Have you ever had circumstances in your life that come up, that in the beginning look one way, but ultimately lead another?
Recently I’ve gone through something I wish upon no woman. It had happened once before. And it happened again. I honestly never want to go through it another time, but if I do, I’m in the position to say “Bring it.” Because what’s transpired before, during, and after this experience–could never be replaced.
God’s been working on me and I’m so grateful.
I’m no longer defined by my past.
I’m no longer defined by my present.
I am defined by Jesus Christ who has saved me from the dominion of darkness and brought me to light. #PraiseYouJesus
Some of you may know but some of you may not know what’s gone on in my life over the past years. That’s okay. Soon you’ll see what’s transpired in my life to make me who I am today.
Most recently, God has taught me about transparency. Living the life I say I believe in. Actually being the light to someone’s darkness. This life is not about me.
I mean we hear it often and we even say it well-meaningly. (Is meaningly even a word?) This life is not about me.
God gave me an opportunity to learn this. I call it “The Big Red Truck” methodology of refining the spirit. God gave me my Big Red Truck recently to teach me just how to live the life of “It’s not about me” and not just believe it.
I’ve seen what my obedience has done as witness to many other women. What an awesome (huge, amazing, scary) responsibility. I learned people really are watching me live out this destiny that I so very much believe in. I learned that even in my failures and in my circumstances, I can lean on God’s understanding and not my own.
Humility-Transparency–all so scary to me. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew my business. I fled to Indianapolis for college and no one knew my business. I loved it this way. I still try to hide in people not knowing my business. But God has prepared me by using the time I needed to grow in Him, and I think the time is over.
I know the time is over, actually, that hiding behind my circumstances, my physical location, and my four walls is over. God has refined me to be transparent and teach women in my life how to find reformation and refinement in Him.
So with that said, I’m taking on a huge venture. I’m settling on obeying God in all matters of my life. Asking for forgiveness and humbling myself when I’m wrong. This is the hardest path of life I could ever possibly take, but I want to bring as many of you along with me as I can.
IgniteWomen.com is a ministry I’ve been a part of since close to the inception. I ask that you take a look. See what we offer, see what’s coming ahead for women to deepen their relationship with Jesus, grow in their knowledge of the Word, and to truly change the world!
I also invite you to be praying over me as I tackle something I’ve never thought I’d do–be transparent in word and speaking form.
I plan to live out my favorite verse in God’s word: Mark 12:30–Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Why is it my favorite? Bc once my love is in the right place, all else falls into place.