Destiny In Bloom

God’s “Now” Story

God’s “Now” Story

posted on December 20th, 2012 / by Babs Coppedge / 17 Comments

I closed my eyes and prayed for you. I could not see your face. I did not know your name. But God did. I asked Him to write on my heart the very words He knew you would need to hear before you even knew you needed them. In the quiet, I waited—waited for the hovering of the Spirit to usher in His presence. With my breath the only audible sound, I listened for His voice. Three times He whispered this verse into my heart:  Be still and know that I am God. {Psalm 46:10}  Do you feel the presence of God seeping in? Wait. Don’t rush to the next sentence just yet. Selah. No, seriously, stop and let God into this moment. Relax your shoulders. Breathe a little more deeply. Read this verse ...

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Lessons from an “Odd Life”

Lessons from an “Odd Life”

posted on October 8th, 2012 / by Babs Coppedge / 5 Comments

Have you ever found yourself seated in a movie theater, waiting for the lights to dim and the screen to flicker to life, certain that something magical was about to unfold? Wondrously anticipating what life lessons God had woven into the fairy-tale script of a Hollywood screenwriter? On a hot, summer night this past August, The Odd Life of Timothy Green was that movie for me. I went on a solo outing to my local theater knowing, even before I left my home, that this was not an evening to lose myself in a whimsical film. What I didn’t know was that it was going to be a cinematic catalyst to teach me about dreams and dirt. These are two of the lessons I learned from “an odd ...

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Pray Until …

Pray Until …

posted on May 28th, 2012 / by Babs Coppedge / 20 Comments

We all have these moments when we’re reading a passage in the Bible we’ve read a million times before, and all of a sudden words that were once familiar now feel brand new. I affectionately refer to such experiences as being “hijacked by Holy Spirit”. Recently, while searching for a particular scripture in Philippians, I came across this passage and was hijacked: “Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at ...

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Stepping Back, Stepping Out and Stepping In

Stepping Back, Stepping Out and Stepping In

posted on March 5th, 2012 / by Babs Coppedge / 18 Comments

I could feel it building up. Bit by bit. Layer by layer. Each day another scoop of heaviness was being poured over my heart, much in the same way a casket is covered with earth by the gravedigger’s shovel. Plunge. Scoop. Lift. Pour. Repeat. If a shovel only penetrates the ground one time, there really is no noticeable difference to the appearance of the casket. One strong breath could clear it of any residue. But, when that motion is repeated again and again—when one scoop of dirt becomes 100—the once visible casket is now hidden under a mountain of soil, and all that remains is a gravesite. By February of last year my heart was that casket, buried not by the dust of the ...

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Spiritual Lessons from a Black Jack Table

Spiritual Lessons from a Black Jack Table

posted on January 13th, 2011 / by Babs Coppedge / 15 Comments

December was a month full of the movement of God in my life, more so than usual. He stirred my heart with a desire to listen to Him in a deeper way, and when I inclined my ear, He spoke almost non-stop. Over the first weekend of the month, God rocked my world through two revelational messages and a company Christmas party. One message, by Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, challenged us to Obey Irrationally and Give Extravagantly and included this zinger: “Don’t increase your standard of living; increase your standard of giving.” At the end of the message, God poured out his heart to me and spoke new opportunities for my husband and me to irrationally obey and extravagantly ...

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Detour through the Desert

Detour through the Desert

posted on December 8th, 2010 / by Babs Coppedge / 6 Comments

Recently, I began reading one of my most beloved books, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, as a prompting from Holy Spirit as I was praying through things on my heart; one of which was the message that God wanted to write through me for Destiny In Bloom.  I felt really impressed to share this portion with you: Then one day the path turned a corner and to her amazement and consternation she saw a great plain spread out beneath them. As far as the eye could see there seemed to be nothing but desert, and endless expanse of sand dunes, with not a tree in sight. To the horror of Much-Afraid her two guides prepared to take the steep path downward. She stopped dead and said to ...

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Conquering Joy

Conquering Joy

posted on November 5th, 2010 / by Babs Coppedge / 4 Comments

For the past few years when Christmas ends and the new year is just around the corner, I have made it a point to sit down with God and ask Him to reveal His focus for me for the coming year. This January, instead of filling my heart with a list of things to accomplish, which speaks directly into my passion for To-Do’s, He changed things up and gave me just four words and a scripture: JOY. PEACE. HOPE. GLORY. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” (Romans 15:13). As the year has unfolded, God has been faithful to reveal to me the reasons for each chosen word, and I ...

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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Kitchen

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Kitchen

posted on October 1st, 2010 / by Babs Coppedge / 6 Comments

Every 30 days, since the inception of Destiny In Bloom, my mind and heart have fallen into a typical routine: submit my article for that particular month, give my brain a couple days’ rest, and then begin the process of praying for inspiration for the next month. If you’re familiar with my articles, you know that I tend to write from deeper places, from lessons learned and from confessions of where I’ve been. Lighthearted is not a word I would tend to use to describe how I write. It’s not right or wrong, good or bad; it’s just who I am and how I relate. So, when September rolled around and my DIB routine began anew, imagine my surprise when my prayers for inspiration were ...

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I Am Making Everything New

I Am Making Everything New

posted on August 27th, 2010 / by Babs Coppedge / 13 Comments

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down...” Revelation 21:5 I know that these specific words were spoken to John as God was revealing the New Jerusalem, but for the past few years this verse has been my driving inspiration for writing. With the evolution of longhand journaling to online blogging, and the replacement of ballpoint pens with keyboards, a whole world has been opened up to us that didn’t exist just 10 years ago. We have an incredible opportunity to not only share our lives with those who will take the time to read our words but, more importantly, we have been given a tool to share ...

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Identity Theft

Identity Theft

posted on July 28th, 2010 / by Babs Coppedge / 14 Comments

IDENTITY. Consult Merriam-Webster and you will get this definition: The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a [person] is definitively recognizable or known. Identity is an interesting creature. On the one hand, it gives us a means to describe who we are and what we do. It furnishes titles for personalized license plates; it supplies monikers for necklaces and charms for bracelets; but, most importantly, it provides us with all those little, black words we need to fill the white pages of our personal resumes. Identity accommodates our need to be someone. On the other hand, if we’re caught unaware, identity can be the very link that chains us to a lifetime of ...

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