Merry Christmas Family!
Merry Christmas family! I started writing the blog a year ago and I can still remember how scared I was when I was approached. I felt unqualified, unequipped and lacking in knowledge. I asked myself, “How could I possibly do this?” I knew in my own strength it was impossible. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” I thanked God for my weakness, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That might sound strange to some, but I can solely depend on Christ.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
So often in my life, I have waited for others to validate me in order to qualify my credentials, but what I have come to realize in writing the blog this past year is that discomfort is a part of growth. Sometimes God is asking you to be courageous in the discomfort. Each month as I wrote a new blog, He gave me strength and confidence. He equipped me to continue writing. His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. When I was given this assignment, I wasn’t alone. He sent me helpers.
God will send people in your life to help you. He’s definitely sent people to help guide, encourage, and lift me when I needed guidance and encouragement. Have you ever wonder how people show up just at the right time? That’s no coincidence. That’s God. He’s right on time. God will qualify you. God will equip you. God will give you the provisions. But are you willing to trust Him especially in the discomfort? Shout Yes! In fact, hold on to Him even tighter. He’s waiting for you.
Most importantly, you have the Holy Spirit as your Helper, your Comforter, your Counselor, and your Advocator. You must never forget that you are never alone. Jesus said in John 16:7, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” The Holy Spirit is with you.
We will be celebrating the birth of Jesus in the next 10 days, let's remember to check on each other and love as God loves us. While some might be celebrating with family and friends, some might be without some loved ones this year. I want you to know just how much God loves you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)
“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the call.” Do not be discouraged by the discomfort. Do not allow fear to take you out of the fight. God qualifies the call. Have the courage to answer it and know that you can rely on Christ’s power.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)