Prepared by Jesus to be Poured out a Blessing

Jesus Pours us out like BlessingI felt an inspiration of blessing as I stared at my blender while preparing my morning smoothie.  Smoothies have become an essential part of my health regimen since the stroke. I now understand the necessity to get the proper nutrients in my body and brain to help them recover from the devastation that took place six years ago.

I chuckled to myself as I loaded up the blender with organic kale and baby spinach. I was remembering the times of staring hopelessly at the spinach on my plate as a child hoping it would magically disappear and I could leave the table. Look at me now eating all these dark leafy greens…there is a God!

I added some frozen blueberries and dark cherries to the blender and a few scoops of plain Greek yogurt.  Then some organic stevia based protein powder and covered everything with some Almond milk.    The blender began to hum and everything started to blend as I watched through the glass.

The mixture became very green and I started to get concerned.   I did not want a kale smoothie at all…did I add enough fruit?   As the blender continued to spin, something happened.  The mixture became a vibrant hue as I could hear the fruit being thoroughly incorporated in the blender.

I began to salivate as the smoothie began to take shape but questions jumped into my head.  Did I add enough milk and would there be enough for both me and my caregiver?  The blender continued to pulse and the volume of mixture in the blender rose to the top.  Now it was time to taste!  I poured the smooth and creamy mixture into the glasses.  There was enough smoothie for my caregiver and a mid-morning snack for later too!

There was no bitter taste of kale as I slowly gulped down this concoction of deliciousness. I thanked the Lord for His provision and for helping me to understand the importance of what I put in my body affects my health.  I have lost almost two hundred pounds since the stroke and the smoothies have played a huge role in helping me improve my health and eating habits going forward.

I speak from experience when I say I have experienced the bitterness of kale in my spiritual life.  Trials, tribulations, and testing are going to be a part of every Christian’s life.  Jesus suffered during His time on earth and He promised Christians would experience difficult times as well.

These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… Colossians 3:15.Let the Peace of Christ rule in your Hearts

God gives us peace and indescribable joy during our times of difficulty. He adds the sweet fruit of love, wisdom, comfort, and peace. We have confidence in Him as our world seems to be spinning in circles and are reminded that God is in control.  Not only has God added His sweet fruit, He covers everything with His strength overflowing.

God’s strength allows us to handle the trials and tests we encounter and face the unexpected with grace.  We put our complete faith in Him during these times knowing the benefits of His plan for our lives.  God is infusing us with the spiritual nutrients needed to be used by Him as a blessing.

Consider it all joy my brethren when you experience various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. and let endurance have its perfect result so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God; to those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son... Romans 8:28-29.

As we go through this process of being blended by Christ.  There is so much taking place in the midst of these difficulties. God is transforming us through the experiences we are facing.  He reminds us of His love and our dependence on Him.  Remember as we experience these trials and tests; God is preparing us to be used by Him to bless others for His glory.

It may be family members, beloved friends, or maybe those you do not even know.  God knows everything and He wants to use your life for His glory.  Once He is done preparing you, He will pour you out as a blessing to others as you represent Him.

So regardless of what you are going through, always remember God is in control. He wants to use you to be a blessing of hope and encouragement, of comfort, or even wisdom.  So trust your Savior as your world seems to be spinning off course.  Jesus is preparing you to be poured out as a blessing!

Love in Christ,

Horace Williams Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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32 comments on “Prepared by Jesus to be Poured out a Blessing

Horace, I’m glad you shared this with me again. I needed to read this again tonight after hearing of two different family situations of friends of ours. While things look tough for them, the Lord is right there with them through it all and He will turn the situations into good. I hope you have a wonderful week, Horace.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Lori. God will work all things for good to them who love God and called according to His will (Romans 8:28). It may not make sense for those families, but God is preparing them to be a blessing for someone else. Have a wonderful week as well and blessings to you and yours Lori.

Love the picture your words painted, Horace, that even in the midst of the bitterness, God is giving us His sweet fruit and infusing us with His Spirit. Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing your heart.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Always a blessing to receive a visit from you Crystal. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share. I am thankful for the infusion of the Holy Spirit in my life. It’s my prayer to be a blessing and encouragement to others. have a fantastic weekend and may God continue to richly bless you and yours

Thanks for sharing your testimony, joy and encouragement. That smoothie sounds really good! But even better for us to be poured out as a blessing.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Carol! What a privilege to be poured out as a blessing by our Savior. May we seek to glorify Him in all that we do. By the way the smoothie is fantastic! Thanks for visiting and may God bless you and yours.

