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Divine Preperation

Romans 8:24-28 (MSG)

That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Pregnancy is tough! The stretching, the enlarging, the waiting. Oh the waiting! I remember the days when my skin would hurt and itch as my 5ft 2" body incubated my little bundles of joy! I remember being tired, heavy and feeling impatient! But preparation takes time. It takes patience. As much as I complained, I fully understood that this waiting season was so necessary for our baby to be fully formed inside of me. The longer I waited until the appointed time, the more resilient, mature and healthy our baby would be. It's the same in the spirit. There are times when we cannot press fast forward on our lives. He is shaping us, changing us, teaching us, filling us up with His richness. 

You may feel like you have something inside of you, incubating in your spirit. A dream. A new season perhaps. But yield to the process! The stretch is uncomfortable, tiring and trying but necessary! Yield to the process! Just like in the natural, a baby born prematurely is not a good situation. It's precarious. The baby's lungs and organs are underdeveloped making it difficult to sustain life. In the same way, don't jump in before God's appointed time, don't push doors down for yourself. It's been said: If something is born in the flesh it'll have to be sustained in the flesh. 

But like that first contraction, when it comes it's sudden, and in His perfect timing! Don't be diminished in the waiting! Be joyfully expectant! Let faith fill your heart. He loves you more than you know! He has always had a plan for you! He's writing a beautiful story. Your story. Your story of how you yielded to the will of the Father and grew into the fullness of all He called you to be! 

Hold on during the stretch. Hold on during the preparation time. Know that he is going to birth something amazing in your life for His glory! So go ahead and enjoy God's "waiting room". I look at my girls now and I'm so thankful for that time. 

There's power in the process!

Joy Starling

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Lighten The Load For The Road

Hey friends..

As I was praying about what to write for this devotional I felt Holy Spirit simply say to encourage you to“lighten the load”. He then led me to this scripture:

Luke 9:3

“Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.”

This passage has always fascinated me! Jesus is about to send His disciples out on the road for their first ministry trip and He restricts what they can take. He simply sends them out empty handed. And why you ask? Because He wanted their reliance to be fully on Him and not on the things they had grow accustomed to rely on. Jesus wanted to teach His disciples that He was all they needed and if they trusted and had faith in Him, He would provide and empower them for the journey. Jesus is your treasure, your strength, your living bread, your provider and your righteousness! 

Over 2 years ago, God told Joy and I to sell everything, leave our friends and family behind and“go to the land I’ll show you”. I wasn't happy about it to say the least. You see, we had just moved into a brand new home, we both had great jobs and were to ready to settle and enjoy an easy life by the beach. Thankfully we yielded to Holy Spirit, left those things behind and moved to Nashville. In order to come we had to lighten the load for the road. Not only did we have to leave behind some physical baggage butalso some emotional baggage too. We had to totally trust Jesus with our future and provision. We ended up arriving in Nashville with 4 suitcases, empty hands and empty hearts totally ready to let Jesus do what he needed to do. 

So, as you head out on the road this week, I encourage you to ask Jesus what He would like you to leave behind before you go? Who do I need to forgive before I go? What do I need to let go of before I go? Jesus is all you need!

My prayer is that as you “lighten the load’  and totally rely and Jesus you’ll see many wonders and miracles. I cant wait to hear the testimonies

Charles

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