A few months ago, a writers’ group for my church formed. I was asked to help spread the word and encourage the women of faith to contribute devotionals to be included in a daily devotional booklet. Several women in our prayer group and Hometeam groups started writing and they gave me several devotionals to pass on to the editors.
I also had been asked to write, but I have to admit that after reading some of the devotionals my friends had written, I was a bit intimidated. I sometimes wonder how God can speak through me or use me…especially in this way. I’m not a writer, and I often wonder what the fruits of my labors are.
These doubts give me writer’s cramp. It was tonight after I received a fresh copy of the newest devotional booklet that I could not help but express my thankfulness for each and every entry. I wanted to read the devotional from cover to cover!
I hungered for the encouragement that I found in those words from my Sisters in Christ. Page after page I read until my eyes fell on a devotional that brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart deeply. I knew that God truly worked through my spiritual sister’s writing to give me encouragement. Her words showed me that God has placed in my heart a ministry to bless and encourage others.
My ministry is to serve God’s children and to show them God’s love, and the fruits of my labor will be hearts that have found acceptance in His Kingdom. I thank God for His goodness and mercy, hearing our prayers, blessing us, and for giving us Christian friends to share this life with.
I thank God for the encouragement I found in those pages, and I encourage anyone reading this to not be intimidated from sharing your experiences with others. You never know how God will use your words to fulfill His purpose.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord God, my God, is with you.”
– I Chronicles 28:20 (NIV)
“Lord, I thank You for allowing me to approach You in prayer and thanksgiving. Lord, I want to thank You for placing special people in my life who worship and adore You and are not afraid to write personal devotionals and words of encouragement. I thank You for their examples of devotion and prayer. I ask that each and every person who reads these devotionals will be blessed and come closer to You, Lord. And Lord, help me to be in Your will daily, to be encouragement to others, and not be fearful in…”