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What If…

Do you ever play the “What if__?” game? I have and do often. Today is no exception. “If I hadn’t gone to the farmer’s market when I knew I was hurting yesterday, my pressure sore wouldn’t look so bad.”

Yesterday. Saturday. The one day each week Earl and I try to get out together. One thirty minute trek was not the cause, but it sure played out that way in both our minds.
Complete bed rest and daily bed baths will continue for a long time to come.
If I hadn’t had the wreck. If I’d been more cautious. If I…
Then I go to “Why?” And you know where that goes. Still, I cry. “Haven’t Earl and I had enough, Lord?”
Now on Sunday morning, Earl prays healing for my sore and goes to church alone. I wonder how he does it—preach the Good News. I know the Holy Spirit fills him, speaks through him, and strengthens him. I pray that over him every night and by his example, I am encouraged.
I’m reminded of the banner I received twenty-three years ago and my reaction to it. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV). “What good can come out of this?” I asked.
I know God is making me more like Jesus. Living for Christ isn’t easy. His desire may seem too much for my mortal body. Yet, I strive for perfection in His calling and look forward to putting on my immortality.
I pray God will continue to use me in all circumstances.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4 NIV).
In Christ,
Berta
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Jesus called me to tell what He was doing in my spirit. He said, “Invest in Me. My word is truth. My yoke is light.” How can I express His greatness and power? The fire that burns in my belly?

God’s call often sounds foolish to us. Noah built an ark before it had ever rained a drop. Moses told Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” Peter stepped out of one boat and walked on water, then cast his net in the deep water from another boat.

I came from sin. A sinner born from sinners to sin. Physically and emotionally alone, I felt separated by the cruelty of a world I couldn’t understand. Constant unbearable pain weighed heavy on my soul from childhood.

As I grew older, I knew God was out there. I’d tried to talk to Him but He’d never answered my selfish pleas. The day came that crushed by my sin, guilt, and self-loathing, I turned to Jesus and cried for mercy and forgiveness. I poured out my sin and soaked in His Holy Spirit. I walked away from who I’d been; I couldn’t keep doing the same things.

He began to use my life, which I once thought was useless—my voice, my joy and laughter, my pain and weakness—to speak to those who needed to hear about Him. He wants each of us to participate with Him in bringing others into the Kingdom, and he wants us to experience His presence in our lives.

“God doesn’t give us what we deserve, because if He did, we’d be burnt to a crisp in a nano-second. Because receiving justice would be hell; mercy is salvation; and grace is peace, and joy, and so much more.” Joni Eareckson Tada

“I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.” (Philemon 1:10-11 NIV.)

Lord Jesus, I thank you for bearing all my sins and setting me free from the law of sin and death. Give me boldness to share Your mercy and forgiveness at every
opportunity You provide. Amen

In Christian Love,
Berta
 

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