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“Commit your actions to the Lord,     and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 I grew up believing in my teen years that to be doing something for the kingdom of God, required me doing something (and I’m being completely honest here) huge and something that got people’s attention. I needed to be impacting the thousands and no less. I needed to have a huge platform, and to be ministering publicity on a consistent basis. Boy, was I  wrong. I look at my life now and realize that I’m still making an impact on this world, and just because it doesn’t…

Then the Lord called Samuel.Samuel answered, “Here I am.”And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 1 Samuel 3:4–5, NIV. Samuel, at this moment, did not know the voice of the Lord, but it is important to note that he had a spirit to listen. Samuel ran to Eli without hesitation because he was submitted to his authority. This story reminds me to have a willing-spirit and a servants-heart. It all began with “Here I am.” The voice of the…

“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). When reading the Bible, it is sometimes easy to skim right over a key phrase. It’s so familiar, we just hurry on past without stopping to consider the full meaning and how it might apply to our lives. When I read the above scripture, I paused and asked myself, “So how do I take up my cross daily? What does that really mean?” I’ve talked about the cross, read about the cross,…