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What dreams may come…

I believe that we are in a season of “what dreams may come”. Before I go any further, I just want you to know that I don’t enjoy false hope. I hate it when people release words that aren’t right for the season we’re in. I want to talk about what dreams may come.

I see a lot of people that have huge dreams and aspirations to make their mark on the earth but it seems like they only limit themselves to a specific set of dreams. I applaud determination but I’ve also noticed that despair and discouragement consume them when their desires are left unfulfilled. It is why I heavily believe in “what dreams may come” because I understand God to be a loving God. He is blessing us where we least expect it because He is good all the time.

This post probably goes with my ‘the little things’ blog, but I want to emphasize God’s goodness and the surprises He brings into our lives. If we miss these surprises in our lives, we’ll never appreciate His goodness as it fully should be enjoyed. We’ll wallow away in our discouragement based on the fact that a few very specific dreams aren’t met. From the discouragement breeds bitterness and from the bitterness, rebellion. I believe dreams come true every moment of our lives.. It could be the husband or wife that shows up in your life, being given prophetic words at a coffee shop, or even a beautiful sunday with friends and family. What dreams may come is how I live everyday life because the surprises and dreams are God’s way of telling me He is ever present in my life and that His love for me will never ever end.

The little things…

It’s really all about the little things in life. It’s the key to living a full life. Imagine if we stopped complaining, stopped focusing on our lack, stopped worrying about tomorrow… stopped it all and just enjoyed the tiny things in our life that we can be thankful for. It could be the next sip of coffee touching your lips. It could the breath of fresh air after a rain storm. It could be hanging out with your friends and savoring the silence between words. As we begin to focus on the goodness that is all around us, we actually become happier. We smile more. We laugh more. Those cause endorphins and neurotransmitters to be created in the body… that helps with the immune system in producing antibodies and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells. I’m sure you didn’t want to know all those facts.. but the fact of the matter is, you enjoy life more. You become a happier and healthier person. You don’t get as frustrated with the nuances and distractions of life. You just enjoy life as it is and slowly but surely, you realize you’re right where you were meant to be. You find yourself more enjoyable and likable than ever before. And you brighten the room with your attitude on life instead of drag it down with your misery. It’s about the little things…

Buck the trend…

I’ve always been fascinated by the road less traveled. I would wonder, as a child, why anyone would want to take a road that no one else was on. Wouldn’t it be more fun to do things with other people? I acknowledge that it is really fun to things with other people. I love community, don’t get me wrong. But, in my heart, I know that there are seasons of our lives where we do things with God instead of others. We choose the least popular choice. We buck the trend.

There’s always the risk of disappointing someone or being afraid of the decision set before you, but that’s what faith is really all about. We take risks because of the importance beyond the risk we’re taking. We choose to stay on track with what we’re hearing from God and trust that the track God has laid out for us is truly for our best interest. In the midst of all the trend bucking, we find ourselves in hard places sometimes and that’s when we ask that our friends and family support us.

Quite honestly, the people bucking the trend and taking risks don’t really know what’s on the other side of the curtain. In fact, I don’t think many people know what’s on the other side (that’s why it’s the road less traveled). But the fact of the matter is, we do it so that other people can celebrate our victories with us.

I think of Joseph’s story many times and the track that was laid for him. He was betrayed and sold by his brothers. He was seduced by a rich man’s wife. He was thrown into jail. He endured so much and yet he became the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt. His family, the ones who betrayed him, benefitted from Joseph’s journey. We can take David for example as well. He worshipped God while tending sheep. He didn’t wear Saul’s armor when he decided to take on Goliath. He didn’t usurp Saul’s throne when he was anointed the new king of Israel. He didn’t kill Saul on two different occasions, even when it was clear that he was supposed to.

These two men bucked the trend because they lived with the belief that the track they were on was good, that God always had their best interest in mind when He took them on the journey. They lived life as a great adventure with God and He didn’t disappoint. His track that He laid for them was solid. They could trust in the Author and Finisher of their faith. They bucked the trend.

The invisible hand…

This may be a repeat… may be myself processing out what I think is one of the biggest parts of my life… and that is the invisible hand of God. I don’t quite understand it but I honestly put all my trust in His hand. I’m sure I’ve mentioned Proverbs 16:9 before but it’s one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It says, “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” I know I don’t have it all figured out, but I have this history with God where the longer I walk with Him, the more I trust Him. I make decisions and plans based solely on my relationship with Him. In the past I would try to follow my calling… and yet God would lead me someplace else He wanted me to be. It’s the strangest thing steering the boat one direction but end up in a completely different place you imagined to be. It frustrates certain people but I’ve learned that I would rather be where Jesus wants me for a season and a place rather than be where I feel “called” to.

