Friday, March 19, 2021

Share Your Story

Your story is the key that can unlock someone else's prison.

“Don’t be afraid to speak from personal experience; in many ways, those vulnerable moments will be the key that unlocks a hardened heart.”  - Luis Palau

There truly is nothing more powerful than sharing how you have been personally affected by your relationship with Jesus. It's easier for people to see themselves in such a relationship when they see how it's affected someone they know rather than just reading words on paper or hearing it from the pulpit. (Not to say that some people don't find Jesus by reading a book or listening to a sermon. They're just more apt to make that important decision if it's more personal.)

For most people, it's exceedingly scary to open up that way. Here are three tips that may make it easier.

Pray about it

God-confidence comes as the Holy Spirit works in us. As we pray and when we make choices that honor God, the Holy Spirit fills us with His power for ministry. Elizabeth George
Talk with God about your anxiety. He understands that it's not your idea of a fun time and He can fill you with confidence that will ease your fears.


Realize that it's God's desire

Not only does He expect us to worship Him, He wants us to tell as many people as possible about Him so they can experience His love, too.

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.

Ask God to give you the words

If you're thinking that you can opt out because you're not good at talking with others, Moses already tried that excuse and, well, we know how that worked for him. 

I won't promise any burning bushes, but I can assure you that the right words will come to you at the right time. 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.
Today, may God place me in someone's path and give me the words to touch their heart

Friday, March 12, 2021

Proverbs 16:9

We can make our plans, but God determines our steps.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9

As a child, whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I responded that I wanted to be a teacher. Not surprising for several reasons. As a female Baby Boomer, I was encouraged to only consider the traditional female roles. I get weak-kneed at the sight of blood, so nursing was out of the question and both of my parents were teachers, so that was the logical choice. Besides that, I liked teaching and I'm good at it.

So, I earned my BA in Elementary Education. I never actually taught except to work as a substitute teacher for a short time. Through a series of circumstances, I ended up in Human Resources and spent 35 years doing something I absolutely loved. In high school and college, I didn't even know what Human Resources was, but when I stumbled upon it a few years later, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

I can see God's hand in the events and opportunities that led me to my career. I don't know if getting a teaching degree was in His plans or if it was just my myopic view at the time, but it all worked out. I used what I'd learned in college in so many ways, especially when I conducted training.

My career path could have been more direct, but, looking back, I know it happened just the way it needed to. The experiences I had made me a better HR director and supervisor.

I trust God to know what's best for me and, even if I stray from the path He has for me, He uses those experiences to help me grow. Trust Him to lead you in the right direction.

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