An Example of a Willing Servant


nativity2And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.” Luke 1:29-30

I love the Christmas season. I enjoy seeing all of the decorations, looking at all the pretty lights, and listening to the songs about Christmas and the birth of Jesus. I even enjoy seeing pictures of other people’s Christmas trees and all the many varieties of decorations they choose. Many times there is a new joy and sense of hope that sparks in people around Christmas.

Every morning when I wake up I plug in our Christmas lights and just stand for a moment in the silence and enjoy the scene. We have the traditional tree with decorations new and old. Our Angel sits, perched atop our tree.

We also have a nativity scene that I lay out every year. I love to take my time placing each figurine in a particular place. As I look at the pieces and the different expressions painted on each face, I often wonder what was going through the minds of each person who took a part in the birth of Jesus.

For the past couple of mornings I have been thinking about Mary.  In most nativity scenes we see, Mary is sitting, gazing at the new life which she has just brought into the world. When I look at Mary my mind drifts back to nine months before this scene.

I often wonder how Mary must have felt that day as she was visited by the angel Gabriel. We know from the Scriptures that she was confused and a little troubled. We must try to understand how the news being given to her must have come as a shock. I can not imagine the thoughts that were going through Mary’s mind.

I believe that Mary had a choice to make that day. I do not believe that the honor of carrying God’s Son was thrust upon her without her consent. In Luke 1: 38 Mary says, “ Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” In the moments before this statement Mary had a decision to make. She could have easily rejected this calling and carried on with her life. However, Mary allowed God to use her. She put her faith into action and trusted God.

We too are faced with choices in our lives. God has called each of us to do a particular task. Just as Mary, we have a choice to make. Do we  choose to reject that calling, or do we offer ourselves to God as willing servants? God will not force us into service for Him. He simply places a calling in our hearts, seeking our willingness to serve. Some times these tasks are simple, not requiring much sacrifice. Other times the calling may be great, requiring us to step out in faith with complete trust in God and His promise to never leave us nor forsake us. ( Deuteronomy 31:6 )

Just as Mary was faced with a seemingly impossible task, we too may be facing what seems like impossible circumstances. No matter how difficult our circumstances, no matter how big our obstacle, God has a plan. If we will do as Mary did and place or faith in God and allow ourselves to be used God will do great and mighty things through us.

I want to encourage you today with a verse from this same chapter in Luke. In verse 37 the angel tells Mary, For with God nothing shall be impossible. ”  You see, what Mary was being asked to do was impossible by her own human power, but by allowing God to use her, she accomplished the impossible. We too can do the impossible, but first we must step out in faith and allow God to use us. We must trust that God knows best and that His plan is best for our lives.

Will you commit to step out in faith today? What calling has God placed on your heart? What task has God given to you? You have a choice to make. Will you reject God’s calling for your life because of fear, or will you step out in faith and allow God to accomplish great things through you? The choice is yours today.

God-sized Dreams: Worth the Risk


*I can not write about living my God-sized dream this morning without taking a moment to say a prayer for the people in Oklahoma who are living out their worst nightmare. As you go about your day, today, please keep them in your prayers*

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 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Any dream that you dare to dream comes with its own amount of risk.

 

I find comfort in the promise that God will be with us. God has plans for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11) The question is this: Will we accept the challenge, and take  the risk?

I have just recently set out on the  journey to my God-sized dream and already there have been risks and setbacks.  There have also been many successes and blessings from God. I believe that anyone who is living a God-sized dream will experience successes and failures.We are called to be faithful to continue even through the failures.

When I answered the call to this ministry there were many questions to which I did not have the answer. I can still remember the day I brought this to my husband. I can only imagine how I must have sounded as I tried to explain what God had placed on my heart. I would love to be able to tell you that I had it all planned out, and that I was able to bring him a pretty wrapped package of exactly what my dream looked like and exactly how it would turn out, however, this was not the case. When I approached my husband with the call that I felt God had given to me, the only answer I had for him was, “God has called me to write.” I want to remind you that when I told him this I did not have a computer and the only internet access I had available was on my cellphone. Even with all the questions, my husband was very supportive and he has been cheering me on from the very beginning.

Since that day, God has blessed us in so many ways. A dream that started out with more questions than answers has grown into a journey with endless possibilities. There are still questions yet to be answered and roads yet to be taken, but I am excited to see where God is taking us.

I can not say that I have come across anyone who disagrees with what I am doing.  I have been blessed with a wonderful group of family and friends that are very supportive.  I was very careful in the beginning of this journey to surround myself with people whom I trusted, and in whom I was sure I would find the support I needed to get started. I can not thank them enough for all of the support and encouragement.

The riskiest part of this Journey, for me, has been the lack of knowledge in writing and setting up a blog. Again, God has blessed me with people who have been able to encourage me and help me in these areas. I still have many things to learn, but I am an eager learner and I look forward to the things that God has planned for me. I  have also had to learn how to keep myself emotionally and spiritually fed so that I may continue to encourage others, and God has been faithful in His promise to never leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:8) Every time I go to God in need of renewal, He brings peace to my heart, and He renews my spirit.

I look forward to taking the rest of this journey with each of you. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and support me with your prayers. I pray that this ministry will continue to bless lives and encourage hearts.

Whether you are just getting started or have been living your God-sized dream for years, I encourage you to stick with it. It will be worth the risk.  If God has called you to do a job, He will continue to bless you with the things you need. I pray that we will continue to remember to encourage each other and hold each other up in prayer. We each may have different callings and cover many different topics, but we all have the same common goal: to minister for God’s glory, and to lead people to Him.

God bless you as you continue on the journey to your God-sized dream. I pray that God will bless and empower you to do what He has called you to do.

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