Recently hubby and I were blessed to hear inspirational speaker Dr. Dave Martin at our church. With thought-provoking concepts and belly laugh humor, he preached an entire sermon focused on one verse using the acronym DARE.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (Eph 3:20 The Message)
Hang with me. I promise not to summarize the entire sermon or go into all of the letters, just E.
As in...expect favor from God, the Creator
of the entire world. Who filled it with a sun that lights our days and warms our
backs, and makes it rise and set without us ever having to lift a finger. He
created seas that roar, rivers that trickle, and mountains that surge to the
heavens. He crafted man from dust and woman from man and gifts us with precious
little souls with miniature toes and fingers who grow to look just like us. He’s
amazing, right? He’s able to do infinitely more than we can ever imagine, but --
Do we really expect Him to?
Martin’s philosophy is that when we
recognize and celebrate His involvement with the little things, we'll begin to
see an increase in the bigger things. Cool, huh?
Pumped up with a renewed attitude, we headed straight to our favorite lunch place (translation: my fave).
Doesn't the space look festive and neighborish? :) My go-to dish is a chicken salad loaded with bacon and pecans and topped with a crisp apple cider vinaigrette...is it lunchtime yet? No? Bummer. lol. When the temperatures plummet, their Chili Nachos tempt me to veer from my usual, but on this particular day, the special was Chicken Mac and Cheese. Oohlala! What to do....what to do??
Hubby came up with the perfect solution. Why not order both the Nachos and the Mac and Cheese and we'd split everything? What a win! When I thanked hubby for suggesting this and God for granting me favor, this sparked a lively discussion on what favor really meant. How about weighing in? Maybe you can help settle the matter. :)
Does favor mean something that's given to us or an unexpected blessing in any form? What's your opinion? Do you live every day expecting favor?
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