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Begin Again

"Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” Zechariah 4:7 (ESV)

Recently, while cleaning out my garage, I happened across a 30-gallon storage tub. It was filled with items bought with good intent and excitement for projects and ideas now seemingly abandoned. Left in the giant sea of things I never finished! It got me thinking ... what else in my life have I ignored and left unfinished? What happens in the gap between exuberance and disinterest?

Lately, I feel like God has repeatedly tried to resurrect something in my heart He placed there long ago. He wants me to accomplish that which has remained unfinished.

I'm sure that happens to many of us. Sometimes, we don't know how we could possibly begin again. We make declarations and rationalizations about how busy we are or that maybe we would get to it later — at a more convenient time.

When God gives us something to do, He always gives us the enabling grace to do it, regardless of how daunting the task may seem. God's Grace, that wonderful enabling Grace, will help us get through it with a spirit of ease, causing dreams to manifest and come to pass.

God doesn't change his mind. His plans are brilliant for us. He diligently wrote our stories, thought up every last detail, and sequentially numbered the pages of our bios long before we were born and before one day came to pass.

What is God asking us to resurrect today?  What dreams and ideas have we been laying aside? What have we been putting off in sheer avoidance or because the enemy's voice whispers thoughts of failure, incompetence, and lack of qualifications? What has kept us at a stand-still; frozen in our steps? When have we become so complacent in our thinking that we would rather succeed at nothing than fail at something?

God does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called!  It's when we are obedient in the small things that He so proudly and lovingly bestows more trust in us and gives us bigger assignments.

I believe the Lord is saying it is time to begin again; it is time to hope again. It's time to get the vision again. It is time to believe in ourselves again. It is time to bring it forth with shouts of Grace, Grace!

Grace, Grace over the child who needs salvation!  Grace, Grace over the marriage in crisis!  Grace, Grace over that business idea! Grace, Grace over the book that hasn't been written! Grace, Grace over the dream that has been laid aside for fear of failure!  Shout Grace, Grace!

I'm declaring Grace, Grace over every unfinished dream, over every unrealized calling, over every desire of our hearts that has not yet come to pass! It's time to pick it up. It's time to begin again! It's time to see the victory!  When we bring it forth with shouts of Grace, Grace - all the help we need will come running! God does not give us an assignment and then abandon us.

God will help us realize our dreams, but He's asking us to step forth in faith, grab hold of it, believe! Dream Big!

We take the first steps ... we do something. It's time for our old dreams to be resurrected. It's never too late to begin again! What dream is laid aside? It's time to go pick it up again! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!

Copyright © 2014 Nina Keegan. Used by permission.

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