Originally published Monday, 25 April 2016.
Late Friday night, or better yet (REALLY) early Saturday morning around 3 AM, I was suddenly awakened by a tremendously overwhelming feeling of heartache. Images of people close to me and difficult situations in their lives flashed across my mind and it was like the Father gave me His eyes for a moment to see how He sees them.
The Lord began sharing with me more of His father's heart towards them.
I honestly could not bear this burden. It was so heavy. Tears began filling my eyes and the emotions became so strong that I had to get up out of bed and go into the living room to sit on the couch. I broke down crying uncontrollably. This has happened to me before in the middle of prayer, but I don't think I have ever immediately woke up with this reaction that then lead me into intercession- crying out to God for a group of people who are so near to my heart because in the natural I am one of them...
... the fatherless.
A week before this encounter with the Father's heart happened, I unexpectedly shared the idea for my next book with a woman in ministry whom I had never met before. Totally unplanned on my part.
Then just a couple days before this emotional "night watch" experience, I shared this information again with a small group of young women in ministry who I had never met before over an online video conference call. Totally unplanned on my part.
Needless to say, God clearly had plans!
Of course, my second book has been on my mind a lot lately, but I have made every excuse under the sun as to why the timing is not right for me to write another book.
Being a stay-at-home mom to a VERY active little boy and a wife to a husband who works 60 + hours a week is a big one!
Intimidation is another one too, although I don't like to admit that weakness. I've done it before, why am I so hesitant and scared to try again?
After this past weekend, I must say, I cannot hold off any longer. This was the third time at 3 AM (the number 3 is clearly so prophetic here) He has woke me up in the middle of the night to speak to me about this message. I believe the Lord is telling me that the time is now and that I must get this message out!
Tell them they have a Daddy. Tell them they are loved. Tell them I have never abandoned them and never will. I will always provide. I will always protect.
I don't know how long the writing process will take, but I do know I will not allow fear to keep me silent any longer!
What excuses have you made that have kept you from pursuing something God is calling you to do?
Have you allowed fear to creep in and stop you from chasing after your dreams?
I hope you take some time to reflect on those dreams and take a stand with me and say loud and clear to the enemy...NO MORE FEAR!
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