I think most people are afraid to ask for help. Whether it be from pride or fear of being turned down it’s a hard thing no matter how you look at it. But I wonder if we do the same thing with God. Do we need a reminder that He is so much bigger than we can imagine? He is so much more powerful than we can recognize! He is more mighty and more majestic than our brains can fathom!
I saw someone post this week that God is ready to give us more than we ask. Sometimes it’s because we are fearful or to full of pride to ask for His help. But I know in my own life I may not dream big enough. I let worry and other people’s opinions prohibit my thoughts.
Just a few days ago I wasn’t sure we were going to reach $30,000. I was preparing my heart and mind to accept that we had indeed received a level of success but it just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought maybe I had dreamed too big. I spent some deeper time in prayer and fasting and confession and then God just opened the floodgates!
Are you as excited as I am to see where God is taking this? Are you daring to dream big and not get in the way of God’s might and majesty and let Him do his thing?? Do you think it is possible for God to bring even $35,000 or $40,000 to us in this season of The Sparrow’s Nest history?
If you haven’t had a chance to donate, are the hairs on your neck standing on end with the thought that you might be the one to be involved in God’s dream for The Sparrow’s Nest? Do you feel that gentle nudge from behind from God? Is He speaking in your ear… “Go ahead. Dream Big.”
How have you witnessed God’s mightiness lately? What has He been dreaming for you?
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
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Every day is such a new day for us at The Sparrow’s Nest. Every day is a chance to learn about who we want to be and how we want to get there. We see each day almost as a young child, every experience, every opportunity builds some synapse or connection in our proverbial brain.
We have some very fun and exciting activities coming up this year. But everything needs a name! As a start up we have a chance to explore some new roads and ideas. We can really use the creativity in all of us granted by the Holy Spirit.
Which brings me to Wow Me Wednesdays. Each Wednesday from now on we’ll give you a chance to wow us with your wisdom and wit. So let’s play a new game today. Let’s brainstorm every possible fun, innovative, creative use of this bird analogy.Titles, songs, scripture, quotes, anything goes today. If we use part or all of you ideas on any of the projects this year we’ll give you a FREE Sparrow’s Nest t-shirt!
Here’s a few to get you going:
1. Give flight
2. Good Egg Award
3. Hatchling, Fledgling
Today’s lesson for me seemed like it was going to yet another one about God‘s timing. Had I written this post this morning it would have been about being patient, waiting upon the Lord, finding our satisfaction in Him. All perfectly good and enduring qualities. However, I would have had the Eyeore piety tone. The tone of just doing things because we’re suppose to not because we find real happiness in the discipline. I was feeling discouraged this morning because I had gone to the IRS website to track our application to become a 501C organization. The news I found sounded like it might be another 6 months before our application was even reviewed. I had been praying that God would grant us that 501C3 status in 30 days rather than the average 90 days so I could hit 2011 running to start funding this vision. I lowered my head, sent an email to our attorney requesting clarification , muttered a prayer about trusting God in all things and went on with my day.
I checked my email a couple of hours later and Dan Cooper had replied explaining those six month delays were for applications that needed further development and he had taken it up on himself to call the IRS to see about our status. The IRS representative told him The Sparrow’s Nest had been approved a WEEK AGO and that we should receive our determination letter in 10-14 business days! I went through about 50 emotions in a 30 second time period.
The feelings that rang through after my initial elation and celebration is why do I still feel like I’m not good enough to be heard by God. I do not doubt His might and strength and providence. I do not doubt He expects me to pray to Him. But I think I still doubt I am doing it right, or maybe He has issue with my motivation for prayer, or really it always comes down I still do not feel worthy. Despite all the evidence Satan can still convince me that I am the one not covered by Christ’s blood.
God and I have already had a little talk this afternoon clearing up that little mis-communication. We’ve agreed where He leads I will follow.
We’re excited at The Sparrow’s Nest about our status and the opportunities it will give to so many to share generously with us. But aside from that please take time to pray for those who will be coming through our doors who don’t find themselves worthy to approach the throne of the Lord. Pray they can always feel they can climb up into the lap of their Daddy and feel His grace, love, and mercy.