When something sounds scary, but I do it anyways, two things happen. God gives me a bigger challenge the next time, and when He does, I can accept it easier. If I can look back and remember how He took care of me, I know He will do it again.
Over the last 2 years, God has asked me to do things that are way out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say that hospice, prayer groups, and now writing a book are things that I never saw myself doing. They certainly strain me! I have been blessed in so many ways, but I would have missed out if I hadn’t said “yes.”
God doesn’t need me for these tasks and could have picked someone else. He picked me. He knew my experience with Mom and hospice would enable me to understand what families are going through. My compassion for people drives me to help the best way I can. He gave me experience and the personality to comfort people when they need it most. Shouldn’t I honor Him by giving back?
God picked me to help start a prayer group at church, and it isn’t as a prayer expert. I think He saw my willingness and allowed me to be a part of something great. Some people are very spiritual and don’t stumble through prayer. But if everyone at our meetings was like that, it might scare off someone new. My uncomfortableness (it’s a word) in praying out loud is a weakness that I choose to let God use. When He pours words into me that aren’t mine, it is both amazing and humbling. I love to look back at how far I have come and how many people we have had the privilege to pray for in a year.
My new task that I am starting today feels like a whole new level. I have always had to trust God, but this is truly going to be minute by minute, word by word. I don’t even know what this book will end up being about. There are ideas floating around in my head, but it is up to God. He has been preparing me for this and stretching my faith so that I will keep allowing Him to flow through me. If God had put the idea in me to write a book a few years ago, I would not have been ready. At this point, I have learned that on my own, I can’t do anything. Through God’s power and Spirit, I can do anything He asks. When I do, I get all the blessings He has for me, and He gets the glory.
Join me on this next adventurous year as I step out in faith. As you do, I will be praying for the adventures God puts in front of you. Prayers for you to say “YES” and feel the rush of the wind in your hair and the joy that only God can give!
Last year, I wrote “Family Night In” as a way to help my church knock out our debt. Each of the 26 weeks has a verse, a paragraph about it, a dessert, and an activity. The price is $5 if you would like it emailed to you, $8 if you want it printed, and $10 if you need it mailed. $5 from each copy goes in our name to the NorthStar Church Bold campaign. If you are interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping to support an amazing church and community!
Linking to Holley Gerth