Thursday, August 22, 2013

#AMAZED - Being the Bride

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'God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling' Lysa TerKeurst

The picture above was taken on a drive into my office in Scottsdale, AZ.  #AMAZED by the power of His ability.
Not a day goes by that I am not amazed by the power of God.  I went through many years of my life not truly seeing the greatness of the one who gave me life and created me, uniquely, in his likeness. Yes, I believed; however, never truly saw the vast power and total control He exercised over my life. For better or worse - for richer or poorer.  I was the bride and He the groom.

With eloquence Job describes the greatness of our Savior to Bildad; understanding what is difficult for the layman.  

God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. 
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight.
He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds.
He created the horizon when he separated the waters; he set the boundary between day and night......
These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power? (Job 26:7-10,14 NLT)

With a power like this, where do I fit in?  In His perfect timing He showed me.  With every trial, every day of suffering, of pain, of wearing my knees out begging for change it has been made clear - I am to walk in discipleship with Him, only then will I be able to grasp the magnitude of what our relationship means.  Only then will I continue to stand amazed and in awe of everything He represents. Only then can I be a part of His plan to transform.

Just a few minutes ago I received a message from a friend requesting prayer. She told me to use my "Bat Line" that she knew was a direct line to God.  I laughed and told her she had use of that direct line 24/7 and I was given a chance to witness.    - I stood amazed in God's timing of that message.

Several months ago one of the OBS leaders had a participant in her group that had a husband in ICU in my hometown. He was not expected to live.  I took a care basket to her from the Online Bible Studies team.  She asked me to go back and pray over her husband - WHO ME?  - and I did. I stood amazed. He used me.

A little over a year ago God placed a crack addict on my heart. She had a disabled son and had alienated most every friend or connection she had.  I invested a year in their lives and today she walks clean with her son, renting her house, paying her bills, driving a car with license and insurance, and holding a job.  This friend is a 20+ year crack addict - this is nothing I can begin to take credit for. This is all God with a little on-the-ground facilitation to manage logistics.  #Amazed

Every time God uses me as His hands and feet in a situation I am fascinated, I stand in awe, I am amazed.  Who am I to do this work?  How can I possibly be worthy enough?  It's only been 5 years since we established this relationship, I don't have the knowledge for this.Then I remember, I am His bride
In our online bible study chapter this week, You Never Know How God Will Use You Until You Let Him, from the book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst,  Lysa writes:

'When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our life, we exchange our worthless sin for immeasurable worth of righteousness' she goes on to say 'A person pursuing obedience (in Christ) is able to pause and touch those that He says need our time......the radically obedient woman realizes she is righteous and will find God's best when she pursues right choices that bring glory to him' 

He calls us to be missionaries, to spread the Good News.  To be disciples.  To pursue Him in all things means serving Him by serving His people.   Someone said, He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. 

Lysa ends this chapter by saying, ' never know how God will use you, until you let Him'.

Are you letting Him use you today?  If not, #SayYes and begin living a radically obedient life - making sure you don't miss that call, or that chance to step out in faith, to do His work and be His vessel - so  you too can stand #Amazed and be #Blessed as you watch Him work - being a part of multiplying His kingdom. 

Here I am Father, Send me.  (Isaiah 6:8)

Until Next Time
In God's Holy Light, 

<3 Kelley She Speaks Graduate