My Spiritual Wish List

So, last month I told you guys that my word for the year was “receive.” It sounds simple, harmless really, but for me this little word holds a lot of meaning.

Sitting around the table eating dinner with my church family, I told a few of my sisters what my word was and they responded with a collective “Oooohhhh….” Why? Because they know. Because they know me and they know that I have trouble receiving. It makes me uncomfortable. It makes me squirm. I feel self-conscious and self-indulgent.

And this is what God has told me in the last few weeks…

The reason I have trouble receiving is because I have trouble asking. 

And the reason I have trouble asking is because I don’t always believe God is a good Father who wants to give good gifts.

And the reason I doubt the love of the Father is because my earthly father(s) are not perfect.

But, I’m choosing to believe God these days. I’m choosing to literally say out loud “Father, I believe you love me. I believe you are a good dad, who delights in giving to His children.” It’s become a mantra, a daily anthem cry of my heart.

And it’s working.

So now as I am believing, God wants me to start asking because I cannot complain or grumble for what I do not have, if I have not asked of the Father.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

This is the verse I am leaning into and making my daily bread. Everyone who asks receives, it says. A promise.

So, I’m asking, in order to receive. I’m submitting to God my spiritual wish list, if you will.

I’m asking…

That my ears be tuned more and more to the Holy Spirit.

That my mind be transformed to that of Christ.

That the power of God be made manifest in my life.

That my heart cling to the things of God.

That holiness be my preservation.

That my children grow in the ways of the Lord and love Him wholly and completely.

That my marriage continue to be protected, intimate, full of love and grace.

That my desire to publicly speak to others about freedom be realized, on a grander scale.

That my family comes to know and trust Jesus.

That my church family grow in unity, humility, and be of one mind and one accord regarding each other as more important than ourselves.

That Jesus remain Head, forever and ever. Amen.

What do you need to ask God for today? What have you yet to receive because you have yet to ask?


21 thoughts on “My Spiritual Wish List”

  1. You know, the Father likes to give us fish instead of snakes and eggs instead of stones. My problem is that I ask for too many snakes and stones. Fortunately, He doesn’t give me what I want. What I want is to ask for what He wants me to have.

    1. Nicole, that’s a great wishlist, and I had to comment here for Larry – because I’ve never put it into those words, but I agree wholeheartedly. I just often have too low expectations for what God is going to do. (And then I act surprised when He surpasses them.)

    2. Larry,
      I so understand and I empathize. I think in the last couple of years, am I finally getting to a place where I don’t ask for the snake. Where self-sabotage isn’t common and where I really listen to what God has for me.

      It’s liberating and I’m praying the same for you friend.

  2. For years, I’ve been asking for an “anam cara,” a soul-friend. I guess I need to be more specific and ask for a local soul-friend — one who doesn’t move away just when we’re starting to get close. ^_^’

    I also know that I am lacking closeness to God. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me in that department, but it’s almost like apathy, and I don’t like it. I’m asking God to renew my passion for Him.

    1. Erin,
      Oh friend, I prayed for the same type of friend for years. Literally years, and He answered my prayers. Remain steadfast and full of faith believing that He has that for you. God values friendship and I believe, desires it for us, in deep and meaningful ways.

      Praying too for your distance from the Lord to be broken and for a new fire to begin glowing.

      1. Thank you Nicole. It’s oddly comforting to know that you also waited years for an answer (and got one). It hurt so much when I thought that God had brought me a wonderful friend, and then she was ripped away from me in unpleasant circumstances. We still keep in touch, but it’s not the same as having a friend “in the flesh,” who I can talk with face to face — and we were only starting to get to know each other well.

        Thank you again for the prayers. I need them, and it’s been difficult to pray for myself lately.

  3. Nicole,

    I love this post, and I love your heart. I know that our Father must be proud of this wish list. It’s like you took everything that our Father had in mind to give to you, and made it into your own wish list to ask Him for. He is delighted to hear & fulfill your / His desires. Like Father, like daughter:)

    I would share my own wish list with you here, but everything that I am asking for is exactly what you have shared on your list.

  4. Love your list. What stellar things to ask for! As a last born I have no problems asking and asking & often wonder ‘is God just downright sick of my asking?’ However, sometimes I’m asking for all the wrong junk & later thank God that he refused my foolish requests. I’m encouraged with your posts to bring the more noble requests far more often than the whines & rants, i.e. “God, WHEN are we going to replace my junker of a car?!”

    1. Grace,
      It’s such a balance, isn’t it? I mean, I want to be quick to invite the Lord into the everyday things–dishes, laundry, broke down cars, but I also want to elevate Him to His rightful place as King. Because when I do that, He naturally comes into the little things. When I’m focused on His face, He takes care of the rest.

      And, so you know (and just to remind you) God is NEVER sick of you asking.

  5. This is AWESOME. Every year, God gives me a word and I write up a spiritual wish list just like this one. I love your heart in this and Im so glad another sister is doing this too. SO good. He’s such a good Dad.

  6. Hi Nicole,

    I have just been reading about asking God things too in my study of the book of James. We’re in chapter one where God asks us to ask him — here for wisdom– but his answer is wonderful. “To God who gives generously to all without finding fault.” Ahh, those are soothing to me. Generously, without finding fault. I like that.

    It’s nice to pop in to hear your thoughts and ponderings,
    Jennifer Dougan

  7. One of my favorite Psalms, 81:10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” He faults Israel for not asking of Him what He longed to give them or do for them. We tend to limit God. We can also deprive others of the blessing He would give them when we do not allow them to bless us. I suppose this is the inverse of the “bless me” teaching.

  8. Hi Nicole! Your post reminded me of being told in a meeting that if anyone had a complaint, only complain to the one who can solve the problem. This can also be applied to our spiritual lives. You have inspired me to make my own wishlist and then see what happens.

    1. I think asking is very much believing. But, that doesn’t stop me from crying out “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” either.

      wink, wink, right back at cha…

      Oh, and it’s good to have you back around these parts.

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