Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer Kostick is an author and speaker who teaches women how to activate their life’s purpose through the study of Scripture. Jennifer knows more about grief and loss than she ever thought she would, but Jesus met her in the middle of fierce storms and held her tightly with an even fiercer love. In addition to her love of teaching the powerful truth of Scripture, Jennifer is married to Paul, her husband of twenty-five years, has three children, and a beautiful daughter-in-law! She is also a full-time seminary student… because you can never know too much about the Bible! Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
Have you ever remembered something you’ve said to God in the past that made a difference in your future with Him? I’m talking about words that changed your prayer life so beautifully, that you know He received that particular plea like an offering of fire in the rain. If you have, then you know those are powerful moments. The kind that knit us closer to Him.
I spent many days praying, “God, please make a way where there is no way.” And He did just that.
And then there are times I spend with God when nothing comes out of my mouth. Trembling lips seem to be my only offering. I’ve come to find that He honors those moments exactly the same as when I’m able to pray with confidence.
I’m thankful He interprets the language of my heart and not the words from my lips. (Tweet that)
Lately, I’ve been starting out every morning the same. I open my eyes and say, “Lord, I commit this day to You. Whatever You want for my life, help me to accept it, trust in it, and love You through it.”
Those can be difficult words, friend. I have to continually remind myself that I want what He wants… despite my own desires. However, the longer I serve Him, the more I realize that He places my true desires deep in my heart. They come from Him.
I’ve been weeding out certain behaviors in my life that aren’t pleasing to Him. I want to see the fullness of God in my life, but I’m also reminded that He loves me as I am. He might whisper to the deep places of my soul that there is some changing needing to take place within the confines of my heart, but He loves me. He wants me. He accepts me. He honors my time with Him.
And He feels the same way about you.
I’m convinced that He honors our love for Him. He covers our weak moments of doubt, with grace, just as much as he covers our strong moments full of fervor. He knows our only hope comes from Christ, and He loves that we believe in Him. He honors the humility it takes to have faith in a God we cannot see but know exists.
We believe. And I know it makes Him smile.
So I’m choosing to live accepting of His plan and expectant of His answers.
It’s not always easy. It seems like yesterday I was in a hospital bed holding a lifeless baby girl. I remember how hot the tears were that ran down my face when I knew I would never bring her home. And there’s been more heartache since that day…
It wasn’t easy to accept that He allowed me to face such grief. However, the more I learned about Him, the more I grasped that He Himself suffered on the cross. We serve a God who knows what sorrow is.
But we also know that all things work together for good for those who love Him. (See Romans 8:28)
Even moments that bring us to death’s door cannot shake us, because He’s at the threshold keeping watch.
Today, I need to tell you that He honors your belief in Him. He honors the courage it takes to stand on the side of a God you cannot see. He loves you and loves the moments you spend talking with Him. He loves when His children call on Him.
He will honor you, friend. He hears you and He knows…
Talk to Him, give Him every moment, and keep believing.
He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.
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