68:11
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years (2 Kings 22:1).
Josiah, in the Bible, was born in the midst of Israel’s darkest hour and was just eight years old when he ascended to the throne. However, 322 years before Josiah’s birth, a prophet mentioned his name and that he would be born to the house of David. God knew Josiah was coming to earth and had a predetermined plan for his life.
The Bible says that Josiah did what was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in the ways of David. He fulfilled his purpose and was pivotal in restoring the house of God, His Word and worship in the hearts of the Israelites.
God requires that we do for our generation what Josiah did for his. The plan that God has for our lives usually complements the gifts and personality that He has placed in us. His desire is that we use our gifts for His glory, to build His kingdom. In order to do that, we must discover God’s purpose for our lives by seeking Him, reading His Word and searching our hearts for the gifts and passion He has placed there.
It’s important to understand that our purpose is always part of God’s bigger plan. However, unless we discover our inner sense of purpose (why we are on the planet), any part we might be called to play in a bigger plan will never get off the ground.We are designed by God for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with seeds of greatness.
In our fast-paced world driven by media and technology, we have the opportunity to access literally hundreds, thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of views on every imaginable subject and issue. The real question is, are we taking time to listen to what God thinks about these issues?
It’s fine to hear what the media or social commentators have to say about world events, but are we also seeking out God’s views?
On a more personal level, it’s okay to listen to what our friends or our parents have to say about the situations happening in our lives, but more importantly, what’s God saying to us about them?
I think sometimes we get lost in the storms of adversity because we haven’t stopped to listen to what God is speaking to our hearts, or to follow His directions on how to navigate them.
Storm or no storm, it’s critical that biblical truth is the overwhelming sound in our lives.“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)