God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream.

Unfortunately, the path that takes us to the promise is always wrought with thickets and thorns. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. Storms will come, lions will roar, and our fears will be confronted. God allows the path to be difficult because He intends on refining us and preparing us for our place of promise. He is intent on extracting from us, that which our enemy would love to leverage against us.

God loves us too much to promote us before we are ready.

And so, as we follow His lead, we will at different times, find ourselves in a valley – a valley of decision. Marriages die there. Dreams die there too. The flesh dies hard and unfortunately for many, they’ve opted to let their dream die before they’d ever allow their flesh to be confronted.

We all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our character. Until we see Jesus face to face, we will need His guidance and correction. He wants to take us from strength to strength; from glory to glory.

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that He wants to do abundantly above and beyond ALL that we could ever ask or think, but there’s a clincher in this verse…it’s according to His work within us. To the extent that He’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that He does great things through us.

After pondering this idea a little more, I envisioned a valley of dry bones. Bones from marriages, relationships, and dreams abandoned because many people refused to die to themselves, to humble themselves, and to let God have His way in their lives.

Don’t let your dream die in the valley!

If you’re in a season of refining, lean in. Trust the loving hand of your precious Savior and know that He will lead you to the other side. Refuse a sense of entitlement and don’t demand to be understood.

Instead, humble yourself and seek to understand what the Lord is doing around you.

He will faithfully lead you and you will be strengthened as you go.

On the other side of this refining time is a fresh perspective and new mercies.

Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God; in due time you will be lifted up and honored before a watching world.

Here’s my question for you: Do you have a sense of how God is using your current circumstances to prepare you for a great calling?

One Response to "God is preparing you for GREAT things!"

  • Laura says:

    Absolutely! Last year I was fired from a great job I had for 3 years. The Child Care center refused to let me step down in my role as a lead teacher. They loved how I took charge. I wanted to give someone else the opportunity. I got a new job at another daycare last year. I almost made it to my year anniversary, however, the devil lurked well there having co workers set me up for meetings with the director questioning my actions. My character was questioned, I was accused of things I didn’t do. Last week they fired me. Over 30 years in public school, church school, and of course day care experience. To my family and myself we feel this is God’s message. You served well, time for a new adventure. I love kids & will utilize my life experiences with them, however we feel with God that it is time for me to move away from jobs/career with day care centers etc. I am currently applying for a new job. I have an interview Thursday working in Food Service at a large hospital in Omaha. I also have over 20 years of food handling, food preparation, food service experience. I am looking forward to this interview. Not putting the cart before the horse, however, I feel very strongly as I continue to pray for His will that I will interview well. I am so excited to begin this journey. Still filling out apps online of course! I am walking beside Him in this journey. I know no matter what I am doing His will. Amen

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