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Not Me Lord

Café Menu for Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Today’s Special is: When It’s Hard To Say Yes, Lord
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Kelly Brown
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May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.

Hebrews 13:21 NLT


I remember when Luann first approached me about writing for Encouragement Café.  I looked at her like she was crazy.  Write.  Me.  No way!  I hated writing!  I was horrible at English!  I could never write devotions.  What would I say?

I am just a simple country girl who loves the Lord, but God had a different idea.  He knew I couldn't on my own, but with Him I could.

It took me awhile to be obedient!  I knew in my heart when Luann asked me to pray about it, that it was what He wanted me to do.  I had felt for a few months that He had given me the gift of encouragement.  I was using it in my church to encourage the ladies with text messages and uplifting quotes and Scripture on FaceBook.  I was content with just doing that, but God wanted me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I couldn't do on my own.

The phrase, “God doesn't call the equipped.  He equips the called” kept coming to mind.  Everywhere I turned, I kept getting confirmation after confirmation that this was what He wanted.  I prayed and kept giving God all kinds of reasons why I wasn't the one for the job, but He kept telling me, "Yes you are.  You can do this through me."

One day, while I was still rebelling, I was talking to a friend.  He told me,

God will use this gift of encouragement if you will allow Him too. Even if Encouragement Café doesn't use it on their website, maybe it will touch the staff person reading it, or maybe it will be just for you. If you feel this is what He is calling you to do, then He will use you.

I decided that day to trust the Lord and write, believing it to be His will for me.

Fast forward to today.  Not only has God equipped me with what I have needed, but I have been blessed myself.  Ladies of my church and countless others I may never know have been reached with encouragement, because, to my surprise, the devotions have been shared on Encouragement Café.

I am humbled at how God is using me as a vessel to encourage others.  I am so thankful for Luann's obedience in asking me to write and for my friends and family who encouraged me to go for it.  Most of all, I am in awe of Jesus who believed in me and kept confirming in my life that this was His will.  Even when I wasn't obedient, He kept pursuing me.

Take Out:

When you feel God asking you to do something for Him, believe that He will go before you and will equip you with what you need to fulfill the work He has for you.  All you need to do is take that first step of obedience, or in my case, that leap of faith!  He will do the rest.


Dear Lord, sometimes we may not understand why You are asking us to do something.  We may not be able to see the big picture.  Help us to trust and obey that if you are calling us to serve, you will be with us every step of the way!  In Jesus’ name I pray Amen.

What Happens When Women Say Yes To God

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Shelly I understand totally about getting out of your comfort zone!  God is allowing me to be used in ways I would never have imagined but saying yes to Him has been the greatest blessing sometimes I think I can't do this Lord and He gently reminds me with man this is impossible but with Me all things are possible!  He keeps showing me I am on the right path just keep trusting and I want to encourage you to keep saying yes and trusting Him too!  Thank you so much for sharing your journey with me I needed the conformation that I am on the right path and God has used you to acknowledge that!  Once again for me thank you and God bless you in your Kingdom work!

Thank you for your beautiful words encouraging me as always and reminding me that it is the masters hands that continues to guide me in this journey !

Beautiful, as always!!  You are ever the Encourager and now you do it with your writing as well!!  Than you for your obedience and allowing God to use you as His instrument... His writing instrument!!  An instrument is of no use until it is in the Master's hand!!!

Thank you for this I needed this morning!  God is directing my path in so many ways and has open doors I never image He would.  With out God I am nothing but with God I can do anything!  God is good all the time and all the time God is Good!  This past year God has force me to get out of my comfort zone or what I call a me bubble and our Children ministry at church is growing and our kids are growing in the Lord has well!  I have prayed out loud to strangers and started singing in the choir!  Just the little things that You not me Lord that He says but yes you can!

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