What began as an invitation to speak turned into so much more. An unexpected and unexplainable love began to form in my heart as I began to seek God’s face for women I had never even met. It happens every time I speak to a group of women and I’m so thankful for the way the Lord works in my heart as I seek His heart for them. There’s a connection with these women that I don’t really understand – but I love them dearly – deeply.
This week, I was blessed to be part of (and speak at) Holiday from the Heart Christmas Bazaar at Hillcrest Baptist Church. What a wonderful event this sweet church puts on for women in the church and in the community! Women perusing the booths and having a little food, fellowship and fun. These women had an obvious love for God and for each other and it was my privilege to be with them all.
I love the connections we women make at any and all events. It’s so much fun to watch old friends connect with each other. There’s laughing, crying and a whole lot of catching up to do. Then there’s the new friends we make. Those who seem to click and bond almost instantly. Sort of like super-glue friends. It just takes a second and they’ve bonded for life.
I love being part of it all. There’s just something special about girlfriends getting together and doing life together. I even love it more when we walk through the Word together. Women in the Word together always makes my heart smile.
I am always honored and excited to share God’s Word. To speak to women in their place of need. But, to be honest, I never have a clue what the women I am talking to are going through. Only God knows the hearts and circumstances that make their way into the room where I’ll be speaking. And I am absolutely dependent upon Him to allow me to be a vessel in which He can use me to speak from His heart to theirs. I have nothing to say apart from what He leads me to say – apart from His Word – apart from Him.
And so I pray for women I don’t know, who have needs I’m not aware of, who are going through things I’m clueless about. I begin to feel more inadequate than ever and to be desperate for God to help me know what to say. “Oh Jesus, please give me the words, the wisdom and a heart that beats for Your will.”
And I’m always amazed when women come up to me and tell me that what I said was exactly what they needed to hear – that there was a connection made with something I said. To God be the glory – for every word – for every heart that’s encouraged.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:28
Tonight I reflect on God’s goodness and grace to allow me to do something I’m passionate about – encouraging women in the Word. Pointing people to Jesus…the Way, the Truth, the Life. God is so good! I’m so thankful for every opportunity He allows me to be a voice that cries in the wilderness of women’s hearts and circumstances.
I realize this post is a bit random, but I’m just overwhelmed that God uses a girl like me to share His precious Word with women. I love how He loves us and I love how He fills us with His love for each other.
What about you? Have you made the most important connection of your life – the one with Jesus? If not, I’d love to share with you how you can know Him personally and be part of His forever family.
What are you thankful for this season of Thanksgiving?
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