I’m not sure I can really put in to words where I’m at or what I’m feeling.  No doubt, I have been blessed tremendously through Blessings Unlimited.  I have had the most positive experiences, met new people, and have loved being a vessel of bringing the message of God in to people’s homes.  That’s what the “gathering” has been for me.  I have felt called and that I am just where I am supposed to be.  That the marketplace ministry is bringing blessings to people in their homes. 

But I never thought that God would bring me to Blessings Unlimited for anything other than to glorify Him.  And that seems pretty enticing doesn’t it?  That by combining my work and faith, I will be surrounded by the message of Christ all the while sharing it with others.  I love it!  It has been life-changing. 

So, I’ve been going on this momentum for the last few weeks after coming back from Summer Jam–the national conference in Arkansas.  As I’ve said before, the conference did exactly what it was supposed to do for me—-inspiration and motivation.  And I still feel it. 

So riding on that momentum, I never really did realize what God would bring me to.  Besides all of the fun and fellowship—He is trying to teach me, humble me, and grow me.  And constructive criticism, being humbled, and growth is not always the fun part.  Growing in Christ is a wonderful thing, but as we all know, to be stretched…well, sometimes it hurts a little.  It has happened.  All I can say, is I am being stretched.  And God is using me and opening up my eyes to a reality that I can so easily turn away from.  I know I sound vague—and for good reason.  I am holding on to and believing that through this growth there will be much fruit. 

It is no coincidence I am doing a bible study and experiencing things I am experiencing at the same time.  God’s word is alive and I am seeing it jump off of pages at me. 

James 2: 14-17  “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?  Can that kind of faith save anyone?  Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing.  What good does that do?  So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough.  Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”

The realization for me, is that by the way he is growing me, it may not feel like it—but this too is what is glorifying to God.  Could it be that it is more glorifying to God than the obvious (to me) of sharing the message in the way I have already been doing it?

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