Devotional by Lydia Kicker
So this past Christmas looked a little different for our family this year because our youngest found out about Santa. Although he was disappointed at first, the excitement leading into the Big Day did not wane. We love Christmas morning in our house, our three boys teem with anticipation and are chomping at the bit to try and rush down the stairs to the living room to check out their gifts set out by “Santa.” Yet, they still all knew they had to wait on Mom and Dad, who are the only ones allowed downstairs first. Once we were ready, the boys rushed the living room. They were beyond excited to see their gifts, knowing that they would get to see what they have been wanting and waiting to see for weeks leading up to this day.
I love seeing this anticipation in my boys on Christmas Day and I was so thrilled that despite different circumstances, this year was no different. Honestly, I believe our Heavenly Father desires this same anticipation in us when it comes to our expectation of God and what He can and will do in our lives. God has great things in store for each and every one of us and He has magnificent plans. But we have a part to play in this as well. We have to be expectant that those things and plans that God has for us are really going to happen in spite of the circumstances that we face. This means we have to bring our faith and expectation in this process of waiting between the promise and seeing the reality of that promise.
Devoted Conference is no exception to this. God wants to do something amazing this year at Devoted. Something new and fresh that He has never done before in years past. Devoted 2020 has never happened before but we have to come expecting God to do the unprecedented. I know that one of the many reasons that Devoted has the impact it has is because the unified expectation of the women is like none other. The women at Devoted know that God shows up, every year. His presence is real and tangible and God speaks so clearly. There is a refreshing move of God that takes place each year at Devoted that is unlike the year before.
So as we approach another Devoted just a few weeks away, what are you expecting God to do this year? What are you expecting from God? We often get from God what we expect of Him. Is it possible to take your faith to another level this year? Let’s come to Devoted believing for God to do something He has never done before. Let’s not expect just the same or even the ordinary. Let’s truly expect God to go above and beyond what even seems possible. Let’s expect the impossible. As daughters of the Most High, we can actually expect the impossible from God. He is in the business of doing the impossible but only in the atmosphere of great faith and expectation. God can do anything in this kind of atmosphere. So let’s do our part in preparing the atmosphere for God to move and bring our greatest faith and greatest expectation. There is nothing that God can’t do. Don’t limit God by bringing God down to our own level of limitations, but expect God to speak and to answer your heart’s desire.
Mark 10:27 NIV – “…With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God”.
Let’s make Devoted 2020 the year of the impossible by believing and expecting the impossible.