Monday, December 08, 2008

God is Good!

Last week I told you about the message I was going to be presenting to a group of women at an Advent Breakfast on Saturday.

Today I want to tell you about how good our God is!

Friday night I arrived in Ohio and had dinner with the women on the committee who had put the Breakfast together. After dinner we went over to the church and spent time praying for the women who would be in attendance Saturday morning. We went around the room and prayed at each table, at each seat, for each woman.
It thrilled my heart to consider the fact that God knew exactly who would be at the Breakfast, and as I prayed I asked Him to speak through me to the heart of each woman.
When Saturday morning came and I stood in the church watching the women arrive, I began to feel insecure. I looked at these ladies walking in and I started to think, What do I have to say which will minister to these women in any way? Who am I to think they will want to listen to me? Why am I here?
But God reminded me He is the One who arranged this event. He chose the speaker and the listeners. He inspired the message. And though my mouth would be moving, He would be speaking.
So I quit worrying and spent more time praying.
And when it was time, I got up to share the message God had planted in my heart.Though there were still moments when I doubted myself, I spoke the words God placed on my heart and continued to pray with each one.
And our God - because He is so good and so faithful, He showed up and spoke to those women. After the Breakfast was over I stood outside the sanctuary and greeted women. Some shared with me through tears how God had spoken right to their situation. They told me, "This is just what I needed to hear today." I heard stories about illnesses, reconciliations, heart breaks, and hope. And each of the women who shared these stories told me they understood that God's timing was perfect, and they knew they could trust Him - even when the timing didn't make sense to them.
I had gone to speak for these women with a great desire to be a blessing and encouragement to them. But I stood in the back of the church as the recipient of blessing, because God was using these women to show me His goodness and faithfulness.
I'm telling you, God will never cease to amaze me. He allows me to see my inadequacies. He lets me remember that I am nothing. He permits me to doubt my abilities. Then God swoops in and displays His power, His love, His faithfulness. And I stand in awe of our great God!

Please take some time today to reflect on God's faithfulness in your life. Remember who He is, and what He has done.
If you're in the middle of a difficult circumstance, ask God to remind you of the times in the past when He has seen you through other trials. God never changes. You can trust Him to do what is good and right!

And before I go, here's one more picture from Saturday. This is me with the Advent Breakfast committee. They were a lovely group of women. *grin*

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13 comments:

Praise and Coffee said...

Sounds wonderful Karen! I wish I could have been there.
Sue

Leah said...

Karen,

I feel so unworthy and so inept every time I prepare to speak. Satan says the same words to me, "Who do you think you are?" "What do you have to say that would be worth hearing?"

I've finally learned to say to him, "I am the daughter of a King and I have nothing to say that would be worth hearing but my Jesus does and He is going to speak thru me." Works every time.

God bless you!

Leah

luvmy4sons said...

Bless you for your faithfulness to let God work through you. Blessings to you sweet sister!

JanMary said...

So great to hear it went well.

I am sure many were blessed, including you!

Hugs and prayers.

Cindy said...

Karen, I am glad that everything went well. I know that many were blessed.

Cindy

Edie said...

God is so faithful. All the time. In all circumstances. I love that as He is using us, He makes us very aware that we can do nothing without Him.

Jean said...

May I just say that I am sure God is speaking through you because so often you minister to me through your website. So often you say exactly what I need to hear. That is no coincidence, only a Godincidence. Thank you for allowing that to happen!

Chatty Kelly said...

Continue to follow him, he'll never steer you wrong.

So glad it was a good day!

TOTALLY NEW MOMS said...

This just makes me grin! God is good. It's amazing when we have confidence in him and not in ourselves and we just trust him. I'm happy it went so well for you!

Sue McRoberts

Amanda said...

Leave it to karen to make me cry! lol Tears of joy of course...about our amazing Lord and your ability to hear Him! What a beautiful testimony.

So glad all went well!

Many blessings-
Amanda

Mrs. Sidney said...

Karen,
This is a great reminder. I have been traveling through some difficult situations and I haven't even been blogging or journaling about it.. thanks for reminding me to trust and give thanks.

Ronel

Becoming Me said...

Praise God. I hope that one day I will be able to hear Him speak thru you .

annie said...

You're so pretty Karen.