Useless Versus Adopted and Equipped

Have you faced weary days, where you feel useless, like you are running behind in the steps of life, and in dire need of (running away or) refreshment? This is the place I am in today. At the time of beginning this post, it is 5:30a. I only slept for like a hour or two.

I am too reminded of how “behind” I am in life.
Others are getting married and having babies.

I feel quite useless, especially during Summer – when stepping outside making my body quite sick.

But then, the Holy Spirit reminds me of a song or Scripture. I am trying to wrap my mind around our Scripture for the week – which basically… it reminds us that we aren’t as useless as we feel. Not if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. All of our purpose and usefulness is wrapped up in Him and His Kingdom!

In the book of Ephesians, we are being reminded of our identity in Jesus Christ. We each have our favorite Bible quotes, reminding us how our Mighty God has saved us. What are some of your “go to” Scriptures? Among my favorites include Titus 3:4-7, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, and Ephesians 2:1-10.

To paraphrase Ephesians 2:1-10, we were once spiritually dead. Garbage, sitting on the side of the road. But we met God’s grace – when our punishment was laid upon our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a gift, and not something we can take credit for. Now, we are His. Forever His. And we are given a brand new life.

When we have decided to accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf and chosen to follow Him, this changes everything about our identity and how we handle our circumstances.

Even though I have been a Christian for many years, I have chronic illnesses along with mental illnesses (which does include PTSD).

However. . . Because I am a follower of Christ and a child of the Most High God, I can throw away the lie in my head that says, “You are useless. What good are you?” And so many other harmful put downs. When you are alone during the night, in the middle of a fierce battle, running to the Lord Jesus is the absolute best place for our hearts to dwell.

Between my identity in Christ (Eph. 2) and knowing He has equipped His people to serve within His Church (Eph. 4:11-13), it gives me hope and a firm place to stand. While I still have to remind myself that I do have a purpose. I know, my life does feel useless most of the time. But, I have to press into His truth – which comes from the Bible and time spent with the Lord.

As I spend time in the Word, the Lord will continue to strengthen my heart and mind to help me fight through the lies. We need to keep reminding ourselves of the great hope we have found in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

And if you don’t know Him, today is the time to start. If you need to talk, I am just a message away, either on the blog or the Facebook Page. It may take me a little time to reply, but I will reply.

Keep seeking Him,



Equips the Broken

This week, we will be jumping in feet first and studying Ephesians 4:11-13. Take some time and read the following passage. What stands out to you? How does it connect with what the Lord God is teaching you in this season of your life? Be sure to share in in the comments, and read the rest of the post for encouragement!

I hate leaving the blog segment for the weekends. Lately, I am not well enough to write until it is down to the wire. And I know, I am the only one putting pressure on myself to write weekly. I would love to have my health SO together, that we could eventually have two sets of Scriptures per a week, ya know? I am thinking about our next study, wondering how I can expect to be committed if it is only one post/day per week. If it is the Lord’s will, He will show me how to do so – right? So, we will pick up that discussion or concern for another day.

This week’s Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-13

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

New Living Translation

When knee deep in affliction, it is far too easy to see our lives as “useless”. But, the Kingdom of God definitely shows us another way. Even when we are so physically weak we can barely move and cannot even hold our phones, we have this hope and encourage of two things:

1. We are forever held by our heavenly Father, because of our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ!

2. We get this amazing opportunity to impact others. By our words and actions, we are given this privilege to build up His Church!

Even though I haven’t stepped foot inside the church building in months

. . . . and most days are spent in bed,

the Lord our God has chosen to adopt and hire me to help equip His Church – and use this gifts I have been given.

He has given me the strength to get through the most frustrating health days, and help impact others (or equip by using the gifts He has given me to care for His people)

. . . And it is ALL for His Kingdom, for His glory, for His good pleasure, for His smile.

He can use, even the most broken lives… when we allow for Him to do so. Remember, He is near the broken hearted. And He definitely uses our struggles to help minister


In, Through, and Over All

I am really struggling, friends. Health wise. Emotionally. But I come before today, so we can sit with one of the verses from this past week’s passage: Verse 6.

Our God is so great and high and mighty, that He is: over all, through all, and in all. There is no one like our God. I want to remind us to keep drawing nearer to the One True God through His One and Only Son Jesus Christ who came and died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day.

Our God who is over the Corona virus and the restrictions/lockdowns we are given as a result.

He is above the fireworks or even the terrifying thoughts that feel even louder for those with mental health concerns (and maybe even for those without the diagnosed or realized mental health concerns).

He is working through this pandemic, scary as it might be. Many are seeing His hands working in amazing ways – despite the restrictions.

He is in the details. He is so good. He is doing a beautiful good work in you and me, as we take each step closer to Him and our beloved Savior!

He is keeping us safely tucked in His arms. He will keep us safe. While this is true, this doesn’t mean I have thrown away my mental health (or any other) medications. Because, God can use these things to help me.

This is the Scripture my heart has clung to this week, as I have rested and made it through yet another PTSD and POTS flare week. Below, you can find a couple of my favorite translations of it to pour over your hearts this morning.

“One God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all (NLT).”

“And we all have the same God and Father who is over us all and in us all, and living through every part of us (TLB).”

“And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all! (TPT)”

Oh friends. . . our world is crazy and unpredictable, but we can trust the One True God who is the One leading us!

Image: Ryan Arnst


VOTD – 7/2/2020

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do (Joshua 1:8 NLT).”

From Gill Commentary:

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.”

He was often to read it, frequently repeat it, and speak of it, to refresh his own memory with it, and the memory of those about him. . .

“But thou shalt meditate therein day and night.”

Whenever he had any leisure from the important business of his office, whether by day or night, see Psalm 1:2 (below).

“But they delight in the law of the Lord , meditating on it day and night.”


Intentionality over Likes

Numbers aren’t important. It is about the lives changed as a result of the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ and my story I share here and over at the Facebook Page.

But, our Facebook Page is 10 folks away from reaching 4,000 “likes”.

My goal for our page is to see more interact with the content shared. More intentionality. More Christ exalted community. More depth in our relationship with our Father through His Son Jesus Christ!

Let us keep running to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, allowing Him to be the One leading our every move.

– G.O