Why We Can Believe In Miracles

This one is adapted from the archives with a Christmas video added at the end of the post that I think you’ll enjoy…

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense. Ann Voskamp

Believe - Finding The InspiringWe want to believe in miracles. Especially at Christmastime and, really, at all times.

But sometimes life makes it hard.

Like frozen ice hard.

And as a winter storm turns liquid to solid, pain can turn a heart cold.

Suddenly, pulsing flesh can feel like a cocoon of crystallized tears.

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And, yes, we could let the hurts of this hurting world overcome us. Let all that bends us break us.

But this is not who we are.

“We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

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We are believers.

We may be fragile, but we are faith-filled.

Even when that faith seems more like a toothpick than an ice pick, and we wonder if we will ever be able to touch the tender petals of hope again.

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We keep believing because Jesus gives us reason to believe.

His star, still guiding us through the darkest winters of our souls, birthing faith in us before life makes sense.

The wise men had it. So did Mary and Joseph. And so do we.

Faith. This gift from God. Evidence of things not seen.

This is the miracle that melts away all doubt.

There will be a springtime. There will come a thaw. And, as we wait, we sing.

Our praises wrapped in warm breath, like angels wings, rising to heaven in frost-covered air.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

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Oh, Light of the World, shine on us today. Whatever the situation, help us to draw near to you. Let us rest in your presence. The place where all miracles begin.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. This year, the chorus has taken on new meaning and has become my prayer. Maybe it’s yours too?

Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven

Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy

Breath of Heaven…

Be blessed –

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over!

“Come on! You can do it!” That’s me. Shouting at the television screen again.

My husband shakes his head and grins, marveling at my naivete.

I grin back and remind him that “It’s not over ’til it’s over.”

You see, I’m one of those people who believes that an underdog team can come back to win. Even if it’s in the last few seconds of the game. Even if it looks hopeless.

Because, no matter what the odds are, miracles DO happen!

And I wonder why this sort of optimism and confidence is so hard to consistently apply to my own life.

After all, I believe the promises. I do. I read the scriptures and see where Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead and walked on water and I know I can put my trust in the Maker of Miracles.

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9a

But if I’m not careful, I start focusing on my imperfections instead of His perfection. Seeing my weakness instead of His strength. And, before you know it, I’m fearing the wind and sinking in waves of insecurity.

Just like Peter. The ultimate underdog. The disciple who was as famous for his bold faith as he was for his epic failures.

Once known as Simon, it was Jesus himself who changed his name to Peter, meaning “Rock”.  When Jesus declared, “On this rock I will build my church,” it was an acknowledgment of Peter’s extraordinary faith. Wow!

However, even though he was the only one of the disciples who was courageous enough to get out of the boat and attempt walking on the water, he was overwhelmed by the storm and his bold burst of faith was soon drowning in a downpour of fear.

Peter certainly knew the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. His story is full of ups and downs, just like ours. But, the thing is, he never gave up. He was quick to repent of his sins and learn from his mistakes. He pressed on. He persevered.

Maybe that’s because he had walked with Jesus. He wasn’t perfect but, each and every time he stumbled, he stumbled into grace. So he kept going. And he kept growing.

Compassion cultivates confidence. When someone else believes in us, we find it easier to believe in ourselves. And we don’t worry so much about our own sufficiency when we know that HIS grace IS sufficient. Like Peter, we just keep going because we know that God will never give up on us.

So let’s not give up on ourselves. After all, “If God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b)”

He is able to coach us all the way to victory. And when we listen close, we can hear the roar of the crowd, all of heaven cheering us on. How can we not join the rallying cry of all the saints who have gone before us?

Say it with me…
“It’s not over ’til it’s over!”
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

Drew Brees and His Son After the Super Bowl

You would be hard pressed to find an image more moving than that of the Superbowl MVP sharing the biggest moment of his career with his son. Read more about the emotional New Orleans win: Drew Brees and His Son After the Super Bowl – Best Moment of the Big Game? – ParentDish.

Perhaps one reason the Saints had so many fans going into the game is the fact that people love an underdog. It’s great to think that a team can come out of the shadows, having never enjoyed a Superbowl win in their entire franchise history, and not only get there but command a decisive win over their opponent.

Drew Brees has also been an inspirational icon for his team as well as his city throughout the season. Seeing him in the chaotic aftermath of the Superbowl win on Sunday as he held his son, it was clear he was wanting to capture that experience and share it with his little boy. He was somehow able to be “in the moment” and, by doing so, he captured the hearts of everyone watching, allowing us a glimpse into what can happen when we believe in miracles.