This has been my most powerful prayer over the last ten years.
I was at a point in my life where I knew big changes were coming. And I felt both inadequate and unprepared to deal with them. And I didn’t know where to turn.
Eventually, I found my way to the Bible. Before that I tried to make sense of things on my own. I tried to reason and then decide what made sense to me. It wasn’t working. I only saw things from my perspective which carried with it a lack of wisdom.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ~ James 1: 2-8
Stepping Out in Faith
I believed God spoke to me. Not in a voice that I could hear. But delivering thoughts with what to do. I was to speak at my father’s funeral and again the following year at my mother-in-laws funeral. Reading scriptures. Some may think not a big deal. But I suffered from anxiety issues and was petrified of public speaking. But I wanted others to be encouraged by the wisdom I had found in the Bible.
And somewhere hidden deep in my soul was a desire to have a voice that people would listen to.
Now there was no natural talent there. But I believe there was a seed planted by God that could only manifest itself through faith.
Now ten years later, I have needed to remind myself to go back there and remember. Dear God…Make me what YOU see me to be. Not to please or try to impress. Not for accomplishment purposes. But to add to this world what you created me to be.
And help me in the business world to manage relationships, money and more in a way that pleases you.
Written by Nancy Johnson, owner of Nancy J Web Design, creating websites for small businesses, organizations, and individuals. Nancy also blogs through “Social Eyes on Business” focusing on telling her story in business.