Ask God For The Impossible

Ask God For The Impossible

Today I found myself in distress, without answers, and not knowing what to do. But in my despair I have learned that I may ask God for the impossible…in spite of all of my mistakes.

I learned this from Sarah, David, Elijah and Hezekiah. The list of those who have experienced God’s miracles are countless. Every miracle is a lesson to trust Jesus more and more.

I stumbled upon an old post that I penned from my heart to Abundantly You readers. I did not know then that I would need my own words of encouragement today. It was a reminder that with God, all things are possible. Therefore I can ask God for the impossible. 

And in the name of Jesus, He will supply. He does the impossible all of the time.

“And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. (Matthew 14:17-18 KJV)

The disciples presented to Jesus five loaves of bread and two fishes. This sounds like a perfect meal…for two. Yet Jesus was planning a meal for well, more than 5,000 people.

Human reasoning says there is not enough to feed everyone. Someone is going to go hungry today.

It is against all odds that five loaves of bread and two fishes will feed 5,000 men plus all of the women and children. But on this day Jesus showed “human reasoning” the door and performed what was humanly impossible.

Jesus looked to Heaven and He blessed the meal. Afterwards He proceeded to break the food in pieces and the disciples served the food to the multitude.

He brake and brake and brake until everyone was not only fed, but FULL.

We can rejoice in the fact that we serve a God who is not intimidated nor controlled by the odds. If He is not concerned about impossibilities, then our faith should not be either. It should not be allowed to take its toll on our happiness.

When you pray unto the Lord today, do not be afraid to ask Him for the impossible, and do not fear that He is unwilling or unable to perform it.

He loves those that are His and will bless you until you are FULL.”

So today I ask God for the impossible, and I will wait until my change comes.

Love, Grace, and Blessings,

~Candra Evans
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My Grace is Enough

“My Grace is Enough” by guest blogger, Nicole Miller.

I sank down with my back against the wall, and let the tears flow.  I cried out and told the Lord that I simply could not fulfill His call on my life.  I had tried and tried and I just did not have it in me. 

I let my heart pour out through those tears and grief and sorrow escaped.  This was not the first time I had come to the end of myself and it would not be the last. 

But I knew that it had to happen and that life was made up of these moments when you realize, you do not have what it takes in and of yourself to complete your race.  It wasn’t just singleness that ailed me, it was my own brokenness. I was frustrated that a season was causing me such turmoil and my way of “white knuckling” it was not effective for the long haul. 

I was on my face before the Lord and it had been a while since that had happened.  There was no outward manifestation of His answer, but I knew just the same He was there.

The next morning I received an email from a woman pouring out her heart to me about her relationship woes and her singlehood.  She had found me via the internet and a popular blog post I wrote which also became the title of my first book.  I was overwhelmed at her sharing and how she was in need of what I had to offer. 

It was in reading her email that I heard the Lord very clearly, “I am your strength where you are weak.  My grace is sufficient for you”.  And I looked at the time the woman had written the email.  Yes, it was around the time I myself was crying out to the Lord for my own deliverance.

I once read that Paul was an overcomer because he learned to embrace his weaknesses.  When he asked the Lord to deliver him from the thorn in his flesh 3 times, the Lord responded, “My grace is sufficient”. 

I have struggled with perfectionism and perfectionism does not allow you to embrace your weaknesses.  It makes you feel as if you have to have it all together.  That has caused me to be self-reliant and depend on myself.  Only being self-reliant never lasts long term because eventually you will find yourself sitting on the floor in your bedroom, crying out to Jesus that you simply do not have what it takes.

And that’s exactly what He wants.

So that we can learn His grace.  I’m learning what His grace is.  His grace is joy in the midst of circumstances you cannot change.  A joy that is supernatural.  His grace is wholeness.  Being complete in His love and identity and the ability to engage in the abundant life He died for His children to have.  It is Gal 5:22-23.  The fruits of the Spirit which are His character and are His fullness which is in us.  It is tangible and personal and satisfies in every way.

Anxiety plagued me b/c I wanted control.  It made me feel as if by worrying I had control but instead it discouraged me and I could not see a hope for my future.  I was projecting my past into my future. 

