Welcome to the first post in the “In God I Boast” series for this fall! I am excited about the line-up of Friends, Bloggers, and Followers who will be sharing a piece of their lives with all of us each week. These are stories that are precious to these sisters in Christ, so please be sure to share the love and write comments if something touched your heart. May God speak loudly to our spirits as He reveals His plans and purposes.
Because I would never want my Readers to think I’d ask something of them without doing it myself, I will be going first. May we exalt His name together!!
Awana begins in two days, but the Lord has been working over the past 6 months to prepare me for this year of teaching children. For the past 3 years I have been one of the Awana Commanders. I have absolutely LOVED it!! It was challenging and I had the opportunity to serve with three amazing women. I learned much from them. But events began to happen. Over the course of 3 months, all 4 Commanders decided that God wanted them to serve in different capacities. It was crazy! And all of us had different reasons.
Over the summer I did not have to spend time planning for the 2013-2014 Awana year. The new Commander stepped in and took over. I felt kinda lost at times. I knew that God wanted me to step down from Commander, but I wasn’t totally sure why. I love being in charge and knowing what is going on in the life of my church, but I’m not really in charge of any ministry at my church right now and I feel so out of touch.
And God began to work on my heart. I have never felt such an intensity before. I really think that the lessons I am going to attempt to teach this year are going to rock the spiritual world of these children, the volunteers, and myself. And God needed my full attention. He needed to purge me of some sin. He needed to light a fire in my soul.
“Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart…That I may proclaim with a voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders.” Psalm 26: 2 and 7
Do I know what I’m doing? Not really. Am I an expert? Nope. I am totally weak in this. But that means God will be strong. I am broken over my sinful attitudes, pride, selfish remarks to others, and gluttony. I am a sinner saved by grace; and the fact that God even desires to use me to further His kingdom causes me to BOAST in Him. I have no idea what blessings this next year entails. Nothing out of the ordinary may happen. But I will trust and obey my Master. I will say the words He gives me. I will walk and not grow faint.
I will boast in the Lord for He is good. His lovingkindness will last forever.
What good thing are you looking forward to in the next few weeks or months?