This is the Year| By Jasmine Beard

Year after year, people make resolutions, set goals, and even come up with a plan to change for the new year.

I am all about plans and goals, but I definitely do not think they have to be designated just for the beginning of the year.

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)

It is never too early or too late to evaluate your life and start again, dream again, and redo something you have failed at in the past.

For the past two years I have planned to read the One Year Bible. And both years sometime around March, I have gotten so far behind in my Bible plan that I forfeit it all together and settle for shorter more attainable Bible reading goals.

You would think this year I wouldn’t even put reading the One Year Bible on my goal list.  But come November of 2019, I had already purchased the one year Bible and by December I was already questioning my decision. I would think to myself, “why did I even buy that?”, “I probably won’t finish it, just like every other year.”, “maybe I should have committed to reading the One Year Bible on my phone, that way it would be easier to face defeat when I don’t complete it.”

It was in that precise moment that the Holy Spirit quickened me, He said, “with that way of thinking and speaking to yourself you will fail, change your thinking.”

Phew! 

Past failures can leave us hopeless and can stop us from even setting goals.

We think to ourselves, “maybe I am just meant to be fat”, “maybe I am always going to deal with fear and anxiety”, “I will never be able to follow a budget”.

And believe it or not those words have power. I mean God used words to create the earth and all its livelihood. And even Adam created the names of animals by his words.

So, do not discredit the power of your words. Whether spoken out loud or inwardly they can have a major effect on your mind and can be the demise of you not finishing or accomplishing the goals you so desperately need to.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue..” Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

This is the year.

It is the year that you can accomplish that goal and can be free from what you have always wanted to be free from.

Some of my biggest accomplishments goal wise have been because of God’s grace carrying me to the finish line, amazing accountability, and mindset.

Today, if you know that you are not capable of achieving that goal. Change your way of thinking to think “I don’t have to achieve this goal, but God can through me.”

If your goal involves better health, a better financial state, a life free from anxiety, guess what? God desires that for you too and will give you the grace to complete it.

So trust God, change the way you speak about those goals, and surround yourself with community that will hold you accountable to your goals.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Dream Bigger| By Tori Savoy

Do you ever look back to when you were 16 and think about all the plans you were making for your life? 

Most of those plans probably included prince charming, a grand wedding, and then happily ever after.

At 16 years old, my only dream was to one day become a wife and mother. That was to be my calling, and nothing else would ever be as important. 

It is definitely an important role to minister through our marriage and influence the next generation for Christ. However, I am so glad God did not stop my plans and dreams there.

During my prayer time one day, I told God, “Marriage and motherhood is the thumb print I want to leave in this world.”

God replied, “Of course, but you still have nine other fingers I want to use.”

Our plans can sometimes put God in a box. God does see your dreams and wants to bring them to completion. However, we must realize that there are many other dreams He wants to birth through each one of us. Imagine the places we can go if we let the Maker dream for us. 

Mary had dreams of marrying Joseph and starting a family. However, before God brought that dream to completion, He chose her to be the mother of His only Son, Jesus.

David dreamed of becoming a mighty shephard. God had better plans in store for him. David slew a giant and became God’s chosen King for Israel.

Some of Jesus’ disciples set out for a life as fishermen. God changed their course and made them “fishers of men”, and they were able to travel witnessing all the wonders of Jesus.

Had God allowed me to only to pursue my personal dream, I would not have gone to college and experienced having a career. I would not be a part of Unveiling Eden, seeing God grow it from the beginning. I would not currently be working on multiple books He has placed in my heart, or had a vision for a future ministry that He still has in the works. 

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

I still steward my marriage the way God designed, and I plan to raise my future children to be on fire for God. I cannot wait for that day! However, I will continue to chase each and every dream God has for my life. 

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Girls, while you wait on your husband, see what dreams God has for while you wait. Marriage is not the beginning and end of the life God has for you. Let Him birth multiple dreams in your heart. 

To the mommas who work so hard to make their children’s lives everything it should be, do not be afraid to start that Bible study or YouTube Channel God has put on your heart.

