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Becky loves serving as (in)courage’s Community Manager. She is a speaker and author of No Better Mom for the Job. Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and championing women. She lives near Los Angeles and loves hiking shady trails with her husband and three spirited sons.

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  1. Becky,
    I was really touched by the part of your story where your professor teared up at the scripture that he was reading. I asked myself, when was the last time I teared up when reading God’s Word? Oh, that it would move me to the depths of my soul, that I would have no control over the awe and gratitude that would well up inside me! My “word” for 2017 is “fire”. I strongly desire to be “on fire” for the Lord, but I know that in order for there to be any flame, there needs to be a fuel source – and that fuel source is His Word. Unless I’m in it on a daily basis (and I don’t mean one line of scripture as obligation), my life will always be lukewarm. He can’t breath life into these dry bones of mine unless I give Him permission. I do that by meditating on His Word. Loved this inspiring post. How easy it is to drift along in the ho-hum…your class sounds like a real winner!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev, I’m right there with you! I want to be a woman who is moved by the power of the Living Word. May we never get over, become calloused to, the gift of Scripture and the love of God behind every word. I love your one word and heart to know the Lord more deeply this year. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

    • Beautiful!!!
      B r a v o and thank you both!
      I just heard Dry Bones a song on KLov radio and though. ” where is this on the Bible “?

        • Lauren Daigle is the artist. My word for this year is “breathe” and since choosing it I’m seeing it everywhere. Today a friend sent me a devotional around Ezekial 37 and also Genesis 2. God creates and re-creates life, the Holy Spirit is the breath of God bringing us to life.
          I’m often embarrassed at how easily I cry when praying or talking about God. But I’m starting to understand that this is a gift, to be so moved. Thank you for your story today. It was perfect.

          • A gift to be so moved. Yes, Heather, I think it is, too! I’m also very tenderhearted and I used to feel like my sensitivity was a liability, but God is showing me how it’s part of my divine wiring, a reflection of part of His character. Keep *breathe*ing in the Word and Spirit, surely the Lord has great plans for new life for you this year.

  2. Dear Becky,
    I can’t thank you enough for your post! I’ve followed this site for some months & been touched by so many of the posts, but this was something else.. I thank God that He used you & your professor to, I believe, totally transform my life!
    God’s Spirit used it to just totally overwhelm me, with His conviction to pray into so many dead bone areas in my life & my family’s life, brought about by circumstances outside my control, situations I had resigned myself to – that the status quo was what God wanted in my life – for now..
    Now – I have REALLY prayed & prophesied into those dead bone areas – most lasting 25 years & I now believe THESE BONES SHALL LIVE with the BREATH OF GOD in them!
    Thank you!
    Ros

    • Oh, Ros, I wish you could see the Spirit-chills running up and down my arms and legs. Only God. Only God knows the truth we need exactly when we need it and how our hearts can be receive it. I’m humbled and grateful to know how He used this post to reach into your life today. I’m praying with you for new life in those dry bones! He is able! Much love, sister.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! I am praying and believing for a “dry bones come alive” kinda year! I am tearing up just typing that! And what a blessing to have teachers out there who are still moved, and not afraid to show it, by the beauty and power of God’s Word! GoGod Katie psalm8110.com

  4. OH MY GOODNESS I NEEDED this today – God’s timing is perfect…I am in the middle of my Master’s degree in Counseling while working a counseling job and trying to be a wife and mother still. The amount of work and the deadlines in my class that just started this week seems overwhelming to me as I tried to keep up this week alone and not even think about the paper due in 3 weeks and the video in 5 weeks wondering how to do it all. I’ve considered dropping the course and been praying. I felt as if God was saying NO don’t drop it and last night heard something on our Christian radio station that seemed to clarify that too – and now this morning I read your post. I KNOW He is saying (through you) He WILL breathe into me these next 8 (now 7) weeks and I need to stick with it and rely on HIM. THANK YOU. May you be blessed as you have blessed me.

    • Leslie, I never stop being amazed at how God works and weaves messages and hope through His children in ways that can only be described as divine. I am so right there with you, girl, in needed God’s continual wisdom, strength, and grace to persevere through this intense season of balancing work, grad school, and family. I’m so blessed this post reached you at just the right time! Many blessings on your journey.

  5. This story is the perfect slice of encouragement I needed this morning. Oh, that we would all be choked up with the beauty and truth of Gods word. May it sink down into our dry bones. YES!

  6. As a teacher, if I can reach just one as you’ve been reached, I will know God has shone through.
    What a blessing! Well written.

