Friday, January 18, 2013

When Your Plate Becomes a Turkey Platter

Without going into details, my family, including me, have been facing some serious health issues since the new year, 2013, began. I've been petitioning for prayer from my prayer warrior circle on an almost daily basis. I've always heard the saying "God will not put more on your plate than you can handle." I do believe my plate has become a turkey platter. LOL!

In reading my Bible, I turned to James and found penciled in the margin these words spoken in a sermon on January 15, 2012...one year ago. "Listening is a task. Hearing is the result. God gives us gifts and wants us to use them. Potential is God's gift to us, what we do with that is our gift to Him."

God has given me the passion to share what's in my heart with others through the written word. My gift to Him is to use that passion. So, even when trouble seems to heap upon my plate, I know that God is with me and will never abandon me.

Even if I write less than 200 words on my manuscript in a given day, I'm still using the gift He has provided. I pray and ask for healing, I praise His answered prayers and all the blessings which overpower the bad things. And I don't fear, for He is carrying my yoke, and I am carrying His which is not heavy.

A friend on a writing loop shared a table of word count which says that if you were to write only 250 words a day (Monday-Friday), in one year you would have written 67,600 words. That for me is a novel! Never despair on how many words you can write.

I've found that when I use my passion by writing or crocheting prayer shawls, I'm focusing on bringing glory to God instead of worrying. God doesn't want us to worry. His promise is to always love us and provide. He asks us to put our faith in Him.

Dear Reader, let my words be an inspiration to you to not get caught up in all the trouble and turmoil of the day. Turn your eyes to Jesus and pray. And remember to use the gifts He has given you to give back to Him.

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does." James 5:22-25

2 comments:

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Do what it says. That is the hard part sometimes. Especially when it says forgive, or turn the other cheek. But it does make us stronger in the end.

Carol Ann said...

Amen, Sharon!