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How the Number Seven Has Changed my World

The Power of the Number Seven

In my journey with His Daily Dose, the number seven is becoming increasingly significant for me. Over the last week, God has overwhelmed my heart in revealing His divine and supernatural plans for HDD through this powerful  number. Within Scripture, the number seven is often associated with perfection or completion. In the Hebrew language, the word for seven is shevah, which is related to savah, meaning to be full or satisfied, to have enough of. When I reflect on all that has happened, it’s simply astounding that God has proven to be my Shevah.

As I planned the HDD Launch event, the Father (in His faithfulness) brought me to verses found in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. Solomon was charged with carrying out the dreams of his father, King David, by building a temple for God. A beautiful, extravagant, temple for God. Not only did Solomon realize the wisdom in building something to honor the Lord, but he also built it in excellence by selecting the finest of building materials.

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.” 2 Chronicles 2:5

“Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 2:1

Deep in my heart, I felt compelled to do the same. Even though the HDD event wouldn’t compare to constructing a glorious temple for the Great I AM, my heart longed for what Solomon also wanted: to glorify God by building something in excellence.

Weeks after the event was over, God began speaking to my heart: “Christy, why don’t you check how long it took to plan this event? Go back through your calendar from the day you actively started planning. Also, go check out how long it took Solomon to build that temple of Mine.” Guess what I found? Planning and execution took me seven weeks. Then the Holy Spirit brought me to these scriptures:

“…Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel…And all the men of Israel came together to the king at the time of the festival in the seventh month.” 2 Chronicles 5:2-3

“So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him – a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.” 2 Chronicles 7:8

The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.”  1 Kings 6:37-38

Having read these scriptures, I sat dumbfounded by them on my couch. Next the Lord prompted me to count the total number of guests that attended the HDD Launch event. And what I found brought me to extreme humility, complimented by a pool of tears. As I counted and drew closer to the last name, I was shocked when I landed on the number 75. There were 75 guests that attended, another remarkable sign of His faithfulness.

But He had more to reveal, and He continued speaking.

“Christy, now I want you to go through your records and tally up the total sum for the HDD Launch event.”

After tallying up each and every item, I arrived at a staggering sum of $7,518.91. I could hardly believe my eyes. And this is what He spoke straight into the depths of my heart: “Christy, I am Faithful and I am True. Trust in Me, beloved. I search the earth for people who would honor me in such a way. I will honor you, beloved. Just trust in Me.”

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV

As I wailed in sorrow before the Lord, I replied, “Who am I that You are even mindful of me?” In this moment, I realized that I had just been given the greatest gift on the face of this planet. The Lord asked me to throw a party, and I did it. The Lord wanted this party to draw His beloved into His arms, to encourage their hearts, and to lavish Him with praise and honor. And I would have never seen this perspective if it weren’t for the grace of Jesus Christ.

He truly is the Great I AM.

I found myself asking why and how did this happen? I’m a nobody. Really, I am no more important to God than anyone else, and I just had the extreme honor of throwing Jesus a celebration.This is a perfect example of Jesus choosing the unqualified, the imperfect, and the weak to bring Him renown. The great encouragement in this is that we’re all able to do that!

Lately, the Lord Himself asked me to be a CEO of excellence for His Daily Dose and start certification courses in Nonprofit Finance, Management, and Governance. Can you guess how much that cost in faith? Yep. Seven hundred and twenty dollars. Over the next two weeks, you will also see an amazing website rolled out that is the tangible expression of the vision God gave me for His glory. Want to guess how much we’ve been trusting Him for? Yep. Seven hundred and fifty dollars. He has been strategically faithful to bring forth evidence that He is in control from His Holy Word and the Holy Spirit.

His Daily Dose IS His company.

I’m honored and thrilled that you are part of this sweet ministry called His Daily Dose. If you’re not following us yet, here are a few ways that you can!

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Link to HDD Event Photos: HDD Launch Photo Album

Join us tomorrow as we wrap-up this blog series (concerning the HDD Launch event) by sharing the seven powerful lessons I have learned throughout this process. Have a blessed day, beloved!!

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Our post today will attempt to convey the lessons I learned in following the Lord’s voice by hosting the big celebration now known as the HDD Launch Event.

God told me He wanted a celebration, a time where His beloved would come together and be lavished with good things. He wanted to celebrate the writing and sharing of HDD’s 100th post. This couldn’t be just any celebration; it had to be excellent…as if King Jesus Himself would be walking through the event’s front doors as the evening’s honored guest. In fact, He (King Jesus) was the very reason why we were throwing the party, and it was for His glory alone.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Leading up to the event, I struggled with how HDD could carry out this elegant, God-honoring celebration. One cool morning, while staring out at the city landscape and sipping some hot tea on my back patio, God suddenly began to speak: “Christy, don’t focus on money. Money isn’t an issue here. Approach each vendor as though the money is already in the bank account. You and Keith will not come out of pocket. I will faithfully provide all that you need.” After simmering on that revelation for a moment, I knew exactly where the Lord wanted to have His event.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Two days later, I approached that venue with confidence and signed a contract for the $3,000 event space. Within a few more weeks, God prompted me to reach out to a few influential benefactors to discuss the event, which yielded some amazingly high-quality items for the silent auction.  My faith was not only ignited, but burning brightly for the Lord. Every element of the event, including the performers, the corporate sponsors, the farm-to-table food, the delicious coffee, the stunning decor, the classy programs, the lighting, the sound, and the photographer, was done in excellence. And all was done by Him and for Him. It was truly an unforgettable evening. We may not have physically seen Jesus, but His presence was undoubtedly felt. As one guest declared, “I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s like a slice of utopia.”

