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BittersweetThis has been a very emotional week for me.  One minute I’m celebrating how God has enabled me to serve, and then the next minute I’m crying because this chapter of serving is over.  Yes, I’m a crier and always need tissue on hand, but usually fail to have it.

A year ago God called me to be a BSF leader at the end of my first year participating.  To be completely honest, I was excited to see what God would do with me, through me and for me as a BSF leader.  I was also terrified.  Terrified I would fail God and not meet the expectations of others around me.

As I sat with my group for the first time back in September, I found myself feeling unprepared to teach this wonderful group of ladies.  During my freak-out moment I told God (quietly in my head) He had made a mistake.  I told him I didn’t know enough.  To calm me down and help me focus on the ladies in front of me, God whispered “Shhhhhh.  Rebecca.  I will teach, you will lead. Now pay attention.”  Or something like that.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:24

I had forgotten that God promises to enable us for all He calls us to.  God knows me better than I know myself.  He knows what I am capable of. All He needs from me is a willing heart to follow His lead.  From the moment God calmed me during that first day as a BSF leader I have listened to my ladies and guided them through the lessons while relying on God’s prompting.  This has been an amazing year full of growth and blessings.  I’m sad it’s now over. This time is truly bittersweet.

Today was my last day as a Group Leader with this particular group of ladies.  Over the course of the last 9 months I have grown to love each of them.  I have learned a lot from each of them.  They each shared their trials and triumphant moments with me.  We prayed together and for each other.  We studied God’s Word and grew closer to God, together.  Each of the beautiful ladies in this group helped me see and appreciate life in a new and magnificent way.

The extra bonus to being a BSF leader is the remarkable women that lead alongside me.  They each have such a heart for God.  They help me remember, every week, that we don’t do this alone.  God is there for us and will guide us through it.  We are there to encourage one another.  We share our struggles with being a leader and life.  We also praise God together as He answers our prayers and reveals Himself to us.  We study the Word of God together and share what we have learned.

I am incredibly thankful for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship).  If it wasn’t for this program I probably never would have meet all of these warm hearted women.  They have each helped me be a better me.  I will miss each of them over the next few months.  I believe God will give me another amazing group of women in the fall and we too will grow together as we study God’s Word.  I’m looking forward to the next chapter of this journey.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the people you place in our lives that draw us closer to You.  I pray we show our gratitude and thankful heart to encourage those who help us in our time of need, Amen

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:16-21


Answered Prayer

praying hands bibleAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Overwhelmed, Robert and I both eventually reached out and asked for prayers after finding out Robert’s new kidney was being rejected.  Several friends and family had asked if they could add our prayer requests to prayer chains they were a part of.  Of course we said ‘yes’.  As far as I’m concerned prayer could only help, not hurt.  There were people all over the country praying for Robert the family and I.

Some were prayers for Robert and I to be filled with God’s peace as we waited for the day of the biopsy.  Others were for God to have His hand over all the details of the biopsy and for all to go well.  There were prayers for God to guide the hands of the doctor performing the procedure.  Many prayed for Robert and I to rest in the fact that God had it all under control.  Some prayed for the results of the biopsy.  Prayers the doctor would be told Robert’s kidney was healthy and it had not been affected by the rejection which had begun. trust & believe

I prayed for similar things but in a slightly different way.  I told God I knew how awesome and powerful He was.  I knew He could do anything and nothing was impossible for Him.  I believed God would protect the kidney Robert recently received.  I asked God for the doctors to be baffled by the results of the biopsy because it would show no damage having occurred.  I was asking God for a miracle because I knew He could do it!

At 9 o’clock on a Friday night, eight days after the procedure, which felt like a month, Robert received a call from the doctor.  While he was talking to the doctor on the phone, I couldn’t tell if it was good news or bad.  Robert had very little to say.  I think Robert was speechless.  The doctor was telling him the results showed the kidney had suffered NO DAMAGE!  They thought they mixed the results up with another patient because it didn’t make sense.  They were expecting to see damage.  The point of the biopsy was to find out how much damage had occurred, not if there was damage.

Keep Calm Powerful GodOur specific prayers, that were expected to be answered in a mighty and awesome way, were.  I wish I could personally thank and hug each and every person who has been praying for me and my family.  It means more than I can express with words.

All week I’ve been sharing, with anyone who would listen, how awesome God is and how He answered our prayers.  By sharing, I hope to encourage others to reach out to God with their requests.  I believe God will reveal Himself to those who do, in a wonderful way.  I believe God does answer EVERY prayer.  We might not get the exact answer we’re hoping for, but God will answer.  We must trust that God’s plans for us are far greater than anything we could imagine or hope for.

Do you pray for things in general or are you specific with details when talking to God?  Has God answered a specific prayer of yours?  If He has, I encourage you to share.  It’s encouraging to others and helps you remember the power of God and how much He loves you.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer.  May we take time, throughout each day, to be more specific when lifting up our prayers to You, whether it be praise, thanksgiving or requests, Amen


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