Being Available to God | Part 2

As I mentioned in the last Being Available to God post (which you can read here), God has been doing BIG things in my life. The key to God doing what He wants in my life is being available to God—making myself available. Of course, I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Here I am. God use me.” I didn’t just clear my schedule and wait for God to show up.

Rather, the steps toward my availability were a work-in-progress. They started on the day I was six months pregnant and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I like to look at that as Day One.

In those nineteen years from then to now, I’ve learned a lot.

#1 The first thing I learned about being available to God is sometimes being available means stepping away from status quo. For me, that meant moving a thousand miles away—seriously, a thousand miles.

You see, after I gave my heart to the Lord, I birthed a beautiful son. Not too long later, God gave me an amazing, Christian husband and two more children. Then He asked us to move . . . (in a roundabout way).

First, God put us into a community of like-minded people. Our friends longed for simple lives away from the hurry and worry in California.

File:Flag of Montana.svgNext, He placed a desire in our hearts to raise our children in a better place—namely, Montana. We’d talked about it with our friends, dreamt about it, and hoped that someday it would come true. 

Then we decided to pray. My husband and I got on our knees and prayed that IF it was God’s desire He would make it clear. John had just graduated from college, and I was raising three small children under the age of five.

We knew we’d be leaving our families, leaving our friends, and leaving everything we knew. We had no jobs in Montana and no money to move; in fact we’d never even been there before! Still, we had a desire, one we couldn’t shake.

At the time, my husband sold computers on commission in a small store. He’d usually sell one to two a week. He went to work the next day after our joint prayer and sold eleven computers! It was enough to pay our current bills and enough to move and live on. It was the confirmation we’d been looking for.

So we did it. We packed up our three kids and moved. Our families thought we were crazy. They were sure we were joining a commune or something. We saw Kalispell for the first time as we drove in with our stuff. Within one week we were renting a house. Within three weeks, my husband had a far better job than he had in California. Within six months we’d purchased our first house. Within one year we were plugged into an amazing church and ministering to children in ways we’d always dreamed of.


Kalispell, Montana (image via Kalispell.com) 
That was lesson #1. We serve a BIG God with BIG dreams.

You have to believe this. If you don’t believe in a BIG God with BIG dreams, there’s no use being available. But when you trust that fact—trust God completely and trust His dreams—THEN you can also trust Him to lead you to the right path.

Seeing God at work, seeing what He did with our lives when we were available made me hungry for more. I wanted to experience God at work like that again.

Henry and Mel Blackaby say, “Watching the activity of God from a distance can never compare with the thrill of being full involved in the Spirit’s active work.”

You have to want God, not want to work for Him or simply learn about Him. You have to want Him. You have to have a desire to experience Him at work in your life. You have to be hungry for what only He can give—a hope and a future.

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Being Available to God part 2

continued…read part 1 here!

It was during my time in Montana that I really started seeking God. And amazingly, the thing that helped me connect with Him the most was realizing who I was in His eyes.

This happened through a Bible Study that I attended. It was a Bible Study for women who’d had abortions. It was through that study I realized that no matter what I’d done in the past, God saw me as forgiven. He saw me as a beautiful child. He had good plans for me. Plans to give me a hope and a future.

Through personal Bible study, God showed me the flawed people that He used for His glory. For example, King David was a nobody before God made Him a somebody. And even when David was a somebody, He committed sins that would make anybody cringe: adultery and murder just to name two. Yet God called David, “The apple of His eye” and “A man after His own heart.” Why? Because King David made himself available to God—to fight God’s enemies and lead God’s people. To worship God no matter what anyone else thought.

Even at the end of his life, David gave God glory for every good things that had happened to him.

In 2 Samuel 23:5, we read, “It is my family God has chosen! Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is eternal, final, sealed. He will constantly look after my safety and success.”

I love that. We need to see God as He sees us: eternal, final, and sealed.

And when need to completely trust in what He can do . . . to quote this verse again. “He will constantly look after my safety and success.”

But these plans aren’t for David alone. In Isaiah 55:3, The Message Translation, we read:

“Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.”

We are only available to God, when we trust Him completely. When we trust in His sure, solid, and enduring love.

Can you trust Him like that? Can you know that whatever God asks you to do is the natural outflow from his sure, solid and enduring love?

We need to know that whatever He asks us to do, He has us covered.

2 Corinthians 12:9 reads,
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

To be available to God, you must trust Him. Trust He is:

A BIG God with BIG dreams.
A God who has made an agreement with you that is eternal, final, and sealed.
A God who will constantly look after your safety and success.
A God who will be strong in your weakness.



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  1. Absolutely beautiful, and so true! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. First things first, your picture in the header screams JOY. I adore that shot. I really do. Beautiful.

    Which leads me to your words…also beautiful.

    I’m so glad I found you following me on Twitter tonight. : )

    I will be back.

    –Kristen

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