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What If They Need Me? | May Scripture Reflection

Many of you may be familiar with this past month’s scripture.

Month Scripture (MSG) Galatians 6:9-10, “So lets not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”

This whole year in fact, for me, has been about community. Trying to reach out more in the blogging community especially because I don’t have a community outside of blogging most of the time. Unless I visit home.  

I want to talk about how God led me through some amazing thoughts He put on my heart, but in order to do that, I have to let you know what kind of mental space I’ve been in lately, and it is not pleasant to admit. 

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I have to be honest. When I started taking a few days break in March and April, I noticed my stats go down especially in April, and it was weighing on my shoulders.

I started to wonder if I’m not being involved enough with you all.

I wondered about the material I was blogging about. Was I boring? Am I not covering what the majority wants? (Then again… I am a Christian blogger, when has it ever been about the majority?) 

And yes, I totally was letting numbers speak for me instead of the impact God is allowing me to make in this community.

…and...it’s wrong for me to do that. 

I got distracted by my own selfishness to grow as a blogger. Yes, I still want to grow, but there is a right and a wrong way to do that. Numbers mean nothing if I can’t put the light and focus on Christ.

Numbers mean nothing. But Christ is everything. 

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When I realized this, I’ve tried to dive more into the community. To be encouraged regardless. So what if the numbers are down, keep blogging about the truth, and pray that it reaches people. God will do the rest. 

I’ve noticed we have to step out even when things do not make sense.

Since I’m home, I’ve been able to go to my home church.

One of the first Wednesday nights I was home, which is Bible study with the pastor. He discussed stepping up when God presents an opportunity. We had discussed gifts, callings and talents God may give us. But sometimes…we won’t always have the assurance of these things. Sometimes, God will place us in situations that we are not skilled in.

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Situations we aren’t sure if we should be in. Ones that may be an emergency. Ones that may not have time for “proper prayer time to give to God”. What do we do then? 

And then you guys, blogging community, I kept hearing the phrase while reading your posts, “He does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” 

Now, I am still all about God using our calling and gifts in all sorts of different directions because we are the branches and we are not all the same.

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But truthfully, sometimes all He needs is for us to be willing, and He will do the rest for us. 

Something I’ve drawn from this month and this scripture is that we sometimes need to do things for those in community, the body of Christ. To put others in front of ourselves, even when we aren’t sure. While being home, I’ve been asked a couple of times to join the choir.

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From 7th grade, I think, to maybe my junior year in high school, I was part of the praise and worship team at my church.

I was …a teen. Not to offend other current teens reading. But, for me at least, I was selfish with my time, and going to practice at church, over time, didn’t make me happy. Oh, notice that word happy? So temperamental. 

I felt like I was singing to the congregation, not to the Lord. I had called up the pastor and let him know I was going to quit, and he was okay with it.

I’ve grown a lot since that time I quit the team with the Lord, and the things He’s shown me. In fact, I know what it is like to have no church family. To be completely isolated by everyone because that’s what happened when I first was a newlywed with my husband. I moved to a state in which no one knew me, and I had a bad new church experience that made me bitter.

A praise team, I think, it meant to be an example to the congregation and to encourage them to praise Him both in voice and in spirit.

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What if they (the choir) need someone to encourage them? – This question kept nabbing my heart.

Then another prayer night I went to, which the choir practices right afterward. I decided to stay and listen. Pastor told me again if I wanted to join them, I could.

At first, I declined, but that question kept pushing me. Not only that but throughout the month, I’ve been wondering how I could help my church while I’m home, aside from baking food for the potluck. Then Pastor asked if I wanted to join and before I could tell the Lord, “Help me know this is of You,”

I felt Him say, “Really? You seriously are going to ask Me that…again? What else are you going to wait on?”

I want to encourage the body of believers. I want to encourage my home church’s congregation and the people stepping up to lead worship together as a choir. Unlike when I was a teen, the Lord reminded me that I have my own personal worship time with the Lord at home. Church is meant to be all about the Lord, but it’s also mainly about us coming together to Him. 

I am now a temporary choir member when I visit home. ❤

Just on Saturday, we went to a family graduation party, and as soon as I hugged the mom I asked, “What do you need help with?” I’m not natural when it comes to serving, but God has helped my desire to help out more, and the desire to love others. It really has been such a blessing because I don’t feel forced..but I do feel joy. 

