When you want to, you’ll be enabled to


when you want to give grace
and extend respect and play nice
. . . but you’re clumsy and injured and skeptical

look Grace in the eye and cry help  


when you want to spread hope
    and encourage dreams and fan faith
. . . but you’re hesitant and weak and suspicious

touch Hope in the heart and plead please  


when you want to show love
and give compassion and meet needs
. . . but you’re tired and timid and scarred

stir Love in the Spirit and sing thank you  


for your receipt of Grace
and your gathering of 
and your taking in of Love
so you can give Grace out
and spread Hope around
and show Love to all

when you want to
you’ll be enabled to
because He is able to


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Is there something you want to do, but don’t feel capable of doing? Please share in the comments.

reposted from the archives

16 thoughts on “When you want to, you’ll be enabled to

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Jerri. I don’t always understand how, but I want to trust more that God will provide an unlimited supply of faith, hope, and love, not only for ourselves, but an overflow to give to others. He is that kind of God, yes? 🙂

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    I guess, yes, there is…and it’s happening.

    I want to transcend physicality, both the emotional beating i get from pain, and the ‘high’ that comes with pleasure. They’re two sides of the same coin, and ying seemingly can’t exist without yang.

    My hope is not to banish them – that’s unrealistic, and kinda stupid…but to accept them as they come, without flinching from the one and trying to hold to the other.


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Accepting things as they are…welcoming what comes. You’re hitting on a goal that many of us should be aiming for, regardless of where we are in our biological lifespan. Thanks, Andrew, for making it plain.

  2. Linda Stoll

    How grateful I am that He is more than able to accomplish all that I can’t / won’t / refuse to do.

    And He keeps prompting me to look more to Him in the process and less to myself.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Can’t/won’t/refuse….that about covers it, Linda. I can slide up and down the scale in any number of areas. So grateful that yes, God can accomplish things despite us.

  3. bluecottonmemory

    Beautiful Encouragement, Lisa! A few weeks ago, I was struggle with needing God to give me the right words and ability to deliver them the right way – when he’s there, I won’t trip over myself into a mess! Next time, I’ll remember your post and take it as standing in agreement with me in prayer!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’ve been through a lot in the past few weeks, Maryleigh. I can’t imagine, but I’m thankful now that the words are coming to you again and that you’re able to ease back into your regular life. I know your family must be really glad too. 🙂

  4. saleslady371

    “when you want to
    you’ll be enabled to
    because He is able to” Wonderful line! Absolutely God is able to do it through us. Sometimes I commit to things and doubt that I can follow through with a good attitude. Lately, I just open my hands to Him and give it to Him. He really honors that prayer! Wow, I’m amazed!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Sounds like we have similar issues, Mary. 🙂 I can be excited about a project one day but then the next, worried that it’ll take too much time or I’m not capable or whatever. But yes, just opening our hands and giving it to God is the answer. Even if we’re still not skilled or sufficient in resources, God can use us easier with a submitted heart than with a poor attitude.

  5. Pam

    How often as believers who have been “in Him” for awhile we fail to call out and seek His grace! We need ever to be reminded we are not only saved by grace, but we are to live by grace. I continue to grow in learning how to better extend grace to myself. It can often be easier to offer it to others than it is to extend it to myself. Thanks, Lisa, for this lovely piece.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Floyd. It was a post resurrected from the past. It’s neat to go back sometimes and see things that we wrote awhile ago, and let the words minister to us in the now.

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