Friday, June 5, 2015

A Gift (Five Minute Friday)

It's Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung at heading home.  I'm happy you're here!  For all the details about this five-minute free write, click the image at the bottom of this post.

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You know how I'm always telling you about about being an introvert?  And also about how God has been enabling me to do things that are way outside of my comfort zone?

Well.

He has outdone Himself.

About six weeks ago, two of the leaders of my weekly women's Bible study asked if I'd be willing to lead the group--just once.  I could be a backup in case neither of the regular leaders could be there.

I was scared, because this is way WAY outside of my comfort zone.  But I prayed about it and felt led to say Yes.  I did.

About three weeks ago I led the study.  The topic was John 20, in which Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb.  Just a minor point in the life of Christ, right?  (Not.)  I did my prep and when the morning of the study arrived, I was nervous.  I prayed for wisdom and courage, and a friend prayed with me.  After that I wasn't nervous at all.

I started leading the study and I wasn't anxious at all.  It went pretty well!  And I liked doing it.  I'm absolutely sure that God enabled me to do this.  No question about it.

Then this Sunday, one of the leaders asked if I'd be willing to be in the regular rotation.  I'd lead once every three or four weeks.  I wasn't sure.  Again I prayed about it, and the Lord led me to say Yes.

Instead of being nervous, I'm excited.  This has to be totally a God thing.  He's giving me what I need to serve Him.  It's a gift, complete with pretty wrapping and a bow on top.

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I'm out of time, but I'd like to wrap it up:

Yesterday I talked with one of my doctors about the improvement in my depression.  When I told her what's been going on, she said, "You're becoming the person you're meant to be!"

I have never been this person before ... which is just more evidence of the transforming power of God!

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21 comments :

  1. That is awesome! You are growing into a new area God has for you! It can definitely be challenging and exciting all at the same time! He is the great gift-giver and He gives all of the best gifts!

    Thanks for sharing your story with us! (your neighbor at FMF)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. I agree that God gives all of the best gifts!

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  2. I am an introvert too - and God has led me to do things I never would have done on my own! I can so relate! I'm so glad for you, doesn't your spirit just soar when you know it's a "God thing"? The Holy Spirit in us is the driving force. We can do all things through Christ!
    Thanks for sharing your gift on #FMF!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ruthie! I'm glad you can relate and have had the same kind of experience. :) Yes, my heart kind of skips a beat when I see a "God thing." He is so good!

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  3. So so awesome how the Lord is working in your life!! It is amazing the turns in our life when we listen and allow the Lord to lead us instead of us leading.

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    1. PS...Your neighbor at #livefree :)

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    2. I'm glad you stopped by, Winter. You're right: allowing the Lord to lead us can be challenging, but the result is sometimes surprising and always good.

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  4. This is an extraordinary gift! I'm your neighbor #47 at FMF today. I love your blogsite - never been here before. It is cheerful and nicely laid out. Inviting me to sit a spell!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Susan. I hope you'll come back to visit again sometime. :)

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  5. I'm glad you are becoming the person you're meant to be. It most definitely provides a sense of peace and courage that has been missing. I'm very proud of you. It is often difficult to let go and step outside of our comfort zones. You're a definite inspiration.

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Petula! Stepping outside my comfort zone is very difficult; I'm not at all brave about that. However, the Lord has been leading me that way and, as someone has said, "It's a bad idea to tell God He has a bad idea."

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  6. Yes my dear you are the woman that God meant you to be. You're beautiful amazing and have much to share and have more talents and gifts and you can imagine.The exact same thing happened to me with the women's ministry book club. God is awesome.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tonyia! I'm grateful that the Lord is revealing these things to me, leading me where He wants me to be, giving me the courage to do it, and showing me how to use my bad experiences for something good.

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  7. yay!!!
    This is wonderful news! So very happy! What a blessing :)
    Hugs!!!

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    1. I appreciate your joyfulness, Noelle! Yes, this is definitely a tremendous blessing! Hugs to you, too! Hope everything is going well with your family.

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  8. Wow - thats inspiring. Getting outside our comfort zone is never easy, always a bit scary, but so worth it to feel God using us and walking with us. Thanks for putting words to your story.

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    1. Thanks! I agree that the challenge is well worth the effort when we're doing what God wants us to do. I love to see how He works.

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  9. Yay! Awesome story of the process of victory! All the hidden potential is beginning to break through the surface and come to life!! Keep shining! Your voice matters!
    Showers of blessings to you! Stopping by from Inspire Me Monday

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Danise! God is awesome, isn't He?

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  10. I love how God equips those he calls--he doesn't just call the equipped! Thank you for sharing your story. May we all be open to his leading and willing to stick our necks out and step outside of our comfort zones!

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