The Good Works He Prepared In Advance For Us To Do

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What are the "Good Works He Prepared in Advance" for YOU to do? Do you ever take time to wonder?

A bit of God’s handiwork, captured by the lens of my husband.

Have you had any pivotal moments in your faith life?

A moment where a verse came alive for you in a way that it never had before?

Quite a few years ago, a woman who had been a true spiritual mentor for me needed to step down from her leadership position in a Bible study I was involved in, due to circumstances that had arisen in her family’s life. Losing weekly contact with her was a lot like having a nurse take an IV out of my arm – an IV that was weekly providing me with words that were bringing me life, encouragement, inspiration and hope. It was tough, really, really tough to hear that she was leaving us. I could tell, in fact, the second that she started speaking what she was about to say, and it seemed like my breath caught in my throat, and my heart stopped beating in that moment.

Part of me wanted to stand up, grab her shoulders, and cry: “No! No! NO!!!”.

Have you ever had a time where somebody was telling you something that you almost could not bear to hear? Because you knew that part of the sweetness that you had enjoyed in your life up to that moment was about to be taken from you? And everything inside of you wanted to beg: “Don’t say it! Don’t say it!”? As if not saying the words could somehow prevent the loss from happening?

God, who works in all things for the good of those who love Him, was going to use this circumstance in my life to grow me up a bit, and make me more dependent on Him, and less dependent on her, but it still tore me up inside, to lose contact with this dear sister.

So,  I sat there with tears in my eyes and my heart laid wide open as she spoke her farewell to our group. And this is what she said, that has stuck with me, like a theme in my life.

She spoke of her regret at having to leave. She spoke of how through the years, in her position as teacher of that class, that she had felt like she had found one of the works God had prepared in advance for her to do. She spoke of the great joy, the great satisfaction, that she got from teaching that class, because she KNEW that she was exercising the gifts that God had given her. But there was a family member who was dying, and she was a trained nurse, and hadn’t God equally equipped her to do THAT very job as well? “For such a time as this”, right? And doesn’t family always come first? (To my way of thinking: absolutely. It goes without saying.) So with great sadness, she was taking her leave of our group.

For me, the takeaway thought, the pivotal moment, came from this verse, from the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

If that is true, then

What are the good works that God has prepared in advance for me to do?

Life is short. All too short.
But I don’t want to miss out on doing whatever it is that he has called me to do.
Sometimes, many times, I feel like I’m just making it up as I go along.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a Celestial Email message in my inbox from Heaven?

Samples of Emails from Susan’s Email Inbox:

Dear Susan in the Boonies,

Today, your job is to write a post on …. Your writing has been a bit superficial lately: might want to increase your time reading my Word. Don’t worry: I’ll help you write it!
With you, and in you,

The Spirit.


Sweet Girl,

Clean the toilet for cryin’ out loud, today, wouldja? Remember: I’m with you always – even in the dirty bathroom. Cleanliness really is next to Me.
Yours forever,



Good morning, Dear Child,

Don’t forget to train your child in taking responsibility for those missed assignments! Helping those kids learn THEIR OWN sense of responsibility is YOUR responsibility. But you can do it! And I’ll help!

 Love ya!


Recently, I’ve had occasion to hear some people voice their disdain for blogging.

(But anyone who really DID feel that way, wouldn’t be here right now reading this anyway, right?  😀 )

Yes, it’s bothered me. And, in many cases, I think they’re right. There is lots and lots of junk that you can easily find on blogs. And it’s also possible that what I’m doing here falls into the category of junk.

But all I know, at this point, is that very often, when I do this, this writing thing, in the words of Eric Liddell from “Chariots of Fire”,  “I feel His pleasure”.

So, to do the good works that  God has prepared in advance for ME to do, all I really know to do at this point is:

#1) Pray and try to discern what I think the good works are that He has prepared in advance for me to do.


#2) Do the next thing.

If I figure out anything else for certain, I’ll alert the media.

Thanks for taking your valuable time to read this.

I wonder if you ever think about the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to do. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What are the "Good Works He Prepared in Advance" for YOU to do? Do you ever take time to wonder? #devotional #ephesians #wholehearted #faith

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  1. Susan thank you for sharing what The Lord had placed on your heart. True there are many who blog but remember the difference is in the few that are called of God to do it. You have encouraged me, I too have a blog called before I started blogging I would have read this wonderful post of yours and fully enjoyed it without giving a second thought to posting my comments or simply saying thank you. My research for my next blog lead me to your post, my topic is what has God prepared you for that you are not applying to your life.

    Thank you Susan
    Pastor Billy Wade
    My recent post FRIENDSHIP- A GIFT FROM GOD

  2. Sara Matson says

    Thank you! I liked the funny emails. 🙂 I think your strategy is spot on; at least, that's all I've figured out to do when trying to discern those prepared works.

