Ryan and Vanessa busy lives

What I have is enough when I put it in the hands of Jesus

God’s supernatural power fills the gap between our supply and the world’s demand

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

—John 6:9

Life in our household gets really busy really fast! By the time we get home, we want to enjoy the evening, and recharge for the next day. But there’s always that pesky to-do list: dinner to make, dogs to feed, and chores to complete.

In episode six, you get a sneak peek into our busy life. My husband, Ryan, is a lawyer, and he’s often in court representing his client.  My weeks are also busy. Between board meetings, press events, classes, and meetings, I often don’t have the time to go grocery shopping and cook complicated meals each night for dinner. It can feel overwhelming and frustrating.

There are many moments when I don’t feel like I have what it takes to get through a busy week. The needs feel so big while resources seem small.

Maybe you’ve felt the same?

I’m sure that’s how the disciples felt when Jesus asked them to feed the crowd in John 6—15,000 people all together. The disciples didn’t have enough food, money, or time to feed the crowd. “Send them away,” they pleaded with Jesus. “You feed them,” the Master replies.

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they among so many?”
—John 6:9

But what are they among so many? In seven words, Andrew expresses the insecurity we all face. With the world and all its demands stacked up against me, what am I among so many? How is my time enough? How is my education enough? Am I really enough? Do I have what it takes?

But this is why I love that little boy in this story. Instead of being discouraged by the need, he takes what has in his hands, and gives it to Jesus. Jesus does the rest! The food multiplies and feeds everyone there with twelve doggie bags of left overs!

This shows me that what I have is enough when I put it in the hands of Jesus. He takes what I offer Him and makes something beautiful.

When I first came up with the concept for this show, I didn’t have the crew or resources to pull it off. It was just me—creating recipes, writing the script, finding locations, coordinating people, and completing all the tasks to pull off an episode. A couple of friends volunteered their time to run camera, and I edited the footage into a pilot.

It didn’t feel like enough, but it was what I had. And I placed it in the hands of Jesus.

Three years later, TBN launched a new channel for second and third generation English-speaking Hispanics. The name of that Network? TBN SALSA. Naturally, they wanted to add a cooking show to their lineup.

I never would have imagined the cooking show the way it is now. In the three years between creating the pilot and the start of production on our first season, God lined everything up for the show to be a success. He brought the right people to help create the show, and the resources to execute it well. Sometimes, it still feels like we could use more time, staff, or budget, but it always comes together.

Jesus took what I had to give and turned it into something beautiful. He will do the same for you.

I want to hear from you! Share your #JesusMoments in the comments, below.

What do you have in your hand, and how is Jesus using it?

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