HOPE*ann*FAITH

Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


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Epiphany: a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of divine truth…


I had an epiphany just now! Yes … and let the skies open up 🙂

And by God, as my Grandpa would exclaim, the skies are opening up, just now, and the thunder is sounding as I tap, tap away at this post!

(I have to admit that this just a bit on the eerie side!)

I saw a Facebook status just now, one I’ve probably posted a hundred times, and God opened up my mind (the skies!) … the haze parted and I heard the angels sing …♪♫♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Ahhhhhhhhh, Ahhhhhhh..♪♫♪♫

The sweet girl posted … “Is believing all things are possible……” … and she is right where she is supposed to be with God.

(I cannot believe I continually use that phrase – the italicized! Thank you Julie!)

Incidently, there is absolutely nothing wrong with her faith or her post.Her post is an affirmation, from Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27 and Philippians 4:13.

Many, myself included, use, or have used, this interpretation of these scriptures in situations where we are actively and verbally standing on our faith, with just a touch of wonder and maybe doubt, mostly as to whether we are worthy of God’s hand in that, or any, particular situation.

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

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With human beings this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Philippians 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

For me, her post brought instant revelation upon reading her faith.

I was then compelled to write the following status, which I believe and KNOW rose out of the Holy Spirit within me. The status is altered by the writing out of the full thought through prayer, so for those of you who follow me on Facebook, you read the instant version. 🙂 This is the filled out version.

I believe all things are possible. The notion that I am “believing” for this or for that individual situation, singularly, gives the impression that I sway from the truth of God and His promises in times of trial or unrest. I do not.

 It is this firm believing that has become the foundation of my personal faith. A firm, unmovable belief that my Father, God, can and will make the impossible, most possible in ALL situations, good and bad.  And that my “believing” must exist at all times; when I am in favor and when I am out of favor.

Most especially when I have removed myself from favor.

Mine is to believe and be obedient, continually, constantly, ceaselessly … this too is possible with God! This, in fact, is only possible with God.

I think this revelation bore itself out because of this challenge I took on.

Two days ago, one of my favorite authors and bloggers , Ann Kroeker posted So Be It on her blog. Briefly, and I suggest you jump over and read her post, her pastor put a John Wesley  prayer in their bulletin, that captivated her. Well it captivated me too.

It is a daunting prayer, one that will completely change my life, again. Much like the one that led me to a gurney at the ER this time last year. Now I know, that this challenge will not end me up there again, God and I are taking care of the health issues. This prayer is going to define the very Covenant that I have with God. The changes and definitions will be determined by God in His timing. Until then, I pray this prayer each day:

Prayer: John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou
wilt;

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low by thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

It is about surrendering, sacrificing my life, my day to day living, into the hands of my Father, who has given me His image and expects that I understand that …

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. That I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him, who infuses, within me with His strength. That I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Philippians: 4:13 Amplified Translation

This is definitely going to have a catastrophic effect on my character defects. This is going to help to make me the Andrea God intended me to be.

I believe this, though in myself not only is this metamorphosis impossible, but I don’t want to do this thing, yet my spirit compels me on to my refining in the fire of Christ’s love for me!

After all this was Father’s plan all along.

… And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Blessings Loves ♥