Congrats on your health adjustments and changes you are making to be a healthier you! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and encouragement… what a blessing! (Stopping by from #HeartEncouragement Thrusday)

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Rachel for the kind words and your visit. It was a necessity to change my habits if I am to serve Jesus and live longer. I’m glad to read you were encouraged. God has a plan to use each one of His children to help others know Him as their Savior and be a blessing as well. May we seek to care for His temple so he can use us for His glory. Thanks again for your visit today. I hope you have a marvelous weekend. May God bless you and yours.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting today Bethany. I was surprised myself when the thoughts of this post came into my mind as the blender mixed my smoothie. It has been a difficult padt few months month especially pain wise and I have been forced to be still. I know that God used that time to continue to mold and prepare me to help others. It is my hearts desire to live a life that is pleasing to and glorifies my Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you and for visiting. Blessings to you and yours.

I was just reading this morning in a short devotional that comes in my email, “it’s not great faith in God that you need; it is faith in a great God!” He is great and I can trust Him to blend everything together in my life for His good. I’m glad to see you back writing, I hope you’re feeling better. Thanks for sharing this reminder with Thankful Thursdays.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hey Lori always great to hear from you dear friend. Yes I am thrilled be able to write again. It was driving me batty as I was going through the healing process. I still have to monitor things going forward. Like you said, I trust God to blend things together for good and His glory. My faith in my Savior grows stronger each day. Have a blessed weekend.

Horace, I am so pleased to meet you linking up at #freshmarketfriday today! Your post made me laugh, think and praise God for how he works all things together– even the ingredients in a smoothie — for our benefit of pouring out His love and light on others. God has some awesome timing too– just finished reading about the Holy Spirit being poured out in Acts and how we should get rid of bitterness in Ephesians just this morning… Blessings on you friend! May God continue to guide you in health and sharing your wise words with us!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Nice to meet you as well Heather. It is a blessing to read that this post made you laugh, think and praise God. That’s a great trifecta…to God be the glory! god’s timing is perfect. I am excited to see how God will use me to be poured out for Him. Such an honor and a privilege to serve Him. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have an amazing weekend! Blessings.

Amen, Horace! I love this! All the blending does result in a mixture that makes us a stronger version of ourselves. And can I just say, “Wow!!!!!” Almost 200 pounds? That is phenomenal! I already admired you greatly, but this just gives me an extra glimpse into your strength and courage! Thanks so much, my friend, for sharing hope with me at #MomentsofHope!
Blessings and smiles,
Lori

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for the opportunity to share Lori. It feels amazing to be back writing posts again. I am thankful for God’s blending. I am humbled by His desire to use me as a blessing and help to others. I want to lead people to Christ and encourage my brothers and sisters. Thanks again for visiting. Always a blessing to hear from you. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. May God bless you and yours.

I’ve seen this truth so much in my life, Horace. Although I’ve walked through some difficult seasons, God has used them to help me help others. That sense of relateability – of assuring someone that you’ve seen the other side, reached safe shores, and they will too – it’s truly a priceless gift. Thank you for sharing your lessons with us. And smoothies – I’m a fan too! Blessings to you, friend.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes, it is such a blessing to be used by God to be a blessing to others Tiffany. The safe shores are nice but there is a good probability that we will get tossed back into the waves. God is faithful and He always brings us through. Thank you for being a blessing to myself and so many. Keep your eyes on Him through those difficult seasons. He will bring you through and you will be stronger. Always great to hear from you friend. Have a fantastic weekend and may God richly bless you and yours.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Haha. Thanks for visiting Laura. I was not really into smoothies until after the stroke. Now that I figured out a way to have them and taste so good, I enjoy them. I am thankful that God has allowed me to share my story of faith. I pray that He is glorified in everything I do. Have a great weekend. Blessings to you and yours.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    High five Debbie! I fixed smoothie this morning. I love that I cannot even taste the leafy greens:) God continues to pour you out as a blessing. Your ministry has been an encouragement to me. Have an amazing week! May God continue to richly bless you and yours.

I’m glad God knows how to mix up that perfect blend for us. I don’t know if I’d be able to swallow a kale smoothie, but if I’m ever in need of them, by the grace of God I hope to enjoy them as you do, Horace! Thanks for sharing this encouragement today.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Lisa…God knows exactly what we need in preparing us. In life, kale can taste bittersweet but it is needed to achieve God’s purpose. I’m thankful that after the smoothie is blended, I cannot even taste the kale:) Thanks for the visit today Lisa. Always blessed to read your thoughts. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Me too Anne. I have been drinking smoothies for over 6 years now, You never know the where, when or how God may speak to you. I am thankful for His reminder that He is preparing me to be used by Him via the trials I am facing. Thanks for visiting today. Have a blessed week.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    THank you Nicole and thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree. God’s preparation is a process and does not happen overnight. I am thankful for His desire to use me for His glory. Thanks again for the visit. So nice to “meet” you. Have a fantastic weekend and God bless!

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