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These are the questions that burned on the hearts of my readers this past year:

  • How do I know if that open door is from God?Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. woman standing in doorway looking out at bright sunny day, view from behind and below
  • What do I do when I feel stuck?
  • How do I move on from the pain inflicted by my father?
  • How do I trust God when I really don’t understand what’s going on? 
  • When will God give me a husband?

You asked. And I answered. And since my answers to YOUR questions represented my  top 5 most popular blogs in 2014, I’m running the links here in case you missed any of them.

Be encouraged…and share this blog with a friend who needs encouragement, too.

Cindi’s Top Five Blogs of 2014:

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shootforstarsHave you ever been told your dream is unrealistic or too far-fetched? Has anyone ever implied that you have been shooting too far above what you’re capable of or what’s possible?

I, too, once thought Who am I to think God would have something big planned for me? But God knows the desires of our hearts. And if there’s a big dream on our hearts, it’s very possible that a Big God put it there and plans to hand it to you to remind you just how big He is.

Jesus said, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23) and “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it and nothing will be too much for you” (Mark 11:22, The Message).

God wants to do through you what is beyond you. That’s how He gets the glory for amazing things you can accomplish with your life. But here’s the key: It doesn’t take an amazing person to accomplish amazing things. All it takes is faith in an amazing God who can accomplish the impossible.

If God is laying a big dream on your heart, here’s how you can recognize it and be prepared to move when God says “go.” read more

Are you struggling to know if an open door is from God?

Just because an opportunity presents itself, doesn’t necessarily mean it is heaven sent. woman standing in open door

In last week’s blog, I talked about the faith and courage to walk through the door that God is holding open for you. But one of my readers asked how you can tell if God is the one opening the door. It’s a great question and one worth considering.

Sharing from my experience, and principles from God’s Word, here are three ways to tell if that  open door really is from God:

1. The Door that God Opens will Never Contradict His more

open door to skyAre you willing to walk through that open door?

Life is full of uncertainty.  But life is also full of doors that God swings wide open for us to walk through …if we would just trust Him.

The older I get, the more I realize that God wants my faith to be extraordinary….not a faith that follows Him as long as I can see exactly where that open door or path leads. In fact, that isn’t faith at all. That is simply following directions. Yet, many times, God’s “direction” is as sketchy as “Go (from all that is familiar to you) to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).

We all want to grow in our faith, experience God at work, and live our purpose before Him. But I wonder how many times He gentlemanly opens the door for us and we stand there, stare into the dark void, and say “Uh, no thank you…..I can’t see where that leads.”

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