Well, back in November, when we were all sitting around waiting for the snow to start flying, I for one was wondering what this winter would hold for my family. We were knee deep into a 6-month sabbatical from ministry and time was rapidly coming to a close on that season. There didn’t seem to be any clear direction moving forward and we just weren’t sure where the end of the tunnel was, much less how bright the light looked.
Now we’re about to flip the calendar up to the month of April; a month of promise and growth. March has been a wild ride of emotions and stirrings and I doubt that’s going to end any time soon. Here’s a few things that I’ve been learning this month:
Hospitality opens the doors for personal growth in amazing ways. We had the privilege of hosting some dear friends from Peru as they were traveling in the US for some missions conferences. It was a solid week of dinner chats and memory making. We’ll always wonder at the way those long-forgotten feelings of passion for Kingdom work were stirred up again as we listened to the news from our first home in ministry. Through that week we felt God giving us space to dream and wonder about the future He has for us. It’s exciting, to say the least.
Friendships are born out of the craziest opportunities. As we mark off 8 months at our new church home, I had the opportunity to host a Noonday jewelry trunk show for a new friend of mine as her family raises funds for their second international adoption. Through this relationship and opportunity, God is knitting together a sweet friendship with a sister (who also happens to be a pastor’s wife!) that is reaching out to me as well. I needed a friend with skin on in a deep way, and God is providing that through this new little circle of acquaintances she is introducing me to. Don’t discount opportunities to build relationships! You never know what God is going to do through the little moments.
God truly is the Source of all wisdom!! Well, that seems anti-climactic. But, in all seriousness, I had a difficult discovery and decision to make this past month and I agonized over how to make it all work out. The Lord gently led me to let go of what I was holding so tightly to and within a few days opened my eyes to another path I never even DREAMED existed. He is so faithful to give just what we need when we come to Him and ask.
Are you facing some changes in the winds of your life? Do you wonder how God is going to work it all out? My March has been the beginnings of some incredible transitions in our life of ministry and as a family. I can confidently say that God is moving in and through us, and yet I have NO idea what He’s going to end up doing! It’s an incredible thing to watch as He unfolds pieces of His plan before us.
The amazing thing is that we’ve seen Him do this before in us. He turned our world upside-down 10 years ago when He called us into full-time ministry and we’ve never looked back as He has continued to prepare us, equip us, and gently guide us into His plan.
As a Biblical life coach, I’ve walked with many women through seasons of transition. When asked, these are the things that I encourage women in ministry to do as they face winds of change:
Devote yourself to prayer. This includes personal prayer, inviting your inner-circle friends to pray with you, and making family time prayer a priority.
Don’t overshare. While this season of change may be exciting (or terrifying), it is a masterpiece that God is in the process of creating. Venting all your emotions and feelings to every listening ear is not only unwise, it pulls your focus off of watching the Master at work and onto your desire for control or understanding.
Determine your plan. While you may not have a clear picture of what God is doing, you can ask yourself these questions, “What CAN I do right now? What was the LAST thing God asked me to do, and am I doing that faithfully?” When change is looming, doing simple things like tightening up your finances, keeping your team informed, and keeping communication open as a family unit is vital.
I’d love to hear from YOU! Drop me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook and let me know what amazing things God has done in YOUR life, or how I can pray for you as you walk through some transition in your current season.