Is my calling that wonderful that I would give up my relationship with God over it? Of course not… I don’t anyone thinks like this. But how many times do we believe we’re the next Bill Johnson or Heidi Baker? That it is absolutely imperative that we fulfill every goal God set out for us… and yet the I tread carefully because it is extremely easy to the Matthew 7 trap of works without relationship. Without sounding like a broken record, I would come away with just this simple truth… that this deep personal relationship with God shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s an eternal journey of learning who He is and how His heart works. We stay faithful with everything that is in our here and now because that’s all we can really do. We make decisions based on things we’ve prayed about and processed with the Lord. Even when it seems like nothing goes right after we make those decisions, we feel an ever-present invisible hand in our lives that we understand is guiding us through the tough times. It sometimes feels like an invisible road we’re following. It’s because we put our undying love and trust in God and the hand pulls where He feels we need to go. On this journey we deal with things in our lives that won’t be necessary… in fact.. possibly detrimental to our destination.

So my suggestion is to lift your head up and trust. Trust in the invisible hand of God in your life. It may not seem you’re getting to where you’re supposed to go but believe it or not, you’re on the right track. You’re right where you’re supposed to be. If you lay down your dreams, that sacrifice pales in comparison to the richness of the relationship you share with Him.

What’s wrong with you…

I’ve been a victim of the following statements so in no way am I judging anyone… I remember the days when I used to try to get John G. Lake or Kathryn Kuhlman’s mantles. I wanted their anointing for today. That was all great and wonderful… but I realized I had made a big mistake. It wasn’t that my heart was in the wrong place, I just didn’t have clear understanding of my walk with God. What’s wrong with you? is the title of this blog entry because there’s nothing wrong with you.

God, the eternal omnipresent love of your life, dwells in you as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, especially after Jesus rose from the dead, is the most powerful being on the earth today. He chose you to dwell in. So what’s wrong with you? Why do we need to resurrect old mantles when nothing’s wrong with you in the first place? If He dwells in you, that means there’s an anointing inside of you that is special and unique. It’s unlike any other anointing the world has ever seen. So what’s wrong with you then? Why do you need someone else’s mantle or anointing? Is it starting to click yet?

I think there’s so much more importance in stewarding the things God hands you because that will ultimately determine how much more you’re given. To the servant who gained 10 minas, God gave him charge of 10 cities. Stewardship is probably one of the most important principles all Christians need to grasp. Stewarding your personal anointing and walk with God is one of the things I constantly monitor.

So what about impartation? I think impartation is more of an awakening of the things that were put inside of you from the foundations of the earth. I think God put so much potential in you that it takes a while for all of it to bloom. There’s a process for every part of your potential to be revealed in the right season and time. I believe impartation helps the blooming come along.

So what’s wrong with you? I made the mistake of not seeing what God had put in me in the first place. Luckily, I realized my mistake sooner than later. I have all things in Christ and He gives me His Spirit without measure. My role is to steward what I currently have so I can continue to bloom into the person God created me to be. It takes time, but it’s completely worth it to see who He created me to be and all of the potential He stuffed inside of me.

What I prefer…

I’ve been thinking recently that my worst day in the Kingdom is better than my best day in my old life. Heck… I’d even take my worst day in the Kingdom over the best day the world could ever offer me. I think that’s one of the healthiest perspectives you can have. Here are some reasons why…

  • Anything the world could offer me would feel void and bleak in comparison to the ever excessively abounding flood of God’s love that engulfs me on a daily basis. (It might seem a bit dramatic, but there are literally no words to describe this love.)
  • The worst days are the trials that I treasure. Trials and wildernesses let me know that there’s more room to grow in my life. If God didn’t care about my growth, He wouldn’t bother throwing trials and wildernesses my way. The trials in my life harness, refine, and reveal the potential God endowed in me from the foundations of the earth. (Fertilizer for the seed.)
  • It seems like God’s the closest on days I feel the worst. I wondered if that were ever Biblical and I began reading about how God led the Israelites with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. There are so many places in the Bible where God’s with us in the hard wildernesses of our lives. (My best friend and I can handle anything together.)
  • I know God causes all things to work together for those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose. Hey, God’s in charge. He wins with any hand. If I were to still live in the world, my life would not be in His hands. I wouldn’t have a clue that all things will work out for me. In fact, I would be fearful of everything collapsing upon itself. (The clear assurance that God knows what He’s doing helps me sleep at night.)

Well, that’s all I have for now. That’s what I believe and I’m sticking to it.