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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

07 February 2014

Feeling Useless But Being Used

The following scenario happens so often in my life. How about you?
I have a daily routine to which I'm faithful. It's something that happens pretty consistently regardless of the up's and down's in my life. And, one day I realize I've neglected that routine for several days in a row. Then, just when I get back on track, God sends me something I really need that very moment!
This morning, after receiving several ignored pop-up reminders on my phone in the past few days, I decided to actually DO my YouVersion daily devotional (30 Days - My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers). 

And, God spoke to me in a wonderful way

Obedience To The "Heavenly Vision"

If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible—not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest—our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember God’s vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life—sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer or public meetings.

“Though it tarries, wait for it . . .” (Habakkuk 2:3). We cannot bring the vision to fulfillment through our own efforts, but must live under its inspiration until it fulfills itself. We try to be so practical that we forget the vision. At the very beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it. We rushed off to do our practical work, and once the vision was fulfilled we could no longer even see it. Waiting for a vision that “tarries” is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own soul’s welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision. Watch for the storms of God. The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms. Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside? That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen. Let God send you out through His storm, and don’t go until He does. If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).

It is essential that we live and “walk in the light” of God’s vision for us (1 John 1:7). In all matters, O Lord, I would acknowledge You. Keep me in tune with You so that others may catch the joyousness and gladness of God.

Today's reading reminded me (in a head-plant in the palm sort of way)...
  • that I need to patiently wait on the Lord... 
  • that I don't need to rush out to do everything that I know to be good... 
  • that God will use me where He needs me & when He needs me...

I am so thankful that God loves us in our imperfections and that countless blessings are strewn about us... for our discovery! 
"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow." James 1:17 NLT

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Linking with Ann Voskamp - A Holy Experience today...


  1. That was a powerful devotion for me today. It meets me right where my own personal struggles for the day are. Thank you for sharing! Linking after you at Ann's! Blessings...Love, Rachael @ Inking the heart

    1. Rachael, thanks for stopping by :D Don't you just LOVE being a part of the Ann Voskamp community!!! Stopped by & visited your page this morning. Have a blessed day!! Oh, I posted another one related to this one... http://stuck-in-indiana.blogspot.com/2012/12/every-morning-new-start.html

  2. Hi StuckinIndiana,

    He's a sweet God, knowing what we need reminders of, huh?

    Re your comment on my post "What Sex Unlocks in Marriage," isn't it interesting when God stirs people's hearts about similar themes? He's onto something unseen apparently. :) Fun to partner with him, huh?

    Nice to talk with you,
    Jennifer Dougan

  3. Oh yes... I'm one of His children who needs constant reminders :) And, it is humbling to be used by God. Thanks for stopping by!!!! c