Audacious Faith

I love to read the first book of an author especially when their other books have truly touched my life. 

My first book of 2020 was Steven Furtrick’s first book, Sun Stand Still: What happens When You Dare To Ask God For the Impossible which he wrote ten years ago back in 2010.

This book truly ignited my soul and opened my eyes to how to have audacious faith.

Steven shares how at age 16, he was reading a book and the words on page 23 changed the trajectory of his life.  He says, “Somehow the Holy Spirit translated that line into a tangible impression in my teenage heart, and I knew one day I’m going to start a church in a big city to reach people who are far from God.”

Pastor Steven Furtick is now the head pastor of Elevation Church, a mega church in North Carolina. 

I love that this defining moment happened when he was a teenager.  He calls this his page 23 vision and friends, we all have one.

Listen to what Steven says, “That’s how your Page 23 Vision is going to come to life.  It will start with a seed of inspiration that takes root in your imagination.  Over time, it will produce a harvest of obedience for the glory of God.  And the whole process will take place deep in the soil of your faith.”

What is your page 23 vision or purpose?  What does God want to accomplish through you?

Maybe you are not called to lead a mega church like Pastor Steven but instead called to lead a bible study or disciple a group of teenagers.  Perhaps you are called to go on a mission’s trip or start a business so you can financially bless others.   

Pastor Steven says, “extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.”

Friends, where is God asking you to say yes to what He has already placed on your heart?

I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and believe God for the impossible!  He has designed you with a unique purpose and vision, and I believe that God will strengthen you and guide as you take a leap of faith.  

Do you want to have audacious faith?  I know I do!

God, I pray you will activate our audacious faith and let us trust you for the impossible!  Help us pray prayers that push us out of our comfort zone and ignite our dependence on You!

Love, Jodi

Note: I love that Steven was a teenager when God spoke to him. If you have a teenager or young teen (ages 11-14), I want to encourage you to listen to my podcast this week. I interview Mark Oestreicher about his book, Understanding Your Young Teen and his wisdom is gold! Click the link below to listen: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o

3 Important Truths to Remember when your “Holiday feels more like a Hole-iday”

My heart was breaking for them.

It was their first Holiday without their mom.  My dear friend had passed in August 2016 and as the Holidays approached, I knew it was going to be a difficult Christmas for her kids.

Sometimes “Christmas can feel more like a hole-iday than a holiday.”

I heard this quote in Max Lucado’s Christmas book, Because of Bethlehem. Sadly, I think many of us have felt this way.  Can you relate?  Are you feeling deep sadness this Holiday season?  Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?

First let me say that I am so sorry.  I understand how hard it is to deeply miss someone you love.

I want to encourage you today with 3 important truths to remember when “your Holiday feels more like a Hole-iday.”

1. Remember “when everything shakes, God remains unshaken.”

This is another great quote from Max’s book, Because of Bethlehem. This is so good, let me say it again:

Friends, when your world gets turned upside down, please cling to the truth that God has not changed. Your circumstances may have changed, but you are still a child of God, chosen and deeply loved.

2. Remember God is faithful!  

Friends, God’s presence became so real to me in my grief. I can confidently say that He will walk with you through this difficult time and offer you comfort and love.  I know it is not easy to walk through loss; it is even harder around the Holidays.

Please give yourself lots of grace.  Surround yourself with friends and family that can offer empathy.  Be honest about how you are feeling and let others know what you need. 

3. Remember that God sees you and has not forgotten you. 

When you feel alone, please cling to the truth that God “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” (Psalms 34:18) He wants to walk through your grief with you. Seek Him daily and let him turn your pain into His purpose.

I am praying for all the hurting hearts this Christmas season.   

Love, Jodi

Note: This week on my Depth podcast, Lisa Appelo shares her powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness in her grief. Eight years ago, Lisa became a sudden widow and single mom to her 7 children. You do not want to miss how she has found hope in the middle of her hard circumstances, 

To listen, click on the following link: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o