Useless

listWe all have plans and goals.  We have projects we are working toward completing or to-do lists that seem ever growing. I know I sure do, and my list seems to grow longer faster than any of it is getting marked as “DONE”.

Along with a to-do list a mile long, I have a growing list of good intentions. A long list of deeds and activities I wish to do for others, that helping hand I want to extend, that invitation I wish to give, yet with all this busy-ness I often find myself in there are many times when I feel so useless.  Good intentions remain just that, unfinished intentions of good deeds thought of but never carried through. Grand plans dreamed of, but never put into action.

As humans, the Bible tells us we all sin and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  The first part of James 3:2 says “we all stumble in many things.”  No one is immune from it. Even in the simplest of duties we can fail. I can fail.  I will fail. Promises can be broken and responsibilities can be missed. We cause others disappointment and sorrow and sow an ever growing garden of regret in our own heart.

During my morning Bible reading, I came across a verse that really jumped out at me.

Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.”
Psalm 108:12

The help of man is useless.” That word “useless” seemed so harsh at first, then I realized how true this verse really stands. No matter how hard we often try, we are sinful, imperfect people who will fail. We will fail ourselves, we will fail our family and friends, and worst of all we will fail God our Father.

I know, what a great way to start my day, thinking of my failures as a mom, wife, and Christian.

But wait!  There is good news!  Actually it is pretty great, wonderful news!

Want to hear it?

It is really amazing!

Ok, here it goes…..

God NEVER Fails!

Yep, this verse which reminded me of how mankind will all too often fail one another reminded me of many other verses which teach us that God will never fail us! God will never disappoint, God will never let us down!

The prophet Zephaniah wrote in Zephaniah 3:5

The Lord is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;

He never fails,

But the unjust knows no shame.

Now that was a great thought to start a day on!  A great thought for every day! I serve a God who never fails! A God who is love and guess what, Love Never Fails!

1 John 4:8 (and stated again in verse 16)  “ He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

And… 1 Corinthians 13:8a     Love never fails.”

What a wonderful God!  He will never do wickedly or pervert justice (Job 34:12).  He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).  Because “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30a).  

It is comforting to know that when I feel useless, He makes me Useful!  He completes everything in me that is weak and makes it strong and capable!

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9a

His grace is sufficient for me! For you! For the world!  So if today you find yourself feeling useless. Remember there is a God in Heaven who thinks you are amazing! A God and Father who gave the most precious gift in the world for you. A Christ who gave His life so we could be made perfect in Him!

Have a blessed day!

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Out On Faith

This year seems to have been all about stepping out in FAITH!  Faith in all areas in our Lord. Trusting Him to catch us if we fall. Faith that led us to step out and begin homeschooling our three kids. Faith to branch out in how I teach my Sunday school class at Three Forks.  Faith to make a new commitment in our Women of Worth ladies program.  Faith has always been such a big part of our lives.  Now it is leading me once more.  I am about to leap off a big cliff, all the while praying, “Lord let me fall where you need me.”  “Here am I, send me.”  Isaiah 6:8

No one is a big fan of stepping outside their comfort zone. keep-calm-and-take-a-leap-of-faith-6The fear of rejection and pain is too much. The dread of the “what if….”.  The horrible worry of failing keeps many, including myself, from beginning, from taking the step.  We fail before we ever start.

Not anymore!  A desire of mine for many, many years has been to be a ladies day speaker. I have been so wonderfully influenced by speakers I have heard through my life, I wanted to do that. I wanted to have the strength and ability to share my faith with others the way those brave women stood in front of crowds of women and shared theirs.

For over 10 years I have been a teacher at church. Even in my early teens at our small congregation I had to step up and teach the younger children simply because there was no one else to fill that role.  (Congregation size was about 20 on Sunday mornings, 5 of which were my family.)  I have taught all ages and have taught our women’s bible studies each month for many years.  Each time I prepare and give a lesson, I strive to be better.  I try to teach it as well as I can and improve on past flaws.  I seek constructive criticism, I want to grow.  I cherish the experience each class, each lesson, each opportunity has given me to grow closer to God and share His word with others in the process.

I worry, maybe I am not the right person. No one would really care what I have to say, would they?  What if I can’t control my nerves?  What if I turn out to not be cut out for it?  What if I fail miserably and embarrass myself, and worse yet, what if I fail my Lord?  I, I, I, me, me, me!  There is the problem!!! It isn’t about me, never has been, never will be!  It is about The God of Heaven who gave up everything to come here and die! IT IS About JESUS!

Every focus of our family is about Him.  Living for Him, raising our children to learn of Him.  What kind of example am I setting if I am not placing my trust fully in His help and His strength to keep me on my feet.  He is the help I need!

“Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 124:8

He is where our strength comes from.  Phil. 4:13.  So I am going to take that leap.  I can’t see the bottom, don’t know where I will land, but I know who is there Faithfully to catch me and He never fails!  He will never drop me!  I am putting my name out there saying, yes, I will be a ladies day speaker if anyone would be interested in hearing what I have to say.  I will have faith in my Lord and trust His hand to lead me where He may.  I will continue to pray for His help and guidance every day and hope I am leading my children by example.

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Faithfully,
Tiffany

Don’t Put God On A Shelf

sewingmachineThis past week has been spent waiting on a new pedal for my sewing machine. It has bothered me so much that I have wanted to use it but have not been able to until it is repaired.  Then I began to think of how long that same sewing machine sat on the shelf in my closet, gathering dust, waiting for the moment I would take it down and use it for its intended purpose.

Then it hit me. All too often we treat God the same way. We put God on a shelf in our lives. We know where He is, but we don’t really pay Him much attention, until the time comes when we think we need Him. When things start to fall apart and unravel at the seams, we reach for Him then.  Even though He has been patiently waiting for us all along, wanting, desiring for us to reach for Him.

When we finally reach out for Him, we too often become impatient.  We want God’s help right then, we want His answers to our problems immediately.  We want Him on our time, instead of trusting and waiting for His time, His will, His purpose to be fulfilled.

We need to remember God is always there with us, for us. He wants our walk with Him to be a daily one. A close relationship, not an occasional reunion. We need to spend time with Him daily, growing closer to Him and His word.  In the Old Testament, the Israelites were to offer sacrifices daily to keep God and His commandments constantly on their hearts and minds. (Ezek. 46:13)

We should be like them and the New Testament Christians ourdailybreadwho were so engulfed in God’s word they did not cease, but daily worshipped Him and taught His word to others. (Acts 2:46; Acts 5:42).  We need to feed ourselves with His daily bread! We need to hunger for it and feel empty if we don’t get it each day. We never need to leave God on a shelf for “safe keeping”.  We need to carry Him with us everywhere we go!

Let us challenge ourselves, encourage ourselves to this.  Let our faith never gather dust!

God Bless You today and always!

Tiffany