Hi, I’m Trina Bresser Matous and I’ve been writing for Ask God Today for almost a year. I grew up in a Christian home. Though it seems like I’ve always known God, I also had a sense that there was more to a relationship with Him than what I was experiencing. In my mid 20’s I discovered that what I had been yearning for was an intimate relationship with Jesus. Since then God has taken me on an amazing journey as He has shaped and molded me for His purposes.
One of the themes of my relationship with God has been recognizing and walking through doors He has opened. Early on I had a desire to get married, but never seemed to meet the right guy. Initially I would have settled for someone who went to church. As I continued to walk with God He raised the bar to a man who was committed to Jesus. As I continued to wait and hope for Mr. Right, God was at work in me.
He wanted to me learn to be content with where I was at that moment, not continually hope for something different. Slowly I found contentment in being single as Paul’s words in Philippians 4 took on greater meaning for me. I, too, was learning to be content in whatever the circumstances.
One more time God raised the bar on who would be suitable as a mate. Now it wouldn’t be enough for my future husband to be committed to Jesus. He would have to be completely sold out to Jesus. By my mid to late thirties, I was feeling pretty certain God was calling me to be single. And then …Isn’t it just like God to take you to the point of joyfully accepting what you didn’t think you… Click To Tweet
That is just what happened. My husband and I attended the same church, though we were only acquaintances at best. The unexpected death of his wife opened a door neither of us anticipated.
I am happy to report that 11 years later, I’m living happily ever after. This is not to say things have always been easy. I’ve had to learn to trust God in whole new circumstances. Blending a family has had its trials, yet the more I’ve leaned on God and trusted Him, the more I’ve learned to love as He loves.
Out of many of these experiences, God has begun to open doors for a writing career. Though one of the things I learned in college was that I could write, I didn’t really do too much until my church asked me to write a series of notes to accompany the read through the bible in a year program we were doing at the time. I didn’t realize when I said yes just how much work I’d committed myself to. But God provided the time, energy, stamina and insight I needed in order to get the project done. I spent one year writing through the Old Testament and the next year writing through the New. The notes were a greater blessing to my church body than I ever would have guessed. I hardly felt qualified when I was asked, yet God used a willing spirit to serve His purposes.
When I was done writing the notes, I thought I was done. But God had other plans. A piece of what I would have considered junk mail addressed to my husband caught my attention. It was an advertisement for a Christian writer’s conference. When I showed it to my husband, he thought it would be a great conference for both of us.Writer’s conferences are an opportunity for writers to learn about their craft as well as network… Click To Tweet
The brochure I had included a testimonial from one woman who made a contact on her very first day that resulted in a contract to publish her book. I thought, “yea, right, one of those advertising testimonials that never happened.” I thought that until it actually happened to me! At lunch on the very first day, I met the editor of a small publishing house who liked what I showed him. God opened another door, which I walked through when I signed the contract.
The notes I wrote have become the Christian Living Bible Study Series and I’m excited to see how God is using those books to shed light on His word for people who desire a deep relationship with Him.
Another door was opened just about a year ago when I happened to see a tweet from Brenda McGraw who was looking for writers to expand the Ask God Today Ministry. I never would have responded had I not only days before had coffee with a friend who responded to a tweet and landed a job with a local news station’s consumer advocacy department. God set up just the right meeting at just the right time to invite me to again step through a door He had opened.
That is a little bit about me. More importantly, it is more about how God has used me to fill His plans and purpose. I may be uniquely gifted and talented, but I am not the only one.In God’s hands each of us are uniquely used for His plans and purposes. Click To Tweet
Just as He had far more in mind for me than I could have imagined or conceived, He has the same in mind for you too.
So I want to encourage you to seek Him with all your heart and boldly follow where He leads. The journey will be more exciting and fulfilling than anything you could arrange on your own!
May you know God deeply and experience His many blessings!!
What doors has God opened for you to step through?
Please share with us in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
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