Did I Do That?
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on May 11th, 2015

An Unexpected Answer   { linkup }

​Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27
 
​Have you ever found yourself neck deep, totally overwhelmed, exhausted and crying out to God with your last breath “God, can you fix this?”  Can you fix my situation.. my marriage.. my finances .. my relationship.. my… (insert situation here)
 
I did. And when I asked God if He could fix something for me, He gave me an unexpected answer. ....
 
 
Ok let’s just acknowledge that God can do anything… He’s God.  He created the earth from nothing, and then took the dirt and dust of what He created and created man.  He can do anything… He’s God.
 
However, saving or fixing a situation or relationship might not be about what God can do as much as what I am willing to do…. through God.
 
​“For I can do all things through Christ’s who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13


​I’m sure you have heard “pray and give it to God, give the situation over to God and let Him fix it”.   Good advice, don’t get me wrong;  but I have to wonder sometimes, when I do this am I truly surrendering control to God’s will or just giving up my responsibility in the situation

​My mini-men (2 and 3 year old grand-sons) have a favorite car that both of them like to play with, it has been rolled and raced all over the house.  The youngest was playing with it the other night and came over to me to give me the car, and said “ix it”… car in one hand, wheel in the other.   So I dutifully reattached the wheel, handed it back to him.   A few minutes later, here he comes again, car in one hand, wheel in the other… “ix it”, attaching the wheel and handing it back I said, “be careful with it”.   After a couple more times of this new game, I told him to stop taking the wheel off.  
 
You see, there was not anything really wrong with the car; he was causing the need for the repairs himself by taking the wheel off.  The real solution to the problem was not for me to “ix it” every time, but for him to stop taking the wheel off!
 
Now I’m asking myself, how often do I do just what he was doing? 

There I am, living in a perfectly good situation or relationship and take the wheel off of it?  Either by accident or on purpose, do or say something that causes it to ‘break’ and not function properly.   So I pray, go to God and ask Him to fix it, in earnest because I want it to be the way it was when everything was going just fine, great even.    
 
But maybe what I need to pray to God for is the insight, knowledge and strength to stop taking the wheel off.
 
True enough that not every negative or stressful situation in which I’ve found myself was due to my choices; many times I have been caught in the wake of someone else’s choices and actions.  Whatever the situation, I need to be responsible enough to question and own up to my own accountability.
 
​“For we are all responsible for our own conduct.”  Galatians 6:5
 
Heartcheck:
  • Can’t pay the bills… are the credit cards full but the spending continues?
  • Marriage in turmoil…. is my attention focused on my spouse or something/someone else?
  • Job is in jeopardy…. has the quality of my work deteriorated, yet blame is asserted on others?
 
You see, it’s difficult to correct a situation until we truthfully look at the situation and acknowledge our responsibility.  Talk to God, ask Him to reveal what we need to do, or stop doing.  Ask Him for the strength to accomplish this and He will provide empowerment. 
 
I may not be able to change the circumstances. I may not be able to change the other person. But through God and with God, I can change me.
 
​“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
Philippians 2:13

Oh Lord, thank You for Your unfailing love and never-ending mercy and grace.  We can be such pitiful souls.  You bestow Your bountiful blessings over our lives and we can be such poor stewards of Your gifts to not cherish and care for our blessings.  Father, You are so patient with us!  We come to You again and again to fix the very situations that we often cause ourselves.  With the agape love only our Heavenly Father can have, You make all things possible.  Lord, we seek Your guidance today, clear our hearts and eyes to truly see what You would have us do to repair our situations and change our lives.  We lean on You for empowerment, let Your strength infuse us!  Oh Lord, thank you for hearing and answering our prayers, let us be Your tools, and may the miracles You perform through our lives always bring glory to You.  Amen   
 
 
Blessings Soul Friends  
     
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​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a blogger, graphic artist, Bible teacher and speaker passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ.
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11 Comments

Kim Stewart - May 11th, 2015 at 4:08 PM
Jana, how hard I seem to think it is to "ask Him to reveal what I need to do, or stop doing." I'm probably afraid of the answer :) Thanks for encouraging me today.

P.S. Gorgeous graphic - I downloaded that a while back and have never done anything. Shoot I'll never measure up to you!!!! :)
Kim - May 11th, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Oh it is so difficult for me to ask that question! The answer is never what I want to hear, but God is gracious and faithful to always answer with what I need to hear. Blessings sweet friend and thank you for linking up today!
Tayrina - May 11th, 2015 at 9:45 PM
Thanks for inviting me to your link up!!! Great post and encouraging! Love when you say -> it%u2019s difficult to correct a situation until we truthfully look at the situation and acknowledge our responsibility. It's so important to acknowledge responsibility that we have in our marriage, jobs, ect. We must do our part and see the things from other perspective.

W/Love,
Tayrina from TGAWrites
Jana - May 11th, 2015 at 10:04 PM
Thank you Tayrina... and thanks for linking up today! Blessings
Susan Mead - May 12th, 2015 at 7:22 AM
Can do all things...thru Christ
Responsible for our own conduct...

Convicted!
Thanks Jana for the reminders of HIS word for me. Susan
Jana - May 12th, 2015 at 8:47 AM
Love HIS word Susan.. even when it convicts me! Thanks for visiting today! Blessings
Kelsey - May 12th, 2015 at 2:56 PM
What a great comparison of removing the wheel! My nephew is constantly knocking down the bridges on his Thomas train tracks and asking for it to be fixed. Another great thing is that even though we often get a little impatient with our little ones when this happens (or atleast I know I do!), our Father doesn't get impatient with us when we come to him for help, he gently nudges us towards growth. His character to both give us grace and desire to transform us is amazing.
Nice to meet you Jana!
Jana - May 12th, 2015 at 6:20 PM
Kelsey that is so true! God is so patient with us! Thank you for joining us and adding your lovely comments. Welcome new #SoulFriend. Blessings,
Debbie - May 14th, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Good stuff. Very good word. Sometimes we are the problem. We are in need of His wisdom.
Jana - May 14th, 2015 at 8:39 PM
Thank you Debbie, and thanks for stopping by. Blessings
Jana - May 14th, 2015 at 8:39 PM
Thank you Debbie, and thanks for stopping by. Blessings
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