KellyRBaker | Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God series | What would it have been like to have experienced the miraculous power of God firsthand like Moses, Elijah, or Peter? To have walked in their sandals would be mind-blowing. God’s miracles flowing through them had become a way of life. You and I serve the same God. Could such an astonishing way of life be what God desires for us?

Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God

What would it have been like to have experienced the miraculous power of God firsthand like Moses, Elijah, or Peter? To have walked in their sandals would be mind-blowing. God’s miracles flowing through them had become a way of life.

You and I serve the same God. Could such an astonishing way of life be what God desires for us?

I Had the Audacity

I don’t remember the details of one early morning a few years ago, but I had stolen away to the farthest part of the house to seek God in solitude. A fresh desire was stirring in my spirit–or maybe He was stirring my spirit to break out of religiously going through the motions in my walk with Him.

I hadn’t mustered the courage to pray my thoughts from the day before, but the stirring pressed stronger in the 24 hours that had passed. In quiet trepidation, I whispered a daring request of God, “I want You to be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in my life.” I was afraid He would answer it and call me to a radical, unknown territory.

What do I mean?

It reminds me of the encounter Moses had when he turned to see the unbelievable burning bush that was not consumed in Exodus 3. When appearing through that bush, God announced He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He declared it a few times in that extraordinary exchange. It seems that He was reminding Moses: you’ve heard the stories of what I did with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now it’s your turn. He called Moses to demand the release of God’s enslaved people from Pharaoh. That was radical, unknown territory for Moses.

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Grandma Knows a Secret

My grandma recently visited us for two months. During her stay, she shared many stories from her long life that showed she has lived (and still is living) a life of God’s power. You know what caught my attention? She kept saying the word miracle. There were miracles in every area.

KellyRBaker | Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God series | What would it have been like to have experienced the miraculous power of God firsthand like Moses, Elijah, or Peter? To have walked in their sandals would be mind-blowing. God’s miracles flowing through them had become a way of life. You and I serve the same God. Could such an astonishing way of life be what God desires for us?

Health. Her young son had large lumps covering his body. She brought him to the doctor. The x-ray showed Tuberculosis. Grandma was nonchalant. The physician was surprised and conveyed that he thought she would be torn up about it. She replied, “I know God’s going to take care of it.” When they returned the following week for new x-rays it was gone!

She’s been healed of cancer twice. Each time she “knew God was going to take care of it!” She shared many other miracles she witnessed.

Financial. My grandpa was in the military. Grandma said she didn’t know how they’d make it from month to month with three kids. One night she was at a church service when she felt God spoke to her to give $100. She went to the minister and said, “I’m giving you $100. I don’t have it, but take my word for it. God will provide.” Within the next few days, the Red Cross called her. Surprised, she said, “I’ve never called you. Why did you call me?” They found my grandpa’s name on some paperwork, and after looking into their dire circumstances they increased his funds on the spot. She had the money then to give in the offering and then more to cover bills.

Protection. While driving up a mountain one day, she swerved to miss an oncoming truck that was over the yellow line. She swerved into a pothole, causing her car to hit the embankment and spin completely around only to hit and spin four other times. On every spin, she cried, “God, help me!” Finally, her car stopped a couple of feet short of the river. Although her car was in bad shape, she didn’t have a bruise.

One huge takeaway from this is apparently, she knows a secret. Could trusting God be the key? It was never of her own effort that these miracles took place. She simply believed in God’s power.

The Possibility for Us

Through these testimonies and much more, God began awakening the dormant desire within me. He’s stirring a renewal of my brave prayer—although it’s scary. The devil wants me to think I’m walking into a door of uncertainty, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

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God is the original source of power. He is powerful with His every breath. From the first recorded second He spoke His power is displayed through His magnificent creation. What a mighty God we serve!

This month Julie Loos of Unmasking the Mess, David Miller of Life Letter Cafe, and Horace Williams Jr. of Pleasing to the Potter will join us for this new series on the power of God. Through the encouragement of biblical accounts and the testimonies of others, we will venture into this exhilarating territory. We will explore the reachable possibility of experiencing God’s miraculous power in and through our lives, even if it is indeed frightening. I pray our fear of God will supersede any natural fear or fear of man.


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Don’t miss the other great posts in the Power of God series:

  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

And coming soon:

  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within
Thriving in Grace and Joy | KellyRBaker.com | God gives us a healthy dose of grace to help us move forward during sanctification instead of becoming discouraged. Joy is good medicine.

