Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In Other Words Tuesday - July 14, 2009

“If all you ever attempt is that which
you know you can do,
or have the resources for
how will you ever discover
what He can do? ”
by Anne Graham Lotz

I'm having a bit of trouble with today's quote. Honestly, I am having a difficult time remembering voluntarily attempting something in which I had to trust God for the outcome. Well, there is this past Mother's Day when I shared a bit of my story during our church service (details here). But at the time, that didn't FEEL voluntary. Oh, it was and my pastor gave me LOTS of opportunities to say "No" (Thanks, Glenn). But because I knew that it was something God was calling me to do, I felt compelled to do it, making it not about "sharing MY story" so much as speaking to God's glory.
I guess that's the crux of it though. Even in the things I don't experience voluntarily, I have learned how MUCH God can do. I'm doing a Tuesday morning Bible study at our church currently. Today we watched a video in which Priscilla Shirer talked about the fact that we have a "supernatural God". One of the things that crossed my mind is that for a mom to survive the loss of a child and be able to still experience joy is supernatural. While I may not have gone out on a limb on my own, I have certainly experienced some of what God can do!
Some of those experiences have come even in the small steps of faith I make. In taking a deep breath and reaching out to others, even through this blog, I am privileged to see God work in amazing ways, showing His Glory and Love. I am waiting, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so much, for God to reveal what He would have me do as a result of Seth's time with us. I have been longing for some kind of ministry to serve others or share compassion upon others going through similar losses. I don't know what that looks like. I would not be surprised if, when the opportunities begin to present themselves, I feel woefully inadequate. I hope that I take a deep breath and am reminded by the Spirit within me to rely on the supernatural powers of God!
"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
See what others have had to say about this quote by visiting Nina at Mama's Little Treasures.


mamas*little*treasures said...

Hi Kathryn! Thanks for participating in this week's IOW meme. And thanks for leaving a message on my blog ;o) So glad you have joined the IOW community, and I hope to get to know you better over the coming weeks and months. I truly understand the fear and anxiety of stepping out to do something in an area we feel incompetent . . . but I know that with your experiences in life, God will use you to minister to others who are walking the same pathway. We all have something different to give, and He uses it all if we allow His Spirit to guide us. Blessings! Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

Tami Boesiger said...

I love the verse you chose at the end. It's very appropriate and sums things up nicely.

I'm sorry to read of your loss, but confident God will not waste your pain. He has a plan. Believe it.