Monday, January 20, 2014

WHEN GOD SAYS, ''I'VE GOT THIS" by Guest, Janet Sketchley

Last fall God sent me back to full-time work. Leading up to Christmas, as if life wasn't busy enough. With my first novel releasing in November. 


The previous two years I'd worked for the local Salvation Army, packing Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Now, I couldn't commit to Saturdays. Suddenly the schedule switched to weekdays. In a location conveniently close to my home. My one-day previous commitment? Not a problem. 

I love working with the project supervisor. The work itself is fulfilling. But could I keep up with our church worship team, my blog, and promote my novel?

God whispered to my spirit, "I've got this." As in, "I [God] will work it out. I'll give you the time, the energy. Everything you need."

But a day job meant I wouldn't be home when the UPS guy brought my books to the door. God knew this was one of my dreams, and He'd given me so much with publication. How could he hold this part back?

Well, *ahem*, He's God and owes me nothing.

He helped me sort out my attitude. And He proved Himself faithful to "I've got this". He gave ideas for meals, helped me recognize what to do and what to let go, and sustained my writing and promoting.

Best gift of all?

Registration spiked but toy donations only trickled in. Overwhelmed, I said "God can supply what we need, but I don't see how He's going to do it."

I don't see was the kicker. In my discouragement—as if my lack of sight disproved God's power—I heard again "I've got this." He reminded me that Jesus fed 5,000 men and their families with a few loaves and fishes.

Was I going to believe the circumstances, or trust God with what He'd proven Himself able and willing to do? 

This Christmas support ministry is something God-sized, one of those things only He can bring together through willing hands. At that moment I was able to lay down my need to see and trust the One who said "I've got this."

Funny, instead of focusing on the lack, I started noticing the provisions and small mercies. And on distribution day, over 3,000 local children were blessed.

Oh—and the UPS guy delivered my books on a Thursday night, when I was, in fact, home.
About Janet Sketchley
Janet Sketchley is a Canadian author who writes about God's tenacity and how faith applies to real life. In the non-fiction realm, that includes weekly devotionals and Christian living posts on her blog as well as the story "The Road Trip that Wasn't" in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Her debut novel, Heaven's Prey, is about God's tenacity too, reaching to save one soul and to protect another.

Heaven's Prey
A grieving woman is abducted by a serial killer—and it may be the answer to her prayers.
Despite her husband’s objections, 40-something Ruth Warner finds healing through prayer for Harry Silver, the serial killer who brutally raped and murdered her niece. When a kidnapping-gone-wrong pegs her as his next victim, Harry claims that by destroying the one person who’d pray for him, he proves God can’t—or won’t—look after His own. Can Ruth’s faith sustain her to the end—whatever the cost?
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Valerie Comer said...

Thanks for the reminder! "God's got it."

Bobbie Cole said...

Loved this post, not only its uplifting content and lesson but also the build... Great stuff, Janet.

Janet Sketchley said...

Christine, thanks for hosting me today, and for motivating me to think this lesson through more clearly so I could share it.

Valerie and Bobbie, thank you both for taking time to read and to comment. I'm so glad that God's got it all in hand (and I'm working on remembering it!)

Janis Cox said...

Oh Janet,
This is so true. If we ONLY would let Him have the reins. What a great testament to HIs loving kindness and mercies, and bountiful blessings,
Blessings to you,

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks, Janis. I wish it wasn't so easy to forget these lessons!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What a encouraging post... to see you and God together in this.

He has it... thanks for the reminder, Janet!

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks, Brenda! He does have it, and when we stop trying to carry it all ourselves, things are so much better.

Bobbi Junior said...

Every time I remember to trust our Lord, I see him come through. (And the times I forget to trust him and take things on my own shoulders, he comes behind and tidies up. LOL) Thanks for documenting so clearly how our God works, Janet! He is so good!

Janet Sketchley said...

Bobbi, that's so true, and we all have stories we can tell about it to encourage one another. I'm glad we're in such good hands.

Christine said...

Thank you Janet and everyone who dropped by. Yes, Janet's words inspired me too.

Janet Sketchley said...

Thanks again, Christine. This is one of those posts that helps me reinforce a lesson to myself :)