He’s Still Working On Me

When I think about how much I have changed over the past few years, I start singing the song “He’s still working on me”. Do you remember that song? My dad had it on cassette and loved to hear me sing it. I never realized how powerful the words were to this song until recently.

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter; I’m the clay

(written by Joel Hemphill)

I feel Him working on me each day…changing a little at a time…shaping me for His plans.

Change is not easy but it is necessary. He often requires us stepping out of our comfort zones, taking a leap of faith. This keeps us where we need to be…relying on Him. The dreams He has put in my heart would be impossible to do on my own, but I know I can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).

He supplies my strength, my hope, my joy, my peace…he supplies me with everything I need.

Since I made the decision to give Him control, my life has not been stable or comfortable. Walking away from a full-time position was very hard but He has been so faithful. We just get by some months, but we have a home, cars to drive, food to eat, and clothes to wear. I am thankful for everything He has blessed us with.

He has shown me that life is about so much more than things. It is about love and relationships. It is about learning and growing. It is about living the life He has planned for us.

I have always been a planner so letting go of our future was a hard transition for me. It took some hard times for me to give that up. Oh I still have my calendar (I’d be lost without it) but I am open to changes. I know that God’s plan is so much better than mine.

We are in a waiting period right now and patience is not something that comes to me naturally. I have gotten better but still have a ways to go.

There are some other job opportunities out there for me right now. I have applied and interviewed for two of them. I believe one job would be great for me and my family but I have struggled with the other one. It would be a great position with a better salary but one that would take a lot of time and effort on my part. It would be nice having more money coming in but my first ministry is to my family and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that. I am a wife and a mom and those two responsibilities come first. (I think I now have my answer about the second position.)

God is so good and I am proud of the changes I see in me. Giving Him control of my life though is not just something I did one day and it is done…it is a daily thing for me. I still struggle and I still make mistakes. The difference is that I know my gracious Father forgives me and will continue to help me. Each day I turn to Luke 9:23. I want to be His disciple and bring Him honor and glory.

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How about you…is He still working on you? Is it hard to turn it all over to Him? I’d love to hear from you.

Blessing to You,
Melissa

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5 thoughts on “He’s Still Working On Me

  1. Dear Melissa,
    Thank you for introducing me to this song & more of your story…it is incredible to think of God’s patience with us as He changes us bit by bit so our character and what we value is more and more like Him…Praying that God will continue to provide for you and your family and just the right job…hugs 🙂

    • Thanks sweet lady! I catch myself singing this song quite often now. I am working on teaching it to my daughter. 🙂

  2. Hi Melissa

    I have had the h.a.r.d.e.s.t time this year finding joy and to cap it all off hit mid 2013 being rather sick & stuck in bed (or the couch) for 4 weeks. Now I should have paid attention to the warning signs, you see I have been down this particular road before – yes and that led to a rather spectacular breakdown 6 years ago!!! The pattern was EXACTLY the same you see: too too busy, lots of hours at work, family coming wayyyyyyy down the list of priority, me feeling frustrated, me not able to centre my heart properly on God & His Word, me being at work on God’s special day of rest for us rather than in His house praising, me feeling lost, me getting very tired, me getting rundown……..and wow how amazing me struggling yet again with my dear pal ‘the little black dog’!!!!

    I had a conversation with my num yesterday on the phone & she said ‘Dear this is just an enforced time of quiet for you to lean on God’ and as much as I knew it in my heart of hearts I had been truly struggling with it all. I got off the phone in tears and just asked God to draw near. ……He did!! Within about 5 minutes I had an email with my new work roster – 33 hours a week instead of 62 hours and no more overnight passive shifts AND no work on Sunday!!!! Yes the money will be less but it has not bought me any peace & you know what I felt in that instance? Relief and a great sense of calm. This morning I am up bright & early (6.30am) chatting with my son and this is despite finishing work at 11pm last night. Now as anyone who suffers depression knows, getting up & bouncing out of bed fresh is not easy at all I can’t help but realise God had to take me down the same path to slow me down & get me to stop & listen to His plans for me. He is in control of my life & if I but let Him he will make it way richer & fuller than I could ever imagine.

    Thankyou for your ‘word in season’ today, God’s blessings for you & yours whatever you do this weekend

    Tiffany
    ( ps – SUPER sorry for this rather long epistle…..just needed to put it all down on paper!!)

    • Hi Tiffany! I know how easy it is to start letting everything else take priority in your life and how empty that can be. So glad things are getting better for you. He has the best plans for us if we just let go and let Him have control. I will be praying for you!
      Blessings to You!

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