Thursday, August 27, 2009

Word to Life

If I never do anything else, I pray with all my heart that I can bring God's Word to life. For myself, for my family, for my friends, and for anyone else that I have the opportunity to share with. Yes, that would be it. My one desire: to bring God's Word to life.


That's what I ask myself. And there are so many correct answers.

I've led Bible studies. In these studies it was my main objective to bring God's Word to life so that those in the study could feel and apply God's Word in their everyday life.

I've been a speaker at retreats and conferences. No matter what the message or topic, my main goal was to bring God's Word to life so that the women in attendance would go home thirsting for the Word of God with the desire to apply it to their lives everyday.

I answer the phone at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Many times it is people asking for prayer. I often don't have the answers they are looking for, but I always point them back to the Word of God. I may not have advice or answers, but I do have Scripture that never fails. And when I share it, it sticks. It gives hope. It promises to never fail. When I have nothing to offer, the Word of God gives life.

My kids are searching for their way in life. I don't have much to offer them, but I do have God's Word. And unfortunately they may roll their eyes at me. But I know that His Word will not return void. And so, I keep offering it. One day they will thank me. I'm blessed. Today one of them thanked me :)

My husband....he's a great husband. But he still doesn't meet my every need. Because God's Word has taught me how to love, whether Jeff meets my needs or not, I know how to give him love. Not because I posess it, but because God within me does. I read His Word. His Word manifests within me. And I am able to love whether I feel like it or not. And just for the record, today I felt like it. I am so in love with my husband!

Today I am struggling to discern the best way to bring God's Word to life. There is so much I want to do. But there is also so much that I have to do. Ministry is important to me, but that can be done in many different ways. I am asking God to define that for me. And I am torn. I want to be in the smack dab center of God's will. And His will alone.

How do you bring God's Word to life? What does that mean to you?




Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post....I always relate to your posts....

Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog that I launched today.

Cheri Bunch said...

Dear Melissa~

I love this post! I so identify with your heart on this matter.

I have been praying that the Lord would infuse His Word into me and let me walk it out. I have been a student of it for such a long time, how disappointing to know it but not live it! So I pray almost every time before I read "Breathe on this Word, Lord! Bless it to my heart! Make it life in me!"

I so want to be an effective servant, faithful and real! I know it is impossible in the natural, but with God all things are possible!

I have such a desire for others to know Him! To be in awe of Him! To see His beauty!

Isn't it awesome that He would even consider sharing from His abundance with us? It overwhelms my heart to consider how generous our Lord is!

If we ask for life...He gives!

If we ask for wisdom...He gives!

If we ask for peace...He gives!

So generous, so loving, so Fatherly!

We are so blessed!

Thank you for sharing your heart! You blessed my day!

Love you,
ps. So glad that your momma is feeling better.

Pat said...

Melissa, I can relate so much to your heart. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think of all of the needs of the world and the many possibilities that are available to us for ministry. I join you in seeking God constantly for His plan and direction. Proverbs says that "if we roll our works upon Him, He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His WILL".
Wow! I so need to remember that every day!
Thank you for sharing so transparently!
Blessings to you!

Joyful said...

Hey you don't always have an answer for those who come to you, I feel speechless in responding to your thoughts and questions here. However, I do want to share one thing that has been ringing in my head all day today.

I attended the Beth Moore simulcast this weekend and at one point Beth said that's there's a world of difference between a liaison and a listener. This has really hit home with me. I find I am always quick to want to share truth...pass it on, but have I truly received it first? Have I really made it personal? Too often I share something before I've really taken the time to learn it myself. I'm thinking I need to pull back in some areas and allow His Word to breathe life into me and change me before I go sharing truths that I know to be true but haven't allowed God time to work into my life yet because I'm so busy sharing His Word I'm not savoring it myself.

Praying God will show you His will. I believe God is longing to bring His Word to life in me.


susanj2008 said...

Just the other morning my reading landed me on Gal 5:6b "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love" To me the answer to your question is right here. I keep hearing that old song "You will know they are Christians by their love, by their love" When our faith is acted out in love, we are living out His word. Our friends and neighbors don't care what we might profess with our mouths, or what we put limits on, like TV viewing, music choices, stay at home mom vs working mom. they just don't care, that is not what will speak to them. Acts of love, a cup of cool waters poured out on their life, from a well that has been deeply filled by the Holy Spirit. Now that is how we can live out the word.

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