Waiting, Afraid

Sunday, July 8, 2007

“The secret is not who we are, or what we are, but in our dedication to Him. In turning over all that we are—for His use—for his purpose. That is the secret. It is not whether we have been given ten talents, or five talents—or only one talent—but whether we are willing to release that talent into the hand of God—to let Him make use of that “little thing” as He desires. He asks only for us—us as He has created us. He decides who we are, what we are, what abilities, aptitudes and gifts we have. We decide whether we are going to willingly give what we are, who we are, back to Him.

“It’s simple, really. God made us. He loves us. He has provided for our redemption. He wants our love and devotion. He knows just what can be accomplished with the little we have to offer Him. It all depends on whether we are willing to give Him free rein. Whether we are willing to say, ‘Here is my little, Lord. Cast it down, break it up, hurl it out, as You see fit.’ Only then will we be of use to the Master…Only then will we be given freedom—released to serve.”

~From The Measure of a Heart, by Janette Oke


I am plagued by my own inadequacy. I doubt my own ability to be a mom and to love my kids and to set myself aside and offer my heart to my kids. I have nothing to offer, except my fears and dreams and hopes and failures.

I can't do this.

Somehow, I need to believe that God is going to make up the difference.

It was His idea anyway.


PaperYarnGirl said...

I have nothing to offer, except my fears and dreams and hopes and failures.

You'll find that this is the very best that a mother can ever offer her children. It will be enough, because He is enough.

I'm praying for you daily, on this home stretch at the door of this new adventure!

Carol said...

When I had just had my first baby, a leader in our church asked Barry and me if we felt we could handle adolescent years and if we were really up to the task of parenting (this "leader" did not have children). I was quite taken aback, but learned that you take one day at a time in raising children. When that baby is born, you will be overcome with love. It grows from there. Bond in infancy, and the bond keeps growing. Don't allow yourself to become independent of your child and vise versa. You can be a mom, and a terrific one at that!

the Joneses said...

That's all anybody has to offer, really. Trust in His grace rather than in your adequacy, and the prospect looks brighter. He is a big God, and has turned many people into parents before you.

-- SJ

Anonymous said...

You know ,believe me:nothing in the world is easier than loving your own children and putting yourself aside for them.
It just comes automatically.
will have to be careful to love other children a little bit too...

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