Thimble vs. Truckload Faith

August 14, 2015

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress..” (Psalm 4:1)

While I was learning that God is there, real and personal I met with one of my mentors after experiencing the divine presence of God in a mighty way.  I told Paris Reidhead, “My cup is just running over, Paris!” His response was: “How big is your cup, Dick?  It doesn’t take much to run over a thimble.  Why don’t you ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload?”

I did pray that prayer, fervently.  At that time I did not know that according to verse above God’s vehicle for that kind of growth is distress.  If you want to know what distress is, just drop the first two letters:  God uses stress to grow us spiritually, just as putting stress on our muscles grows us physically.

Over the next few years I found myself going through deep waters and fiery trials.  When we had three toddlers and two in diapers my wife was hospitalized four times in one year in a hospital 100 miles away from our home.  During that crisis, as I juggled pastoring a church and mothering our five children the Lord enlarged me, big time!

Years later I lost my health and became a bed fast quadriplegic. That is when I really learned the “Four Spiritual Secrets” which have enabled me to minister beyond anything I could have imagined.

When you want to grow spiritually I dare you to ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload.

Dick Woodward, 08 March 2013

Editors Note: A reminder, the Four Spiritual Secrets are:

I’m not, but He is.
And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I can’t, but He can.

And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I don’t want to, but He wants to.

And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I didn’t, but He did.
Because I was in Him and He was in me.


When You Want to Grow Spiritually

March 8, 2013

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…”  (Psalm 4:1 KJV).

While I was learning that God is there, real and personal I met with one of my mentors after I experienced the divine presence of God in a mighty way.  I told Paris Reidhead, “My cup is just running over, Paris!” His response to me was: “How big is your cup, Dick?  It doesn’t take much to run over a thimble.  Why don’t you ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload?”

I did pray that prayer, fervently.  At that time I did not know that according to the verse above God’s vehicle for that kind of growth is distress.  If you want to know what distress is just drop the first two letters:  God uses stress to grow us spiritually just as putting stress on our muscles grows us physically.

Over the next few years I found myself going through deep waters and fiery trials.  When we had three toddlers and two in diapers my wife was hospitalized four times in one year in a hospital 100 miles away from our home.  While I was the pastor of a church and the mother and father of our children the Lord enlarged me, big time!

Years later I lost my health and became a bed fast quadriplegic. That is when I really learned my “4 Spiritual Secrets” which have enabled me to minister beyond anything I could have imagined.  Those secrets are written on this webpage.

When you want to grow spiritually I dare you to ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket and your bucket into a truckload.


A Perspective on Prayer

January 5, 2013

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
And the glory forever.  Amen.”      (Matthew 6: 8-13)

Make the observation with the help of the bold type that this disciple’s prayer/instruction teaches that we should begin our prayers with what we might call a ‘providential perspective.’

This is expressed in three petitions: Your name, Your kingdom and Your will.  Before we get to “Give us” we are to bring into our perspective Who God is, as He is revealed in all His names.  Then we are to focus on the fact that He is our King and we are His subjects.

When we understand that He is our King, we know His will must be done on earth through us even as it is done perfectly in heaven, all day long every day.

Many think prayer is coming into the presence of God with a shopping list and sending God on errands for us.  But here Jesus is teaching that prayer is reporting for duty to our King that He might give us our orders for the day.

We are to end our prayers with a providential benediction. The essence of the providential benediction is that since the power to answer our prayers will always come from God, the glory and the result (the Kingdom) will always belong to God.  James tells us we sometimes “pray amiss.” The difference between praying amiss and praying a hit can be this perspective on prayer.


The Gates of Thanksgiving

February 22, 2012

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him…”      (Psalm 100: 4)

Psalm 100 is the definitive worship psalm.  This psalm tells us what worship is, what we should experience when we worship, how to worship, what we know, what should happen to us and what the results should be because we worshipped.

According to David worship is to come before God’s presence, and coming before the presence of God is like having an audience with a King.  Our approach to the presence of God begins at the gates of thanksgiving.  This means that in a corporate worship service, or in our private closet worship, we are to begin our approach to the presence of God by passing through the gates of thanksgiving.

As I attempt to maintain my spiritual equilibrium as a bed fast quadriplegic I get more spiritual mileage out of the therapy of thanksgiving than I do anything else.  David has pointed me to the truth that when I begin thanking God I soon find myself in the courts of praise and coming into the presence of God with singing.  In the presence of God I know that He is God, I am His sheep and I live in His pasture.  Then I’m told again that I should keep on thanking Him.

As a result of this worship experience I am to know that God wants people in every land of this earth to know what it is to make joyful noises of worship in His presence.  He also wants it to be known that His truth endures in all generations not only in past generations.

To that end He wants me to serve Him with gladness because I came into His presence with thanksgiving.