Monday, July 25, 2011

Stepping Out

The room has finally stopped swaying! After five days at sea, I'm finally getting my land legs back. Our family of 22 Mersbergers took a cruise to celebrate God's blessing in the various seasons of our lives. From retirement to birthdays to a vow renewal, we had a lot to celebrate!

My husband, Greg, was asked to perform an 'unofficial' vow renewal for my brother and sister in law's anniversary. He was so touched and then slightly terrified. He's not one for speaking in front of a crowd. And when you're nervous...22 people can feel like a big crowd!

“How do you do this all the time? I'm so nervous.” he asked me before the ceremony.

“Honey, if God has called you to do it He'll give you the words to get through it.” I said.

Greg had spent time in prayer and was equipped with God's word. I knew he was ready! My heart felt warm at the thought of how God works. If He calls, He equips. We need only be obedient to His calling.

The ceremony was beautiful. Greg did a great job speaking God's word over Charles and Ivona's marriage and with “no one's authority but God” he declared them man and wife. It was so touching.

Greg stepped out of his comfort zone that night. He trusted that God had a reason to choose him for the task at hand. The result was pure blessing. Charles and Ivona were blessed with a beautiful renewal service. The family was blessed by witnessing their re-commitment to one another and their marriage. Greg was especially blessed to be used by God for something so precious to his brother. He stepped out in obedience and the blessings flowed.

Is God asking you to step out of your comfort zone? Are you afraid you'll fail? Trust me, the only thing to be afraid of when it comes to obeying God is not doing it. Not because of receiving a punishment but for missing out on the abundant blessings that come from doing His will.

If He called you to it, He get you through it...

Be blessed,

“And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling.” 2 Corinthians 7:15


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