Dec 6

Dear Jesus, I Need You

Do you ever feel like you are just exhausted from trying to help, please, encourage, even love on others? You want to please those you love and especially please God…and yet your efforts don’t seem to work out how you intended?  Here’s what I do when this happens and it’s a very mature response. I withdraw and cry.  There I said it.  And sometimes I’ll mope a few days. Some confident heart I have huh?

Although I didn’t write the prayer below, I sure feel like I could have. I received it in my email from the 30 Day Jesus Calling Christmas Devotional.

 

Prayer:

Dearest Jesus, You know I want to do so much for You and for those I love. But things just keep going wrong, and I cannot seem to stem the tide of failure. I am clumsy and slow. My efforts seem to cause damage rather than relieve pain. The words I say in comfort come out flat, lacking consolation. The service I render feels inadequate–a single drop of rain in a desert of need. What I lack in skill, I try to make up for in effort, in the hopes that expending twice as much time and energy will bring many more results. Yet the needs remain and no one is satisfied. It is frustrating to feel so ineffective when my greatest desire is to help others.

When will I see something positive for my efforts, Lord? You know my heart. You know my desire to serve You. And You know how hard it is to see things falling apart around me. I long for my life to be marked by successes rather than by failures.

No Kidding I Could Have Written That Today:

But I didn’t. So that must mean I’m not alone.

Jesus’ Response (from the email Christmas devo):

Devotion:

When things seem to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave them in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice in Me–exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer. I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.

My Response:

Dear Jesus, I need You.

That is all. I need You.


A Confident Heart:

Isn’t this exactly what we’ve been facing during this entire study? And here we are at the end, our current chapter titled, The Woman I Want to Be. We know what we believe. We know what to do.  Placing our “things” no matter what they are into God’s capable hands. Practicing letting go. Repeating God’s Word. And allowing ourselves the ok to mess up, fail, or fall short. Remembering that we do our best for an Audience of One and to stay in touch with Him. Don’t dwell on us…wah wah wah…but dwell on Him and His Promises.  “Dear Jesus, we need You.”

P. 224

When I say: I just want to quit.

God Says: Be strong and do the work.

Powerful Promise: Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. (1 Chron. 28:20 NLT)

P. 222

When I say: I can’t do it.

God Says: Rely on My strength and you can do all that I’ve called you to do.

Powerful Promise: I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. (Phil. 4:13 AMP)

 

Chapter 12 is full of “I say, God says…”  Check it out and let me know which one is speaking to you today.  I’m giving away Made to Crave, our next Bible study. If you share in the comment section, you just might win it! Winner will be selected by Wednesday noon EST.

 

With Love and Confidence,

Melissa <3

Melissa

Comments

  1. Melissa, thanks so much for this incredible study on a very powerful life-changing book. I’ve enjoyed it so very much and just promoted your upcoming online Bible study on my blog and I’m also giving away a copy of Made to Crave for anyone who is interested. http://christyproject.blogspot.com/2011/12/online-bible-studies-and-giveaway.html

    Thanks again! :)

  2. My verse I rely on is PHIIpians. “I can do all things through Christ who streghtens me” I have used it daily now for a year! Just Love my God who gives me streghth when I ask!

  3. Melissa

    Thank you for your encouraging owrds. You always seem to know just what we ladies need to hear. You are a hero and a role model. I havent been a Christian for very long and wasnt sure what exactly a Christian womwn was suppose to do beside have everything under control. You have shown all of us thats its ok to be our selves and not to have everything undercontrol, that our Lord and Savior still loves us. Its ok to fall and fail, that all we have to do is turn to him. You are an amazing woman.

    Love yall
    Have a very Mery Christmas

  4. Diane Riedel says:

    Sometimes we just need to breathe. Thank you Lord, for joining us near and far in your name!!

  5. The one that spoke to me was; I’m nothing special/ You’re royalty to Me. At times being a Native American and not living near other Indians, I feel that I’m different and they won’t want my help or what ever????? But i’m learning not to listen to that when the thought comes, I am royalty and I am a child of God, and He calls me friend, and that I have worth, lots of it, and that the labels that I have put on myself are for not with Christ. I have to keep reminding myself of that when others are curel or won’t wait on me in stores, its still negitave world out there. I praise God everyday for who I am and that He loves me just as I am. After all He made me! Loved the study. Thanks Melissa. Brenda

  6. Melissa and Renee, I believe that God had a purpose with this Bible Study. The timing for it was spot on. Just when I thought I cannot continue you girls came with an absolutely wonderful word.When you started the study, I was at a bad place, I was depressed, cried all day long, I was lonely, etc. But praise God, I will not throw away my confidence because I will be rewarded greatly!

  7. Michelle W says:

    Dearest Melissa. I just would like to thank you and the awesome team that you have that have shared in making this Bible study a success. This was my first and I really enjoyed it. I’m thankful to you for being real. For allowing us to see into you even when you were feeling not so happy, or when you were stressed, or doubtful or just having a really bad day. It’s good to know that you are not perfect and God can still use you. You are in good company because Jesus had a few (12) imperfect diciples and they were with him for 3.5 years. I hold on to the scripture Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. This verse brings me hope when I get to a point of disappointment in my inconsistencies in following after Jesus, when I feel down on myself and it’s just too much for me to handle, I remember this verse and it comforts me to know that He is always fighting for me and helping me along. Once again, it’s been awesome to be part of this communitee. I love you guys. God’s Blessings to you and Merry Christmas.

    Love,
    Michelle

  8. Dear Melissa, I just want to say this particular post has deeply encouraged me and my loved ones. Continue to write for the glory of God. God bless you.