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I’ve learned that stepping out for the community can be a number of things, and many of them will confuse us. Many of them will make us feel uncertain. Sure, maybe not everyone we cross paths with will make an impact on us, but we could very well make an impact on someone that is God directed. 

Being unsure and uncertain is a part of life, and being a believer much more because God can use anything as a lesson to see where our faith and heart lie with Him.

If the only thing we are certain about is the will of God, then that’s all we need anyway. 

Be willing, and God will do the rest.


Please take the time to reach out to those around you. 
How has this scripture of the month spoken to you?
Let me know if you have had any answered prayers for the month of May and prayer requests you have for the month of June. 

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30 thoughts on “What If They Need Me? | May Scripture Reflection

  1. My home church has been doing a sermon series on this and the message throughout is just as you said- “be willing” and God will see you through the rest. It’s also been a helpful reminder that being willing doesn’t always come easily and it’s something we can seek by asking the Lord to encourage our willingness. The scripture and message in this post- I needed it!

    I am a blogger who (maybe) gets 10-15 views a post. Growing my blog is certainly something I need to focus on more. But like you, I just pray and trust that God will direct my words not necessarily to the masses, but to the INDIVIDUAL(S) who need. I really believe that the world is saved one soul at a time. Keep at it, sister in Christ!

    (I am attaching a link to my church’s sermons just in case you are interested in this series on willingness and serving! http://bethanycc.net/messages/audio )

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    1. Thank you so much for thinking of me! 🙂

      I have been there with low blog stats, for about a year I only had about 36 followers, and a good day was 12-15 views total. God taught me a lot last year about being consistent with blogging, no matter what. Then He pushed me to reach out into the blogging community. Something I should be doing more, in finding new bloggers and talk to them. Those two things really helped growth, not only for the blog, but for me as a blogger to grow in.

      And God will do the rest.

      I get caught up in the numbers sometimes because I want people to be reached, and I …get caught up in the numbers.

      I’m going to check out your blog 😉 thank you for sharing what’s on your heart.

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      1. Looking at your blog, haven’t checked a post yet, but it sounds promising 🙂 Your overall look is awesome!

        There is on the sidebar (on the right) a text widget you need to edit. Currently, it’s in the tutorial mood, and sometimes that turns off potential readers.

        I have a series on my second blong on how to explore settings and widgets.

        This is my page I made with all my blog related posts, tutorials, and resources. Packed tons with stuff you may find useful. 🙂

        https://peekingfrombeneaththerock.wordpress.com/new-to-blogging-and-editing-your-blog/

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  2. Amen 🙏🏼 we need to come out of our comfort zone. Same experience I had when I first started to go to my current church I was asked if I wanted to be in the choir and I decline because of the bad experience I received at my last church; but God ordered me to sing, as it was his will that I praise his name. Mostly I did not want the responsibility that comes with being in a worship team; the amount of hours you need to practice but mostly that you need to be in the deep with God as you are being used as a vessel for Gods presence to be felt in the congregation. I was out a whole month in my blog but God kept my blog going I seen growth and I seen my stats been low too but I know that everything he does is for our own good💕💕💜💜God Bless♥️

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    1. Amen, Ana!!! He is as work, and He will use us for His kingdom and His people. It is amazing to see how HIs hand works when we listen to HIm. Praise God for continued growth in your blog 🙂 ❤ that's wonderful!

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  3. “Numbers mean nothing. But Christ is everything. ” And this is one of the main reasons I that I blog. I’ll be speaking about it in a future post that I have to edit.

    I’m pretty much a background person. I don’t like standing out, but recently, the church asked me to do something which requires me to come out of the background and it has been a learning experience thus far. Great post, T.R.!

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    1. I’m the same. Very background. I don’t mind helping cleaning, making food, paperwork for VBS, etc. Thank you for sharing!!! He definitely can show us a better way and help us when we don’t know what to do.

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  4. Keep spreading love even when you are hurting. While you are scratching someone’s back in their time of need, they may be the very person to scratch your back when you least expect it! Love helps this world evolve!

