Faith Forges Ahead

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

The Lord has a specific plan for each of our lives. When we come into relationship with him and abide in his presence by reading his word, he reveals his dreams and visions for our lives. A passion comes alive in us that requires greater strength than we possess. Thus, his desire to walk with us is satisfied because we need him. That’s where the faith journey begins.

In January my soul was pierced with this one question, “Will I find faith in the earth?” Yes, Lord, find it in me, I quickly responded. And the journey began.

I know the God-sized dreams the Lord has called me to. How does faith act? Resolutely. Now. I learned in February to take specific actions and not hesitate. Faith does not question or look back. Here I am in March staring out into an open field of Promised Land. What I do next will determine if faith will be found in me.

Not knowing the end from the beginning, which is how I would much prefer things, what is the best next step? Have you ever been here? Can you feel the tingling that starts in your toes and works up through your body as you walk farther and farther out onto a limb away from the perceived security the thick trunk has to offer?

“If I perish, I perish,” resolved Queen Esther (Esther 4:16). Knowing that the Lord is sovereign to deliver his people, whether it was through her or someone else, she seized the opportunity to live out the greatest purpose for her life.

Determined to forge ahead, I was wide awake at 2:20am thinking of all the things I could do to help God with this dream. Rest came from His word this morning. “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever – do not abandon the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

Are you working sufficiently in your own strength? Whose dream are you fulfilling? If you have no need of greater power to accomplish your plans, it might be a good idea to reevaluate.

Esther took many steps of faith to move from orphan to palace but could have entirely missed her greatest purpose. What is your next step of faith?


Easter Reminds Us All Things Are Possible

I am pondering on my “possible” theme for 2018 and the pursuit of a Heavenly Father who makes all things possible. I think about how He beckons me to believe Him for the impossible. After all the reality that I even call upon the name of Jesus and desire to involve Him in the chapters of my story is an impossible act. I didn’t seek Him but He sought me when I was striving and struggling to make sense of the pain in life and find purpose. At the very core of the Christian belief is a daily impossibility. God gave me faith when I had none (Philippians 1:29) and new life when I was unable to manufacture it on my own.

Ephesians 2:5 says we “even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” I fail to remember all the impossible ways God acted by granting me new life. I was dead in sin and incapable of generating spiritual life or desire in my heart. I had nothing in me that attracted God to me. Think about it. A dead person is not capable of persuading anyone or responding to anything. He gave me life and continues to renew my inner person daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). Breathing life into me over 20 years ago as, the Lord sustains me each day. The very fact that you and me believe in Jesus and want to follow Him means that we serve a God who makes all things possible.

With Easter drawing near, we are called to reflect on the torture and suffering of Jesus and then the vindication and validation through His resurrection. He was put to death for sin on the cross and came back to life after being placed in a tomb. Victory over the grave and death hits so close to home when a loved one passes away. I shared with some new friends a couple of days ago about my dear friend from high school who passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago. How I relish the victory Jesus secured over sin and death which will give us an amazing reunion in His presence. How I praise the God who makes eternal reunions possible!

The God who makes all things possible shows Himself to us every day in our ability to connect to Him through Christ. As you feel prompted, join me in the following prayer.

Lord, renew our childlike wonder at the miracle of new birth in You. The way You show up in the impossibility of bringing those You created who are dead in sin to new life. Give us the ability to see others with Your eyes so that we do not consider any person out of Your reach. Do make “all things possible” in the hearts of those around us so they become new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). We will give you all the praise and thanksgiving this Easter!

I am confident you will find encouragement by reflecting upon April’s story about finding new life in Christ.


God sees you

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:1-2

A few years after giving birth to a son, my friend and her husband started thinking about having another baby. Recently laid off from her job due to the economy, she thought it might be a good idea to postpone trying to get pregnant. Sadden to delay the hope of another child especially now, quickly approaching thirty-seven years old, she wondered if another child was an option for them. Months passed but the longing for another child did not. She had been praying for a confirmation from God that she would have another baby.

