~ One Woman at a Time ~
I have been searching; searching for the one thing in Jesus that grips my soul, steals my breath, and cannot be denied. That thing that drives us to the ends of the earth, the end of our finances, the end of our selves.
Church serving? Yes
Blogging? Speaking? Encouraging? Yes. Yes. Yes.
But there is something else …
There is a need; a deep, deep longing between the bone and the marrow that knows there is more required and desired ahead. I pray and I seek. “Jesus, what is it?” Something is missing for me; something that my whole life has been leading to. It has been in the gut of my heart and I have felt it coming but I’ve not known it by definition. At times I could almost touch it, but it has not been made clear. It’s been right around the corner, just up ahead, a few more days in the making of a heart prepared.
And then it comes …a blog, a mission, an initiative, a call from the Voice of God Himself. And all I can do is fall to my knees, and weep with humility, and gratefulness, and sorrow, and ache, and joy, and longing all rolled together tight! There are no words fit for so much; only groaning for God to make a Way. I tell Him, “Jesus, I MUST be a part of this. Please use me!”
With one blog, my heart has been broken for women all over the world. I have been wrecked for the girls who need God’s Word; the ones who need to be brought back from ashes and given joy, and hope, and the Living, Breathing, God of all humanity. The girls that need to know He sees them. In an instant my life has forever been changed and no matter what it costs, I say, “Yes.”
Sitting on the floor, I look back and I smile. I see the path that has led me here. I see the meeting with Bernie May, the founder The Seed Company and how we dreamed of changing our local school three years ago. I see the Allume Conference I attended last fall because The Seed Company’s sponsorship gave me confirmation through its familiarity. I sought the older man’s advice, before I went, and he said, “Go. See what it’s about and see what God wants to do.” I see the ministry God gave me and the passion He has ignited for reaching out, Strength-to-Strength, One Woman at a Time. I see more of God’s hand as He started working on my heart just a month ago; speaking to me about Bible poverty and how, even though unsure, I started an “End Bible Poverty” campaign for the Kamukuio Cluster in Africa. And then I see the email and phone conversations, just last week, with a beautiful soul about devotions, God, and those that are Bibleless and how it all brings me to right here, right now.
I see how my whole life has collided in this exact moment so I can be broken into a million pieces over what breaks God’s heart.
Will you say, “Yes” with me? Will you read these words and let them move your heart, too? Will you join me in a campaign to end Bible Poverty?
Soak in these words by Ann Voskamp and see if your whole life has been leading to this moment, too.
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
Strength to strength,