Love God Greatly

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine! ~ Elisabeth Elliott

If you’re anything like a typical girl, you’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time at some point in your life dreaming about the details of your future. I know I have. In fact, when Angela and I were neighbors as little girls, you could often find us on hot summer days playing “wedding” in the carport of her tiny duplex. We draped ourselves with white lace tablecloths and our moms’ cheap jewelry and took turns – along with my sisters – walking down the driveway “aisle,” imagining the day when our dreams would become reality.

But our lives don’t always follow the fairy tale path we dream about as little girls, do they?

Rahab and Mary – two more unlikely women listed in Jesus’ lineage in Matthew 1 – certainly found out that life doesn’t always turn out according to plan. But a wise woman of God knows that God’s sovereign plan trumps her plan any day of the week.

Rahab the prostitute was a social outcast who was willing to be used by God.

Mary was a young virgin girl whose willingness to be used by God would make her a social outcast.

They didn’t come with stacked resumes, they surely weren’t the most popular girls in town, and they were far from sinless. But God used Rahab and Mary because he’s God, and he specializes in making something beautiful out of what the world deems as broken.

We don’t have to have all of the answers before we submit to God’s plan for our lives, and we might not ever reach a point where we’re considered “qualified” by the world’s standards. But like Rahab and Mary, we can say “yes” when God calls us because we know that God will illuminate our paths with his grace and power, gently guiding us by his sovereign hand with each step we take by faith.

{The Road to Christmas} is becoming more and more beautiful with each grace-filled step, amen? We’re excited that you’re back for {Week 2} of our study… we can’t wait to dive into God’s Word with you!

At His feet,

*Let’s Talk ~ Does doubt or fear hold you back from saying “yes” to God? Our team would love to encourage you and pray for you in the comments section today!

{Week 2} Challenge: In your study time this week, take time to search your heart and identify any personal inadequacies that might be weighing you down and hindering you from saying “yes” to God. Write those inadequacies down on a piece of paper, then over the top of each item listed, write the word GRACE. Thank God for his grace that covers you, and ask him to give you confidence to boldly say “yes” to him.

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