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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: WILLING

 

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This week’s prompt is inspired by the release of Vivian Mabuni’s brand new book, Open Hands, Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God.

 

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Here’s a brief description of the book: 

We know that the center of God’s will is the best place to be, but surrender is easier said than done. A host of hurdles, from busyness and bitterness to complacency and control, can prevent us from moving where He directs. In this challenging yet warmhearted book, Vivian Mabuni provides an authentic look at what it means to willingly risk saying yes to whatever God asks–and highlights a practical path to the deeper joy of a yielded life.

 

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Here’s my free write for this week on the prompt, WILLING: 

Love is inconvenient.

Loving others requires sacrifice. Loving God requires sacrifice. Am I willing to make those sacrifices?

I like hearing my mouth echo Isaiah’s words, “Here am I, Lord. Send me!”

But do I really mean it? Or do I let the clipboard pass by when it’s time to sign up for VBS volunteers, and lower my eyes when the ministry director scans the room for potential leaders to commit to serving in a new ministry, praying they don’t ask me?

I like to serve when it suits me — not when I have to give up comfort and convenience.

But doesn’t that defeat the very definition of service?

We’ve been reading through Philippians in our family devotions and in our women’s Bible study at church, and I’ve been struck by how the apostle Paul continued to serve the Lord and His church even while he was imprisoned. His letters are full of encouragement and instruction for the advance of the gospel, all while he’s in chains for proclaiming Christ.

If I were in Paul’s shoes, I’m pretty sure my letters would have been filled with complaints and pleas for help — anything to make my circumstances more pleasant. But Paul uses the opportunity to praise the Lord for using His circumstances to further His purpose and advance the kingdom.

May we learn from Paul’s example, and ultimately from the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

 

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Vivian Mabuni is a national speaker and writer with a passion to share the hope and life found through intimacy with God. With thirty years of ministry experience on staff with Cru, she loves teaching about the Bible and providing practical applications. Author of Open Hands, Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God and Warrior In Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community and the God Who Comforts, she lives in California with her husband, Darrin, and their three kids. She loves coffee, shoes, sushi, and social media.

Connect with Vivian at the following places online:

Website: http://vivianmabuni.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VivianMabuniWriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivmabuni/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vivmabuni

 

 

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