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Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

Dreaming Bigger

 

Once we start to see how big God really is, we can’t help but dream bigger. Living with dreams we can achieve on our own speak of a small God. We have the attention of the Almighty God. He spoke the universe into being and can certainly handle any dreams we fear might be just out of reach.

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If Ephesians 3:20, “He is able to do more than we ever asked or imagined possible,” is really true, then think of the biggest thing God could do in you, in your situation, in your relationship, in your future. According to this passage He actually wants to do even more than that. He is ready. He is willing, but we have to let him.

Everything looks different when you resign yourself to a life of bigger. I am addicted to God’s rebuilding process. Learning how perfectly He works in our brokenness enables me to look at my broken pieces differently. Watching Him rebuild the brokenness of those around me, entices me to back off and wait as He does the impossible in my friends and family. Experiencing more of Him on behalf of the broken in my life, has helped me surrender and reach the end of myself quicker than ever before. My battle to have it all together is waning and the desire to hand my daily mess over to Him growing.

He just does it so much better than I ever could.

 

I don’t know how you’ve met Him in your brokenness, but I’m sure He’s blown your mind. He is so good with the broken. So gentle and tender with our pain. He is patient, giving us piece by piece, only what we can carry, so as not to overwhelm our souls. He walks beside us, steadies our feet and lifts up our arms. He loves talking us through rebuilding. With each broken piece there is a story. With each story there is a redemption. With each piece of redemption, we receive more healing.

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Sometimes God heals in an instant, and other times it’s slower. Either way, He values every second He has with us. He is all about relationship, intimacy, connection. He highly values uninterrupted time together. There is extreme value when our faith is built on the miracle of His daily presence. Some of my favorite stories are stories about the unexpected. I so value the miles woven in and out, up and down, as the Father and I have ventured to new places.

I hope your future looks brighter. I hope the way you know Jesus is different. I pray He has shown you your surrender is worth it. I believe in bigger. I believe in His redemption. I believe in His promises. I know He changes everything. Thanks for journeying into hard places with me. For asking hard questions and actually listening to His answers. Thanks for pushing through and digging in. For letting Him go deeper than He may have ever gone. Thanks for doing the work, in the secret place. Lifting hard weights and trusting in the spiritual muscle mass He was developing. Thanks for pulling up your ladder and starting the work of rebuilding.

Because there is no time limit to how the Father will work in and through us, I’m not sure where I will leave you off in this journey. But I am sure He is there with you. You know Him and you have what you need to venture forward. Don’t stop. Stay near to Him and yield to the work He is doing. You won’t be sorry. He will never leave you. Never forsake you. Never fail you. He is a Big God, way bigger than we are even capable of fathoming. His plans are abundantly fruitful and His promises go deep. Believe Him. Believe in Him. Believe Him for more. Believe Him in times of less. Believe Him when it’s easy. Believe Him when it’s hard. Don’t fear the enemy. Don’t fear what he might do to you. Don’t fear those hard places. What do we have to lose when brokenness always leads to bigger and we serve a God who never settles?

3 Comments

  1. Thank you Kristan for your insight . I have enjoyed this. All I can say is amen and oh me. Love you and I am learning to apply this to my life and my journey.

  2. Kristan, So, yeah, I had to get my copy of your book off the shelf after reading your recent blog posts. I had many #2 penciled margin notes and underlines greet me. Memories that feel like treasured friends…the intimate kind that are so very rare…if not extinct. Pages reminding me that thankfully, I am more honest for it. So I decided to add additional markings in colored pencil! Indeed, I had a word last year. It was rest. And indeed, I have a word for this coming year that I am just now fashionably rolling up my cuffs and wading into…it is truth. I wonder if you, dear Kristan, have a word? I was surprised and delighted this time through your book at how often the word truth jumped off the pages of your writing to be circled in emerald green pencil. You affirm longing for God’s presence over promises. You remind how Moses didn’t even want the promise without God’s presence. Moses never did walk into that promised land. Does that even matter? God is telling us something. After all, this is God’s story and He is the creator of everything seen and unseen…the Author. Moses didn’t get it all right in his journey even with the cloud and the burning bush and the tablets and all. Turns out, I haven’t gotten it all right in my life either even with all I know Jesus came and did for me. This makes me sad and ashamed. He is Faithful and True. I am woefully lacking. A few months back, I realized this whole thing is the big God story…it is not actually all about me. (Strangely, this feels good and like fresh air.) Funny thing, I got this revelation literally sitting in meetings in a space designed for our kids at church. Of course, Sunday school is a deep part of my past. The Author picks up a thread in the tapestry of my life on a random Thursday morning and continues to create. God is able and wants to do abundantly more…I am compelled to sit still. I finally lean in close enough to whisper into his ear the very words I cannot bear to speak loud. The process for me didn’t occur at a drive-thru window. I was initially deeply disappointed in this detail. But hey, the secret place is a safe place. The Holy Spirit guides and also comforts. I am reminded that He has never left me. He does not turn away from my confessions. He wants me to trust him with these things I guard. Why do I hold them so tightly? I finally take your words to heart and invite him to sit with me among the broken pieces that are scattered about me. No rewind button. No editing. No do over. My breath eventually comes easier. I am slowly changed. My brain has always done this thing where it turns words into pictures (so I visualize things people say at times) and also I hear an author’s voice (if I know it) when I read their words. So I hear your voice, Kristan, when I read your words because I know your voice. Encouraging your readers. Your voice is full of passion, compassion, and kindness. Because of you doing your thing and sharing it, I am breath praying “truth” these days. The Holy Spirit seems to breathe right back into me…”the Truth will set you free”. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family. May blessings abundantly and softly drop all about you.

    • Oh how I’ve missed your comments friend! So thankful for you and your willingness to share such truth. I love your word and I am confident God is going to root you in such deep truth this year! Closing up this year remembering the word he gave me- strength. It has indeed been a year of growing stronger in many ways. Spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. All of these things have been strengthened as our family have stepped into so many new things and begun to put down roots. I think the word for next year is fruit. I think we will get to see the product of our painful pruning and deep abiding. I think He will move in abundantly fruitful ways. I’m praying for breakthrough for our church, our community and our family. I’m praying for another book deal. This time with a Christian publisher with a larger access to the future God has shown me. I’m praying for more opportunity which I cannot give myself. I am going to spend some time asking Him more about this word and making sure this is the word he has for us. But for now, I think it fits. Happy thanksgiving to you too! Love you!!!

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