Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ask. Seek. Knock.

A few months ago I wrote a post entitled, “True Worship.” I knew the Lord was petitioning me to worship Him—to truly go after Him, and create an atmosphere for people to worship Him—I just didn’t know how or where…

Since then I have been just seeking His face, His voice, His guidance…
And trusting that He was going to show me the avenue He would have me use this gift of worship He has given me.

I have been asking Him.
I have been seeking Him.
I have been knocking on His door.

Then one day last week, He unlocked the door.

And I said to myself, “Wait a minute, I know I have been asking for this, but I’m not certain that I want to turn the door knob!”

It was just confirmation of His faithfulness, and I was in awe.

I knew in that moment that He really is who He says He is, and He is really listening to me….He really is.
I have been a leader all of my life, He made me that way. He has trained me for this week for a very long time, and it is amazing to see the door starting to creep open.

I have been asked to lead worship at my church. This week is my first practice as the leader of the worship team. I have been praying for and anticipating this day for many, many months—and He has been listening to me all the while—

He set this all up, just in time—His time.
So please pray for me tomorrow as I push the door of this new journey He wants to take me on wide open….

I am excited and anxious—but I know that I know that He will be right next to me, holding my hand on each step of this journey—

He has been planning this all along, and I know He will be smiling down on me tomorrow, happy to see many of the gifts He has given me come to life—thanks to the door He has been waiting to open just for me.

Keep asking.
Keep seeking.
Keep knocking.

He will unlock the door for you, too….

Maria and her family reside in NE Ohio. She and her husband are the parents of two. Their daughter is a person with hemipelegic cerebral palsy.Because of her experiences, Maria provides parent-to-parent support for families involved in her local early intervention program. Her gift for writing has come directly from the Lord since her daughter’s diagnosis. She writes a monthly column entitled, “Special Parents, Special Kids” for the Mahoning Valley Parent magazine in Ohio; and has expanded into Parent magazines in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She is also a contributing author at
Maria's first published work is in Jan Ross and Jeanice McDade's Women of Passion's anthology, "Ordinary Women Serving an Extraordinary God". Both Kim and Maria have been selected to have their work tentatively included in Lori Wagner's upcoming book, Quilting Patches of Life, Volume 2.

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