This week has been a crazy busy week for us, as our church gets ready for Old Fashioned Sunday! So in the week leading up to this big Sunday, we put everything in high gear to get ready. Normal things still need to be done added with helping getting outfits ready, decorating, cleaning, prepping 6 different dishes for the lunch for Sunday........and praying, praying, praying for hearts to be open and that the Lord would bless!
Earlier this week the Lord had impressed me to just go an extra mile, to personally give the Lord something to bless on Sunday. My commitment was to go out 2 times other than normally scheduled soulwinning events, to go pass out fliers inviting people to our big day! So my awesome siblings and I went out Wednesday and passed out fliers, and then decided we would do it again Friday. I am convinced the Devil was listening.....by that night I could feel a serious head cold coming in full force. Boy did it ever, I don't remember much of Thursday except I felt horrible. So today (Friday), I was better, but still didn't feel very well. So in my mind I had dismissed going out again, trying to pacify myself that one time was enough and I really shouldn't be out in the heat. Then the verse Eccl 5:5 ("Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?") popped in my head. Through the Lord's prompting, I had told Him I would go out twice. The Lord knew I was going to get sick, and still had impressed on me to do it.
Could it possibly have been a little test from the Lord to see how far I would go to keep my vow to Him? (After all He went the farthest to keep His vow to me!) Or could it have been the devil trying to discourage me from my commitment? Either way I sure didn't want to let my Lord down! So, I jumped off that couch (so as to tell my cold who was in charge ;) ) and rounded up my sibling,s and away we went! I put a little treat in it for them and we worked down one street to the store grabbed some candy and drinks, and worked back up another! Once we got finished, as any soulwinner knows, we were hot and sweaty....but there's no better feeling than obeying the Lord.
This is not to tell everyone how great I am; because honestly I fail the Lord more than not! Most nights I sadly lay in bed and realize just how many opportunities God placed before me, that I just shrugged off! Thankfully His grace reaches down and comforts me, and reminds me to be aware of His guidance each and every day, instead of what "I" need to get accomplished that day! My small sacrifices each day are nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice He gave in my place!
This is probably a rambling post ( I'm blaming it on the cold ;)) but I really want to live this 'Fabulous Life' with purpose; accomplishing what God wants me to do each day, whatever it may be! Passing each test He gives me each day, with flying colors; not succumbing to the road blocks the devil places in the path to stop me! You never know what excuse is an obstacle the Devil placed before your path, to keep you from the opportunity God placed before you!
*1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
This is my desire, that I would be so accustomed to listening to the Lords direction that other's would see Jesus!