Yes, Lord!

August 28, 2001
by Gloria Coffey

Matthew 6:20-21 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV)

Yes, Lord, Amen.

Is God calling you to a new level or a new work? I feel the Lord is preparing me for something new in my life and I definitely want to say, "Yes, Lord."

Did you ever have a song get 'stuck' in your mind? Some stay only a few hours, but I've been singing a chorus for about two months now that I am sure God planted there. The song is "Trading My Sorrows" by Darryl Evans. The chorus simply repeats the words "Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes Lord, Amen."

These three words are very powerful! As I sing these words, I stop to ask myself: Am I really willing to say, "Yes, Lord, Amen"? This is my heart's desire: to say "Yes, Lord, Amen" when He calls and asks me to go or to do something. It is kind of scary and exciting at the same time! It's like preparing for a trip to somewhere you've never been before. I've been a Christian for 37 years and have had to answer this call many times in many different ways. The excitement never diminishes!

While I was travelling with my husband, he made a statement that hit home, and I thought immediately that this was what God is calling us to do now. Our last name is Coffey. He said our house should be called "Coffey Hostel for Youth" instead of "the Coffey House". We seem to have a never-ending stream of youth passing through our home, and what a joy it is! Sometimes we minister to the youth and sometimes they minister to us! We allow the youth to speak their minds (to a certain extent), but if we feel we can help them grow in the Lord, we are ready to step in and assist. We try to live our lives in such a way that everyone, including the youth, may see that, through both the good times and the bad, we always try to say, "Yes, Lord, we'll do whatever you ask of us." Also, we encourage the youth to answer, "Yes, Lord," when he calls upon them in school, at work, with their friends, wherever they may be, or whatever they are going through. A few months ago, one of the youth had an emergency while they were at our home. Immediately, the rest of the youth began to pray for this need. What a joy it is to know that when we say, "Yes, Lord," he will be there!

Prayer: Precious heavenly Father, help us to always be willing to say "Yes" to whatever You ask us to do. Yes, Lord, Amen.

Editor's Note: The complete lyrics of "Trading My Sorrows" by Darryl Evans and an MP3 snippet of the catchy refrain, "Yes, Yes, Lord," are posted at www.audiblefaith.com/pages/sg200531. Once hearing the refrain, one will find it runs over and over in the mind, as the author testifies!

About the author:

Gloria Coffey <gjmcquilts@yahoo.com>
Princeton, West Virginia, USA

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