Hey you beautiful souls!
So I have been in Charlotte North Carolina for 10 days now! It is so exciting to see how far the Father has brought me these last 7 months. Honestly it blows me away how the Father has worked in me these last months but more so I feel like He has been speaking so much to me in the last 10 days! I am super excited to share this next little tid bit with you all! I’m just so blown away by how when you take away the distractions, sit and listen to what He wants to say… oh my goodness y’all! HE SPEAKS SO LOUDLY WHEN YOU’RE WILLING TO LISTEN!
So I am sure all of you have prayed about something you desire in your life whether it be a wife or husband, a job promotion, a child, or maybe some type of dream that you have. We all have prayed about something we desire. There have been plenty of stories in the bible of people crying out to God for something to happen like in 1 Kings 17:21-22 says “Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.’ And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.” Also there have been several stories of barren women praying for a child like in 1 Samuel 1&2 Hannah desperately wanted a child. Hannah cried out to God in such a raw, emotional way that the priest who heard her prayers actually thought that she was drunk. But she wasn’t. She was desperate, and she knew that the only one with the power to give her the desire of her heart was the Lord. God heard Hannah and her prayer touched the Lord so much that He was moved to give her a child. As promised, Hannah gave her child back to the Lord and Samuel went on to be a prophet. But my friend and I were talking about a chapter in Isaiah where Jesus says, “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:1)
WOW! God tells her to sing, burst into song and shout for joy. Why do you think He wants her to be joyful? It’s because He says that she will have many children, in fact He says she will have more children than a woman who has a husband. I don’t know about you but I had to go back and read that like 5 times. I questioned this and wondered, wait how can she have more children than a woman who has a husband? That’s why in verse 5 it says, “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord Almighty is his name, the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” So God is her husband. She can’t be fruitful by herself, it is only when God blesses her that she becomes very fruitful with so many children. I wanna take a look at verse 2 though. It says, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)
I love the way the NLT translates it. It says, “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!” I don’t know about you but if I wasn’t able to have children and someone told me to expand my house cause I’m going to have a bunch of children I would probably not spend a bunch of money on something that I knew wasn’t going to happen. (Even though that would be a big blessing and miracle and ya know my Daddy God is in the business of miracles, so He can do whatever the heck He wants to do! Plus He’s done it many times.)
Then Isaiah 54:3 says, “For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.”
What that meant was the gospel will be preached to all the nations and the kingdom of God will expand to the whole world. I love the way God uses different things to speak to us. He used this story to speak of Israel. So what I wanna focus on and what God so clearly spoke to me is in verse 2. “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense!”
Ohhh this is about to get so good! I don’t know if you are ready for this…
So like I said before, we all have prayed about something we desire. We all want more in our lives. But this is my question.
What if God gave that to you right when you prayed for it? I really want you to think about that.
STOP DO NOT READ THE NEXT SENTENCE.
What if God gave that to you right when you prayed for it?
I mean really..
Honestly I am sure all of you would say, “Well then I would be happy.” That’s not how it’s always supposed to be though. What if you’re not really ready for that blessing? What if that one thing you’ve always longed for came that easy? Yes, some prayers get answered immediately but I believe sometimes we have to first increase on the inside before the outside. I don’t know about you but I KNOW my God is in the business of BIG PLANS! I know that before God can give me something, He wants to prepare me for it. Kinda like in Isaiah 54. God said to the barren woman, to enlarge her house, TO MAKE ROOM for what was to come. We have to do that same thing. God wants to bless us beyond what we can imagine. He wants to give you the desires of your hearts. He wants to make your dreams come true. But if we aren’t really prepared for those blessings then we can’t really do with them what we are supposed to.
I want to share something personal God taught me while I was in college. Yay, story time. I hope you have already pulled up a chair. Okay so lets go back to 2010, I had been there for about 2 months at this time. So I remember I was sitting in my bed in my dorm just worshiping and journaling and I began crying. When I say crying I mean those ugly cries, it wasn’t cute at all. I remember just feeling so broken and wondered what was going on with me. I went to see one of my leaders in my dorm and poured out my heart and what had been going on with me. This part is something that has stuck with me through the last 7 years. She told me that my heart was like a house. I had let people in my house that shouldn’t have been allowed in. I allowed them to come and go as they pleased. It was like they came in and tore my home apart. The walls were completely damaged with dents and holes. The windows were shattered, all of the furniture was destroyed, and there were pieces that had been stolen, there wasn’t much left. Of course there were places in the house that were still a little beautiful but for the most part, it was damaged. She had told me she really wanted me to think and pray about this and see how God would speak to me. I never expected the next 3 or 4 hours to go like they did. God spoke so much truth, love, joy, and peace into me. He told me he wanted to make my house brand new. He said He would do the most amazing renovation. He took that house, flipped it upside down and made it brand new, just the way He wanted. He put up the most beautiful pictures, gave me the greatest furniture, the most beautiful flowers and gardens. One of the greatest things He did was put a beautiful white picket fence around my house with a lock and set of keys for only the people I wanted to come in. On the inside of the fence was a beautiful big tree and a swing hanging from it for the people who were allowed in my fence. He gave me the most beautiful home and the most beautiful description of my heart.
I don’t know how many of you have felt this way. Our hearts are like houses and we allow people in that shouldn’t be allowed in. We allow them to come and go as they please. They take whatever they want and honestly they probably don’t care if they have damaged it. But this is the thing, there is hope and He wants to heal your heart. He wants to do the most amazing renovation on you.
Another example would be: Lets say you have always dreamed of being a doctor, but you don’t wanna go to school for it, or halfway through school you drop out but you expect to be a doctor. Do you really think that would be okay for you to do heart surgery on someone? NO cause you aren’t prepared for that. Oh my goodness if that was even possible.. (that would be baddd)
Let’s not think about that “wanna be doctor” right now. I do know that things have happened since college and I allowed people to come back into my house and damage it, but He gave me the tools before to know exactly what I have to do for Him to make it like new.
I know that being 10 days into this move, God has been speaking so loudly. I am talking about louder than ever. He’s revealing things and teaching me things left and right. He’s supplying me with so much love, joy and peace. He’s in the process of healing me. It’s so crazy the way God works when we step out and are willing. I believe that He is making a way even when there seems to be no way. I see Him working in ways I never expected and He has given me so much love I can’t explain it.
So if you could only get one thing out of this I want you to know that before you can receive the blessing, you have to make room for it. You have to allow God to prepare you for it. Let Him heal those broken places. Let Him stretch you a little further. Let Him lead and guide you to the exact spot, the exact time, the exact thing He’s got in store. You do not want to prematurely get the blessing He has for you. Do not rush it.
I love you all and you aren’t in this alone. He has soooo much in store for your life. Just remember to make room. Empty out those things you really don’t need so He can replace it with amazing blessings.