Simple things.

Last week I mentioned how my small step in saying yes to God in one thing led me down the path of this blog. I mentioned that I was not a writer. But I also knew that God is good. He may ask us to do uncomfortable things that feel like they are outside our comfort zones, but I’ve learnt that it’s in our yes that we begin to discover who we are and what God has put in us. God knows you more than you know yourself. The sooner you believe that the easier it will become to obey Him when He asks you to do something that feels foreign to you. 

Writing to encourage the team was scary for me. Didn’t mind doing the roster… ok that was scary too but somehow I knew I could do it. So, I just started doing it every week. My pastors kept telling how much of a great job I was doing, of course I couldn’t see it. But that’s life hey, sometimes other people see you more clearer than you see yourself. I’m super grateful for my pastors!

Weekly I would send out the Sunday service roster and email the team a short encouragement with it. From there I realised God started to flow more and more through those encouragements. I would never have dreamed of having a blog. 

One day I was talking to my aunt about baking and she mentioned that I should start a food or baking blog. In fact she mentioned it so many times before it clicked lol. I said to myself one day, “Nah I love food but I am not passionate enough to post about food all the time”. I like to eat it not talk about it,  haha! Then God jumped into that conversation I was having with self and asked, “What are you passionate about?” I said, “You, I am passionate about Jesus.” Then He said, “Why don’t you blog about that.” 

Yeah, I thought I was hearing things lol. So, I went to my Pastor Glenn, mentioned to him that I was thinking about maybe, perhaps, probably, possibly sometime in the unforeseeable future, starting a blog. Being the man of faith he is, he jumped right in and said “Yes” and proceeded to give me some pointers on how to get started and links on platforms and where to find pictures to post with my blogs. He is super supportive and I was not ready for that level of support because I was still looking for a way out haha! But here we are going on 4 years later. 

God doesn’t ask you to step out to do something if He didn’t already put it in you. Whatever God is asking you to do, it may be uncomfortable for a season or even downright scary and it may not be what you expect but just take the step. After you have taken the step, be faithful. Keep doing what God has asked you to do. In the early days I was surprised that anyone would read my blogs but now as I have walked with God over the years I now know that this blog is part of my purpose. 

I may never live to see the fruit of what I am writing whilst I am on Earth but I know I’ll have a very proud Papa God give me a bug hug for stepping out and doing it afraid and being faithful with this one small thing. Sometimes we think we are going to do something big to impress God. Nah, we already have His attention. Be faithful in the simple things. 

See, God didn’t just start me off with “Go start a blog about Me.” It was small steps along the way and random conversations that led me here. It’s small yeses and a lot of conversations that start with, “I think I am going to…” That’s the faith part. We may not be 100% sure it’s God but we step out and give it a go and trust that God will be there to catch us if we fall. 

Psalm 37:23-24 in the Passion Translation says, “The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord, and God delights in every step they take to follow him. If they stumble badly they will still survive, for the Lord lifts them up with his hands.

Don’t be afraid of taking the wrong step and stumbling. God will be right there to make sure that you will survive. Your faith will survive. I have stumbled so many times and God was true to His word, He was always right there with me to help me find my footing. Take the step. Hear and respond.

Love and blessings,

Melissa Tsingano

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