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?
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.
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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