Thriving in Grace and Joy

Have you ever gotten discouraged after finding out someone’s negative opinion of you? God sees us as a work in progress whether people do or not, but some days I have wanted to crawl into a hole never to emerge. On second thought, I change it to “banishing” myself to a secluded self-sustaining farm…near the beach. What about my family? Oh, right. One of my family members is what got me started on this subject. Let me tell you a story…

“Mama, I’m a tiger,” my then three-year-old son declared one Sunday morning while clutching his tiny, stuffed tiger, Stripers. He loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and sometimes would play in that land of make-believe, complete with Tigie’s clone, Stripers.

But it was what he said next that surprised me. “Mama, you’re not a mama-tiger, you’re a dinosaur.” I laughed along with the rest of us as he continued to declare other family members as the animal he viewed them. He said his baby sister was a sheep, and his Daddy was a zebra. (My husband, Justin’s salt and pepper hair comes to mind. Hah!) He named almost all of his family members, giving us all a good chuckle before church.

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I can’t believe I’m about to tell you this. Later, while pondering my son’s choice of animal for me, I recalled a recent memory. I caught my reflection in the bathroom mirror while my son wreaked havoc as he “washed” his hands. It was dinosaur-like—as in angry dinosaur. I can only imagine you’re picturing me with this ridiculous face. I looked comical enough to dispel some of the anger I was feeling at the time.

God knew I had been trying to love my son during his year-long potty training stubbornness instead of getting impatient with him. I had been trying to make a practice of putting off anger; change was slow coming. I mean, my son said I was a dinosaur. I told my friends I was convinced God had given this kid to me for my sanctification. Seriously, though, I didn’t want the prolonged transformation of sanctification to dip me into discouragement.

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Discouragement can stop the course of spiritual growth in us as much as anything. I think it’s good to allow God to bring change to our hearts as we apply the Word, but He also gives us a healthy dose of grace. God is ever merciful.

Proverbs 17:22 NASB A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

The Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon refers to the word “broken” from Proverbs 17:22 as an afflicted, sad spirit. I love how the KJV says a “merry” heart. A merry heart keeps us from getting discouraged.

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During the interim of stretched patience, I realized I had made a negative impression on my son, but it didn’t have to be lasting. I decided the next time I was tempted to lose my cool with him, it was better to remember my ludicrous, roaring expression as a way to move forward. I could give myself grace, put off anger, and flip the hand-washing-drudgery into fun. I could play one of our favorite invented song games with him instead of roaring out commands.

Since my son likes animals so much, we pretend to be a different animal while singing the alphabet song as we wash his hands. One day he asked me to be a fox. It is hilarious when we pretend to be the stealthy, sly fox singing the alphabet. I don’t think we have ever gotten through the entire alphabet without busting a gut.

I’m not trying to say to laugh at our sin, or refuse to deal with it. I’m not suggesting to wink at our weaknesses, or “frustrate the grace of God.” I’m telling you today that we can give ourselves grace and move forward in the joy of the Lord while God’s preparing His spotless Church to meet Him one day at His coming (Ephesians 5:27).

That, to me, is thriving.

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Comedy DVD Giveaway

In honor of this message, I’m hosting a giveaway of Christian comedian Tim Hawkins newest DVD, Just About Enough. My husband and I had to sell our tickets to a local show of his when I was near the due date with baby number four last. I have precipitous labor, and I was concerned I wouldn’t have made it to the hospital in time. (As a matter of fact, she was my fastest. 1 hour, 41 minute labor. We were only in the hospital room 9 MINUTES before she was born. Adrenaline rush, anyone?) So I thought it would be fun to have this giveaway because that means that my husband had to buy me the DVD to “preview the giveaway package.” Don’t worry, the winner will receive an unopened one.

Giveaway Dates

Tuesday, March 7 – Sunday, March 19 (Winner will be contacted Monday, March 20)

How to Enter 

(1) To win a copy of Tim Hawkins’ Just About Enough DVD, do one or more of the following, and then

(2) leave a comment below designating which action you took:

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The Need to Stay Spiritually Nourished: Nurturing Your Walk with God | Spending time with God each day | Growing spiritually | Why it's important to stay spiritually nourished | New Beginnings Bible Study

The Need to Stay Spiritually Nourished: Nurturing Your Walk with God

One day I was lamenting that I had called myself a follower of Jesus for many years, but I didn’t see in myself what I saw in other women of God. Those women from church knew God. They knew how to respond to their problems. I didn’t. They were consistently seeking Him daily. I wasn’t. Like them, I wanted to minister in my specific calling; I wasn’t ready.