One Sunday morning sitting alone in a  pew at the back of her church where generations have worshiped for over 300 years, she realized that she was not alone. Upon discovering that her ancestor was one of the original members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA, her jaw dropped in awe at how God guides the choices that we make and weaves our past and present together. Though small in statute, St. David’s has welcomed and served as a spiritual home for thousands and thousands-more than the pews could fill.

Opening a prayer book, she gasped out loud as her eyes fell upon the dedication plaque. The plaque in the prayer book read: “this prayer book is dedicated to Anne Elliott.” Not sure if anyone heard her, but that did not matter. What was so significant about those words? If she had a daughter, she wanted to name her Annelliott. She first heard the name through a good friend in college and immediately fell in love with it. Also, the name carried significance for her family. Her middle sister’s middle name is “Anne,” and her younger sister’s middle name is “Elliott.” She knew without a shadow of a doubt this was not a coincidence but was God saying to her: “I hear you.”

Then while leaving the church, she heard a child yell, “Hi, Tucker.” Not uttering a sound in that moment, her heart erupted in joy. Tucker was the name that she had picked out for another son. Hearing the first name was like a hug from God, and the last was like a sweet kiss of the Father on the forehead of his daughter. On a normal Sunday in a small church, her church home for years now, she felt heard and seen by the One who has the power to create life. Sometimes we think that we need to go somewhere out of the ordinary to hear from God, but this story illustrates how God meets us in our daily lives and at places a part of our weekly rhythms. God just might speak to you where you have been a hundred times.

The answer to her prayer did not come immediately. It seemed so clear that God was giving her a confirmation, so over about six months of trying to have a baby, she held onto faith, believing that God would be faithful. God’s delay in answering a prayer does not mean it will not happen. In other cases, people have had experiences where they felt encouraged from God that they would have a baby too, and it never happened. Not sure, why some are able to have a baby, and others are not. What I do know is: God hears and sees our longings and is working out His will in our lives for our good and the good of humanity.

So, how does the story end? Does she have a daughter or son? It was God’s plan for her to have a daughter, and she named her: “Annelliott.”

How have you grown discouraged, not expecting God to show up in your daily life, let alone even speak to you?

What do you need to not give up praying for?

God sees you.

– Mary Carmen

Resolutely Now

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

My desire is to know the end from the beginning. I begin every project with the end in mind. There is always a goal, always a finish line. But God says, fix your eyes on me, the author and perfecter of your faith. Author and perfecter also translate to founder and completer. I didn’t create faith and I can’t complete it. I can only walk in it. But what does that look like?

I’m still rattled by the question God asked from deep within my soul back in January, “Will I find faith on the earth.” Isn’t it interesting to imagine our Creator’s eyes roaming the earth looking for faith? When He finds it, what does it look like? I’m on a quest this year to make sure faith is found in me. Will you journey with me? How is faith found in you?

If I’ve learned anything about God, I know that when he asks a question, he already knows the answer. His questions are used to shake me out of my way of thinking and lead me to His word for the answer. The journey through the Bible to find the answer is like taking a walk with God. I see things I’ve never seen before and peace prevails over the pursuit for the answer. I suspect this is what He is after all along.

Two words jump off the pages of Luke 9: Resolutely. Now.

When Jesus set out for Jerusalem, “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Another version reads, “He resolutely set out for…”

Faith goes resolutely. I must resolutely set out for…not knowing the full picture, but knowing my Shepherd.

When Jesus was calling his disciples, “Follow me”, a few hesitated and made what I think are very reasonable requests. One asked to first go bury his father. Another wanted to tell his family goodbye. Faith responded, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  Ouch.

Faith acts now.  Faith looks forward.  Fear looks back.  Faith goes now.  Fear hesitates. Hesitation is the first steps towards retreat.

