Using Your Voice
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread are reading titled using your voice was written by Jennifer Benson schuldt
 since age 8 Lisa had struggled with a stammer and became afraid of social situations that required her to talk with people but later in life after speech therapy helped her overcome her challenge will you said decided to use her voice to help others she began volunteering as a counselor for an emotional distress telephone hotline
 Moses had to face his concerns about speaking to help lead the Israelites out of captivity in Exodus for God asked him to communicate with Sparrow but Moses protested because he didn't feel confident in his speaking ability God challenged him who gave human beings their mouth then he reassured Moses saying I will help you speak and will teach you what to say God response reminds us that he can work powerfully through us even in our limitations but even when we know this in our hearts it can be hard to live without Moses continued to struggle and begged God to send someone else so God allowed Moses brother Aaron to accompany
 each of us has a voice that can help others we may be afraid we may not feel capable we may feel we don't have the right words God knows how we feel she can provide the words and all we need to serve others and accomplish his work
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Exodus chapter 4 verses 10 through 17
 Moses said to the Lord pardon your servant Lord I have never been eloquent neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant I am slow of speech and tongue the Lord said to him who gave human beings their mouths who makes them deaf or mute who gets them site or makes them blind is it not I the Lord now go I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say but Moses said pardon your servant Lord please send someone else then the Lord's anger burned against Moses and he said what about your brother are in the levite I know he can speak well he is already on his way to meet you and he will be glad to see you you shall speak to him and put words in his mouth I will help both of you speak and I will teach you what to do
 he will speak to the people for you and it would be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him but take the staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it
 I pray dear God help us to know how we can use our voices to help others and to share your love with those around us when we feel inadequate help us to trust you to fill us with courage and give us the words to say like you did with Moses it's a Jesus name we pray amen thanks for listening today my name is Alicia Reisinger and today's in Courage meant was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries