Our God! He is amazing beyond words. Always good. Always loving. Always caring. 

He’s also the Designer of life-changing plans for those who put their trust in Him. I’ve experienced that in my own life and I’ve also witnessed it in the lives of friends. 

The thing is, God rarely shows us the whole plan in the beginning. Maybe He wants to hide the whole blueprint from the enemy. Maybe He knows we would be overwhelmed and give up before we begin. 

What I usually see is God starting us off with small steps. I call those sparks. He gives us the sparks and our part is to trust Him to help us build the fire. 

That’s what God did for me back in 2007. I was going through the most difficult time of my life. I poured my heart out to my Father. And then one morning, while I was sitting in my living room getting ready to start the day, the Lord’s Spirit spoke to my spirit. He said, “Write about the Daniel Fast.” 

That little spark of an idea sent me on a path that today has developed into a worldwide lay ministry to women and men who want to develop their faith. God helps me bring Christ into the center of His followers’ lives. It all started with just a little spark of an idea. 

God initiated another spark in the life of my young friend Blake after he was recovering from a skydiving accident that nearly killed him. One day, while I was away on a work-cation (writing and enjoying myself for a week), I received a text message from Blake. He lived about a hundred miles away and we hadn’t talked in a long time. I was happy to hear from him. We exchanged messages and that’s where the spark ignited. 

Blake had worked in restaurants before and all through college. He had returned to that line of work after his accident. In our text message exchange, he wrote that he hoped to own his own restaurant one day. Spark. Spark. Spark. 

I had heard that a premium restaurant was for sale in the little college town where I live. Blake had worked there when he was attending the university. So I told him about the opportunity . . . 

Long story short – Blake was able to lease the restaurant space and open a new restaurant. The business has thrived (even though the pandemic shutdown). Blake met a lovely young woman who also lives in our small town and they will marry in July!!! A small spark miracle. 

I have so many more stories about God starting folks off on what seems like small beginnings. But then He infuses His ideas and His plans with His grace! When we bring our needs to Him and trust Him to help us, He’s able to make His grace abound toward us! His sparks. Our work. And the outcome is golden!

Pause for a minute,~Contact.FirstName~. Do you have a need that can use God’s sparks? Spend time with Him. Present your needs to Him. And then trust that He will answer you in His perfect way and in His perfect time. 

He’s so very good and He loves you so very much. 

God’s Word is full of His promises for you, including this one: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 46-7) I hope you’ll receive His peace for your life today as you put your trust in Him.

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