Do you want a safe life that makes sense to world, or would you rather grab a hold of faith with both hands and never look back?

Lord, let faith be found in me, resolutely, now.

What is holding you back from the best that could be?

In His Unfailing Love,


A Person Just Like Us

Meeting Jonathan is where it all began, where my desire and passion to share stories about real life people started. I knew if people from the United States saw Jonathan on the street without hearing his story he could be looked at with suspicion and even presumed to be a terrorist.

But if people could just hear his story, they would know he is a person just like us. A man with dreams and a family, a man that is a son, husband, and father. A man that fled his country to find safety for his remaining family members. Jonathan is a man whose story deserves to be told. For Jonathan’s safety, his name has been changed and only a picture of his back will be shown.

Jonathan is a 22-year-old from Aleppo, Syria. When I met him, he was living on the streets of Greece after being robbed at the border.  You see, he was making his way to Greece with money he had worked for in Hungary in order to save his remaining family members that were still in Syria.

Jonathan’s father and brother have been executed. Although difficult, I believe he was strong enough to endure the pain of their deaths but it was his sister, wife, and two-month-old son dying in a bombing that caused him to make up his mind to leave. Jonathan fled leaving behind his position in the Syrian Rebel Army, meaning it was no longer safe for him to ever return to Syria.

Upon arriving in Hungary, Jonathan was granted asylum and began working to save money to get his mother, 15-year-old special needs brother, and 5-year-old sister out of Syria and into a safe country. He had the $3,200.00 it would take to save them, when he was robbed of everything.

During our communications, the bombings in Aleppo increased and while he kept in touch with his remaining family, they were injured in one of the bombings. Jonathan has dreams and his dreams didn’t include leaving behind his mother and siblings. His dreams didn’t include losing his father, brother, sister, wife, and child in war. He dreams now of being reunited with his family and longs to see them again.

Jonathan accepted Christ during the time we met him and spent time getting to know him. His heart and eyes were opened and he wanted the peace only God can give. Jonathan is the reason More than Numbers exists. He is the reason I dream of telling stories.

He is more than just a percentage of the 6.5 million people who have fled Syria. He doesn’t shed tears of all the tragedy his life has seen, instead he keeps dreaming. He is a man with dreams of a better life and a better future. And he deserves to have his story told.

~Bridgette Melton, More Than Numbers

Please pray for refugees leaving the war torn Middle East to find refuge and hope in Jesus Christ. If you’ve experienced loss in some form take a look at stories from women who have suffered loss in the Sacred Story collection.

Moving “Possible” Mountains

“. . .Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Possible. As I hold this word up for my theme in 2018, I have doubts about “Nothing will be impossible for you.” I do believe, but like the man who came to Jesus to deliver his son experiencing physical torment, I join him in crying out, “. . .help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Especially in those areas where there’s long standing struggle. I feel vulnerable as I write the things below but here I go.

I struggle to believe God for physical healing. I’ve had a muscle and joint issue that’s seen some results over the years including pursuing input at Mayo Clinic. And yet, in spite years of treatment, there’s been relief but not resolution. God, why do I spend my time pursuing solutions and paying for them when you can move this mountain?

I struggle to believe God for fruition in my desire for marriage and a family. I have been set up, been online, prayed with girlfriends, and attended seminary where people said I’d meet Mr. Godly. Although there were other reasons why I chose to pursue graduate work (I love to study the Scripture!), a place with 70% men at the time still didn’t produce a match made in heaven. And my longing remains to be special to a man who loves the Lord and for the experience of joining together in pushing back the kingdom of darkness because of our union in Christ. God, why the delay in bringing about a dream You have designed for good?

I struggle to believe I can hear the Lord through the Holy Spirit’s power. There are times when I recognize He speaks to me – usually in retrospect – and there are instances when I feel like an outcome occurs that seems like I missed His voice. I mentioned in my previous post wanting to arise ten minutes earlier to give more time to be still. It hasn’t happened yet. I can grow sluggish in carving out time to listen because His voice seems elusive. God, can you make your will and desires clearer?