When I humbled myself and released control He met me with His joy.  His joy that allowed me to enjoy my present and trust Him with my future.  His joy that can only be found in the manifestation of His presence, no matter our circumstances.

He will show us the path of life.  In His presence there is fullness of joy.  At His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

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Expired Faith by Candra Evans

Expired Faith

{An excerpt from the archives…in case you missed it}

When Lazarus became sick, his sisters sent for Jesus. After hearing the news, Jesus stayed two days longer in the place where He was.

Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary and Martha, but He did not rush to return to them.

When you have been waiting longer than expected for an answer from God, you may be tempted to argue His timing. 

Doesn’t God know that the clock is ticking? Doesn’t He know how quickly the days are passing by?

When the pressure of time is upon us we want God to “show up and do something.” We want an overnight deliverance. We can’t wait one more day, let alone four days.  

When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead and had been buried for four days. Martha walked to meet Him and said,

 “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Jesus told His disciples, “and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe“. 

Some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

They believed that Jesus could heal Lazarus. They may have even mustered up enough faith if only Jesus had come a day or two after his death. But four days…?

Does our faith have an expiration date? Will our faith expire or endure the test of time? 

Martha reminded of the length of days that Lazarus lay in the tomb by mentioning the smell of his deceased body. Jesus reminded that if you believe, you will see the glory of God.Expired Faith

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth”. Then he, who had died, came out of the tomb alive.

We have to put away the stopwatches and stop counting the years that have passed.

What could have been, will still be, when God says it’s time.

Expired faith will not see the glory of God. Pray for renewed faith.

Love you to life,

~Candra, Abundantly You for Christian Singles and More

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Encouragement | How to Get Over a Crush

Encouragement | How to Get Over a Crush…for the Spirit filled Christian Woman

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. (Proverbs 4:26 ESV)

 

Developing a crush on someone is not something that only unbelievers do.

I frequently receive emails requesting prayer and advice asking how to get over a crush. Some crushes are minor and insignificant while others are indeed crushing to the heart.

getting over a crushThe pain can be unbearable and the answers on how to overcome seem so far away.

One could list hundreds of ways on how to get over a crush. But the remedy for Christian women in relationship with God differs from secular solutions.

There are hundreds of articles and YouTube videos giving advice on how to get the man you’re crushing on. You’ll find advice on how to make him notice you and how to get him to start chasing after you.

However, as daughters of God, our heavenly Father is very active in writing your love story.

The Lord can see through the shell of a man to know if he is the right one for you. If you desire marriage, God wants you to have a blessed one. So His perfect will and insight must be considered before we assign our affections to another.

Nevertheless, we like what we like. And although we wait on God, the new guy that joined your Bible study group has you smitten.

In my early twenties I was infatuated with a certain young man…for several years. So speaking from experience, I wish that I had not let my crush linger on for as long as it did.

When it was forced to end because he married another woman, I felt cheated. I know. I know. He did not belong to me. But sometimes the heart turns a deaf ear to reason.

I promised myself that I would never again invest my heart in love that is unsure. I established emotional and physical boundaries when I found myself attracted to someone and I kept that vow.

A crush can contribute to having a false sense of Christian hope. Instead of searching for spiritual understanding our hearts wonder aimlessly with fingers crossed and wishing with uncertainty.   

Because God is unfailing, we can trust that He will bring the right person and a right relationship into our lives. God can see beyond what is impressive to you and lead you to the man He has kept just for you.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:7 ESV)

Having a crush on someone is a stumbling block that hinders many of God’s desires for His people.

God wants for you…

…a peaceful and grateful heart

…to fully trust Him for all things

…to be anxious for nothing

…to have a temperate spirit

…to rejoice always

…to be fully available to His plan

…to walk by faith and not live in fear

…to come to the knowledge of truth

…to have life more abundantly

Even though it was apparent that the man I was crushing on had no romantic interest in me, I held on. As much as it hurt to see him or hear his voice, I held on. I couldn’t understand it but my heart did not want to let go.

Perhaps as much as having a crush hurt me, it was a crutch for my singleness.

Remember, for many years I was not a “healthy” single person. I was limping through life depending on the love of a man to keep me from falling.

See, I wanted to be married more than anything. Allowing my affection to grow for this man, gave me a sense of hope. But the hope was not from God.