They would talk excitedly about the Word or how God used them or what God had recently showed them. Most of the time I didn’t understand what they meant, but there may have been a time or two I nodded an emphatic, “Amen” anyway. 😉

I was on my knees across from a line of items I deemed necessary during this face-to-face with my heart: my journal, my Bible, my pen, and—a box of tissues. The desires in my heart were spilling over into tears.

I coveted spiritual growth. This deep-seated desire instilled a determination to grow in my walk with God. I suddenly realized God wanted that for me, too!

That day on the carpet was a pivotal moment of “putting my hand to the plow and not looking back” (Luke 9:62).

God wants us to grow spiritually. He longs for us to come to Him daily. He looks forward to it. 

Why is it important to stay spiritually nourished?

The word nourish is defined as “to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.” Our spirit man needs “spiritual food” the same way our physical body needs proper nourishment. Staying spiritually nourished is critical for everyone who follows Him.

It’s important to stay spiritually nourished in order to stay on God’s route and be closer to Him. We grow spiritually and enjoy His presence. We become stronger when we “put” the Word into our hearts daily. Our “old man” has fleshly desires and a tendency to do wrong, but a sturdy spirit helps to sustain our soul and emotions. When we make a daily appointment with God a priority, we will be strong enough to withstand temptation and be victorious over the attacks of the devil. I want to see you grow in the Lord!

My mom has loved popcorn ever since I can remember. She made microwave popcorn frequently for family nights or watching a movie at home. But now? There’s no way you could convince her to make or eat microwave popcorn. Why? Because now every Sunday evening my mom pops popcorn in a pan on the stove. She uses her non-GMO popping corn, coconut oil, pastured butter, and Celtic sea salt. She’s “seen the light” healthwise, and her tastebuds aren’t letting her go back!

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread | Staying spiritually nourished in our walk with GodWhen we are listening to a teaching or sermon, it goes right into our spirit man—and that can be good. I relate that to eating a prepackaged meal, just like microwave popcorn. But when you go through a Bible study, or even study a subject in the Bible for yourself, it’s like cooking and eating a homemade meal. In other words, the ingredients to a recipe could be related to scriptures that are for a particular teaching or subject.

Jesus referred to Himself as the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and we know Him to be the Word (John 1:14). Jesus is our Daily Bread! Eating daily bread is studying or “putting” the Word into our hearts daily. Jesus said to ask the Father for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). I encourage you to come to the Lord every day and “taste and see that He is good” (Psalm 34:8).

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For the rest of this month we are going to continue talking about staying nourished and thriving in our walk with God, but first I have a giveaway for you lovely friends!

GIVEAWAY

New Beginnings | Bible Study | HelloMornings | Lessons on new mercies and God's goodness

HelloMornings newest Bible study is out, and I’m lucky to be one of the authors! 

When we become a believer we become born again. God delights in spiritual new beginnings. He’s in the business of making all things new. Even a new start in the natural realm can have spiritual significance.

New Beginnings is a six-week study looking at the fresh starts of ten characters in the Bible. The traits of God’s heart are highlighted through these stories, and we are reminded of His goodness in our lives.

Whether you have a few minutes or an hour each day, New Beginnings will help you partake of some good, solid “spiritual food.” Included in the book:

  • learn to study scripture
  • insightful commentary
  • includes new HelloMornings worksheet
  • action steps
  • formatted to fit your schedule 5-30+ minutes

I’m giving away 3 copies of the full study! Winners may opt to receive the full study plus daily audios and emails of the study for women on the go. (Men can always gift the study to a female.)

***For the first time ever, we are thrilled to offer a paperback version on Amazon—a new beginning for HelloMornings’ studies! Get the gorgeous 82 page workbook with all the commentary here.***

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How to Enter the Giveaway

(1) Do one or more of the following, and then
(2) leave a comment below designating which action you took:

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  • Like my Facebook Page – 3 entries
  • Vote for me in the Fear Fighting Writer’s Contest (vote 45 in comment box) – 5 entries
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If you previously did one of the last 3, leave a comment designating which one to count for entering. Entries accepted until noon Sunday. Winners will be announced right here this Sunday evening since the online groups are starting this Monday, February 13.


*** CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: Susie Cantrell, Kathy, and Sarah Geringer! *** Thank you to everyone who entered! Winners must private message or email me by 7 pm 2/13 to claim their prize. Otherwise the prize will pass to another contestant. 


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