More Than We Can Ask

by | Jan 28, 2016 | personal journey

Two days into my new job and I can already see it.

And I’m thankful. After applying for 37 jobs in the last six months with no tangible results, I had given up putting myself out there. I believed God would guide me to the job He wanted me to have, if He wanted me to have one at all. So, after so many closed doors, I began to believe I wasn’t supposed to work outside our home.

I’ll pause right here and share I was perfectly okay with that. I was content being home taking care of my family, and my Mary Kay business. I was altogether thrilled writing each day. Working on my book. Meeting friends for coffee and lunch. Doing what I could to bless others.

So, when the door flung wide-open for this job, it wasn’t something I was expecting. It wasn’t a part of my plan.

But it was a part of God’s plan.

Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 VOICE

To write I’m thankful today doesn’t begin to explain how my heart is bursting with appreciation. Appreciation for the job, yes. But even more for seeing God’s power at work.

He can do more than we ask or imagine

He can do more than we ever could ask or imagine.

And yet, why do I sometimes limit what my God can and will do?

Why do I pray, yet sometimes question, “Will He answer?”

Why do I sometimes put God in a box, and set that box on a shelf?

And, why do I doubt, wonder, ponder, and question Him at times?

I know better. Really, I do. You’d think after experiencing God and His power at work, time and time again, I would stop these silly habits. You’d think by now I would have matured enough in my faith to be strong in it.

I try. Really I do. But it’s only through God’s power within me that my faith even exists in the first place. So, even though my faith might be flawed, my God is not.

Just in case you may be a bit like me, and just in case your faith is a bit flawed like mine, may I remind you (and me too)…

God isn’t dependent on what we do or don’t do.

God isn’t dependent on the quality or size of our faith.

Yes, God can do so much more than we can ask or imagine. And when He does, I find it simply amazing. I find it humbling. I find it can bring me to my knees in thankfulness and awe.

Friend, what can you thank God for today? Where have you seen His power in your life? How has He shown you He can do much more than you ask or imagine? I’d enjoy reading your thoughts below.

So, back to my job. Yes, I see God’s work already in just two days. I look forward to watching God do more than I can ask or imagine in the days to come.

Father God, remind us today of your great faithfulness. Open our eyes so we may see your power at work in our lives. Continue to grow our faith into something great for you. May what we think, do, and say give you glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Blessings,

Julie

 

 

Linking this post with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday. When you visit, you’ll be encouraged.

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12 Comments

  1. Michele Morin

    I love reading here about how God is giving you a front row seat to witness His power and glory. Amazing how we see it in the mundane provision for our little needs!
    Blessings, Julie!

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Amen, Michele! So pleased you stopped by for a few minutes today. It’s always a gift to have you here. Much love to you!

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  2. Kelly Johnson

    I also am amazed that I continue to be amazed! 🙂 After all these years, I wonder if God is amused by my surprise when He comes through once again and answers my prayer in a way that is better than I could have ever imagined. Loved your post and congratulations on the new job. Blessed by your writing, sister! Stopping by from #LiveFreeThursday

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Kelly! Thank you for stopping over and for sharing here. I appreciate you and your words! Yes, you have a good point… I am amazed that I continue to be amazed! Love that! Many blessings to you today.

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  3. kristine

    Julie, I cannot tell you how much I needed to read this today. First of all, congratulations on the new job! That’s fantastic! And like you said, even more so because it reveals God at work in your life. He doesn’t need my help, yet how often I forget that. Thank you for the reminder:)

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Kristine. I want to be home writing, but God is calling me for this time to be somewhere else. I’m excited for His will. I’m reminding myself often He doesn’t need my help, but I sure want to be obedient to what He’s telling me to do. Glad you stopped in today. Always a pleasure!

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  4. Tara

    God is amazing like that! 🙂

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  5. Crystal S. Hornback

    Love today’s words, Julie! I can so relate to this, “Why do I sometimes put God in a box, and set that box on a shelf?” ARGH! Why DO we do this?!?! I get so frustrating with myself when I allow myself to do this. And then, one day, I glance over to the shelf and LIGHTBULB! Goodness! Thank you for the reminder and encouragement today! #livefreeThursday

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Crystal! It’s good to share live together, isn’t it?? Yep, I’m with you in the shelf-setting. Ridiculous, I know. I pray God continues to teach us and mold us to be the women He desires us to be. Thanks for blessing me by your presence here! Bless you.

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  6. Leigh Ellen

    Julie, I am so happy for you! God is amazing! Praying He continues to bless you beyond measure in your new adventure. I know those around you will be blessed by your presence!

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    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Leigh Ellen! Your words encourage me, and I appreciate your prayers. Blessings to you!

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