Lunch-Break Miracles
By Diana Aydin

The 12 Miracles List

Yesterday, I did something I've never done before. I made a list of 12 things I'm trusting God to do in my life. It was all my fellow editor Danielle Lyle's idea. You see, she just finished reading Produced by Faith by entertainment executive DeVon Franklin.

Danielle couldn't stop talking about the book. In it, Franklin encourages readers to create a contract with God–12 things you hope God will accomplish in your life.

"We should all come up with a list," Danielle told editor Dan Kessel, who sits next to us, and me.

Twelve things. Seemed simple enough, and I needed to take a break anyway. I pulled out a blank sheet of paper and numbered it one through twelve. The first few items on the list came easy. But by number seven, I was stumped.

"Finished!" Dan said.

"Me too!" Danielle said.

Oh great. Was I the only one having trouble?

"I don't know what else to write," I admitted. "I think I feel bad asking for some of these things."

"Don't be afraid to ask God for anything," Danielle said. "Just be bold." That's something Franklin advises in his book as well. "God can do for us all that we ask or think, but we have to ask," Franklin writes.

Daniel, Danielle and Diana look down at their lists of 12 things.Hmmm. Interesting. With that advice, I quickly finished my list, daring to be a bit bolder this time. Then the three of us placed our lists on the floor in between our desks and Danielle led us in prayer. We agreed to open our lists up again in exactly one year to reflect on our progress.

Back at my desk, I thought about my 12 things–to find a soul mate, to see the world, to let go of my worries, to be fearless...

Some of my requests seemed plausible, while some seemed nearly impossible. God would really have his work cut out for him, even if I did everything on my part to make those things happen. 

Then I remembered Danielle's words. Be bold. And that's when I realized–I was dealing with God, the master of boldness! His miracles, from the very big to the very small, are the definition of bold. Earth-shattering and wondrous to behold. Sometimes completely unbelievable and unthinkable.

My list wasn't a random itinerary of "Never gonna happen" hopes and "Not a chance!" dreams. It was a list of miracles waiting to happen.

Now I can't wait to see what surprises God has up his sleeves–I know he'll answer my list in ways I'd never expect.

I'll be sure to keep you updated on the status of my "miracles in progress." In the meantime, I'd love to know what you'd put on your list. What miracles are you asking God to work in your life?

Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!

Leave a Comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Your Comments (15)

Indian CATHOLICS are mostly poor because,they are not bold enough to ask God for what they want, because, people have been misled, for generations.
THIS is an eye opener.I thank god,for he has led me to read this passage.

Thanks for sharing this Diana. Although I've not read the book mentioned in your column, I've read "The Circle Maker," by Mark Batterson, who also encourages readers to pray bold prayers. I am going to make a list of 12 Things I want God to accomplish in my life. I've already seen the miracles He has worked in my life, so I'm going to be bold enough to ask for more. Can't wait to read your updates. Blessings!

So wonderful to hear - absolutely, be bold! Also, be sure to share any miracle stories - you can email us at mw@guideposts.org!

Throughout my adult life, I have prayed "reckless prayers". By reckless, I mean, I ask God for something special to do for Him that could bring people closer to Him. AND HE HAS, He has given me things to do that are above my ability. And then He has provided the ability to do them Amazing! These are everyday miracles,and they have happened to me for over 70 years, ever since I was 17 years old. Trust and obey!!! God Bless all who read this. Ina Murray

Ina, I love your phrase "reckless prayers" - what could be bolder? God is amazing!

I did one too and there are some doozies on it. Will post updates. I don't lack regarding expectation. :)

Yes, please post updates - even about the doozies!!

I like this! Am going to make my list this weekend. Thanks!

Hi Diana,

Thanks for the inspirational article. I will make my list today.

Thank you! Be sure to report back with any miraculous results :)

hmmm, Diana! ..... let's try to guess which feet are yours! Hmmm, the beautifully green colored nails, correct? Your blogs are the sunshine of our days. Soooo much love from Africa to you!

I will be making my Miracle List today! Amen!!

Praying for your list, Eugene! Let us know what happens :)

I have immediately written down my list and asking for a soul mate featured as did asking for a new car and healing for my mom among others.

Awesome! Hopefully this is the year of the soul mates haha