Before Christmas of 2009, God was impressing on my heart to take my prayer life and relationship with HIM to a deeper level. In my prayer time, I was submitting myself to HIM to do whatever He wanted to do with me. I would ask no questions and I promised to obey. During this time, I was preparing to speak at a Women’s Conference. I retreated to a friend’s home one weekend for prayer and study. My theme was “Connections”. My burden was to light a fire in the heart of women to reach out to other women on a spiritual level. During that weekend, I felt the Lord strongly leading me to do something, yet I wasn’t sure what.
I came home and was talking to my husband about it and said that it was like God was wanting me to start a non-profit ministry for women in our city to reach out in a variety of ways. I had never once had that thought! As it fell off of my lips, I knew in my heart that this was what God was strongly impressing me to do.
My husband and I discussed what I then called a “crazy” idea. I felt that there was no way I could do something like this! Yet, at the same time, the thoughts of what it could involve came flowing out of my heart. So, we prayed about it. I was scared to death to voice this out loud to anyone. One just doesn’t go around saying that God called one to do something!
I started to lay out fleeces. Then…I fasted and prayed over each one. One at a time.
1. I needed a building to hold Bible studies and various workshops – God gave me a room.
2. I needed to get exposure to pastors in the area – I was invited to be the speaker at the Under His Wings banquet …where many local pastors attend.
3. I needed funds for a lawyer to get my 501c3 status – HE sent it.
4. I needed an office to meet ladies to counsel – I now have an office.
5. I needed to furnish that office – it now has brand new furniture.
6. I needed a laptop – someone sent a free brand new laptop and case!
7. I needed women to help – I have a team of 7 ladies from 5 different area churches.
And many more…
I could not deny how God was answering prayers day after day.
The last few years, I began to be burdened about so many women having so many problems. They come to church week after week and put on a face that everything is fine. I talked to women facing battles and feeling like they were all alone. Whether we like admit to it or not, women are struggling. . . Christian women!
Having been a pastor’s daughter and pastor’s wife, I saw that it was a huge task for a pastor to try to keep up with so many female issues. Counselors are going at a rate of $80 and hour and above. Where is a woman to go to when she needs help? My desire is for this ministry is also to be a help to the local church and area pastors. I believe strongly in the local church and believe that we can partner together as we seek HIS glory!
I claimed Jeremiah 33:3 back in January. I called out to HIM knowing He would answer me. HE promised to show me great and mighty things that I couldn’t even imagine! That is what HE did. I could not have come up with this idea of a ministry. I could not have orchestrated those answers to my prayers.
IT WAS GOD!!
Pray as we seek God and trust HIM to do more than we could ask or imagine!
In Christ Alone,