Now that I feel exposed about where mountains loom in my life to believing “all things are possible” I want to think about how to think about those things which remain a challenge when I know it is “possible” for God to do anything. I know I am preaching to the choir as I remind myself.

You and I are called to live a life of faith. This means not only believing it is possible for God to intervene at any time but also believing that even when He doesn’t act in a certain way, His character remains true. He is good, attentive, compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, merciful, purposeful and holy among other attributes. The life of faith includes embracing mystery. Ultimately our faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6) and our story speaks volumes to a watching world when we trust God as we encounter struggles, setbacks, and suffering.

I also remind myself that our God is a God of process. Even though I have received some instant answers to prayer, most of the time God chooses to reveal Himself and to heal through a process. I think about Acts 16 when Paul and his friends tried twice to enter an area to share the Gospel and were prevented by the Holy Spirit from doing so. Soon after Paul received a vision of a man from Macedonia asking for him to travel there to share about Jesus and the door swings wide open for this path.

Remembering Paul’s mission in Acts brings me to a final thought. The chapters of our stories are to be about lifting up the name and life of Jesus Christ through investing in others. I think about the deficits in the “possible” mountains in front of me. For as long as they remain, I am asking God for a deeper longing for heaven and a deeper desire to proclaim the hope for this life and beyond in Jesus. Living in a broken world means things will not be “made right” here and the longings I feel are rightly placed on eternity.

I am not saying I am giving up on God moving the “possible” mountains in front of me in 2018 and I ask for your prayers. I will keep you posted and am ready to leap for joy for the God who is able to do the impossible.

~ Laura

A Prayer for 2018: More of Jesus

Raise your hand if you are starting the new year feeling a little overwhelmed with life. If your hand is up, rest assured I’m right there with you. I won’t bore you all the reasons I’m overwhelmed but somehow I’m not feeling alone here so I’ll trust a few of you out there are saying “me too.” Ironically I wrote most of this before our family came down with the flu so in case I didn’t feel overwhelmed enough, the flu was there to humble me a bit more.

I am at a place in my spiritual life where I have learned it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. I’m not trying to talk myself out of it like I did in my younger days. Instead, I’m trying to face what has me feeling this way and learn to lean more into the Lord in an honest way.

While looking to untangle the pieces of why I had been feeling so overwhelmed, I finally hit the wall a few weeks ago. My husband was out of town and I had put the boys to bed. The house was quiet and I had time to think. I was desperate for some hope. For some reason I recalled I had a copy of a devotional in my car I thought would provide some perspective. I ran out into the cold night air to grab it and I got in the bathtub.

I opened My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (an excellent devotional but one I had not read in a very long time). I started looking through my ear-marked pages and the first one I turned to was this entry from August 26. This was the middle paragraph:

“Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.”

The tears came flowing and I realized that in all my exhaustion and frustration I had not been truly depending on the Lord. I had not been “looking up and receiving the undisturbness of the Lord Jesus.”

This lead me to thinking about New Year resolutions and how I wanted to change. What do I need most in 2018? Pretty simple: More of Jesus. I know it sounds cliché or like something you might hear and think, “That’s really sweet.” But the honest truth is I ABSOLUTELY need more of Jesus. Every minute. Every hour. Every day. Why am I trying to get through anything in my life without the Lord? I don’t have to live in an overwhelmed state. If I’m “just getting through it,” I’m a slave to my circumstances and not at all depending on the Lord.

I prayed through this thought while I soaked. I got out of the tub and before I could dry off the power went out. I stood in the pitch black, dripping wet and I started to panic with my husband out of town and a cold front blowing through. A week before the power had gone out in our condo and it was off for over 8 hours. I began to sob just feeling like I couldn’t take one more thing. Would the boys be okay without heat all night if the power stays off?

