“Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.” (Eph 3:20)
Looking at my deadlines and at my current manuscript, it oftentimes seems impossible that (a) the stories I write will ever be any good and (b) that I will get a book done when it needs to be done. So today, I am praying for my current WIP (work in progress) to be all God intended it to be and for the words to fly onto the computer screen. These requests might seem impossible to me, but God has unlimited resources (Eph 3:16) and He is able to do even more than I ask.
In the summer of 2002, I did a study on the book of Ephesians using Pathway to God’s Treasure. There were two quotes that I made note of because of my prayers for help with the book I was working on at the time. (How little my prayers have changed in eight years when it comes to my writing!)
Ephesians 4:11-13 takes a look at some of the spiritual gifts God gives. Here are the two quotes that touched my heart:
God’s gifts aren’t toys to play with; they’re tools to build with. These ‘power tools’ must be taken out of God’s toolbox, plugged into His Spirit, and put to work in each believer’s life and in ministry.
What awesome reminders! In 1997, God called me into a ministry of writing for Him. I don’t always understand the call, but I do know He called and I heard. He didn’t give me the ability to write and the desire to write as a benefit to me, although He certainly teaches me as I obey Him and has blessed me through it all. But whatever gifts He’s given me are so that I can use them for His work and for His glory here on earth.
I’m resting in those truths as I get back to work today.