Strength In Our Weaknesses

DSC_1853 - CopyBut Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent-either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant-because I am slow and hesitant of speech.”  Exodus 4:10

I hated giving presentations in front of my classmates. In the seventh grade, after one knee-knocking report, a friend told me, “You were as white as a ghost.”

In the ninth grade, a teacher called on me, but first admonished the class, “Now, everyone be quiet because Barbara has a soft voice, and we need to hear her.” I wanted to crawl under my seat.

If you know me now, you’re probably wondering how I could be the child in these two instances. I am, but I’m nothing like that now. In fact, my career involves speaking in front of people ALL. OF. THE. TIME. I’ve spoken to groups ranging in size from 3 people to an entire auditorium filled with standing room only.

I got over my fears.  Not quickly, but I did begin to face and deal with those fears by the time I was twenty.

Sometimes, God calls us to tasks we don’t understand, much less want to do. The Bible is full of people like that. Why does God delight in taking us into the uncomfortable? So, He can demonstrate his power through our weakness. People will not doubt the message came from Him when he uses someone in a powerful way that goes against their nature.

Here are some examples:

  • Moses
  • Simon Peter
  • Sarah
  • Esther
  • Naomi
  • Jonah

Who else can you name who found their calling through God’s power rather than their own?

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Mercy and Grace Awaits You

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And like a flood His mercy rains.

The Chris Tomlin version of “Amazing Grace” played on the radio as I drove home this morning. The line above struck me in a way it never has before.

Like a flood.

If you’ve ever seen a creek rise over its banks and flood the surrounding area, you know nothing stops it. It will swirl around any block and eventually overtake the blockage. God’s mercy will swirl around any block we have to receiving his mercies and overtake those blocks.

His mercy rains.

I must admit, I heard the word “reigns” as opposed to “rains” this morning, so my thoughts carried this interpretation further. According to the online version of Merriam Webster, “reign” means royal authority or the dominion, sway or influence of one resembling a monarch.

Whether you see it as “rains” or “reigns,” his mercy is powerful and can cover a multitude of problems, sins, and issues. This gives me comfort as we venture into 2017. Many of you know that my husband and I are raising two of our grandchildren. Our daughter is absent in their lives as well as ours. I’m not sure she’s fully present in her own life. I know she loves her children, but she’s given in to a life of drugs and all the complications that come with it. As one person explained it to me, the drugs remove all maternal instincts. This insight helped because I couldn’t fathom why, when she’s in jail and clean, she wants to see them, but the minute she’s out of jail, she disappears with no word.

Yes. No word.

Christmas came and went without a peep.

So, I hope she might find a moment to hear those words, and like a flood his mercy rains, and know that she can find peace without addictive substances. I pray that she will understand that the title of this post is written to her. I know God sends her opportunities, but I, also, know he gives us free will. I pray she will open her eyes to the mercy he will offer her and seek the help she needs to return to us.

God bless.

Sharing the Light of Christ

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I spend a good bit of time “seeking” before I write my posts. I let ideas stew in my mind while I ponder, “What story of faith should I share?”  It’s not always an outright prayer, but, all the same, I’m asking for His guidance as I prepare.

Sometimes the answer is obvious.

Sometimes, current events send me in a different direction.

Today, as I sat down and began to form this post, a knock came at the door. I peered through the window. Two ladies dressed for church smiled back at me.   Jehovah’s Witnesses regularly visit our neighborhood, so I wasn’t surprised to see them. I spoke with them for a few moments and explained that I was in the midst of writing my post for my faith-based blog.

Why mention this?

I am willing to change direction if I feel the Spirit prodding me to do so. This unexpected visit prompted me to  change topics and write about reaching out to others.

We have many ways to reach people and share our faith. My blog is one of the ways I do this. I, also, have my speaking ministry. This is how I reach out to people.

That doesn’t mean I don’t seek one-on-one opportunities. I do, but my approach is different. I’m not the kind of person who knocks on a stranger’s door to preach the Word to them.

Some people respond to that person who shows up at the door.  Some people find and follow my blog because of the topics I’ve discussed. Some people hear me speak because they happen to be wherever I am speaking at the time.

What is my point?

Jesus instructed us to shine His light no matter where we are.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

We don’t have to step far out of our comfort zone to shine His light. He might ask that of you, but He gave each of us gifts that allow us to evangelize and share. For some of you, your actions shine His light. For others, it’s your words. In all cases, He is there to help us.  How does He guide you to shine His light?

So,  next week’s post will be what I planned to write about today…unless God tells me otherwise.

For now, shine  God’s love and mercy over all who cross your path.