“My life certainly didn’t change overnight. I experienced a waiting period, a time of growth, development, and perseverance as God prepared me. Lessons on patience, trust, surrender, and learning to take hold of all preceded my stepping out. But even in this seemingly unimportant time of pruning and trials, God was preparing me for the next step. This “getting ready period” was not a waste of time. It was an important part of fulfilling my calling. Though I couldn’t see much fruit, God was getting my branches ready and healthy enough to hold all He knew was coming.”
Growth. Development. Perseverance. Patience. Trust. Surrender.
This is where I’ve been for the past year since returning from a mission trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before departing on the 10 hour flight from JFK I asked The Lord to make me comfortable being uncomfortable & to stretch me and my faith because otherwise, how would I grow? What I meant was for Him to make this only child become comfortable living with 11 other people and getting along with living in a country where English is not the primary language for two weeks. God is funny though, He had something completely different in mind.
Needless to say, I didn’t know then (and not until most recently) what I was asking for. Be careful what you pray for. Often times we don’t know what all is entailed in getting the very things we ask for. And so He being God, who loves me entirely too much to let me stay the same, stripped me of everything I thought defined me to show me my identity in HIM. I’m still learning & still growing in a season like none I’ve experienced these past 26 years; but it is one that has forever marked the course of my life.
I went through this long season of questioning, doubting and wavering in my faith after things I thought I had a grip on didn’t go as planned. And that was precisely my problem — they were things I thought I had under control when in my trying to control them I was missing out on what God wanted to do, what God wanted me to see. So, this year my best friend and I challenged each other to a reading duel; agreeing to read at least 1-2 book minimum per month. Two weeks ago she and I began a new journey along w/ some 20+ other power women I call my sorority linesisters and neos, friends & family as we began an online Bible study: “What Happens When Women Walk in FAITH” by Lysa TerKeurst, excerpted above. It was then and only then that everything I had been going and growing through began to make sense.
I read the book’s introduction and wanted to know who was this woman who knew me and my whole life. Had she been stalking me? There was NO way she could’ve known the things in my heart, the sensitive spots only the Lord knew I needed to have ministered to. But He knew.
As all women should know being a woman is cool, being a great woman is better but being a great woman of faith is the ultimate goal. I’m really grateful to Proverbs 31 Ministries for assisting us women of faith with the tools to become the kind of woman Proverbs 31 speaks about and for the aid of the Holy Spirit who is so sweet, in helping me reach this place. I’m not quite done with the book yet but it has already impacted my life for the better. 😘
Power Women Walk In Faith