They say God often asks you to do things for which you are inadequate. That way He gets the glory for any success that comes from your service. I know this is true! I know, because on Sunday mornings I take a seat at the piano bench, take a deep breath and hope that my playing would somehow help enhance the church’s worship experience.
 I am a worshiper, not a pianist. Oh, how I would love to be an excellent pianist, but after 9 long years of lessons, it just never clicked. Reading music and playing the piano simultaneously never became more to me than trying to juggle 4 balls while patting my head with one hand and rubbing my stomach with the other. Years after I stopped taking piano lessons, God “revealed” to me how to play using chording. Just seconds later, He told me “Now you know, now you will have to practice.” Well, I have been practicing for just over 20 years now, and I am still limping along. It’s embarrassing at times, banging away at the keys, making more of a joyful noise than anything melodic. But I keep plodding along. 
The precious church endures me. And from time to time someone actually tells me what a great job I’m doing. (Which I chalk up more to their lack of musical knowledge than my actual playing.) But I do appreciate their encouragement! Sometimes, someone I know to be a far better musician than I, tells me I’m getting better. And even though my progress is slow, I know that they are being truthful. 
But all that aside, it matters not if I am improving or if I am doing a great job. Nor does it matter if I often feel inadequate or embarrassed. Obedience is the real task at hand. I play the piano, because He asked me to. It is as simple as that. When I play, God gets the glory. When I play, He is pleased. Not because I am a skilled musician, but because I am willing to humble myself, step out of my comfort zone and obey Him in something He has asked of me. 
So the next time God asks you to do something for which you are inadequate. Just say yes, knowing that being inadequate is a major job requisite for serving in His kingdom. 

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
“And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22

Enduring Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
Over the years, I have always been considered a woman of faith. I have believed God for great things and He has consistently been loyal and dependable. 
But there are moments when, like the father in Mark 9:24, I exclaim, Oh God, ” I believe, help my unbelief.” When circumstances around me seem like gigantic waves which distract me from the faithfulness of Jesus. At such times I begin to wonder if I have heard God correctly or maybe I have missed His voice. Most often than not these fears are provoked by finances. 
Operation donations for Hope House this year are the lowest they have ever been since starting the home. On a weekly average we are only receiving 1/4 of the finances we need to meet budget. 
Outreach teams and special donations have been what has helped us scrape by. Even so, there have been many weeks where we could barely pay the staff. 
 In moments and seasons like this, I realize how frail my faith is and I ask for your prayers. 
Please pray that I would have enduring faith. I’m not asking for unwarranted faith, but rather a firm belief in the One who has consistently sustained us. 
Please pray that God would move the hearts of his people to give generously, faithfully and quickly to this ministry. 
Please pray that God would give Rodney and I wisdom, courage and faith to hear God and follow Him in spite of what seems practical. 
“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” – Psalm 33:20