I am not saying to neglect your marriage and children. That is a crucial part of who God designed us to be as women. However, be open to the fact that God may want to do even more in your life than you could have ever imagined. Let God dream for you. He has so many plans for your life. 

May your dreams be as big as the God who gave you the ability to do so. Do not just offer your thumbprint to God. Offer both hands, completely empty and ready to go where God sends you. He has called you to dream bigger than our carnal minds could ever go.

Revival Starts With You| By Jasmine Beard


“Lord, I want to see revival.” 

This is often the basis of some of my most passionate prayers.

If you have been in church for any amount of time, you have heard the word revival. Maybe when you hear the word revival, you think of worship nights at your church lasting for weeks on end, or maybe, you think of an entire city or nation coming into a relationship with Christ.

I think most Christians in America will admit that they mostly think of revival when they are in a church building. You know, when the pastor shares a passionate message about reaching your city and nation, but then that is it. You leave excited, but that passion and zeal never gets you excited enough to see revival or believe for real change.

We can feel this way about our own lives. We can get super passionate about a job venture or business idea, and right before the idea is about to take off, we give up.

Do you remember when you were a child, and you felt truly free?  

You had the freedom to create, the freedom to dream, the freedom to explore all of your gifts, talents, and interests.

Perhaps, you felt this freedom when you first got saved, but you do not feel it anymore.

We tend to feel less free as we get older. We grow up, and while we may dream, it is more confined, more realistic, more boxy, more status quo, and more like what everyone else is doing.

This is not the way God intended for us to live our lives.  

If we are going to see revival in our cities or in our nation, we have to stop settling, start doing, and be all God has called us to be and do.

There is a promised land on the other side of us settling. We serve a God that surpasses the colors of the rainbow in variety and hue. He is the dreamer of all dreamers, and He desires for you to be alive and awake, to dream, and to step into a great awakening in your life like never before.  

Just in the last month, I found myself busy and unable to say “no” to commitments in my life (can we say boundaries needed?!). I had become more overwhelmed in life than ever before.

Maybe you feel like this today.  You are doing things (lots of things), but you are not really dreaming or walking in what God has called you to do.

Sometimes, we are aimlessly running so fast that we do not even hear the voice of God speaking to us or beckoning our hearts. Sometimes, we even ignore his beckoning of our hearts due to inconvenience or fear.

1 Samuel 3:8-10 (NLT):

8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.

9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 

Today, I want to encourage you to be like Samuel – lie down when he calls to you. Stop what you are doing and pause. Allow God to speak to you. Let go of all of your plans and to-do lists, and recognize that God is speaking to you about a dream on His heart that will awaken you to bring light to a broken and desolate world. 

Samuel was a promise, a dream before he was born. We are all God’s dream, and He ravishes over us in awe of His work and His plan. However, we were made to be in communion with God. We are not called to just read a daily devotional each morning or just attend a church service on Sunday morning. God is longing to speak to us when we least expect it even in the midst of our busy, busy lives.

If we want to see revival, we have to be okay with doing things that are uncomfortable. We have to follow the dreams that we feel unqualified to do or feel like we don’t have enough time for. If we do not chase the dreams God has placed on our hearts, we cannot expect Susie in the grocery store to want to know Jesus either.

We must be awakened if we wish to see a world awakened.

My prayer for us is this : “Father, awaken those things in us that are dead. Awaken us to the color, joy, and creativity of Your soul. So people will know that to serve You is not to be in a box, but to be set free and awakened into the essence of true love which is only found in You. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

New Year Reminders|By Stephanie Cain

We are freshly into a new year. I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly sure where 2018 went. Nevertheless, the new year is here, and with it comes the wave of “New Year, New Me” resolutions. Discounts on gym memberships and things to help you organize every part of your life are at an all time high. In the middle of all of that, I would like to take a moment to remind us of a few things.

First, just breathe and be still. The Lord says to “Be still.” In the our society today it can be so easy to get caught up in striving for “perfection” which often means pushing yourself, your time, your body, and your money to the max. Be sure to take time to also be still with the Lord.

