Day 30 (24 Mar 2020) – Shaped for serving God

1) Job 10:8 (TLB); 2) Isaiah 43:21 (GNT)

1) For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 2) They are the people I made for myself, and they will sing my praises!”

When I became a Christian in August 1984, such a love and relief consumed me.  I was then baptised in the Holy Spirit in May 1985 and my heart and passion changed.  I didn’t care what anyone thought about me, I wanted to serve Jesus till the day I die.  In 1986 I joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and spent the next 3 years (for me Bible College) – learning about God, learning how to hear from the Holy Spirit, and learning how to sacrifice my personal desire for “His Kingdom”.

I came to the following conclusions:

Begin – serve in something and God will reveal your gifts, purpose and passion along the way.

Everything is an opportunity.  If you are asked – say yes.  Along the way God reveals what you are good at and what you need to work on.

As we give (financially and in service) – God gives back to us.  He reveals Himself to us.  He reveals our Heart within us.


It is a discovery of ourselves and a discovery of God Himself

God gave me a scripture in 1988 when I left YWAM Hong Kong.  John 21 v 15-19 – “Susan feed my sheep, Susan feed my lambs, Susan take care of my sheep”.

In 2004 – I felt the Lord lead me back to this scripture and He said to me:  “I called YOU to be a Pastor, not because you married Richard.”

16 YEARS!!  A similar time to Joseph imprisonment.

I discovered WHAT I AM HERE FOR.  I discovered that I AM Loved.

Lord for everyone who reads this may you give them a scripture – a life scripture.  Help everyone to discover the meaning of their lives along their journey.  Reveal it to them we pray.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

4 replies
  1. Kerrie says:

    Thanks Sue! What a beautiful story of God’s love and direction you have. I love that each one of us can have a special life story steeped in God’s love and direction, as we trust in Him daily.

  2. B says:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    One of my life verses. Thanks Sue – great reflection today

  3. Andrew says:

    I love your life story and that God gives you that special passage of scripture again. He knew what he was saying then and now. But also isn’t it interesting how WE can change, so that same scripture can have even more meaning and depth after our “bible college” and life journey.
    It is such a living, evolving relationship.
    Thanks Sue.
    Rgds Andrew

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