    Marie

    • Surely God is using you in your classroom also, Marie, as you fix our eyes on Him. Love your heart for teaching and the Lord you’ve expressed here. Thanks for reading.

  7. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring experience!!
    May God breathe into my life today and touch other lives through His power and Presence as I go about the activities of this day.
    In my life LORD, be glorified!!

  8. This! This portion of scripture is exactly what I’ve been praying over all my decayed teeth – and now I’m reminded and encouraged to pray over so many areas of life. Motherhood, especially. I needed this, friend. God-timed. God chill-bumps and near-tears while reading. Thank you for strengthening my faith this morning!

    • His grace is so good, so far reaching, and faithful. You are a life-breathing source on my journey, dear friend. Thanks so much for this response, Elise. Praying with you!

  9. I so very much needed to read this today… A day when I pledged again, and asked friends to hold me accountable, to spending time daily with Jesus, time spent restoring my relationship with him… Breathing life into dry bones.

    Thank you for sharing and encouraging.

    • Andrea, I’ve been there before, too. Asking God for the desire to desire Him is a valuable and honest starting point. He loves you dearly and is excited to spend time with YOU. The God of new life has great things in store for your restoration this year. Praying and believing Him for it with you, friend.

  10. Becky,
    Thank you for sharing this life giving experience. My guess is all of us have some dry bone areas in our lives where we need the breath of life to move in. This was so touching, and that sweet professor–what a blessing!

    • Brenda, this morning on my run I was asking God to breathe life in the dry bone-areas of my life that I’m not even aware of, that I don’t even recognize as having the possibility of new life. I think sometimes the dry bones are staring us heart-breakingly in the face and other times we have to first seek and believe to even see them. Praying that wherever you’re at today you’ll start to see new life!

  11. God Word does speak to people but the Holy Spirit in us also speaks to us, we must learn to discern that voice, and we are supposed to follow after love and desire spiritual gifts one of which is prophesy. I think I’m going to be speaking to my dry bones today. God breathed on Adam to become a living soul soul, so much of our lives can be stolen by cares of the world. I pray He breathes life more abundantly to us today, and something else we also need His peace, I have been speaking peace to my own body for healing and also peace to the body of Christ. We all need His fire and also His rest.

    • Peace, fire, rest — yes! You’re exactly right, Rebecca. We need all of that from the Lord. And when we seek His face, His Word, and walk in the Spirit He is powerful and gracious to provide abundantly for what we need. Blessings to you today.

  12. I’ve got three boys too! The day to day can make me feel so dry. Thank you for sharing this and reminding me that God breathes life.

    • Jamie, I always feel a kindred-connection with moms of many boys! I SO know what you mean. The people we love the most and often make us feel the most worn and weary. Praying new life in this season of motherhood for both of us! Thanks for being here and saying hello. <3

  13. Beautiful idea, Becky, about the fullness of God’s Word that we can so often miss! I love your line about having dry bones in our own personal valley and watching in believing expectation for God to breathe life into them. I needed to hear that today! Thank you for the uplifting words. Miss you California friend!

    • May! Thanks so much for joining me here at (in)courage today and for your encouraging words. I’m blessed to know this post was timely for you. Miss you, too! If you’re ever out in Southern California I would love to connect with you again. Much love.

  14. I just read this passage this week in Ezekiel, so the timing of your post was perfect. What a strange passage, but how powerful. Such a good reminder that God is the life giver and is able to breathe into our dead places. Hope.

  15. Becky,

    Wow!! A professor who doesn’t just teach the Bible, but also feels it! May we all get into His word and get on fire for Him. I pray I can do better this year-not just reading the Bible daily but digesting each passage for meaning. God has renewed my love for Him. He allowed me to witness 2 big miracles in the last few years. I know for sure that only He could have done this. Praise God for professors who really get into their work!

    Praying for you and others in school, working and parenting. May God provide the necessary strength and endurance you will need!

    Blessings for 2017!

    • Beth, what a blessing it is to read your comment. Thank you for sharing. Praising God with you for the miraculous work you have witnessed and the things He will continue to do in your life. Thank you for your prayers. I’ll take ’em! 🙂

  16. This is the third article I have read this week about God breathing life into dry bones…okay God, I get it!!! There is an area in my life that frustrates me to no end. An area I feel is dry. I have been praying so passionately for God to give me the words to say to spark some life into this area. All these posts I have read are just confirmation of His promise to me. Thank you for this 🙂