One of my favorite words is “epic.” I don’t use it much in my writing because I don’t like to sound repetitive, but I often say it to my daughter. Kind of our private joke that I am really, truly, and sincerely enamored with the word “epic.”
What does epic mean?
According to Webster’s dictionary (Did you know Webster was a Christian?), epic means “extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope.”
Lately, that’s been my walk with God–epic–as in the sense that He has continuously done things or shown himself in my life in ways that extend beyond the usual or ordinary. Which brings a whole new battery of ideas:
- Why am I surprised?
- Why don’t I live in expectancy all the time?
- Why do I see Him as so small?
- Why am I not taking Him at his Word?
He’s so good at “mixing it up.” Sometimes I go on a spiritual fast from food to refocus or move things in the spirit, and I don’t “see” any response. In the past, I got discouraged and frustrated by that, but now I see it as another growing experience. He can be silent for many, many reasons that I won’t delve into right now. Sometimes He’s silent to see how much I really trust Him. So, I pull up my big girl pants and make a conscious choice to trust Him. Sometimes I fast, and God blows my mind with something EPIC. Usually, I don’t have an agenda when I fast and pray. I just want God to do whatever He wants. And WOW! The dreams I have, the things people give me, the doors that open…things beyond the usual or ordinary.
On the other hand, sometimes I’m not doing anything at all to get God’s attention, merely going about my daily business, and He shows up and does something EPIC. You may wonder what could be epic. God listens to my thoughts and often gives me things that I thought about for the briefest moment. I like…
Boom. I’ve got it.
He blows my mind with things my practical self just won’t let me spend money on because it isn’t necessary for life. For a couple of months, I thought my life would be easier if I had a software program that would allow me to talk and have the computer type up what I said. It would save a lot of time for certain projects. My husband kept saying, “Just buy it.” I’d go online and look at it, but never could bring myself to click the button. One day, a friend handed me a box that had never been opened or used. Guess what it was? That software program, including the microphone needed to talk. She wasn’t using it, so she gave it to me. Epic!
For a couple of years, I’ve been writing in bed, using a tray. It makes my neck hurt, so my husband wanted to get me a desk. On a trip to Dallas last month, we stopped in at the Container Store because I like the idea of containers. A lot. I didn’t even know they had desks. My heart also wanted a bookcase, but I don’t have space for it. Guess what we found? The perfect desk with a 2-shelf bookcase over it…and on sale. Epic!
Why is that impressive? I am an incredibly practical person. I like sparkle, glitter, and fou-fou, but for the most part, I just can’t be bothered. God also gives me fou-fou. Things to delight me that I really don’t need. Why? He loves me and likes to rejoice in blessing me with things I never bother to ask for. Do you really understand that? He finds joy in blessing us with things that no one else knows about. That brings me to tears because He’s so intimately a part of me and knows that He made me to enjoy certain things.
And the unexpected spiritual presents… You remember when I said God likes to “mix it up?”
Sometimes I don’t feel very worthy, full of faith, or anything else spiritual. One day this summer I woke up from a word dream. What’s a word dream? No pictures. No plot. No people. I woke up saying something over and over. Hebrews 12:1-4…Hebrews 12:1-4…Hebrews 12:1-4 So, I looked it up immediately. Hebrews 12:1-4-
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin.”
I had gone to bed too weary and discouraged to say anything more than, Please, God. And He spoke to me as I slept. Whether I deserve it or not, whether I’ve asked for it or not, He always shows up and shows off His unending love and faithfulness
And that’s EPIC.
About The Author:
Felicia Mires began her writing career years ago when she became bored with what she found available in the Christian Fiction market. Hoping to entertain herself and provide inspiration to other Christians, she wrote her first novel, Diamonds are for Eden. Since that time, she has written 27 Christian novels (all with a bit of romance), even becoming a finalist in the ACFW competition. Along the way, she has judged multiple writing contests, edited scores of books for other writers, and discovered a wealth of fascinating Christian fiction.
But, God did not create man, or woman, for books alone. Thankfully, there is relationship. Felicia has been married for 30 years to Gene Mires, from whom she gains a plethora of hilarious and creative ideas. Felicia and Gene live in Texas and have three incredible grown children, three dogs who think they’re children, and a cat who torments the dogs. Ahh, the drama…and unending plot ideas. Felicia and Gene are extremely involved in a local church, mentoring and teaching the body of Christ. Felicia also speaks at conferences across the Southeast.
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