Girlfriends in God - June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009 
The Great “Inspiratio” 
Malinda Daniel

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions.  We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends.  From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry.  We call them our "Friday Friends."  So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our "Friday Friend", Malinda Daniel.

Today’s Truth 
Jeremiah 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"

Friend to Friend 
Have you ever found yourself in an overwhelming or daunting situation that seemed impossible to understand or face?  Is it difficult to comprehend the plan or the purpose behind what you are going through?  Do you find yourself asking, “Why Lord?” Do you sometimes plead with God, “I don’t know what to do or how to do it. I need You to make it through this!”

Personally, I have been in this position more times than I can count.  I jump into an adventure full force thinking I have everything I need to make it happen, only to find out that I have merely a part of what is needed to do the job - not all of it.  I am in over my head. 

I remember sitting in various classrooms thinking, “I have this test under control and I am so ready for it.  I will ace it.”  I think I am ready, but I doubt myself and realize that my words are a cover up for my insecurity.  The test comes and my nerves and thoughts begin to rail as I look through the questions, unable to remember any of the material I studied. I console myself with, “I know this was not in the study guide.”

Life is sometimes like a test because we honestly believe we have it all together only to discover that some life circumstances are not on our radar and are certainly not part of the study guide.  I have come to realize that these “tests” lead us to a deeper understanding of our need for God. 

Luke 12:12 promises, “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."  I know that I am driven to seek God when I lose sight of what to do and I feel lost.  He is our provider of ideas and the author of purpose in our lives - hence the word Inspiratio or inspiration.

My new book, Fallacy or Truth: The State of American Education Today, is based on the principle that ”understanding the impact that relationship has in the learning process is vital to promoting learning that engages students and creates a positive learning environment.” God’s desire for us as his “students” in the classroom of life is to fully equip us for every circumstance we will ever face.  He is the divine Inspiratio, a Latin word meaning, “He breaths His words divinely into our soul.” How marvelous is His love for us as it leads us to experience the truth of His Word.  He was and is the Inspiratio.

Let’s Pray 
Dear Father, I know that You are with us at all times as the Holy Spirit gives us the thoughts and words we need to meet Your purpose for our lives.  I have to admit I often I try to handle life on my own instead of trusting Your words and Your Spirit to guide me.  Help me to fully rely on You, Lord, as a student in the school of life and to trust You with my “tests” knowing that I can’t “pass” without Your power and presence.  Thank You for loving and saving me and thank You for giving me the answers when I need them.

In Jesus Name, 

Now It’s Your Turn

  • Read Luke 12:11-22  
  • How does God help us when we face trials?  
  • List three ways that God allows tests to come into our life.   
  • How has God used this scripture to give you a new truth about trials and tests in your own life?  

More From The Girlfriends 
I have such trouble trusting God, wanting to do it all on my own and take the glory.  I tend to be selfish and to keep things for my own use instead of sharing what God has given me with others.  Sharing doesn’t come easy to me.  I hate change because it makes me worry and ask, “How will it affect us all.  How will my children make it today and will they still love God in the future?  Will education continue to digress and the economy continue to fall?”  I worry so much about things and stuff!  I know God has the answers.  I just have to trust the divine Inspiratio.  Faith can help us do all things when we do them through Chist.  I encourage you to join me in a new commitment to trust God and live each day, wanting to make a difference.

Malinda’s book, Fallacy or Truth: The State of American Education Today, looks at the need for inspiration in our schools to create balance and allow a celebration of faith.  Teachers need love as well as the support from political leaders, administrators, parents, and the community to make this change a reality.

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Originally published Friday, 12 June 2009.