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I have seen this video a few times and each time I am brought to tears. It is the story of faith, God’s love, grace, blessings and a miracle. This family talks about the need for their daughter to have a heart transplant and how prayer and God is getting them through it all. God performs miracles every day, and we are blessed by those miracles! God is good, all the time!

Leap of Faith

June 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 (NIV)

Sometimes when we are praying about something all God wants is for us to simply say “okay” and take that leap of faith! This has been a recurring truth not just for me but people in my family as well. Last year when my brother was out of work we were all praying every day for doors to open. Of course we wanted them to open up somewhere close to where we all were though. Once my brother said “okay God, where ever you want me to go” and stepped out in faith our prayers were answered. Now there are several prayer requests that are on my heart, my dad needing a job, my brother-in-law needing a job, not to mention many other things that we are praying for as well. God has been continually laying on my heart the truth that I must step out in faith first and He will care for the rest. His plans are better than I could ever plan for myself. He knows what is best for me. All I need to do is trust Him, take a leap of faith and say “okay God” and whatever he puts before me will be more amazing than I had thought!

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1 (NIV)

Today I was thinking about my post from yesterday and all the things that we have learned in the past 6 months and how quickly that time goes. We went with Aunt Paige to her doctor’s appointment, she will be having her baby in two weeks! I thought about all the emotions I felt when I was close to delivery and how it all can be overwhelming since it is an experience that you never really can be prepared for until you have done it once. We were talking on the way to her appointment about this and I told her the truth… pregnancy, labor/delivery and Eli have been the one area in my life that I have been able to truly be at peace with and know that God’s hand and protection is always there. I believe that the reason I have been able to stay this way is the amount of time I have spent in constant prayer for my son from the beginning, I was even praying for him before I ever knew I was pregnant. The prayers we say for our children are the strongest, powerful and most loving thing that we can do for them. If you read my blog the other day about my struggles and realizations with anxiety then you know that I am preaching to myself here. If I have not only seen but have experienced the peace that comes from truly giving your pregnancy and child to God then why has it taken me so long to do this in all areas of my life? Trust me I have asked myself that very same question plenty of times. But, I know that if I can give my pregnancy and child to God which are both very big for moms to do; then I can give all areas to Him and experience the very same freedom. I will never stop praying for my son, as he grows the things I pray for will change with his age. But, he will grow up to know that his mom prays for him daily. We don’t need to worry about our children, we need only to pray!

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

Our Wednesday night life group (aka small group) started last week a study on the motivational gifts. These are different from the spiritual gifts we have but are complimentary. The motivational gifts we have are given to us at birth by God to everyone, not just Christians. The use of these gifts however are much different in a Christian versus a non-Christian. What I think is so great about this study is that it really helps to explain why we do the things we do, why we act, say and feel the way that we do. It also helps give us perspective on the people around us, helping us to understand them better. In the study it also talks about how it can be helpful for parents to better raise their children because they will be able to understand their child’s thinking better. So much is wrapped up in these gifts. Our motives, choice of career, thoughts, actions and words are all derived from our gift. For me, the thought that God specifically gave each of us a special gift from the moment we were born speaks volume to the love that He has for us! Not only that, it magnifies the truth that we are all designed for a purpose, His purpose. Whatever God has called each of us to do would not be possible without the gifts that He has given us, it makes us who we are. So, who am I? I am God’s child, I am a wife and mother, I am a server and exhorter, I am designed for a specific purpose that He has given only to me. Who are you?

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)

Each one of us has been given specific talents, dreams, and passions in life. Mine is writing and helping encourage Christian moms. I did not know exactly what God wanted me to do with my writing for a while and then He prompted me to start this site. Now I look forward to my time to write everyday! Lately God has placed a new passion on my heart… helping other aspiring writers. Maybe you love to write, but don’t know where to start. Well, join the Raising Inspiration network! I am now going to be featuring guest blogs on the site. So, if you have a passion to write then please join the network! I ask that each blog consists of a minimum of 300 words, has either two Bible verses and/or quotes and comes with a picture or video. All you need to do is pick a topic and let the writing begin! Once you have written your blog you can send it to me via the contact page and I will be sure to let you know when your post will be up on the site. Also, if you have any questions about how to pick a topic, piece together your blog, or anything, I am happy to help! It’s time for us to join together and use our creative gifts God has given us to encourage, inspire, and challenge other moms out there! God has placed a story on each of our hearts that we are meant to hear… so please share it with us all! I look forward to seeing what God will do with the growing network of Raising Inspiration! Now… time for you to go blog!