There was a sense of comfort in daydreaming about him and merging him into my yearning for marriage. A false hope generated in my heart and it replaced true Christian hope.

After many days of disappointing encounters and tear filled nights, I reclaimed my heart. Overcoming did not come easy but I prayed for an increase in my faith. I then rested in Christian hope.

True Christian hope is based on God’s promises. His promises are true and always manifest in their time. 

Reclaim your hope in God today…hope for what He has in store for you.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13 KJV)

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A Praying Church by SECCNextGen

prayer without askingA Praying Church by SECCNextGen

As I step back and look at my life as well as the lives of others, I can write a list from here to the moon of things we need from God. There is so much that happens in life that falls beyond our control.

So as saved people of God, we pray.

We pray and ask God for all the things we need and desire. Over the years I have sometimes found myself on my knees giving God a laundry list of emergency requests… healing… finance… ministry… restored relationships… and so on.

But what if we expanded prayer time beyond 911 emergencies and meal time prayers of thanksgiving?

I was introduced to this video by a coworker, and the first time I watched my eyes filled with tears. My tears were bitter-sweet. I was excited about the changes this world could see because of a praying church. Then I was saddened because so many are far away from prayer like this.

What would happen if we not only prayed as individuals but formed a praying church in the earth? Not prayer out of urgency or obligation, but praying to touch and be touched by God.

What changes would we see in our churches, families and communities? How much more could we overcome temptations and minister to the spiritual needs of others?

I encourage you to watch this video from SECCNextGen all the way through to the end. I pray that the message speaks to you at it has spoken to me.

We wonder why God’s children are depressed, perplexed, slow-moving in spiritual things. The question to ask is, “Are you part of a praying church?” Is prayer an intricate part of who you are? Do you schedule prayer around life’s events or pray without ceasing?

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

 

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.” Mahatma Gandhi

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10 Reasons Why Feeling Sad Is Hard To Do | by Candra Evans

10 Reasons Why Feeling Sad Is Hard To Do | by Candra Evans

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. There is an appointed time for dancing and an appointed time for mourning.

I will not say that you should not have sad moments in your life. It happens to all of us. Even the most optimistic have their bouts with feeling sad. The loss of someone or something dear to us triggers this emotion easily.Feeling Sad Happiness Loading

Then there are times when feeling sad is based on perspective and how we perceive things to be. I don’t know about you but I’ve had many good cries on my pillow at night over issues that were not as bad as I thought.

If I had looked at my circumstance with eyes of faith, I would have had more restful nights. Often the bark of potential trouble is worse than its bite.

Every time I am overwhelmed by calamity, left alone, let down, or can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I remember these 10 things. My perspective then changes. My vision is clearer. And my faith gives “feeling sad” a run for its money.

When it hurts, I bring back to my remembrance these 10 affirmations of my faith in God. And in the midst of my storm, I dance.

1. Jesus loves me both now and forever.

2. If God is for me who can prevail against me?

3. At the end of my journey is victory. It is not over until I win.

4. If what I am holding on to is only hurting me, I have the freedom to let it go.

5. For every friend that did not support me, God sent a stranger to help me. Then we became friends.

6. My heart has been broken before. I lived. I started over again. Life is better now. 

7. The size of my blessing is not predetermined by my bank account. God shall supply all of my needs according to “His” riches in glory.

8. Faith still works.

9. By His wounds, I am healed. #Jesus

10. “Then the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18 ESV)

 

What affirmations or statements of faith strengthen your heart when you’re feeling sad?

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Hand Raising Worship by Comedian Tim Hawkins

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I was introduced to Tim Hawkins during one of our weekly devotions at work. The coworker that shared this video was unsure about the group’s brand of humor, but everyone was laughing at the end.

This video is a humorous way to break the ice when it comes to expressing our adoration unto God. After the video, the group had a more serious and empowering discussion about worshiping God.

This clip is by no means intended to degrade or mock how anyone praises God. If I believed that this was the case I would never post it.

When it comes to praise, some are like David and some are like the woman with the Alabaster box. I am a mix of both. (Smile)

There is no single scripted way to praise and worship God.

We must also remember that our greatest worship is our obedience to God’s Word. Let our praise and worship come from the heart, and let it be pure and honest.

