Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us - Ephesians 3:20.
I have read and re-read that verse over and over, picking it apart, trying so hard to imagine what it means, specifically how it pertains to my life. What is He able to do in my life? What do I need to do to make it happen?
Seeing how it is Monday, Mandy Monday to be exact, I had spent a number of hours writing a blog post toady but then, with one simple click of a button, it all vanished when I mistakenly pressed delete just now.
So, because I do not want to spend another two hours writing another blog post, I am going to keep this simple and share a bit about this verse because this verse is a timely one for me right now as I anticipate some things that I feel are coming my way.
Because I love looking up the definitions to words and what scripture verses mean I referenced the Concordence to see how they expanded upon the meaning of Ephesians 3:20.
Here's what it said....
God is good.
God is able.
God is able to do.
God is able to do what we ask.
Able to do what we think.
Able to do what we ask or think.
Able to do above all that we ask or think.
Able to do abundantly above all that we ask or think.
Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.
I love this.
I have a dream. Do you?
I have held a dream in my heart for the past 11 years waiting patiently for God to answer it. This dream is to be married to my best friend and as a team we create and sell art, make videos, speak worldwide about the radical love of Jesus and share our testimonies of what God has done for us both individually and as a couple.
There have been times when I was certain that this would happen for me. I could see it in my mind's eye. I could feel it. But then the years would go by and I would be spending yet again another Christmas alone. This will be my 11th one this year. (Or will it?)
There have been times when I have been convinced I have been called to a life of singleness. Now, I have no clue what God's plan is. Yes, I do hope that I get to see my dream come true. I really do but what I have come to discover is that the real dream I have is to take what I just wrote above and believe it, to my core until I am utterly convinced down to my toes that GOD Is able and GOD can do exceedingly above all that we ask and think. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
Because the truth is that I have some broken thinking. Thinking that is rooted in lack. Thinking that is rooted in believing that I am the one that has to do all the work. That it's up to me to earn, achieve and make this dream come true. When in reality the dream, if it does come true. will happen because God is able. God is able, period. God would be the one to do it.
I think my only job is to just to prepare myself to receive it. To believe it.
After getting a lot of likes on my Etsy Shop this past week, way more than normal and seeing my reaction it got me thinking. Why do I have a hard time receiving exceedingly abundantly more than I can ask or think? Isn't that what God is able and wants to do? So why then when good things happen like the Etsy Shop thing do I feel guilty, ashamed, skeptical and sometimes even angry about it? Why do I push it away? Do I not feel worthy?
I don't know quite yet exactly what this is all about. I am in the middle of a process but what I do know is that I can bring everything out into the light and I can pray to my Father about things. I can bring these quesitons to him. I also know that the Lord loves faith. So I pray that I believe and I am able to recieve all the he is able to do. Because he is able to make this dream of mine come true. In fact, it is a piece of cake to him.
So, just to be cheesy let's just say that my dream was a cupcake. (I drew this cupcake today and wanted to use it in the blog post)
I pray that I not only can recieve a cupcake from God but the extravagant one he would give me. The almond cashew cupcake with the light pink cream cheese frosting, the warm icy blue glaze, the light and creamy orange creamsicle whipped topping, with a homeade vanilla wafer and a bright red cherry on top.
Because God wants to abundantly and exceedingly more than we could ask or think. He puts the cherry on top of your already amazing dream and I pray that you and I are able to recieve whatever it is that he has for us. I pray I receive it as a confident daughter of a king that knows she is cherished, valued, adored and loved more than she could ever imagine.
And I pray I give all the glory to him.
Motivated by the radical love of Jesus, I create beautiful works of art and passionately share my testimony to free people all across the earth to also fully and completely live the life they were uniquely created for.
I blog about things that I experiene and hope will motivate, guide and inspire you toward greater creativity, fulfillment, peace, and joy in your everyday life.