You know those seasons where it just seems like things will never slow down? I think often times we all get bogged down from that but it usually boils down to us just not saying “no” when we truly need to. We’re told from a young age that saying it will keep us from making poor decisions when it comes to drugs, underage drinking, and pre-marital sex. However we aren’t warned about the exhaustion that comes from not saying it when our families, bodies, or souls desperately need us to. I’m one of the WORST at saying, “no” when I need to. I don’t want to disappoint anyone and also think that because I’m single I should have the ability to do it all. That’s foolish, isn’t it? I can’t do it all because I wasn’t designed to. Neither were you. Thank the good Lord above, am I right? I don’t know about you but I’m taking a huge sigh of relief because of that reminder. Saying “yes” should be led with prayer. Commitments are a big deal and sometimes we don’t hear clearly but other times we ignore the times when God tells us to just step back. We put on our capes and think, “surely I can handle this, I mean….I know I can.” Then we are left in shambles because we half heartedly do something or just flake out completely. There’s beauty in saying “no” to the wrong thing as much as there is in saying “yes” to the right things. Be patient. Love well. Walk in obedience.
As for updates, there are a few. God’s opened the door to go to Israel in March with a team and while part of that will be spent seeing the unimaginable, the goal is to love on people. Talking to strangers hasn’t really ever been an issue for me so I have no doubt that God is going to open up doors along the way, before the plane takes off, to speak with people and encourage them where they are in life. There will be opportunities there to minister to women in various ways and to say I am giddy is an understatement. While there’s a significant cost associated with going, I trust that God will provide financially and a team of prayer warriors for the before, during, and after. If you feel led to contribute, you can click here.
I responded to a call for blog submissions on a wonderful site called Heaven Bent Women and got published through them from a piece on singleness. I’ll be doing additional pieces but if you’d like to check out that one, you can click here. Seeing how God has used it to encourage women in that stage of life has been so humbling and it makes me thankful for the ways God uses all seasons of our lives.
In addition to Israel & Heaven Bent, I was contacted a few weeks ago by a non-profit sex trafficking awareness ministry out of Austin, TX. Y’all, that was a total God thing. I don’t mean that in the cliché way we often hear about but in the only God can make it happen kind of way. I was contacted by them and asked to pray about contributing to their blog twice a month in hopes of reaching and encouraging people from various walks of life. I’m telling you this to ask you to pray. Pray for those that read it to be reminded of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and justice among continuous pursuit of His children. Pray for the team to be protected as Satan doesn’t want any of this. Pray for me to be obedient in what I write and to point people to the cross. I’m humbled, honored, and excited about what God has in store and for the opportunity here. If you’d like to see information on the non-profit mentioned, it’s beLydia so just click the title and it’ll take you there.
So how are YOU? How can I be praying for you and your groups of friends/family? I mean that, I want to know. Until next time.