Be The Miracle
Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe that God speaks to you? In the latest book by Delores Liesner titled, Be The Miracle, the author discusses her belief system and how we should look at miracles in our lives today. Both a study of scripture and a journal for personal revelations are built into this devotional book.
Whether we title these unexplainable happenings miracles, God-sightings, or some other name, people love to hear of such occurrences. Why? They increase our faith by providing evidence of the miraculous in our everyday lives and heighten awareness of God’s desire to minister personally to us and through us.
Unique connecting verses, defining thought, key words, and personal challenges will help the readers go beyond the “good for her” feeling and bring each story’s teaching to life in their own daily walk. Many will find comfort knowing they are not alone in hearing God’s voice or direction. Others also will deepen their walk with God, gain the courage to listen for God’s voice, be a noticer of others’ needs, and practice hearing and answering God’s call to deliver a specific answer to a specific person.
Sometimes walking in faith seems risky because it means obeying even if the directions don’t seem to make sense. When Abraham brought Isaac in faith up the mountain for a sacrifice, he risked all believing that God’s character would not fail him. God did keep His promise and provided a lamb, and Abraham passed the test of trust and faithfulness. What do we risk daily for the Lord? These life-vignettes encourage readers that risking embarrassment is a small price for the incredible joy of seeing God work over and over again. How can YOU put hands and feet to your faith and Be The Miracle for someone else?
Writing, Speaking or as God’s delivery girl, Delores lives life passionately and humorously revealing dynamic hope and confidence found in the heritage of our personal God. She writes from Racine, WI. Is a CLASS graduate, and has published hundreds of stories, devotionals and articles.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10:
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The chapter starts with us being told that: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. How comforting that is to know because trouble is always around the corner as long as we are on this earth.
But my first thought when I received this book was “Are there still miracles”?
In the Old Testament, miracles were clearly performed and it was so that the unbelievers would realize the power of Christ and hopefully convert. And after Christ returned to Heaven the Apostles had the power of the Holy Spirit placed on them and they too could perform miracles as described in Acts 3 where Peter healed a lame beggar.
The apostles have all passed away so what about miracles today?
In order to discuss if we believe in miracles today we need to look at what the word means. According to several versions of word meanings I have to agree with the definition the author provided as a basis.
A miracle as a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws.
So digging into this book, I was curious about the author’s position and how she would tie her position back to scriptures. Because for me, anything that is taught about faith, needs to be anchored in scripture or it is subject to interpretation and misunderstanding.
As I went through this 31 day devotional, I found that the author offered a brief story from their past followed by a journal section that the reader could use to record their thoughts and action plan (if applicable).
There were a couple of sections that I was not in 100% agreement with on the interpretation, but I did as I always recommend..headed to the Word and looked up the verses. Note that just reading the 10-15 words that are pulled out of a chapter or book is not usually enough to fully understand the context of the verse being used. I recommend reading the entire chapter if not the chapter before and after to fully understand the context if there is any confusion.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. I agree that we need to be open to the needs of those around us and that we all have something to offer others. Time, talent, money, and the list goes on. We need to open our hearts and eyes to the needs around us and when that gentle urging if felt, we need to respond as we can or as we have prepared.
How do we prepare? Do you live in an area that has a lot of homeless? Do you take public transportation to and from work? Do you drive past a bus or train stop and see others waiting? Something as simple as a baggie with water and crackers could be a blessing to someone that your path crosses.
There are lots of ways that we can be a blessing to others. I am not convinced the word “miracle” applies to the opportunities we are presented, but certainly they would fall under God’s Provisions.
This book reminds me of what I tell ladies all the time when I am speaking at an event. If you want things to change in the world or in the lives of those around you.. be the change. Don’t just wish (or pray) for it. Be the change, be the first to smile or let make contact. Open your eyes to those around you and be aware of all that God has provided to you that you can use to spread His word to others.
For more information or other stories and books by this author, visit her blog at Delores Leisner.
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