by Yolande Michelle
Have you ever lost your confidence? Are you in that season now where you have not only lost your ability to believe in yourself but to also trust God and his ability to transform your life?
This is the season that I found myself in for so many years. I lost the ability to see beyond my present circumstances and believe in the dreams that God had given me a long time ago. Too much time had passed with more disappointment and heartache than I could wrap my head around. It just seemed impossible that at this stage in my life, God could birth something new.
Sermon after sermon and message after message reiterated God’s faithfulness so when it seemed impossible, I dared to dream. In dreaming, I started to believe. I began to write His promises down and sing them over me like a worship song. I saw God move in my life in so many ways. He promoted me at work after 12 years of closed doors. He opened up a door for me to go back to graduate school for FREE. He led me to found Wit + Grace to help inspire other women.
During this season of Advent, a time of expectant waiting and preparation, I want to encourage you to believe in miracles again. Like the story of Elizabeth in the New Testament, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” – Luke 1:45
Let’s start there: Elizabeth was a walking miracle. The Bible describes her and Zachariah as a childless couple who “lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God.” – Luke 1:5-7
Nevertheless, they were childless and quite old. So when the angel appeared to Zachariah to tell him that his wife, Elizabeth, would conceive a child, he was in disbelief. He said, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.”
The angel replied like any of us would if we were angels sent on a divine assignment from God.
“Do you know who I am?” Just kidding, he said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until the day of your son’s birth. Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time—God’s time.”
It wasn’t long before Elizabeth conceived and Gabriel had to deliver some incredible news to Mary, her cousin, a VIRGIN, to tell her that she, too, would bear a child. What’s amazing is that he used news of Elizabeth’s conception to show Mary that “nothing, you see, is impossible with God. And then these two women who were walking miracles began to bless each other and praise God.
“You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! (Luke 1: 39-45)
Elizabeth’s miracle helped Mary to believe in her own miracle and that is my goal over the next few days as we bring you stories of people who dared to believe God in the face of impossible circumstances. I pray that their stories will inspire you to believe again. I hope you dream bigger than ever before and believe God for your deepest dreams to be fulfilled in your own life. Welcome to your #miracleseason.