Are you turning a blessing into a burden? January 23, 2017

We had a guest speaker at church yesterday and what he said is still playing through my head! SUCH A GOOD MESSAGE ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Pastor Stonebreaker went over The story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10. He spoke about the balance between work and worship, and between distraction and devotion. But what really stuck out to me was when he asked if we had ever turned a blessing into a burden. It wasn't even a main topic, just a question he flittered over, but it caught my attention nonetheless. One of my best friends had said something similar to me just a couple weeks before and I was just as dumbfounded then as I was last night! It reminded me so fully of where I was early last year.ย 

I don't know about you, but I've turned His blessings into trials a few times. His Print Shop being one of them! ๐Ÿ™ˆ The first couple months were CRAZY for me. I was more than overwhelmed. I had literally no clue what I was doing, but that wasn't what killed me. It was that He answered my prayers and I couldn't handle it.ย 

For years I prayed to be a vessel. I continually asked God to lead my path and help me guide others to him. I couldn't think of anything more exciting than to have him use me. ME! I could barely fathom it. And then He offered me this beautiful, amazing gift and I was nothing but terrified. I was going to meetings with tax guys and lawyers and filing official paperwork and honestly thinking I was going to pee my pants ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚.ย 

Here I had this wonderful opportunity and I kept trying to hand it back to Him! And then I stumbled across Jeremiah 29:11. I know this verse by heart, as I've grown up hearing it, but it spoke to me more clearly that day than ever before. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." I started BAWLING. The tears were coming and they weren't going to stop.ย 

I looked back at the road He paved for me and I could see every stone He laid out behind me leading me to this very next step. Those trials I suffered, those hopeful prayers, the things I ventured out to try... Every single moment has led up to this point. Every person I've encountered, every book I've read, every feeling I feltโ€ฆ all just pages leading up to the next chapter.ย 

My entire life I've been taught that God had a purpose for each and everyone of us, but I never felt the truth of that statement as powerfully as I did in that moment.ย 

I am here to remind you that you are CHOSEN, that you are LOVED and that you are FORGIVEN. If you don't think you have a purpose, you couldn't be more wrong, my friend. God has plans for you. It might be hard to see right now but TRUST IN HIM. Keep the faith. Always remember that the characters in the Bible weren't aware how they were going to affect us. Job was tormented, David made mistakes (up down, left and right ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚), Paul was once Saul, etc. None of them knew the big picture, but they all kept the faith. I'm sure the lessons and the life we learned from them are bigger than they ever could have imagined!ย 

You have a story, Christian. He's going to use you.ย 

Turn your trials into blessings ๐Ÿ˜‰โค

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