Discover the wonder of restoration. God often extends opportunities for you to join Him in the work He is doing to restore people’s broken lives in this fallen world. Pray for the ability to discern when God is calling you to reach out to people in need, to see possibilities rather than just problems in their lives, and to offer prayer, listening, and practical help whenever you sense God leading you to do so. 

Discover the wonder of friendship. Invite people into your life rather than pushing them away. Trust God to guide and protect you as you build relationships with people, keeping in mind that God’s grace can help broken people build strong friendships. Aim to know others from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Rejoice that God considers you a friend, and confidently approach Him that way in prayer.

Discover the wonder of forgiveness. If you struggle with following God’s command to forgive the people who have hurt you, it’s a sign that you’ve lost sight of all the sins for which God has forgiven you. Ask God to remind you about how much He has forgiven you, and let your gratitude motivate you to forgive yourself and others while relying on the Holy Spirit’s help to do so.

Discover the wonder of gratitude. Give thanks to God in every situation (even the most difficult ones) because you can trust God’s promise that He will work out good purposes in all situations. Keep in mind that God doesn’t expect you to thank Him for bad things, but He hopes that you will thank Him in the midst of bad things, because He is always good.

Discover the wonder of abundant life. Ask God to give you the faith you need to overcome fear, so you can fully live the abundant life that He wants you to enjoy. Allow yourself to dream, and take risks to help make those dreams come true. Reflect on what may be holding you back from fulfilling God’s potential for you. Then ask God to remove those obstacles so you can make the most of each day of life that God gives you.

Adapted from Wonder Struck: Awaken to the Nearness of God, copyright 2012 by Margaret Feinberg. Published by Worthy Publishing, Brentwood, Tn., www.worthypublishing.com

Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and have received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many others. She was recently named one of the 30 voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the “40 Under 40” who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and her super pup, Hershey. Visit her website.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles. Contact Whitney at: angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer. 

Publication date: November 20, 2012