“So will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.” – Zechariah 8:13b
Though this verse is part of a passage that speaks of promised blessings to Jerusalem, it leapt off the page and reminded me that He who calls us, will keep us and use us to be a blessing, when we are willing. We do not need to fear, and He will be our strength.
Today, this is my hope and my prayer as I go forth in obedience to the new and totally terrifying. On Thursday afternoon, I received a call from my pastor, asking if I would be willing to be one of three, whom he would interview as a part of today’s sermon about “Sharing Our Stories”. As my heart sank to my stomach and settled there, I told him that I was terrified, but willing. Normally, my immediate response would have been an emphatic “NO!” However, He has been whispering to my heart that a time is coming that He will be asking me to use my voice, and not just my pen…
So, after time with trusted friends yesterday, and the covering of all who care to pray, I am up and ready to trust Him to use my story to bless those who need to hear. I am nervous, but I know He is bigger than my crippling fears, and that He will be with me, holding my hand and heart in His, supplying the words He has for me to speak. I am so glad that He is not finished with me yet…
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You save us from ourselves, and that You use us, despite our brokenness, to bless others and draw Your
created unto Yourself. Father, please keep fear far from us, and supply our hearts and hands with Your strength. May our stories speak volumes of Your goodness and grace, and may we be used to turn hearts toward You. Amen.
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