Second, you do not have to have your entire life planned out for the next 365 days. You don’t have to have all your meals planned, workout days mapped, and new routines scheduled to the minute. The Bible says,

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

Please do not take this as me saying planning and goal setting is wrong. Laying out steps to reach goals is important and often requires taking control of the flesh which is an important spiritual discipline.However, what would our 2019 look like if we took time out to seek the Lord for what His plans are for us this year? Maybe He’s calling you to a new ministry in your church, or to open up your home more for fellowship. Maybe He wants you to take a year to focus on prayer. Walking in and fulfilling God’s purposes for our lives will bring a much bigger sense of accomplishment, joy, and peace than reaching any of our goals.

Lastly, if you are like the majority of us, and you give up on your resolutions by January 16th, please know that you are not defined by that failure. Remember that you are chosen, cherished, loved, and purchased with an immeasurable price. Hold fast to the truths that nothing is impossible through Christ and in Him we can overcome the world because He already has! You do not have to accept defeat. This life on earth is a race with many legs. Keep going with the Lord!

I pray that 2019 is a year of spiritual growth for you. That this year would be a year of overcoming the world. Most of all, I pray that this year is a year of salvation. Salvation for those around you, and if you haven’t accepted Christ, that it is a year of salvation for you. Looking forward to all that God is going to do in our lives this year.

Come Alive|By Heaven Harris

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I have always considered myself a dreamer – a visionary. Dreaming came easy for me and those very words have often been used to describe me over the years. I had a big imagination, and I was not afraid to use it.  

Over the years though, often without realizing, I found my dreams becoming smaller and smaller, and my heart to dream dying. Sure, there were certain things I would find myself believing for and visions I would catch a glimpse of sometimes in the secret place of prayer, but my BIG dreams…what happened to those? The ones that made my bones rattle and my heart quiver because they required the work of my BIG God.

I think I even created the excuse that it just happens that way sometimes. We grow up; we become adults. The yearning to dream is drowned out by the weight of responsibilities and failures we have experienced. It is subtle, of course. We do not even realize it sometimes. We trudge through life, and many of our dreams deteriorate from life-like and life-size to mere bones laid bare and dry.

Ezekiel 37:3: “He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’”

This scripture was laid on my heart about a month ago. Most of us know this story or have heard a sermon on it in some form or fashion. I would venture to say that most the times we take in this story is in reference to praying for those hearts that we long to see come alive to the love and purpose of God. We pray that He breathes His holy breath on our family, our schools, our church and brings forth the army referred to in the scriptures.

The rest of the story in Ezekiel goes like this…

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!

5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.

6  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

I was waiting for Him to tell me who I needed to pray for and instead He said, “See those dry bones?  These bones represent those dreams  I have laid on your heart and given you vision for but that lay dead in the valley. Can these bones live? Can these dreams and the words I have spoken over you live again?”

I was honestly at a loss for words. As I sat in the presence of my sweet but direct Savior, I began recalling those dreams and words spoken over me throughout my life, and my reality check was that most of them I had allowed to dry up and become barely a whisper in my heart.

So, let me ask you…

Are your dreams thriving and breathing before a Holy God or are they laid bare in the valley somewhere? If you are looking back and realizing that you have dreams that have no life to them, let me encourage you with this scripture:

“The earth and sky will wear out and fade away before one word I speak loses its power or fails to accomplish its purpose.” Matthew 24:35 (TPT)

When reading this. I hope that you see the pattern. That every word and dream God spoke WILL come to pass without FAIL. Let your heart rest in knowing that those beloved words, passionate dreams and those vivid visions He has whispered to you in the quiet places are alive and well and will find their way to fruition. You need only to speak.

The word prophesy simply means to say that a specified thing will happen in the future; to speak as if divinely inspired. I urge you to prophesy to your soul! Prophesy to those dreams!  Prophesy to your heart!

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

Fast forward to the here and now, as I chose to take God at His word and began speaking those dreams out loud, I have now applied and been accepted into college. I am moving out of state due to an amazing opportunity that opened up for me to stay home with my daughter and go to school. I know this is just the beginning of an amazing new season.  

I urge you to take God at His word and let the presence of God soften your heart and remind you today of the dreams He has given you.  Then speak them aloud and ask God to breathe His Holy breath on them and watch, in His timing, everything He has promised you will come to life!