Saturday, January 9, 2010

Faithfulness: unexpected day of blessing

Today I received a very unexpected blessing.  It came in the form of a women's conference.  I didn't even know I was going until about 5:30 last evening.  My SIL called me and told me 1) that she was in town from a neighbor island and 2) that she wanted me to go to an all-day conference - tomorrow!  I waffled.  I always have stuff...stuff that I should get done, stuff that I've been putting off, stuff that really shouldn't wait.  But Mark gave his blessing, and I jumped at any excuse to see my SIL.

I'm not really good at the unexpected, so I immediately went online to find out what I had just committed myself to.  The speaker's name was Carol Kent.  The name didn't ring a bell.  (Now, I realize that I've seen her many books all through the Christian Book Distributors catalog!  Sorry, Carol!)  Google brought me to her site.  Her testimony is very powerful.  Her only son was convicted of murder.  She is living through a level of pain that I can't imagine.  So when I discovered that, I really wondered what I would get out of this event.  I haven't experience anything like this.   Again, I was going just to be able to spend time with a dear sister that I hardly ever get to see...

Well, let me just say that today was a day that God showed Himself faithful to me in more ways than I could count in this post.  I was so blessed by the experience.  God was present and He confirmed, rebuked, encouraged, and equipped me for the days ahead. 

The word that God has planted in my heart for 2010 is FAITHFUL.  He fills my days with evidence of His faithfulness to me.  And today, I also caught a glimpse of the faithfulness He desires to cultivate in me.  He not only showed me where He wants me to be faithful, but has also given me the equipping to do it.  What a gracious and loving Father is He.

"O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago."  Isaiah 25:1

How about you?   I'd love to hear your stories of God's faithfulness to you in recent days...

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  1. Oh how wonderfully exciting! Not only to be ministered to through Carol, but to spend time with your SIL.

    I had the amazing opportunity to attend Carol's "Speak up with Confidence" seminars as well as hear her as a keynote speaker at a conference I attended a few years ago.

    WOW! One book of hers I have read numerous times is, "Becoming a Woman of Influence". Have you read that one? Good stuff!

  2. This was the first time I had ever heard of her. (I do live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific...) But several of her books and studies are on my Must Read list now!