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All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 28:2

“It gets better…” Those were the words God gave me to say when he directed me to turn my car around and go back to the store I had just left. He wanted me to give that message to the young store clerk I had just spoken with briefly about life as a single mom. I had already given her my contact information in case she needed prayer, but apparently God had something more in mind. I delivered his message and, from the look on her face, I was pretty sure she thought I was crazy. Oh well…sometimes that comes with the territory.

When I was a divorced mom it had gotten better for me, but not without a lot of struggle, heartache, and lonely nights hugging my pillow, crying out to God for his help because I was at the end of my rope. But I didn’t tell her that. In fact, I felt a little ridiculous stepping back into that store to say those three little words, but after promising God just days before that I would be obedient no matter what, I had to do it. Little did I know I would receive a phone call from her a few weeks later that would test my obedience even further.

She was in a difficult personal place and asked where I went to church, hoping it would be close-by because she didn’t have a car. As we talked and prayed over the phone that Saturday evening, I heard God say, “Go pick her up.” Do what…? After some fervent discussion with God for clarification, followed by some explanation and wrestling with my husband, I offered to pick her up early the next morning and take her to church with me, and she was delighted to accept! We worshiped and prayed together at church, went to lunch, and then drove the 20 miles back to the motel where she was temporarily staying in a not-so-desirable area, talking all the while. As we pulled into the alley behind the motel, homeless people sat not far from where we parked. I felt compelled to pray with her before leaving, and then she told me that if I had not stepped back into that store to encourage her with those three little words, she would never have had the courage to take the steps that led her to that motel – and away from an abusive boyfriend who was demanding that she abort her unborn child! I was dumbfounded. God had used me in a miraculous way that day without me even realizing what I had spoken into her life. What if I had just kept driving instead of listening to that still small voice and going back to deliver that message?

All God wants is people who are available. You don’t have to be rich, talented or have a degree in Biblical studies…you just have to be willing and obedient. If you are wavering in a similar situation about whether to speak up or not, remember how it feels to hear the voice of encouragement when you are struggling. Stepping out of your comfort zone might just open the door to an amazing blessing for both of you. If you will only speak up, God will do the rest.

Prayer: Father God, your mercy overwhelms me. The thought that you would use someone as deeply flawed and scarred as I am is beyond my comprehension. I praise you from the depths of my heart for the work you are doing in my life and ask only that you would make me more useful, more available to help those you give me. Everything I am and everything I have, it all comes from you. I offer it back to you right now – my life, home, finances, possessions, relationships, and my time – to use in whatever way you require. Help me to remain open to your call and soft-hearted toward those who are in need. I love you with all of my heart and offer myself to you completely for your honor and glory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Additional Scriptures:

He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:19-21

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

2 John 1:6

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:8-9

This is what the Lord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Jeremiah 6:16

You might also read Deuteronomy 28 to see God's Blessings for Obedience.

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