As you go through the days ahead, think about the story or stories that have molded and are molding you. Share your story of Christ and how He has molded you and continues to mold you into God’s image. Then, listen to someone else’s story and hear what has shaped them and molded them. It is out of the exchange of sharing that relationship with others and Christ are formed.
In my November 1 post He Will Have The Last Laugh (aprilhawk.wordpress.com/2010/11/1/he will have the last laugh), I wrote about how God had been tapping on my shoulder to write. I also shared how I kept telling God ‘not now’ and ‘certainly it is not me you want!’ But with time, I sat down and began to write. As I began to answer this calling, I knew I had to define my purpose of my blog site. So, came April’s Faith Thoughts which are to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ and encouragement. Jesus had called me to go beyond the walls of this front bedroom that I use for an office.
Each time I write, I come to God as an empty vessel and just simply ask Him fill me and use me. Along with that, I say a prayer that I may reach at least one person beyond the walls of home to someone who needs encouragement or a reminder that God loves them. As a result, I have connected with some of my readers who in turn give me encouragement and with other bloggers with similar purpose who I send encouragement to and they to me.
As time progressed with writing, reading other blog posts and posting comments, I wondered to myself if I was going beyond my walls and how far. Well, God answered that question for me when I received notice that I had a link drop in someone else’s post. Not only was it a link drop but it has become a friendship via the technology world. It was then, God showed me that I had not only gone beyond my walls but across the world! Koh Rebecca is a young lady from Singapore and is witnessing her faith in Jesus Christ. In her post True Happiness, (branchingbecky.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/true happiness) she simply reminds us that it is God who brings us through storms and He supplies the true happiness that we need in our lives. God empowered me to go beyond my walls and in return a branch was reached to me from Singapore.
Through this connection, God has brought a new friendship to me, shown how small the world really is and how amazing things happen when I allow myself to be His vessel. True Happiness does come from God. Yet, He brings extra joy and happiness when a branch from across the ocean reaches back to a little front bedroom/office in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Is God calling you to be His witness in a special way? If He is and you are putting Him off like I once did, now is the time to say “Lord, You are the vine and I am Your branch.” Who knows, there may be a branch somewhere out there just waiting to reach back to you.
- Philippians 2 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
Since I began my blog post, people have asked me how I got started. When I think about how I got started, I realize that there is a testimony within the whole scheme of me starting a blog site. God had been tapping on my shoulder. I had excuses. He laughed at me and said “we’ll see”.
If you have read my post on Stop, Evaluate, Prioritize, you know that at one point, I had hit a wall and absolutely had to cool my jets for a while. As I stopped, evaluated, and prioritized, God brought me to the realization that seasons in life were changing for me and a new purpose for me was in the process of being re-defined. Along with that, God began tapping me on the shoulder telling me that I would be writing to testify about His love, grace, forgiveness, and His son Jesus Christ and eternal life.
God tapping me on the shoulder has gone on for over a course of a couple of years. He would tap me on the shoulder and say “April, this is what you need to do.” My response would be, “you talking to me?” along with “maybe later”, “I don’t think you have the right person.” I was like Moses when God told him that he would lead to free the Israelites from Egypt. Moses’ response was “go to my brother Aaron, he is a better speaker than me.” I would tell God that he already had someone in the family doing such a task. He already has my dad who is a minister, who writes short stories, poems and has also published a couple of books. Along with my dad, I told God that He had my son who writes, and I would also say” and what about all those Christian authors?!” “ isn’t that enough to get the word out!”. God listened to my excuses. He just laughed in my face. As He laughed at me, He kept tapping me on the shoulder telling me to share about His kingdom.
The Almighty Father never gave up on me and His purpose for me at this season of my life. He spoke to me again and this time it was through my son Drew. One evening, Drew and I were talking to each other. He and I got on the subject of purpose in life and me being in a new season of my life. Not long after that conversation, Drew sent me a tweet that said “think about what you are really passionate about and let me know.” I tweeted back with “I’ll have to think about that one.” Next thing I know, he is telling me I should blog and how to get started. Thus, here I am with a blog site sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, I am sure that God is sitting up there in heaven giving Jesus and the angels a fist bump. God won and is having the last laugh with me!
Lesson learned, don’t argue with God because you will not win. You may think you don’t have the courage to do what He calls you to do but He supplies you with what you need. I don’t know what God will tap me on the shoulder to do next but I do know that : I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
What is God tapping you on the shoulder to do? What argument or excuses are you giving Him ? Realize you might as well stop the excuses and arguing with God. I encourage you to just let Him fill you up and do the work He has commissioned you to do. Furthermore, don’t laugh when he tells you do to something. For, I have learned many times over that He will have the last laugh!
- A Branch From Singapore (aprilhawk.wordpress.com)