I wrestle with difficulty in hitting the publish button, lately.
I have some idea what it is about. After all, my “draft” folder looks like this.
I use my phone (a lot) when I am writing. And I tell myself, “I will finish this later.”
What is on my mind?
Yesterday, I felt too broken to be utilized or cared for.
Today, He is showing me how He can and will take my weakness (illnesses, trials, etc) and show how strong He is.
I received a message from a cherished friend, asking for permission to display Gracefully Overcoming at an event for this Friday. So, I am asking for your prayer that it’ll all go very well and that God would bless her greatly as she steps out in faith to serve the Lord (and bless me in process) – as she “mans” the table and helps to get the word out about this amazing, unexpected ministry.
Gracefully Overcome has been my unplanned baby, and worth every ounce of energy, time, etc.
This ministry literally started as a way for me to cope with chronic illness. I started writing, only a few days after the first diagnosis rolled in. That was, TEN YEARS AGO as of September.
Crazy, right? Not enough?
I try not to focus on the numbers. It isn’t about that. But, it is about the lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ who came to save us! Numbers have been kinda crazy lately. Not a bad crazy, just “standing up here in front of a large crowd” kind of deal.
And it is 10000% all for the glory of God!!!
This started as a venting blog, but now… it is a combination of things:
- Chronic Illness Bible Studies held in a Facebook Group.
- Then, the many Bible Studies found through Amazon.
The one thing I ask of the LORD— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.Psalm 27:4, NLT
This Scripture has been pressed upon my heart a lot, lately. There is something about that set of words that can captivate an audience, isn’t there?
The one thing I seek. (as I am remembering it from another translation)
It is the same that Jesus speaks of concerning Mary to her sister Martha. Her sister is beyond busy in preparing a meal for… a lot of hungry guys. I don’t envy her task. But her sister, Mary, is seen sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning from the Lord – which is exactly where they needed to be.
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”Luke 10:41-32
How can we continue to seek after Jesus the Christ as “the one thing” we need to be about? Distractions, as holidays approach especially, will arise. May we keep Jesus as our highest priority. Keep spending time with Him. Keep growing in Him. Our relationship with Him is the best gift we could ever give loved ones.