While perusing my Bible last night after the hubs softball game (they lost btw) I came across this passage in Jeremiah 1:5-10, "'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.'
'Ah, Sovereign Lord,' I said, 'I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.'
But the Lord said to me, 'Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, 'Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.'"
My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and it actually falls on a Friday this year. I had kind of started planning on a group of us going to Amarillo and going out for dinner and drinks. Then I found out the Ladies' Retreat at my church was the same weekend and began toying with the idea of whether or not I was going to go...I finally made the decision to not make a big deal my birthday and attend the retreat...and then they asked me to be a group leader.
I was flattered and then I started stressing out. I'm one of those people who has always felt like "I am only a child" in my faith. (My other bible said "I am only a youth." for Jer. 1:6) I just feel like there are SO many women for me to learn from in the church and I'm not sure what I have in all my 23 years of wisdom.
So, then I came across this passage last night and He reminded me that we are never qualified or ready. But, He alone can qualify and ready us for whatever He decides to call us to, He only asks that we be willing. I am praying that He will use me in any way He sees fit and that He will "put words in my mouth" during the retreat.
That's all the widom I have for the day. It a wonderful, rainy day here in the Texas panhandle. Keep it comin', Lord!