“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort-we get a full measure of that, too.”2 Cor. 1:1-5 MSG
If I am honest with myself, there are times when I want to help someone who is hurting before I am ready. Skipping right past my own refining process. But, sometimes the helping can be a part of my healing. It takes the focus off of myself and my own struggles and opens my eyes to other needs. God knows my heart and my desire to be used of Him. I have learned that He doesn’t intend for me to carry others burdens. That is His job. He wants to carry mine as well…lighten my load and make me free. I am thankful for the friends that He has put in my path at just the right time when I needed it. I pray that I would be ready to be that for another. When I put too much pressure on myself. That is when I hear Him saying to me…
The more you stay in My word ,
the more you take the time to be quiet and listen to My voice,
the more of My words will come out to speak life.
Sometimes words don’t come easy for me. I’d rather write a note or give a gift. Or, I might be holding onto my pride. I can hear Him calling me out of my comfort zone to speak into my family and friends the encouragement that they need to hear. I have seen in my own life how,“Gracious speech is like clover honey- good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 MSG.
Dear Father, I am humbled that You would want to use me. May You get all the glory. Amen.