I went to bed Sunday night feeling down and beating myself up a bit. I’ve been discouraged at the lowered attendance in worship over the last month and was disappointed at the lack of foot traffic at the Car Show. As I laid awake in the night and churned everything over in my head I was suddenly reminded about the Max Lucado Bible study we just finished about being faithful instead of fearful and as such prayed and then thankfully fell asleep.
God definitely heard my prayers and is helping me for on Monday morning two of my devotional readings were just perfect: Joyce Meyer in Starting Your Day Right said “Don’t obsess over your faults, or you will never enjoy the life that Jesus died to give you…Don’t let discouragement or depression rob you of your energy and make you angry. If you do, you may take that anger out on other people and miss the blessings God has in store for you today.” And in the Upper Room the reading was Matthew 17:14-21 about faith like a mustard seed. John Brown, the writer for the day, said “We often limit our vision to what we believe is possible. But God’s realm of possibility is very different from ours. I know that God will not grant us everything we ask for, but I have seen God respond to people who ask with faith. No request is too big; all things are possible with God.”
I have renewed faith knowing that God is with us. I am not discouraged but rather praying that as a church we will continue to be blessed so we can be a blessing to others. I am thankful for this church family and for Christ. One blessing I’ve had Monday morning was sharing in fellowship with the Ladies as they worked to clean up the Car Show signs; another was the pictures on Facebook from the Crop Walk —it was brought to mind how one parishioner encouraged us while reminding us as to the reasons why we were climbing over the rocks. Seeing our youngest walker’s happy face and knowing another child will have clean water or food because of that walk made my tired feet dancing feet. May it not be lip service but may we truly have the kind of faith that believes ALL things are possible with God. I hope you all have a wonderful week full of surprises from God,