  3. For the past few months, I have been trying to discern my gifts and how I am using them. I would totally love an email from our Lord to let me know if I am on track! Thank you for this inspirational post. It was what I needed to read today.

  4. I am doing a Bible study where I ran across this verse, and I thought I would Google it to know what those good works are. I came across your post. It is an encouragement to me and I can do these things which God has prepared for me. He is giving me the energy and gifts to do them. I just walk it out. Thank you for your encouragement,


  5. Blake Sutherland says

    I think it’s most probable that Paul is expanding on his idea that works do not save you, faith does thanks to God’s grace, but God still made you for good works. These works include anywhere we are literally instructed in the New Testament, particularly in Matthew. Think about how Jesus compares the mosaic law to his new teachings on the sermon of the mount. He sets up our new Christian guidelines based on the old law, these are works we are ‘to walk in’ as the Greek puts it in Ephesians. Jesus instruction goes beyond the law, and if anything shows us even more how thankful we should be for grace, as we can never live up to God’s instruction perfectly. All you can do is your best, I like your post and your take on it. I have long contemplated what it is God wants for my life, and I think the fact you ask yourself that question so seriously means you are already going where he wants you. The more you seek God the better it gets, and how T’s basically all you can do.

    • Susan Williams says

      I really appreciate your thoughtful response, Blake. It’s something I was thinking about even today, before I read your comment, even though I wrote this post several years ago. My new-ish thought/actual experience for today is, that if you just tell
      God that you WANT to be available to Him to do ALL the things He’s planned for you to do…and you’re concerned that the spheres you’re moving in, in your life, are just a wee bit too comfortable? He is faithful to point out another opportunity, outside your “today’s sphere”, that will show you a need that you can joyfully fill.

  6. Thank you! I totally agree. I don’t want to miss God in doing His perfect works for my life. I to wish I could get an email but then I wouldn’t have to live by faith or walk by faith because of that email. He wants us to pray always and to walk with Him constantly to know His voice. Recently, I’ve made a very important decision. God has called me from a church that I attended for almost 14 years to move out into the ministry He’s given me. He confirmed it through a message my former Pastor was teaching. One Sunday I sat beside my bed and did not want to go to my church. I was one of the ministers there and I wondered if this was my flesh because how could I fell this way. I wanted to worship in an assembly of believers but Idid not want to go to my church. I made up my mind to go believing I would hear a confirming word from God. Man did He speak to me clearly. To make a long story short, on that Sunday the Pastor said in his sermon that you have been praying to God if you should leave the church and He has already given you the answer. You already know what to do. Wow! He has called me to do my teaching ministry. Last year God had me to start a nonprofit Christian ministry called Deborah Hannah Ministries and He has done an amazing work through this ministry. I never knew that was one of the great works He has for me. Now He has release me to do His work through the ministry He has ordain for me. I grew up as a shy child and He has equipped me to teach and reach out to the masses and to bring churches together to work in the inner cities. Your blog has encouraged me even the more. There’s so much more to this story. God has amazed me greatly. Please pray that I continue to hear from Him clearly. God bless you. He has kicked me out of the nest to fly in Him. It was too uncomfortable to stay in that nest. Praying to fly with the eagles and not be on the ground with the chickens because He has created me to soar!

  7. Steven Mcdaniel says

    Day by day. 24 four hours are all were are given at a time because that all we can handle. So don’t worry about tomorrow’s works or you just might miss today’s.

  8. Jill Mounsher says

    Susan, my husband of 41 years, who is yet to know the Lord, is in hospital being monitored whilst they bat around words like mini- stroke. It’s scary. And here I am, at 4a.m. crying out to God. And reminding Him that , as a child, not yet walking with the Lord, my husband has works , that God has gone ahead and prepared for him, that lay ahead of him. Thank you for this post, that is comforting me now. God bless.

    • Susan Williams says

      Dear Jill,

      May God our Father draw your husband’s heart to Himself. May He heal and prolong on his days on this earth, and may He show your husband the good works He’s prepared in advance for your husband to do. Asking in the Name of Jesus.

  9. Thank you. I found your article as I was researching for my next article and phase of personal growth. As I was searching this very verse came to me and confirmed that indeed we do have a future self… who is different than our self of today… and that God has some things lined up for us… already. Thanks again!

  10. Susan, well said! I totally agree and found it encouraging to hear you put my thoughts into your words. Yes, God has prepared works for us to do, and HE thought of them as He began to conceive the idea of us. Amazing! I want to walk in this too, and have begun to pray this daily. Thank you, P. Davis

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