Thursday, May 28, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY...what big things can God do?

Lynn of Spiritually Unequal Marriage is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY this week. Lynn has challenged all of us to consider obedience and hearing the voice of God. To be able to hear the voice of God, we must first know the voice of God. It is when we are able to recognize the voice of God that we can be obedient.

"God will help us become the people we are meant to be, if only we will ask Him." - HANNAH WHITALL SMITH
Wow. What a great quote. Think about the latter part of that quote ..."if ONLY we will ask Him." Most of the time we have not because we ask not.

JAMES 4:2 "You do not have, because you do not ask God."

It is easy for us to pray for the little things in our life and be obedient...
"Lord, help me today to be on time for work."
and we leave the house 10 minutes early and arrive on time!

"Lord, give me a hunger for your Word today."
and during lunch your co-worker asks you to help her with a Bible Study lesson.

It is so easy to be obedient when it comes easy. But what about the big things in life? How easy is it to be obedient? and the big question ... how easy is it to believe God for the big things?

When we pray fervently and earnestly - great things usually happen. Unfortunately, often times we are too doubtful or too timid to even ask God to do big things. But God can and will answer your call for even the big things in your life. But it may take some obedience on your part. The type of obedience that may not be easy or comfortable.

"Dear Lord, I will do anything if you would bless us with a new car."
and God does bless you with a new car and then He asks you to give it away to someone less fortunate than you.

Obedience.

"Dear Lord, its been hard times financially...please provide us with a good raise this year."
and God answers your prayer and then asks you to give your entire raise for the year in the offering for the missionary.

Obedience.

Obedience and hearing God's voice. We honor God by asking big requests, but we can't expect God to do all of the work. When we do our part (obey) ~ He will do His part. And when this happens - expect a miracle ... a BIG miracle to happen!

I am thankful for the miracles that await me. Dear Lord, help me to be obedient and patiently listen for Your voice!

What are you thankful for this Thursday? Come visit all of the grateful hearts over HERE!

PLEASE COME BACK NEXT WEEK... I will be hosting TT for the month of June!

20 comments:

Rocks said...

Hi Laurie!! I'm sure be back next week :) What a blessing it is always to read thankful thursday posts.

God bless you!!

Lynn said...

Hi Laurie,

Wow what a powerful and awesome post. I loved this...

Obedience and hearing God's voice. We honor God by asking big requests, but we can't expect God to do all of the work. When we do our part (obey) ~ He will do His part. And when this happens - expect a miracle ... a BIG miracle to happen!

Amen... Amen AMEN. Girl, love you and have a fantastic TT. I am completely inspired. Hugs.

BoufMom9 said...

What a beautiful and very moving post! thank you for sharing!
Have a very blessed Thursday!

Tabitha in Bliss said...

Nice to meet you and great post!!

Pia said...

i believe that obedience keeps our ear open in hearing God's voice. obedience keeps us alert to the things of God.

I am thankful for the miracles that await me. --- AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Grammy said...

Hi Laurie, Happy TT That was a great post.

Mariposa said...

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing!
Happy TT!

Angela said...

WOW....that was AWESOME!!! Amazing teaching, amazing scriptures shared to touch our hearts and minds..Thank YOU precious one for feeding us with God's Word, His truth!!

LisaShaw said...

Wonderful sharing. I was particularly moved by, "I am thankful for the miracles that await me. Dear Lord, help me to be obedient and patiently listen for Your voice!"

Praise the Lord and God bless you.

Debbie said...

Laurie, thanks for a great TT post. You're so right. The Bible says we are to ask and then obey. I desire His will and so that's often how I pray. I want a certain outcome but I trust that He knows the best outcome for my situation. So, I need to listen and ...obey.

Denise said...

Such a nice thankful post sweetie.

bp said...

Hi Laurie, I enjoyed your post today and you are right on. Thanks for sharing today about the importance of obedience and reminding me to ask too.

Melanie said...

Oh, wow... you certainly "hit the nail on the head" with this post, Laurie! Every word is so true!

Bonnie said...

How very true, how difficult it can be to trust God with the big things. We always want to jump in and do it ourselves... Thank you for your post! It has truly blessed me today.

Lori said...

Amen, loved this post.

Laurie Ann said...

Great post! It is easy to be obedient in the little things. The big things require alot more effort. Asking is a huge part of it, too. I asked God to give me a hunger for His Word and then I had to be obedient to read it, all of it, not just my favorite passages, when He did. It was hard work. I've found that the more we practice obedience, the more it stretches those muscles to where it makes it easier.

Listening for God...sometimes we expect an audible voice and don't realize how much He has shown up for us and spoken to us in so many ways...

Ann said...

How true...though sometimes I think I do a better job obeying in the big things than in the little things (like my tone of voice).

God Chaser said...

What a wonderful post great guidance to obeying most especially in the big things- where most of us stumble- Blessings

Daisy said...

Oh you will be the host next week! I would be looking forward to that! In the meantime, please do visit my blog for my post this week.

XoXoX

His Unfailing Love said...

It's a great post Laurie. Thank for hosting again. It's a powerful word... I used to sing it when I was still studying in a Bible School.