But then I remembered… More of Jesus. I prayed, “Please Lord, allow the power to come back on so I don’t need to wake my sleeping boys and move to my sister’s or inlaw’s house in the cold night. Please Lord, I need you. Not just in this situation but in every way. I can’t do things on my own. I’m sorry for the ways I’ve been trying to cope with the stress of life with empty solutions that provide no peace. Please show me more of you is what I need.”

I got off my knees and the power came back on. I cried some more and got in the bed thinking that the Lord loved me enough to provide a pop quiz just as I was seeking to apply the truth of more of Him. As I tried to go to sleep a few words starting forming in my heart. I began to sing a little and then I realized the words were coming from a hymn I had not heard or sung in years. But it was there down deep in my heart for a time such as this. I grabbed my phone and quickly googled the hymn. There were the precious words that caused me to cry all over again. This time tears of thanksgiving and hope and peace.

As I went to sleep I kept thanking the Lord for His presence in the middle of my mess.

More of Jesus.

More of Jesus.

This is my hope for 2018.


More about Jesus would I Know

More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.

More about Jesus, in His Word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in every line,
Making each faithful saying mine.

More about Jesus on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

(Eliza E. Hewitt, pub. 1887)


“Do you feel seen by God?”

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” (Isaiah 41:10)

About to step into a situation where I had not received some important information, God placed uneasiness in my heart. This uneasiness caused me to pause in prayer. The minute I stepped my toe in the situation, it took a bizarre turn that one would see in the movies. Once I put my toe in what I thought was a calm ocean, a storm bellowed towards me. I could not see what had been forming out in the ocean with my naked eyes. I had only sensed a slight warning just a short time before. I wanted to return home once I realized the storm was upon me, but I knew that this was a storm with God’s help I would swim my way through.

The winds of fear and doubt beat against me in the first part of the storm. I cried to the Lord to help push back the enemy’s winds of fear and doubt knocking me about in the inside as to undercut my trust, faith, and strength. Then gusty winds subsided as I prayed for the Lord’s wisdom to know what to do. What a relief, it appeared the worst of the storm had past. The sunlight peaked out behind the clouds. The Lord knew that I needed a break to regain my strength and bask in the warmth of His faithful presence.

Then dark clouds rolled in quickly, and before I knew it, I was in the eye of the storm. I had thought that I was fighting one thing in the first part of the storm, but in the eye of the storm I saw clearly the core of what I was fighting. I did not have the perfect response in the storm, but that is not what is important. I think a lot of us try to do whatever we can to avoid the storms all together. That does not seem to work. You prepare for the storms everyday of your life as you choose to grow in grace and faith in Jesus Christ who strengthens your mind and heart for the storms. The Word of God, Jesus and His Word, the Bible will help you fight the storms of life.

As I mentioned I did not have a perfect response in this storm, but the truths, which I spoke and stood upon, leveled my ground and slayed the lies of the enemy. Bruised up and wounded emotionally, I took up the Sword, God’s Word and spoke the truth with the little strength that I had left. I felt stronger as I spoke His truths, but it was really hard because it was like pushing back heavy weights.

The next day I was exhausted on all levels and not sure what I had to give that night on the prayer team at church for our monthly gathering of worship, prayer, and teaching. I thought about not going, but God nudged me and said, “Go.” While taking my seat for our prayer team meeting, our leader looked my way and said somethings to me that she could not have known if it was not for God’s Spirit speaking to her. I was stunned. In that moment, God was saying to me: “I see you.” I knew what you were going to face, I was with you and I am always with you. Through her, God gave me a big hug and then for the next several weeks, I felt His love cover me like a blanket at night as He wrapped me up under His wing. El Roi, one of the Hebrew names for God means “the God who sees.” Receive this encouragement: God sees you!

When was the last time you felt seen by God?

How did God specifically show you that He was with you?

How are you preparing your mind and heart daily for the storms of life?

– Mary Carmen


Will I find faith in the earth?

