My Year Of LIFE

Dear World Changers,

Are there any acoustic music lovers out there? If I’m honest, I love acoustic sets. It takes away all the extras and allows the words to be so real, raw, and at the forefront. Confession: learning the acoustic guitar is still on my bucket list – a list that only seems to get longer each year lol … Anyways, it was not too long ago that the song “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury came out. I’m sure most of you have heard it. And if you haven’t…

 

stop reading this,

 

go listen,

 

and them come back.

 

But actually.

 

Did you?

 

Now, it was during the 2017 Christmas season that Cory released an acoustic version of this song and well, let’s just say, it was a MERRY Christmas to me! It’s been on R-E-P-E-A-T-T-T-T-T. (I won’t confess how many times!) As a whole, it is such a powerful song and has such a powerful message, but I want to point out a few specific lines.

At the very beginning of the song it says:

 

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me

You have been so, so good to me

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me

You have been so, so kind to me

 

I don’t know about you but those lines speak VOLUMES to me. Before we were even thought of THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE was singing over us. Think about that for a second. God knew you’d be where you are now, even before you were born where you were, and then came to where you are at. You may need to reread that; what a confusing, crazy and yet also peace giving thought. Then, while you were in your mom (yes, at one point you were in your mom, for NINE months I might add – wow, shout outs to my Mama), HE was the one who formed you from the start AND gave you LIFE. Those breaths you breathed today, all thanks to Him – have you ever heard the quote: if you’re still breathing, then God still has a purpose for you? It’s true. Despite what you may think.

The specific word here that I really want to point out is: LIFE.

How God breathed His LIFE into us.

 

Ahhh, what a word.

 

As the days were passing by this December I was really praying into where God was taking my 2018 – praying into the word that He may have for it. Something that I have been in the habit of doing for many years now. At first, the word didn’t seem quite clear and I wasn’t certain on the direction, until I came across this verse one day and couldn’t shake it; it reads:

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:18-21)

 

Now, you may wonder where I am going with this, but bear with me.

 

Here in Romans 4 it talks about Abraham and Sarah. It talks about their “dead” situation. You see, God had promised that Abraham WOULD be the Father of many nations. One problem: him and Sarah were old and at a point where all seemed at a loss to have a child. Aka, they were past the point of having kids. Their situation truly seemed life-LESS. How could Abraham be the Father of many nations with no kids of his own? Yet, Abraham and Sarah remained faithful AND trusted in God’s faithfulness, and guess what? God brought LIFE to their dead situation. They became pregnant and had a son! As I read through the verses above I couldn’t help but feel a jump in my own spirit – how we often think our situations are dead and then God’s like: “think again, I gotchu!” God showed up for Abraham and Sarah and did the unimaginable. He literally did a 180. So what makes us, as 21st century humanity, think that God can’t do that today? The God who showed up for Abe and Sarah is in fact the SAME God of today. Do you believe that?

You see, He IS the God of LIFE. He’s the God of victory. He’s the God who brings dead situations to life and brings HOPE to the hopeless. He shows up in the mundane. He loves on the unlikely. His love seeps so deep no human words could fathom or articulate. He’s perfectly, perfect and undeniably, unbeatable. When all seems gone, He’s there. When all seems lost, His presence is ever present. He’s peace, joy, hope, and LIFE.

So yes, LIFE. It’s the word I’m declaring and praying over my 2018. I’m not sure the form it may come in, probably not a baby for me ;), but it’s a promise of my own. That God would bring LIFE over situations in my own life that have seemed dead, without hope. That I would cling to HIM – the one who gives HOPE and brings the miraculous like He did for Abraham and Sarah. And perhaps He has new journeys, new promises, new seeds for me to plant this year. Whatever the case, LIFE.

I challenge you to pray over your 2018 if you haven’t already. To pray over what God may have for you or for what He wants you to start declaring over your life for this 2018. Or maybe you already have a word for 2018, and if that’s the case, I still challenge you. I challenge you to look at your current life and re-kindle some faith for a situation that you may SEE as dead. Do you believe that God can bring LIFE to what seems dead? He did for Sarah and Abraham.

Remember the lyrics from Cory’s song? Do you really believe that God perfectly designed you and placed you where He did for a reason? He SO did, and if you think giving up now is going to help, that’s the exact opposite. That’s what the enemy wants you to think. Don’t lose hope. Don’t stop fighting. Keep pursuing HIM. Keep clinging to His promises and declaring LIFE over those areas of your life that seem dead. God IS a God of the miraculous and THE God of perfect timing. Trust that He does have a plan and a purpose for what you are walking through.

And, do me a favour? Choose to have an Abraham-like faith over your current situation. A faith so rooted and so deep that you can’t help but get up in the morning and praise Him again, because you KNOW He’ll be faithful.

 

Psalm 42:5 – “… for I shall again PRAISE HIM, my salvation and my God.”

 

Jenn

XO

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