As you may know, I am in the middle of a book launch. It has been a wild roller coaster of a ride, and can I just say, roller coasters are not always my favorite, but I still ride them. LOL This past week, Stacey Pardoe wrote a post, that so inspired me and touched my heart. Her words encouraged me, ministered to my heart and also issued a challenge. It moved me to seek God and to take action in my own life.
- Do I still have the fire?
- Is it burning bright Or has it dwindled?
- Do I need to get it back?
I pray Stacey’s words will also challenge you in a good way. I pray we will all be spurred into action, to either get our fire back, or to spread the fire we have to others.
We’re driving through farm country when I hear him singing with the radio from the backseat, “I gotta get that fire, fire back in my bones.” He’s three, and he’s not easy to understand, but I hear him loud and clear. He’s smiling wide at the Holsteins and rocking with the melody.
I think of the moment for days. I think of it when I sit by the sliding glass door in the early morning light and seek to align my heart with the heart of my Maker before a new day draws me into its hurried pace. I think of it when the cashier with the sad glint in her eyes hands me my groceries later in the afternoon. I think of it when I meet to walk with a friend, and she’s so fired up for what God’s doing in her life, and I gotta get that fire back in my bones.
It’s in the cool glow of dusk, with the crickets chirping their August chorus from the goldenrod, that I open the book. It’s written by a woman who has been encouraging me through her online writings for close to a year now, and when I heard she’d written a print book, I was eager to read it. I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I really didn’t know that God was about to use her words to put the fire back in my bones.
As I devour her words, Debbie Kitterman reminds me that following God is not meant to be a comfortable stroll down the avenue of my life. She reminds me that God wants to show up in my life. He wants to speak to me about the sad cashier, the friend who is struggling to discern his will, and more. He wants to use me as his vessel, whispering words of encouragement into my spirit so that I might share those words with others.
Debbie’s words remind me that following Christ is often quite uncomfortable. She reminds me that He wants me to encounter Him for myself so that I bring his presence, His truth, His love, and His kindness to a broken world. He wants me to speak prophetic words of encouragement to others.
The word prophetic scares some of us. We think of white-cloaked prophets with names like Elijah, Elisha, and Jeremiah. We think of the way culture literally disrobed these men and threw them into muddy cisterns. We can’t possibly imagine that God wants to speak through us and into others using our voices.
In her new book The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement, Debbie is reminding me that God still speaks. She is reminding me that while the idea of prophecy might be out of my comfort space, it is simply speaking God’s words of encouragement, truth, and edification into others’ lives. It is building them up, based on God’s perspective.
As I near the conclusion of Debbie’s book, something is stirring inside me. It feels like fire back in my bones, and I have never been more eager to honor God by following him in sharing his truth with others.
If you’re itching to get the fire back in your bones, this book is for you. Pre-order your own copy here.
(To listen to the song referenced by sweet little Caleb, click here.)
Top Clicked Post:
Last weeks most clicked post was from Crystal Twaddell When You Long to Do Big Things.
I encourage you to click over and read it, if you haven’t already. Crystal says: “God may call some of us to do big things in big places. But he calls all of us to do brave things in the ordinary places.”
These words are so true and very powerful. We all need to grasp this truth. In my new soon to released book, I talk about how God wants to use ordinary you! You and me … ordinary us, to do extraordinary things for God!
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