Yet it was nothing like I had expected. Without even realizing it, I had built so many expectations around His promises to me. Surely I thought God wanted tons of people present at His event. Surely I thought the event was how He’d replenish the funds that we just forked out for His party. Surely I thought He would fulfill His promise to us through ticket sales, the silent auction, raffle items, and donations.

We just gave money (that He gave me) back to Him (the very person who owns it all), and here I was expecting Him to immediately repay me, as though I was lending Him (the Lord of all creation) money. Sounds shallow doesn’t it? In my mind, that would have been a huge success! God would get the glory, people would be encouraged and have fun, our bank account would be restored, and I would have obeyed His voice and grown closer to Him. It would be a win-win situation for everyone involved.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21

But on the morning after the event, I was heartbroken, shocked, dumfounded, and left feeling utterly betrayed by God. As one of His beloved, how could this happen to me? My mind told me that even though we followed Him in obedience, He didn’t keep His end of the deal.

Today I want you to hear the rest of this story because I strongly sense some of you will go through similar circumstances in your own lives. You may walk out in faith and trust Him, but events may not transpire the way you expect. Brace yourself, beloved, and trust in Him for who He is, not for who you want Him to be. May you learn valuable lessons from my human error and lack of faith.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

When we are disappointed with God, it is not because He is unstable, unreliable, unfaithful, a liar, a confuser, or a betrayer. God is none of these things. His Word contradicts every single one of these adjectives. The problem is not Him; it’s us. Somewhere along the way, we assumed the story would unfold one way, but then it went another. So we pout, stomp our feet, cry, and get angry at God. Yet things are not always what they seem, beloved. God constantly whispers this into the depths of my spirit.

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’.” Matthew 19:26

Allow me to show you just how loving, brilliant, and radically faithful this God of ours is. For example, let’s say God did provide a huge flock of people (just as I was expecting) and lavished His Daily Dose with an overload of funds (as I had also expected). Do you know where my trust would have been? I would have claimed it was in the Lord, but let’s be real here. My heart wouldn’t have grown to trust the Lord more deeply because things would have turned out the way I expected; my trust would have continued to remain in money.

Ouch. For me, it’s difficult to accept that a trust in money has been in my heart, but it was. I was trusting in circumstances, my own understanding, and money more than I was in the Living God. Despite having lived as a missionary overseas (after leaving career and house) and following Him to bring light into the darkest of places, I still had some diabolical junk residing in my heart. How was I struggling with money once again?

You may find yourself in the same place. Our hearts have several layers, beloved. As we long for a deeper walk with Him, He inevitably digs deeper and deeper so that we can grow in the image of Christ.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

What a beautiful, eternal gift I received simply because our wonderful Father saw the condition of my heart, heard my prayers, and withheld what I wanted (circumstances and money) so that my trust would be appropriately placed in Him. Do you see why this was such a valuable lesson?

Join me tomorrow as I openly share the amazing proof God has given me to show He’s been and will be faithful to what He promised His Daily Dose, along with seven simple (yet incredible) lessons I have learned by obeying Christ in the unfamiliar.

You can also read the “100th Post” shared live during the HDD Launch Event here: 100th Post: How Does God See Me?

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A Call to Pray for Atlanta

Praying for Atlanta

If any of you have had any remote link to technology over the past day, you have already heard of the treacherous nightmare many Atlantans are experiencing with the icy road conditions. Whoever you may be and wherever you are in the world, I am asking you to pray today. Atlanta needs your prayers. There are many people who have slept in their cars overnight in 12 degree weather who have no food or water. There are children who’ve been stranded on school buses and parents who fought all night to try and reach their babies. Some children are still on buses and some are still at school. People are desperate, afraid, and hopeless. We’ve seen a lot of miracles last night: tons of loved ones rescued by others and given a warm place to stay and others who connected with friends and roughed it out in the cold whole night. But, we still need prayers. Please pray for the following:

1. For the Lord to send divine interventions to save these children and trapped adults (in their cars and buildings) and for them to return home safely.

2. Please pray for hearts and spirits to be refreshed and renewed by the kindness and generosity of others. Countless people are opening up their homes, making the trek to rescue stranded people, and dropping off bottled water and snacks.

3. Pray that the generosity continues whether through local churches, individuals, or businesses. And that God may multiply the resources just as He did when feeding the five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread. May no one run out of anything needed for those in need.

4. Pray for sunshine. Pray the sun will melt the ice on the roads so people can drive. 

5. Pray that hearts will turn back to God in this crisis. Pray for a deeper level of trust for those that already believe in Jesus Christ and for those who don’t or who have turned away, that this experience may reignite their faith. 

6. Pray that God grants incredible wisdom to those who are driving and working to restore the roads.

7. Pray that hearts will be forever moved with compassion towards those that are in need. Pray this experience will not be in vain, but that it would produce a harvest of righteousness. Pray that hard and bitter hearts towards the church would be broken and healed by the selfless giving of a believer in Jesus Christ. Pray that the homeless and abandoned children (orphans, trafficking victims) will gain a new level of importance in the hearts of many who (never once before) faced such travail. Pray that this suffering will be used as an incredible tool of character refinement and hunger for the truth of Jesus Christ. 

May the Lord receive the glory! May trust and hope be restored in this city for Jesus Christ!

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”  Psalm 18:32-36

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  Psalm 119:165

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we all live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5:22-26

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14.27

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

“The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’  Numbers 6:26

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