Monday, May 12, 2008

new challenges

More of HIM Mondays is hosted by Heather @ Not A DIY Life. Participants always appreciate support and encouragement in the form of comments.

A couple of things have happened in the last week that I feel God has arranged to challenge me and move me back on a path where I become more reliant on Him.

One of the ladies from my Moms In Touch group confessed something to the leader and myself and asked us to hold her accountable. As I sat there listening to her tell her story, all I could think about was, how can I help her? How can I help her from falling back into a lifestyle she wants to be out of? It's been on my mind ever since with the main question being, how do you keep an adult accountable for something?

I started feeling ill-equipped and a little frantic. But then it dawned on me (it was probably the two by four God wielded at me) that I don't have to come up with some great game plan. I don't have to have all the answers. I don't have to feel like it all falls on me.

The answer: put it in God's hands, walk close to Him, and He will show me how I can help my friend. That, along with being present in my her life. Show her I care and let her know that I'm there to walk her journey with her. I am praying that I can follow God's lead on this and am excited to see how He will direct me.

The other thing that I'm excited about is a new venture of Susan's of Penless Writer. She has felt called to start and run a 24 hour prayer blog. She is heavily involved in a prayer ministry in her home town and knows the value and power of prayer. She is looking for anyone who is willing to commit to praying every day for the requests that are left on the blog.

At first, I didn't think I would want to do this. I mean... every day! I didn't think I could follow through with such a commitment. But then I felt like this would be good for me. Something I need to be more disciplined in. Susan explained that she didn't want it to be a legalistic commitment, so if I miss my appointed time, I can find another time that day that works better for my schedule. I'm excited to be a part of this new endeavor.

She is still looking for volunteers, so if you think it's something you'd be interested in, leave her a comment or email her.


Liza's Eyeview said...

Thank you for sharing how God is working in your life. We learn from each other s we support and encourage each other. The new prayer support group sounds great!

Momma Roar said...

So neat to see how God is working in your life!

And yes, those two by fours...they come at just the right time, don't they? (speaking from experience here) :-D

Melissa said...

I love that you are willing to share your thoughts and experiences with us here on the blog! I'll have to check out those links... thanks :)

Barb said...

Powerful blog! Those "two by fours" are quite effective, huh. I had a similar experience with a teenager at church. She clearly needed someone who cared, even cried in my arms once. Her situtation is complicated and I didn't know how to be of the most help. God reminded me I just had to be open and willing.

Penless Writer has a great challenge. I'm going over to her site.

Heather said...

Even though I don't love the moment of the two by four, I love the after effects. God uses those a lot in my life. What a great reminder that God uses us to share His love, even when we feel inadequate or ill-equipped.

Thanks so much for sharing, Diana!