Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday footsteps
Since the last time I wrote a Thankful Thursday post (it's been a while!) I've found out about another blog that hosts a Thankful Thursday meme.  The way I see it, we can't be too thankful.  So today I'm linking up to Thankful Thursday at both Spiritually Unequal Marriage and Becoming a Strong Woman of God.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

In May I wrote about being an introvert and trusting God to equip me to do what He wants me to do.  In that case, He enabled me to approach and start conversations with people I'd never met.  Normally--that is, on my own--I would never be able to do that.

Today I'd like to share another answered prayer that's along the same lines.  Recently I was asked about making an announcement in church.  I flashed back to the oral reports I'd done in my high school English class.  I was so nervous that I almost made myself sick.  I skipped half of my notes and talked very rapidly, just to get it over with.  Since then I've avoided every situation that would have required public speaking.

This time, because it was for a ministry that the Lord led my family into, I said Yes before I had a chance to think about it too much.  I was apprehensive, but I prayed for calm and for the right words.

When I walked up to make the announcement, my pastor (who knows that public speaking is waaaayyyy outside my comfort zone) whispered a few words of encouragement.  I stepped up to the microphone and started talking, and it was fine.  Even when I looked out and saw 250 faces (ten times more than my high school class!), I knew it was okay.  My heart wasn't racing, I didn't feel faint, and I didn't trip over my words.  (Afterward my husband said, "You did fine. Next time, try to smile.")

As Henry Morris wrote,
When we place our trust in Jesus Christ as omnipotent Creator and gracious Redeemer, He then faithfully undertakes to provide everything we need to live an effective fruitful, victorious Christian life.
So today I'm overflowing with thankfulness for God's faithfulness and provision.  What are you thankful for?  To read more Thankful Thursday, or to link up your own post, click through the links near the top of this post.

Thankful Thursday Grateful Heart

12 comments :

  1. May God continue to bless you.

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  2. Glad your prayers were answered and your apprehension was set aside. Remain strong in Him

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  3. I recently read God's Smuggler and Brother Andrew talks about a mistake he thought he made that ended up being their way out of a bad situation.

    It makes me reexamine problems. For instance, I recently noticed that my running shoes were badly worn on the soles. The running shoes I was wearing were ones I found at Walmart for twenty dollars and had been the best pair of athletic shoes I've had in a long time in terms of addressing foot problems.

    So I went to Walmart to see if they still had them. They were marked down so I bought the last two pair in my size. When I got home I discovered that one of the pair was wide. I figured I would return them but didn't get around to it.

    I waited a week before putting on my new shoes. When I did I discovered they were too short. I heel to toed them to my old shoes and found they were definitely shorter. So I got out the wide width ones and they were exactly the same.

    I am glad for the mistake and that I delayed in returning the shoes. Honestly, I think God was in it.

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  4. Thanks for coming by and reading the other day! I'm not a fan of public speaking, either. I always memorize every single word I want to say!

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  5. WAY TO GO GIRL!!! I'm so proud of you that is really an awesome thing!!!

    You my dear are growing so much that is really awesome!!

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  6. He is always with us and offers us such wonderful support and courage! Your post was encouraging to me as I sometimes feel nervous in new situations. Thank you for reminding me to look to Him for strength!

    Living for Him, Joan

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  7. Melissa that is AWESOME!! Praise God! He always gives us the strength & courage to do what He requires of us to further His kingdom.

    I too am an introvert ;o) And in my small group in 2008 I barely said two words the whole year. So imagine my surprise when God laid it on my heart to become a small group leader! UH WHAT? No thanks! hehe But the more I prayed about it, the surer I felt that is was where He wanted me to be. So I approached my bible study leader, and asked her if she ever considered having a co-leader. With tears in her eyes, she looked at me and said, "Do you realize I've been trying to figure out, for two weeks now, how to convince you that you'd make a great small group leader?"

    I just completed my first year as a small group co-leader! There is NO WAY that I can even take credit for this amazing year that I have had. It's ALL GOD!

    PS
    Thanks for stopping by my blog ;o) The sauce is ranch dip! I never eat that, just the loaded potato bites, so that's lower in fat right? hehe

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  8. I am the same way about speaking. Oh how I loathe it! Praise God you did a great job though!!

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  9. I too hate public speaking. But I also believe that through Him anything is possible. It truly believe in the saying that we are continually bombarded with obstacles that disguise opportunities.
    Every time I am faced with what seems like an insurmountable problem it turns out to be a situation where I can challenge myself and grow as a person.

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  10. now that is something to be thankful for!
    I know you did great~

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  11. Hi Melissa,

    It's a great comfort that our Lord Jesus faithfully undertakes to provide everything we need to live an effective fruitful, victorious Christian life. Thank you for your visit. Sorry that I took so long to visit you as I have been unwell. Thank God I am so much better now. Take care and have a blessed day.

    Warm regards,
    Nancie

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