Last Saturday evening we pulled up to Cracker Barrel for dinner on our way home. I grabbed my fluffy jacket and we walked hand in hand as a family inside. The crackling and burning wood in the big brick chimney fireplace filled the room with such a heavenly campfire smell which was perfect on such a chilly January evening. Our hostess sat us at a round table for five in the corner by the fireplace. It was about 6 o'clock in the evening and the restaurant was getting busy.
This day we only had three of our children with us. Zoë was busy with the coloring page while the rest of us were in a serious competition of the famous peg game at every table of Cracker Barrel. The first go round we were all Eg-no-ra-mooses! The second round some of us were Eg-no-ra-mooses and some of us were just plain dumb. Then Asa became "purty smart" along with Tommy becoming "purty smart". It was my turn and I looked at my son Asa on my right side and said, "I see myself getting one peg!" Asa laughed and I smiled and looked him straight in the eyes while grabbing the game and said, "Asa, I see one peg!" As I played, I talked my way through the jumps and before I knew it I was a genius! One peg!
As I lay in bed that night thinking about the one peg, I remembered some other specific times in my life where I told myself I see it and it happened. When I was in elementary school I played softball in our neighborhood league. I remember several times throughout the softball season while walking up to bat, I would see myself hitting the ball or while standing in centerfield waiting to see what the batter was going to hit, I would see myself catching a high fly before it happened and sure enough I would hit the ball or catch the high fly in centerfield! But probably the most significant memory I have of seeing something and it happening was one year before I met Tommy. I was on a date with a friend. We were sitting at Pizza Kitchen dipping bread in the olive oil and parmesan cheese which was so delicious and my friend asked me a question, "Where do you see yourself in ten years?" I was 26 or 27 at the time of this question with no possibilities of a future marriage proposal anytime soon. I didn't even have a boyfriend prospect! Without hesitation, I took a bite of my bread and said, "I get to meet my husband and children!" And as I said that statement, real excitement came over me. My friend said, "how do you know?" I confidently said, "I just do!" I didn't have specific faces in mind but I could just see me with a husband and children in the next ten years. One year later I met Tommy and we got married. Several years into marriage we were blessed with eight children: six by adoption and two by birth.
I believe the very moment I declared what I saw in my future was the very moment God moved in this area of my life! I really believe that.
What are you believing God for? Is it to have children? Mend your broken marriage? Save your lost child? Get married? Be healed? Sell your home? Write a book?
What do you see?
Think about what you are believing God for and then SEE it!
I hope this encourages you, my friend, and I pray confidence and boldness over you to SEE what you are believing for! Feel free to be bold and share in the comment section what you SEE. You never know how much your faith to believe and see can inspire and encourage another.
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Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
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Recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award 2016. A program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington D.C.