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40 days towards Greater

Greater

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12

Greater Devotional challenges the reader to believe John 14:12 and to act upon this promise of Jesus. Steven Furtick asks the reader to dream of greater works but to start with the small things, the foundational things that build toward the greater.

This devotional takes the reader from “The Muck of Mediocrity” to “Great Calling, Great Cost” in 40 days. Each day has a Scripture reading, a reflection, and a prayer focus. Unique to this devotional, each day includes a pithy tweet, like “God has to bruise you before He can use you” or “Every step you take is a victory. A chance for celebration.”

This book came to me at a time of bruising. I was able to recognize the small steps that had been taken and the greater impact that they had together. Through reflection, I celebrated the small steps.

The call to be greater is the call to walk with God Himself.

I highly recommend this book for those who are ready to grasp the promise of Jesus to do greater works.

Steven Furtick urges us to

Dream big.

 

Start small.

 

Ignite God’s vision for your life, starting today.

Won’t you take the challenge?

Read Chapter One

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

Mama is walking a jewel-studded path toward heaven

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Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. … the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4

Daddy died 14 years ago. All this time, my Mama wondered why God kept her on earth. God had a reason for her to be here instead of with Daddy … God wasn’t done with her.

Indeed, He had great plans for her … in the small things.

Mama’s gift is friend-making. Her friends consist of life-long friends, friends at her assisted living residence, friends at her doctor’s office, friends with her Bible study group, friends with family members.

She spreads laughter, smiles, and serves as a directional towards Jesus.

A bed, hospice health care providers, assisted living staff, and family is her world right now. And yet, she keeps on giving. Her smiles are sweeter. Her “Thank You” is more meaningful, more frequent. Her “Love You” is more appreciated. Her demeanor is more peaceful now.

And it is noticed.

Mama is a jewelry person. Sparkles, gold, and pearls adorn her ears, wrists, and neck. She blesses people with small jewels of kindness and love. Her jeweled blessings have amassed a King’s treasure.

In the last seven days, I have witnessed true love as people come to her room to tell her that they love her and that God is with her. Through tears, they tell her a cherished memory.

From the foundations of the world, God created works for my Mama to do. Great works, built on the small acts of kindness, perhaps unspoken of until now.

Mama, I remember so many small things about you that still bless me. I have a treasure-house of jewels from you. Perhaps these jewels will stud the golden crowns you have in heaven.

I look forward to seeing you cast your crowns at the feet of Jesus.

I love you, Mama.

Enjoy your jewel-studded path as you walk hand-in-hand with Jesus into eternity.

My prayer

Father, help us to remember that You have built Your kingdom on the small things through Your Spirit. Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us and polish the small jewels in our paths.

What are the small jewels in your life?

Such A Time As This

possesshispromises:

Let God, Let God, Live it Out. Faith in action. The Lord bless you richly

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

I love the story of Esther. This morning, as my daily reading had me go through chapters three through eight, the ah-ha that grabbed my attention was found in the footnotes that accompany verses 4:17-5:1. God was in control, yet Mordecai and Esther had to act. We cannot understand how both can be true at the same time, and yet they are. God chooses to work through those willing to act for Him. We should pray as if all depended on God and act as if all depended on us… (NIV footnotes)

Esther knew what she needed to do, yet had the wisdom to seek prayerful covering prior to her appearance before the king. She and all of the Jews who were willing to join her in fasting and praying, did so with all of their hearts for three days prior to her act of faith. For Esther to…

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Disciple

possesshispromises:

You, O Lord are a healing balm around me. Your right hand unfolds treasures forevermore.

Originally posted on Dan Frugalberg:

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To see what you’ve seen, hear what you’ve heard,
To walk down your path, imbibe deep your Word,
To touch of your healing, such glories unheard,
To be where you are!
As free as a bird.
~ D.F.
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“Come, and you will see.”
~ John 1:39

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Lord, I don’t know what to pray!

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28

Breast cancer, fall, cracked head, staples, bleeding in the brain, pneumonia, bowel obstruction … this week!

God! What more can my mother take?

I don’t know what to pray. Take her?

I don’t think she wants me to pray for her healing. She wants to be with Daddy.

She’s tired, Lord.

STOP THIS TORTURE!! That’s what I’m thinking. It seems irreverant. But, Father, that is my cry. But do I dare?

I don’t know what to pray.

Wisdom, Father. Your perfect wisdom. That’s my prayer.

Thank You.

Take her, if that’s Your will. But, nevertheless, please, relieve her suffering.

Relieve my brother’s suffering, my family’s suffering.

God, have mercy!

Thank You that the Spirit is praying for us and interceding for us.

We don’t know what to pray.

My prayer

Father, there are so many people who feel like they are being tortured. Please lift them up. Let them feel Your precious presence in their lives. Oh Holy Spirit, thank You for praying for us when we don’t know what to pray. You sustain us when we feel the bottom falling out from us. Oh, Lord my God, Holy are You. I adore You. You will keep my mother in Your presence forevermore.

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