Thinking BIG

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8

I decided to stay on Nehemiah 2:1-8 for a second day because of the inspiring example Nehemiah provides for us when it comes to thinking about our future and acting on our faith. Nehemiah was a domestic servant to a powerful, foreign king. By all appearances, he wasn't in a position to be able to do much for God. Yet when he learned of the dilapidated conditions in Jerusalem--an enormous problem in a place where Nehemiah didn't live and wasn't even free to visit--he didn't let his circumstances limit or constrain his thinking about how he could impact the situation.

Nehemiah was focused on and dedicated to God, which resulted in Nehemiah having God-sized dreams and goals. Who would have ever thought that a lowly wine server to King Artaxerxes would be allowed to leave his servant post to return to his homeland where he would not only materially rebuild a city, but bolster and reorganize its waning Jewish community? Nehemiah's story is real life proof that nothing is impossible--with God. All too often, we allow our circumstances to get in our heads and limit our thinking instead of thinking BIG with and for God.

Thank you, God, for giving us Nehemiah's story to inspire us to never stop seeking after You and dreaming about and pursuing God-sized goals!

Would you say you're a "BIG thinker" when it comes to serving God? What things hold you back from dreaming BIG? What encouraged you the most from Nehemiah's example, and why? Tami

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Nehemiah was bound by his circumstances. He didn't put limitations on himself because of them. Nehemiah is a great illustration that I can accomplish BIG things too! I need to push forward and get out of my own head and stop seeing obstacles in my way as limitations!

Thanks Tami for hanging out here one more day!

Am I a big thinker? No,sorry to say!
What holds me back? I am only looking at my inadequacy and not at God's Almighty power! Shame on me for not trusting Him more!!

What encouraged me the most about Nehemiah's example was
he sought the Lord whom he called God of Heaven in prayer and fasting.
Because while his body was shaking, he had an unshakable faith in God!
And in verse 8 " And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me."

Nehemiah knew it was God in all the details!!

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