Be the Miracle!

I have always loved this story.

I can picture myself sitting in the crowd of 5000 and listening to the speaker.   I have brought some food with me.  As I start to feel hungry, an announcement is made asking if anyone has any food that they can share with the group. I think to myself: should I give my lunch to the crowd or keep it selfishly for myself?  What would you do?

I wish I could say that I would generously give away my food like the little boy gave his 5 loaves and 2 fish.  Do you remember this Bible story?  As the little boy generously gives his small lunch to Jesus, He blesses it and multiplies it to feed 5000 people.   

I love that our small gifts placed in the hands of Jesus get multiplied.

But what if the little boy did not share and kept the food to himself?  What would have happened if he thought it was not enough?

He would have missed the miracle.

Friends, how many times have we missed a miracle because we were not willing to give up what God asked?  What if we thought it was not enough?

So many times, we focus on “Not Enough”.  I don’t have enough Time?  Money? Talents?  We look at our situation through addition.  But what I love about this miracle is that God doesn’t add, he multiplies when we place it in His hands.

Mark Batterson calls this Kingdom Calculus in his new book, Double Blessing.  Normally, 5 +2 = 7 but when God is added to the equation, 5 + 2= 5000 R12.  Wow- not only did they feed all 5000 people, but they had 12 baskets left over.  Perhaps one basket for each disciple to serve as a reminder that God multiplies!

I am once again challenged by Mark’s words, “Everyone wants a miracle, but no one wants to be in a situation that necessitates one.  Of course, you cannot have one without the other.  By definition, a miracle requires an impossible situation!”

Friends, what if you are the answer to that impossible situation?  

Is God is asking you to give “your 5 loaves and 2 fish” to help someone else?  Perhaps it is your time, your money, or your talents.  Mark says, “your generosity is someone else’s miracle.”

Praying today that we can be a miracle to someone else.

Love, Jodi

Embracing Plan B

This was not my plan for my life.

With tears streaming down my face, the reality that I would be raising my kids as a single mom hit me.  I never planned on being divorced.

It is hard when life throws us curve balls. We don’t plan on the same negative answer showing up on the pregnancy test each month.  We don’t plan on a call from the doctor with a cancer diagnosis.  We don’t plan on losing a baby in the middle of a pregnancy.

Friends, most of us are not living our Plan A.

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and all our plans change in an instant.  We find ourselves along a new path that we never wanted.

I just finished reading Vivian Mabuni’s new book, Open Hands, Willing Heart.  I love what she says, “One of greatest challenges we face in living with open hands is being asked to accept life’s disappointments and embrace plan B.”

Embrace Plan B! 

These words stood out to me on the page. So much of life and learning to navigate life’s disappointments involves embracing Plan B.  I know this is not easy.

It is hard to trust God’s plans are good when we cannot see or understand why.  I think there is something special about hindsight.  Looking back, I can see how God used each one of my disappointments and heartbreaks to help another hurting heart. I know He wants to do the same for you.

Your greatest heartbreak will become your greatest ministry. 

I love how Vivian says it in her book, “Each heartbreak formed a bridge to connecting with others walking similar roads.”  I don’t know about you, but I want to allow my heartbreak to form bridges with other hurting hearts. 

I want to encourage you to vulnerably share your struggles and how God met you in your pain.  Someone else needs to hear your story.  

If I am complete honest, walking through a divorce was not the plan I had for my life.  Even though I would have not chosen that path for me, I can see how God is using my hurt and pain to help others. 

 I love that God specializes in redeeming our stories.  Today, I encourage you to embrace Plan B and watch God bring purpose to your pain. 

Love, Jodi