Stay: Why I’m Still Here, a Spiritual Memoir, is now available!
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How Fast is God Moving in Your Life Right Now?
Recently someone wished me Godspeed. I wondered how fast that would actually be. How fast Godspeed is, in general.
For a long time, God’s speed has felt slow in every area of life. In healing, in solutions to problems, and in answers to prayer. It felt like I was trying to walk forward with both feet in thickening concrete. It hasn't felt very Godspeedy. Maybe you can relate?
Scripture reminds me, however, that God isn't slow the way I think of slowness. That God’s patience has a purpose. And that sometimes it's not about me at all, but about how he is waiting and working for the good of all of his children (2 Peter 3:9).
Scripture also reminds me that there is always more going on than meets the eye, and that some of what I perceive as delays are full of action in another realm, unseen but very real (Daniel 10:12-14, 20-21).
Author Susie Larson has talked about the different types of seasons in life. Seasons when it seems like a wall is in the way. And other seasons when there's nothing in the way and you can run. It's encouraging to me to think that when the time is right for breakthrough, God can—in an instant—turn all the lights green and hold the cross-traffic for you.
But, fast or slow, it turns out that speed isn't the main point.
In fact, Godspeed isn’t about speed at all—it’s not about the rapidity of getting somewhere. It’s a blessing, a benediction given at the beginning of a journey. From the Middle English god speid, the phrase God spede you meant God prosper you.
I like that very much. Because even though it feels like it’s taken a long time to get my new book, Stay, into the world, it is finally here. And now is its season to help you prosper spiritually.
I’m praying that, whatever season you’re in, whatever journey you’re beginning—or feel stuck in the middle of—that God will speak to you through the pages of my story. It’s one of the reasons I am so excited to get the book into your hands. Stay is the story of God working in a life, and I know he is at work in yours. I pray he will speak new life to you through the pages of the book.
Recommended Reading & Viewing
Some of you have written to me recently to let me know where God is focusing your attention, and there is definitely a common theme.
So I’m sharing these two resources to fan the flame. Both of them refer to a generation-wide movement, not limited by church affiliation or geography, of which each of us can and will be part if we will live fully in God’s power now.
Check them out and let me know if this is the same movement of the Spirit that has been stirring in your heart.
The Power That Changes the World: Creating Eternal Impact in the Here and Now by Bill Johnson – I learned so much from this book, and not the kind of information that is facts filed away in your brain. It was the kind of learning that sets a person free to run in the paths God has laid out for you. That’s why I’m glad to recommend it.
In my recent blog post Writing as Spiritual Weapon, I talk about one of my major takeaways from Johnson’s book. It was truly life-changing for me; another stake in the ground. And that was just one of the takeaways from the book. If you’re hungry to see the power of God change the world through you—whatever type of work you do—I think it’s fair to say you’ll see and approach your work and life in a new way after reading this book.
"The Revival of Miracles" by Steve Penny – Penny gave this surprising talk at Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia, on June 30, 2019. I wouldn’t have been ready for this message at an earlier time in my life when I was busily trying to do things in my own power, because I would have assumed that Penny only meant that we each need to work in our own natural strength to make the world a better place. Now, however, I am absolutely sure that is not what I need to do, nor what he means, and I am intrigued by his proposition. Let me know if it resonates with you.
As God speaks to you through the words you read and listen to, may he spede you—may he prosper your soul.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. - 3 John 2 (NKJV)
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. - Matthew 5:14 (NLT)
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