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

When was the last time you were stunned by captivating beauty created by our undeniable God? It happened for me the first week of this new year when I roamed far enough away from the porch lights to see the sky full of stars. Orion’s belt seemed only a few football fields away. Lord, how can anyone see this and not believe you are the Creator, I thought. Not expecting a conversation, I heard within my soul, “Will I find faith in the earth?”

Will you find faith in the earth? How could you not? The earth is full of your splendor. Then, I asked myself, where is my faith when I’m not stunned by the beauty of the Creator, when I’m not aware of His Presence, when I’m wrapped up in my agenda and swallowed by the demands of the day? It wavers. Standing under a clear sky full of stars my faith soars, clouded by pressure it drowns.

If you, Lord, are going to find faith in the earth, it must start with me. What am I not believing you for right now? What dreams did I abandon last year because I was too tired to believe?

I love the stories in the Old Testament where the Israelites go into battle praising the Lord. “Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”

As we go into this new year, with challenges ahead, both seen and unseen, how can we demonstrate that type of faith?

Just as Jehoshaphat said to the Lord before entering battle, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chron 20:12

How will faith be found in you?

In His Unfailing Love,

Word of the Year: Possible

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I was enjoying dinner with girlfriends after Christmas. As we sat eating tasty Torchy’s Tacos, we talked about Christmas gifts, new movies, and 2018. That’s when the idea of a “word” came up. The intention is to ask God to give you a word to help define how you want to grow in character and know Him better through the year.

My friends talked about their chosen words as discipline and sacrifice. I jokingly replied that their words are so noble, I will choose greed just to offset them. I didn’t have my word and begin thinking about what word will help me trust the Lord in 2018.

I thought about the word “miracle” as I pondered what I am hoping for in my love relationship with the Lord. I long to have fresh experiences in my story of God turning the things that seem impossible into the possible. I battle being spiritually sluggish (for that matter, physically as well- that could be another theme word for my year: “Movement”). I want a refreshing wind to blow over my soul.

When Jesus spoke the words above in Matthew 16, He was referring to the rich man being willing to follow Jesus and surrender his possessions which represented his priorities in life. Jesus expressed that riches hinder a person from coming to Him as it’s very difficult for those insulated by wealth to see their need for His saving grace. When the disciples asked Him “Who can be saved?” Jesus replies, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Possible. What comes to mind? I think of “able,” “doable.”  The official Merriam Webster’s definition is, “being within the limits of ability, capacity, or realization.” Let’s take each of those.

Ability. Are there things I don’t seem “able” to do? Even when intellectually I know I can. For instance, can I wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning to spend more my time with God and His Word? It sounds simple but God’s Spirit makes it possible for me to have discipline to go to bed and wake up earlier. I’ll keep you posted.

Capacity. Are there people who are in need of God’s love but I feel so limited to give it? Is there ministry which seems like I don’t have the capacity to tackle? God’s love can flow through me even when I want to give up. I can continue to pray for and love those who seem far from Him and believe God’s Spirit is moving. I am hopeful to begin a Bible study with those I live around because God can make it possible when my time is limited and people are busy. I am prayerful Sacred Story will grow beyond my capacity because God is able.

Realization. Are there things that I’ve put out of my mind as being possible? Dreams, goals, or possibilities I don’t consider anymore because either I’ve tried many times to tackle a thing and it’s not been successful or I feel like my circumstances limit something as possible. Personally, I think about financial, relational, and physical goals. Can I renew my vision to see some things that have been hard as possible through Christ? Also, I’ve had a desire to make an impact internationally on those who are living very difficult stories. I’ve had the joy and privilege of traveling to Athens, Greece in the last few years to give into the lives of refugees. God, are there dreams You have that I have not considered?

Sacred Sisters, I covet your prayers for me to experience the God who makes all things possible. Leave a comment below with what you desire to see as possible; I’d also love to hear if you have a word or phrase for 2018 so I can pray with you.