It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
The thought boggles my mind that the Creator of the universe even bothers with little ole me. Not only does He gird me with strength, but He makes my way perfect! And so much more…so so much more!! Wow, what a God!
For the past few months my mind has been “chewing” on some thoughts and writing things down, as I was going to be speaking to some ladies in a church about an hour south of us. The topic of these lady’s Bible studies was “Can you feed yourself” but I was told that I had total liberty, if the Lord led me to speak on something else.
Up to the day before I was going to speak (this past Wednesday, March 11), I was confident what the Lord wanted me to speak on…then Tuesday morning, while I was still in bed, a thought came to me: What are the signs/symptoms of malnutrition? Hmmm. Maybe the Lord wanted me to speak on “Can you feed yourself” after all.
All day Tuesday, I was reading and writing things down…to only hit dead end after dead end. My bedroom floor was littered with papers that I kept ripping out of my notebook, as I started over…again. To say I was panicking in an understatement.
Wednesday morning…yes, Wednesday morning…the day I was suppose to speak…I still had no idea what the Lord wanted me to do. I was at a total loss.
Until, that beautiful, still small Voice, reminded me of some notes I had filed away, from previous lessons that I had spoken to ladies in the past several years. I jumped out of bed and went and grabbed the file. I picked up the first lesson in the file and started flipping through it and it was like the Lord was saying, “yes…yes…yes…” Ok, Lord, but You have got to help me!!! I’m speaking tonight!!
Since the lesson I now held in my hands was several years old, it was the “bones” God wanted me to speak on. I knew I needed to rewrite it, so that it applied to today, and the things I’ve learned since first writing it out. Ok, Lord. Please help me! (I even sent a SOS out to my family and friends on my private Instagram – “please pray for me!!” I needed all the help I could get!)
Needless to say, I was feverishly writing almost all day, but this time, I really sensed the Lord helping me and guiding my thoughts every step. I had to stop now and then to give my brain (and my bum!) a rest, but I would come back and write some more.
It is no surprise that God, in His great mercy, gave me words that He wanted me to speak. What an amazing God we serve!!
I told my husband (who preaches all the time, and is more than familiar with getting something together to give God’s people), that its so amazing, how God…GOD!!!…actually speaks to us (not audibly…don’t worry…I wasn’t hearing voices!) and He guides us and our thoughts to what He wants us to share with others. I don’t know about you – but that it absolutely amazing to me!!! So thrilling!
About an hour or so before I was suppose to leave, my husband asked me how it was going. I told him that, for the most part, I felt like I had what the Lord wanted me to have, but I just couldn’t seem to “wrap it up” – to end it smoothly. I felt like the ending was like a balloon that you blow up, then let go, and it goes flapping around the room, then just falls flat to the floor. (insert noises of balloon flapping around the room here…I would, but I wasn’t sure how to spell them!! 😉 ) He laughed and said that was pretty normal, but said he would keep praying the Lord would help me.
And He did!!! As I spoke to the ladies, I felt the Lord helping like I never had before. Have I mentioned how amazing our God is?? I am thrilled that God even wants to use me and my family to serve Him here in Canada all these years. As we stay faithful, God remains faithful. He is oh so good!!
Tomorrow I have company coming for the weekend, but I really hope to grab some time to come back and share with you the lesson the Lord gave me for the ladies this week. I hope you’ll come back and read it, and I pray it’ll be a blessing to you.
Have a great weekend!