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  5. Very good post. I was in that same boat where I was concentrating on numbers. But…numbers lie. What I have is that by continuing to follow God’s guidance as to what I write He brings the one person who needs that post. It changes them. That’s what matters. Lives being changed whether I never now about it or not. God does 🙂

    Keep up the great work.
    I also followed you on Pinterest and sent you a link to join one of my boards 🙂

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    1. I agree!! I know when I put my focus on God and His people, I see the growth there. He also helped me look at the blog’s overall growth, and it’s there. I just need to put it all in His hands and work where I am right now, He will guide and provide the rest.

      I am thankful when people let me know my writing has helped them, and I agree we don’t have to know all the time. I was encouraged when someone told me recently, they may not like or comment, but they do read my blog, and my posts have helped them. I just needed that boost of confidence. But I am working on being grateful and content in all seasons.

      Thank you so much for the invite! I appreciate it!

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      1. Honestly, I’m floored when someone’s says the a post of mine touched them. Still trips me out that God can use someone like me to touch another soul.

        I was at the point when I was going to shut my blog down not to long ago actually. Then God moved in someone’s life from a post I wrote years ago and they shared that experience with me via Facebook. So I was like ok God I get it. Thanks for my sign 🙂
        Your very welcome for the invite 🙂

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      2. Yes, I’ve had days of doubt, and God pushes me with one of the original reasons why I write. “You are writing for Me. Focus on Me, and I’ll help you focus on them.” Because overall I want glory to go to Him with my writing. I know by giving Him the attention others will be reached.

        Praise the Lord for His love and humbling our own heart.

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  6. Great post, T.R. I like at the beginning of the post when you said, “I wondered about the material I was blogging about. Was I boring? Am I not covering what the majority wants? (Then again… I am a Christian blogger, when has it ever been about the majority?) ” and I agree; sometimes, I wonder about the type of content I’m writing and if it’s TRULY inspiring and encouraging someone. But, now though; while I still focus on the numbers from time to time, I’ve noticed that it’s okay not to have comments but even if it’s just ONE like on a post; that’s good enough for me.

    I also like when you said, “I got distracted by my own selfishness to grow as a blogger. Yes, I still want to grow, but there is a right and a wrong way to do that. Numbers mean nothing if I can’t put the light and focus on Christ.” and this has happened to me as well; I get distracted by my own selfishness and forgetting that it’s about bringing the light of Christ to people around the world.

    Some of the quotes I liked in your post included:

    1). “But truthfully, sometimes all He needs is for us to be willing, and He will do the rest for us.”
    2). “Church is meant to be all about the Lord, but it’s also mainly about us coming together to Him.”

    3). “… maybe not everyone we cross paths with will make an impact on us, but we could very well make an impact on someone that is God directed.”

    4). “… God can use anything as a lesson to see where our faith and heart lie with Him.”

    Thank you so much for the openness about this topic, T.R. It’s great to see someone open up about something that they may want to keep inside because that is difficult for me to do (i.e. open up about anything that is troubling me.) This month’s scripture spoke to me that there is always an opportunity to serve others; even when we don’t want to, but like you said, God can use anything as a lesson to see where our faith and heart lie with Him.

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    1. Absolutely!!! One thing that has helped me open up more is knowing how that will help me connect with others. Our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are something we all share. It’s easier to reach someone who is at rock bottom when we ourselves have either been at rock bottom or still are.

      For years, I wondered why growing up I was walked on and taken advantaged of by my friends and the toxic friendships I had. But now, I see how God uses that to share the truth. I felt like I had no one so often during my teens, yet I always had God, and I could go to HIm. He gave me a comfort nothing and no one else could.

      And to this day, He offers what no man can give. Because of that, I strive to be honest about this stuff because I’m sure I’m not the only one, and I don’t want to pretend I’m “always” at the top of the mountain, so to speak when I’m crumbling at the bottom.

      Thanks for relating and sharing too! 🙂 You’ve encouraged me as well.

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  7. Amen!❤️ So easy to lose focus and instead of making it about glorifying Jesus in our obedience and bringing others to Him through our writing, we fall into the trap of making it about ourselves by monitoring the stats. I’m totally guilty of that, too!
    I love those same quotes God’s Warrior mentioned, too! So much truth!

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