Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 86,618 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • Cinema Saturday-- The 41 Most Unexpected Cat Jumps of All Time
      Why do jumping cats freak us out so much? And why do we laugh so hard at people who are freaking out?I'm one of those awkward laughers--someone who laughs at inappropriate times, such as when my husband does the splits on an icy sidewalk or when my child runs smack-dab into a doorpost. Unfortunately, compassion is not my go-to emotion. I do eventually f […]
      noreply@blogger.com (April Gardner)
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • Welcome Back to Lillian Duncan
      Tell us about REDEMPTION.It’s the third and final book in my Sisters by Choice series. Well, probably last. I do have an idea for a fourth book rattling around in my brain, but it’s only an idea at the moment. Who knows if it will actually grow into a book?Redemption brings the series full circle and gives closure for those who’ve read all three books. Jamie […]
    • Redemption by Lillian Duncan
      Others may think Jamie Jakowski is a hero, but she knows differently. Haunted by her past, she seeks redemption by helping others in spite of the danger to herself. However, after almost orphaning her daughter, Jamie opts to retire. When a friend needs her, Jamie agrees to one last undercover operation. She is determined to reunite a heartbroken mother with […]
    • A Warm Welcome to Virginia Tenery
      So nice to have Virginia Tenery visiting today! Read on to find out about her writing journey!What started you on your writing journey?VB: I’ve always been an avid reader of suspense novels and I found what was available in the ABA market too violent for my tastes. I decided that writing looked easy, and I would write the kind of books I liked to read. Wrong […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • August New Releases Clash
      Clash of the Titles presents four brand new inspirational novels. One’s set in a Bible camp for tweens or the tweens in your lives. Hopes and dreams are threatened in another. In the third, a town’s in need of a miracle. Two people work to cure a deadly disease in the fourth. Which one will you read first? Browse the books, then, using the voting box below, […]
    • Birthday Goodies Go To...
      ...var cpo = []; cpo["_object"] ="cp_widget_8777b1b5-38a5-4007-b2e6-6d85a0415b93"; cpo["_fid"] = "AQDAx8rmo4Jx"; var _cpmp = _cpmp || []; _cpmp.push(cpo); (function() { var cp = document.createElement("script"); cp.type = "text/javascript"; cp.async = true; cp.src = "//www.cincopa.com/media-pla […]
    • Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 4!
      ...var cpo = []; cpo["_object"] ="cp_widget_8777b1b5-38a5-4007-b2e6-6d85a0415b93"; cpo["_fid"] = "AQDAx8rmo4Jx"; var _cpmp = _cpmp || []; _cpmp.push(cpo); (function() { var cp = document.createElement("script"); cp.type = "text/javascript"; cp.async = true; cp.src = "//www.cincopa.com/media-pla […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • What Is Your Ambition?
      Often people will wonder what God's will for their life is. Paul told us in 1 Thess. 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.We make it so complicated. It's simple really. Keep your life simple. Keep your nose out of others business (translation; don […]
    • Something Special This Way Comes
      Summer is over. Time to get back to writing and creating. Now is the time for me to develop new and exciting (hopefully) aspects to my live as an author. So... the new things I am adding are Sophie's Special Emails and Christian Author Interviews Podcast. Sophie's Special Emails - This will be a newsletter that goes out about once every two weeks. […]
    • A Lifetime of Sewing
      I learned to sew at the age of eight. We went on a three week vacation to Connecticut to visit family. Along the way we traveled to different sites. I remember Niagara Falls and Sault Ste. Marie as well as my aunt, uncle, and cousins but that's about it. We traveled in a green station wagon. Mom, Dad, me, my sister, Cheryl, and brother Dave. She was 10 […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • The Right Ingredients by Nancy Shew Bolton
      The Right Ingredients by Nancy Shew BoltonMissing the right ingredients for a life of joy, a young baker learns lessons in the true recipe for love. About the Book:Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for t […]
    • CrossReads Book Blast with Michelle Word Hollis
      It's in the House: Lessons from a Widow Woman - Getting What You Need & More!By Michelle Word HollisAbout the Book:In this book you will discover the powerful lessons, from the Biblical story of the Widow's Oil, that will help you overcome any difficulty you are currently facing. You will learn easy to implement strategies that will cause posit […]
    • Book Review: Trevelyan by Naomi Musch
      TrevelyanNaomi Musch      Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (May 21, 2014)     ASIN: B00KI26HKW4.99, 10.95 printBuy on AmazonFrom the publisher: Five men and two Elven princes have embarked upon a quest: to save a sister from the wasteland of the Great Winter where she is held in the clutches of a Monster Lord who all believe brought desecration and […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • Book Giveaway: Success is Your Birthright by R Stanton Tucker
      We are offering a book giveaway for one print copy of R. Stanton Tucker's new book, Success is Your Birthright.  To enter, leave a comment with you email at the end of this blog post stating why you would like to win this book. Drawing ends October 10th. Book Blurb:  Life resembles a roller coaster. It has suspense, intrigue, smooth moments, hairpin tur […]
    • Book Review: The Newspaper Code by Lisa Lickel
      A part of the Buried Treasure Series, in this book we join school teacher Judy Wingate settling into motherhood following the birth of her new baby. When Esme an older lady who was a member of the local garden club turns up dead with a garden claw in the middle of her forehead at the base of a statue in the center of town, Judy is determined to find out more […]
    • Book Launch : Lake Surrender Book Launch by Carol Stratton
      Carol Stratton is proud to announce her first novel, Lake Surrender.The story is about a career editor who loses her marriage, house and job. As a single parent of a precocious pre-teen and an autistic son, she’s forced to find a more inexpensive place to live than the San Francisco Bay Area. She ends up in Northern Michigan working as a cook at a dilapidate […]
  • BLOG NEWS

