For the past few years, my prayer has been that God would be glorified through my life, my actions, my ministry and my family. I have prayed and prayed that all HE accomplishes in and through us SHINES the LIGHT of CHRIST to people who do not know the Saving power of HIS love.
I say all this to share a new happening in our lives. I was made aware of my diagnosis of Crohn's disease this week. I spent several days trying to swallow the information and understand what it all meant. (even had a pity party for a few hours) But as in all things I've prayed for, I realize that God is going to use this diagnosis to BRING HIMSELF GLORY. I don't know how yet but I do know that HE has his hand on my life and isn't caught by surprise.
Can Rebecca move to Brazil with her family and learn language? Sure...it may take awhile to be proficient in the language and culture but I can do it! So could you! My prayer was for GOD to be glorified in my life through ways only HE could DISPLAY! How can God be glorified in me doing something I'm capable of. Sometimes we have to be taken to the place where we know there is absolutely no way we can survive on our own. Where it's just so hard that once again we're pleading with HIM to come and make HIMSELF be seen and glorified.
Oh God, USE me! Use me...but use me so that YOU will be glorified to the fullest. Use my life so that when someone sees the results of fruit they know it WAS ONLY YOU!!! Only you and absolutely nothing I could do.
Pray for God to bring healing to my body if that is HIS plan but more importantly pray for those that are dying without even knowing of his healing power!
I know that some that read these words week after week even doubt the ONE of whom I'm talking. You've written and told me so. You respect the work we're doing but that is the extent of your interest. I plead with you to taste and see that HE IS GOOD!!! His mercies are new every morning! OF THIS...the whole world needs to hear!