Women’s Devotion | February 2019

Just Ask!

Have you ever asked your family, “What do you want for your birthday?” Or, “What do you want for Christmas?” If you are like me, you can imagine them opening the gift…hearing your heart race with anticipation…then feeling emotions of love, hope, and goodness overwhelming your soul in an instant. That’s good stuff, right? Maybe that’s just how I imagine it.

 

Whether or not we serve Christ has no bearing on the innate desire to make others feel happy and loved. It’s in our DNA. Genesis tells us that we are created in the image of God so it’s who we’re created to be. It’s how we reflect the image of a loving, generous, and giving Father. Luke 11:13 NIV states, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” If we just ASK HIM!

 

Jesus teaches us that if we just ask, the Father will do big things: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV

 

Just as we love to give gifts to those closest to us, our Father loves to give us the desires of our heart. He longs to fulfill our dreams (those things he has planted in our heart). He wants us to live our life to the fullest bringing all glory back to Him. As Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP says, “He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]–yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.”

 

So, I ask you:

What are your dreams?

What are you living for?

What makes you happiest and gives you a feeling of fulfillment?

Is it too late to pursue the greatness God has designed for you?

 

Before you answer, give me a moment to share with you a part of my journey. A year ago, a friend asked me these same questions. I found myself miserable, hating the monotony of getting up every morning doing the same routines, going to the same job, and seeing the same people and feeling like my life’s efforts were unproductive. My life was not bad. As a matter of fact, anyone looking would have seen three beautiful kids, a loving husband, and a good job, but something was missing. Something I had lost along the way. I had become complacent and numb. Somehow, along this thing called “life,” I had forgotten what it meant to live…I mean really, LIVE.

 

Who am I?

Where was I going?

What would my life look like in 5 years?

 

These questions tucked me into bed at night and woke me up each morning. Sure, there were moments of reprieve, but these questions always found their way back to haunt me. Don’t get me wrong. These are not bad questions. As a matter of fact, I now love these questions. God uses them to bring hope and inspire dreams, but in the enemy’s hands and without an answer, they became a tool used to abuse. I knew this wasn’t what my Father wanted. He is loving, kind, and generous, so how could I get from this place to where He intends? It seemed like an impossible task and I didn’t have the answers. “Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

 

I began to refocus my attention back to the Father. Trust me when I say that this is harder than it sounds. It required a determination and a resolve that I did not know lived in me and ultimately depended on His Spirit carrying through.

 

I found myself praying:

“Father, I’m a mess. I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know what my dreams are. I don’t even know what I should be praying for. Help me to rediscover the dreams that you placed in me some 16 years ago. Let me not forget the deep and hidden things inside of me that no one else knows but You. I want to make a difference and to be a world changer.” I would love to tell you that immediately the answers came rushing in like a flash flood, but then I would be lying. God did, however, meet me at that very place and we began walking a very uncomfortable journey over the next year.

 

As I pursued Him intently, His Holy Spirit began to stir up the giftings and passions I lost. He reminded me of the gifts that He placed in my life to make an impact in His Kingdom. Slowly, but surely, He began to reveal my purpose again as I aligned my desires with His design. You see, Father loves you and longs to give you good things.

 

1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” The Father wants us to live ‘life on purpose.” He wants to make those dreams that he has planted within our hearts come true and for us to live our best life now. He wants us to find fulfillment in our work, our hobbies, and in people. It brings Him honor.

 

John 10:10 NLT says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” The enemy says, “You’ll never be happy. You will work this dead-end job until you are dead in the ground.” He kills and destroys our hopes and dreams. Father wants us to dream again. Dreaming gives us hope and hope fuels us to live in fullness.

 

So, I ask you again:

What are your dreams?

What are you living for?

What makes you happiest and gives you a feeling of fulfillment?

Is it too late to pursue the greatness that God has designed for you?

 

I say, it’s not too late! If you are struggling with the process or journey, begin writing daily in a journal the things that you want God to do in you, your spouse, your kids, your job, and your finances. You are not selfish in asking Father these things. Remember you are His daughter and He loves for His baby girl to crawl up into His lap and tell Him what you dream for (I know you will use the blessings of our Father for good and to benefit His kingdom. You are His, you share His heart and if you are in His lap, you can hear His heartbeat).

 

But first, you must know exactly what you want.

Spend time away from social media, away from the TV, away from life sucking people.

Get alone with Father and ask him to reveal the deep and hidden things you know are there but scared to voice for fear of what it might take to achieve them.

Don’t hold back. Remember your Father hung the moon and stars!

 

Several times and on several occasions, I have been in prayer and heard Father ask me, “What do you want?” I was like, “Lord, you know what I want. I want what you want.”

He asked me again. “What do you want?” I said, “Lord, why are you asking me what I want?” He said, “Because I want to make your dreams come true.” I believe this is the conversation that He wants to have with you. This is where I began writing down the goals for my future every day. Not just for today, but 5 and 10 years from now.

 

There were days that I felt down, depressed, in the dumps and wondered “what’s the use?” I had to press through those feelings and put them aside, and you will too.

As you do, you will find your faith will increase and you will began believing in yourself again. You will begin making decisions that point to those dreams. Little by little miracles will begin to happen. All because you believe.

 

Depression’s influence will be destroyed.

Health will be healed.

Fear will flee.

Anxiety will be abolished.

 

I was at the point in my life where, what I was doing was not working. I was depressed, my blood pressure was elevating. I was battling fear and depression. I had convinced myself to go back on medication for anxiety just so I could cope with life. It seemed like that was the only option. As I wrote my dreams, I also searched the Scripture and searched my heart and began praying, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord my strength and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Lord, Renew my mind. Let me think on things that are just, and noble, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). Change the way I think about myself, and others, and you. I need a change Lord. Help Me, Help Me!”

 

Slowly I began to see changes in myself and the Holy Spirit began a new journey that is still leading me in my destiny. I may not have seen everything from my journal achieved, but I have become much more fulfilled and happier. I walk in freedom from anxiety and depression, and my blood pressure is back down. I have put my hopes, dreams, and desires back onto my Father and He is leading me on an unforgettable journey.

 

I leave you with this. Revelation 3:7 NLT, “This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open.”

 

Trust the Father and believe in yourself.

Reach for the Stars and never count yourself out.

Believe in the assignment He has for you.

Discover it by discovering Him all over again.

 

You will get there if you strive to be better today than you were yesterday.

You will grow leaps and bounds by the end of 2019.

 

I believe it!

I believe in our Father, and I believe in you!

 


 

Kimberly Kea has been in ministry with her husband, Zac, for 16 years. They pastor Living Waters Church in Metter, Georgia where she leads worship. They have ministered there for 7 years.

Kim has a B.S degree in Early Childhood Education and teaches in Candler County at the Metter Elementary School. They have 3 amazing children: Logan 13, Keslie 10, and Chance 7. She is a loving wife, mother, and daughter of the King. Kim says, “I’m a small-town girl with God sized dreams. With Him, I can and will achieve everything He has assigned me to do.” John 17:4 (The Message) “I glorified you on earth, by completing down to the last detail, what you assigned me to do.”