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at http://authorculture.blogspot.com; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, http://www.aprilgardner.com and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at http://www.janetperezeckles.com, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

A Vessel for Him

Posted by elainemcooper on May 25, 2012

Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper

Staring at the suitcase on my bed, an audible sigh escaped. Fighting back tears, I turned to my constant companion, Jesus.

Lord, I just want to go home.

I had just arrived at the conference center after a long day of traveling by planes and automobiles (but no trains, unless you count the underground subway at the airport). It had been a month fraught with family concerns as well as travel and my inner resources had depleted to the point of exhaustion.

Why did I come?

I did not know anyone there except through online friendships. Would I even recognize anybody? I felt even more awkward when I realized how many people there had lovely southern accents. Certain that my Massachusetts/California/Iowa accent would sound harsh, I wondered if I would stick out like a dissonant note in a melodious orchestra of voices.

Am I supposed to be here?

There were many conferences available throughout the year but I truly felt the Holy Spirit drawing me to this time and place. Clinging to that thought for reassurance, I refreshed myself as best I could and trudged to the first dinner and meeting.

I prayed that God would strengthen my exhausted body and guide me in the next few days to follow His purpose for why I was there.

When we all gathered together for praise and worship time, we were led by a wonderful composer named Lynn DeShazo. She is the author of “Ancient Words” which happens to be one of my favorite songs.

The lyrics melted my heart because I knew that I was not here at this time and place for me. I was here for HIM—to be a vessel of use for His work here on earth and to praise Him with all of my being.

Holy Words long preserved
For our walk in this world.
They resound with God’s own heart.
O let the ancient words impart.
Words of life, words of hope,
Give us strength, help us cope.
In this world, where e’er we roam,
Ancient words will guide us home.

Singing with hundreds of other voices of fellow writers, submitting myself to Him in praise and humble worship, I experienced just a little taste of heaven.

I am so blessed that I got to see a glimpse.

While I have come away from this conference with a heart full of new friends that I cherish, it is the ancient words found in God’s Holy Bible that will forever be the most treasured memory of my obedience to Him.

Ancient words ever true,
Changing me and changing you,
We have come with open hearts,
O let the ancient words impart.

About these ads

5 Responses to “A Vessel for Him”

  1. Janet Grunst said

    As in introvert, I can truly identify with your pre-conference anxiety. I love that song and know the peace it brings. It changes our focus to the One it’s really all about. Thanks.

    • You’re so welcome, Janet. At times it is such a struggle to reach out to others, yet when I do, God always blesses me and shows me that others struggle with the same insecurities. And yes, it truly is about Him. Thanks so much for your comment!

  2. Okay, now I’m switching in my head from “No storm can shake my inmost calm” to “ancient words, long preserved…” and that’s okay. I really wanted to come…badly…and of course the money showed up a couple days ago. Let’s plan better next year. And, no, I’m NOT telling you about the conference in Cedar Falls next month.

    • *SIGH* I just found out about that conference…so sad I cannot go. I’m sure you’ll be there and now I’ll miss connecting with you again…

      I guess it was not in God’s plan for you to go to Blue Ridge since the money arrived afterwards. I have to keep focusing on “God’s ways are not ours.” :-(

      Hope your spirit is basking in “Ancient Words!”

  3. God is so faithful when we step out in obedience to Him! Thanks for the reminder.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,247 other followers

%d bloggers like this: