“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.”
Eugene H. Peterson

Ask for Something Greater

My momma loved Holy Week. As a devout Catholic, it was the highlight of her faith tradition. This year, she will have a front-row seat in Heaven as the angelic choir sings and all of heaven rejoices. 

In the spring/early summer of 2018, she spent eight very long, hard weeks in the hospital. We lost her several times, but each time she came back with a very strong will to live. As I write about this experience in my new book, Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You, I share her one persistent prayer: I need a small miracle.

I couldn’t understand why only a “small miracle” was needed. I asked her and she said, “I just need a small miracle.”

One day, as I came into the hospital, I kept thinking about this “small miracle,” and I heard God say to me, through that loving whisper of His, “Janell, ask for something greater.”

Ask for something greater. Four powerful words. Ok, God, I will.

Life is Lived Forward, Understood Backwards

At the time, I thought those four words had to do with my momma’s healing.

And, it did.

But, now, these 3 years later, I see they hold great power and potential for each one of us.

With finite minds:

  1. We limit God.
  2. We minimize His power.
  3. We underestimate His capacity and potential.
  4. We fail to ask for something greater.

At least, I did, until I heard that God-whisper in the hospital foyer.

Holy Week Invites Us to Ask for Something Greater

Ask for Something Greater

As you continue to move through your own Holy Week journey, find a little space and reflect on these four words: Ask for Something Greater.

Where in your life do you need to believe God for “greater?”

Take a few moments to listen to the meditative prayer I wrote in momma’s honor, Ask for Something Greater (scroll to the bottom of the page).

If you’d like more, enjoy the private podcast I created for you: Ask for Something Greater and for even more on this story, be sure to read it in Stronger Every Day, TOOL 7: Send New, Positive Messages to Your Brain.

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