If you praise God standing still but would really like to raise your hands, there is nothing wrong with that.

Watch this comedic advice from Christian Comedian, Tim Hawkins. It just might help someone get over their shyness when it comes to hand raising worship.

If you are looking for something on a more serious note, check out my links below for resources on worship and praise.

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! (Psalm 141:2 ESV)

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Constant Joy Over Temporary Happiness with Candra Evans

Constant Joy Over Temporary Happiness mslildesiLast night I had the pleasure of talking with Blog Talk Radio host Desiree! She invited me to the show to discuss constant joy over temporary happiness. 

With life comes change. Tragedy and disappointments are inevitable. But God does not want our joy to rise and fall with the tides of change. He promised that He would pour out of His Spirit. Within the gift of the Holy Ghost is power and supernatural joy. (Acts 1:8) (Galatians 5:22)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ESV)

Listen in below as we encourage you to stay plugged in to the presence of God where there is fullness of joy!

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God Is In The Hard Place

Christian Single Hard PlaceHave you ever been in a hard place where you just couldn’t see God? Your circumstance didn’t feel like God, or look like God, or sound like God. You assume God could not be the author of your current position, so you pray asking God to reposition you. You must be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As you read through the pages of the Bible you will find that you are not the only one to feel this way. Was God in the pit with Joseph? Was God in the furnace with the Hebrew boys? Was God in the prison with Paul and Silas?

You better believe He was.

A lonely pit, a scorching furnace, and harsh prisons are not locations where you expect to find God. You wouldn’t think that between a rock and hard place is where God would ever want you to be. We are not inclined to believe that God has any part of a hard place, but if you call Him in that place, don’t be surprised when He answers.

God often reveals His identity and glory in those very places. He wants us to see His power and the essence of who He is. In the hard place we become more familiar with God.

If we lived a life without difficulty we would look for God less often.

Your hard place just might be the right place, in spite of how it feels. Our hard places are stepping stones to knowing God better, finding direction, and receiving blessings beyond what we can ask or think.  

The hard place may be a mystery right now. You may not see God right now. But take comfort in knowing that He is there. In the hardest and darkest place, the light of Jesus still shines bright.

Our pits, prisons, and fiery furnaces will not hold us forever. Eternal hardship is not the plan. At the appointed time, the God who sustains you on the inside, will bring you out. #Jesus

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Five Reasons Why I Know I Am Going To Be Okay

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Five Reasons Why I Know I Am Going To Be Okay

The act of waiting and trusting in God is a major issue in the Christian single world.  In Proverbs we find that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)  In other words deferment or postponement is hard.  While waiting, our hearts may become sick to the point where we wonder, “Am I going to be okay?  Will I get through this?” 

 

Well, the answer is a definite, “Yes!”  Let these words form and flow from your mouth right now.

“I am going to be okay. I will get through this!”

If you get weary or wane in your confidence, here are five reasons why you will be okay…no matter what you are going through.

 

God said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”  God’s exercise of power is greater than those that mock us, doubt us, or cause us to fear.  If God is for you, He is more than anything that may come against you.

God has never missed an appointment.  God told Abraham that at the appointed time He would return and Sarah shall have a son.  The Lord kept His appointment and according to the time of life, Sarah conceived and gave birth in her old age.  God is never too busy and He is never late.

We have new hope.  Our faith and obedience to God’s Word justifies us.  Because we are born again, made new again, and restored again, we are not without hope.  The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Ghost so that our hope makes us unashamed. (Romans 5:5)  The problems we face are small when compared to our access to God’s grace.

God provides in the wilderness.  The children of Israel had all they needed to survive the harshness of the wilderness.  Until they reached their promised land, God was their guide.  He provided food, clothing, protection, and His presence.  God’s provision in the wilderness is assurance that we are going to be okay.

This is not our first rodeo.  In other words, this is not my first time waiting for a blessing from God.  I remind myself that I had to trust God before and He kept me safe and delivered me in times of trouble.  We can better keep our composure and maintain our integrity if we have experienced the power of God in our life before.  No matter what is happening in my life today, I remember His blessings from yesterday.

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” – Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

In spite of the highs and lows of life…we will get through this!

 

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