An Addendum to Less of Me

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The evening after I wrote the previous blog post, a small wonder occurred that showed me just how much my heavenly Father loves us.

I saw a car in my neighbor's drive and walked over with my two older sons to offer help to the relative that was there closing up the house. I was giving my condolences when my oldest son Liam interrupted and blurted out "It's really sad he died...DID HE KNOW GOD?" I'm telling you. That boy.

The woman looked at my son with huge eyes as I quickly explained that we are Christians, and how I felt I had failed to minister to her cousin who had lived there. She started crying and explained how she is a missionary, and had been witnessing to him for 15 years. While in the hospital she prayed with him and feel assured of his salvation.

God didn't NEED me to reach my neighbor. Yes he wanted to use me, and I will never know what joys could have come from my obedience...but he didn't need me. He is God, and I am not. And in my sadness and chastisement he reached down and comforted me with that knowledge. Reaching the lost and hurting is not some great responsibility that is mine alone and that I can screw up. Sharing the hope that I have is an exciting opportunity for me...one that I can act on or miss. It doesn't all rest on me. Luke 19:40 "I tell you" he replied, 'If they keep quiet the very stones will cry out!"

StefSparkiesHey, I’m Stef. I am a girl who began really loving Christ as a bright-eyed teen, and somehow this whole “serious adult life” has sprung up around me. I find myself striving to stay connected to the passionate dreamer I once was, the one who truly believes God has great, GREAT plans in store. It’s sometimes tough when your career has requirements such as; policing potty words, being the gatekeeper of the wii, and interpreting the speech of a chronically sobbing 2-yr old. Yet, in the beauty of the mundane I do see His great plans, and I know He is using me to change the world.

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Stephanie your blog really moved me and made a big impact. Thanks for your transparency. Please keep posting!

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