Monday, November 17, 2014

Another New Beginning

What is it about new beginnings, new ventures, new paths that is both exhilarating as well as anxiety producing? My very first post on my new blog site and who knows who will even read it? And yet, here I am, leaning into this process that so many have already accomplished so well and with such apparent ease. I wonder how they all make this look so easy?

Over the years, God has placed a passion in my heart to bring His hope to women; hope through learning His Word, through one-on-one mentoring, fellowship, the organization of special events leadership training etc. My heart became sold out for Jesus when I met Him in a women's Bible study many years ago and although I have dealt with sin, wrestled it to the ground, repented of it and every day stare sin in the face, through all of that God has wooed me with His love and given me purpose. Because I have experienced that joy first hand, I want my blog to reach women who wrestle and struggle and question and fall apart and get back up and wonder....where do I fit in God's great plan?

This blog site, newly formed and in an ongoing process of editing (much like God does with each of us!) is the result of a new call on my life. I have had opportunities to speak at retreats and events occasionally over the last 20 years and discovered great joy in the entire process. I LOVE how God brings the thoughts, messages and words to my mind, helps me get them on paper and then participates in the delivery of the message. He goes before me; He prepares the hearts of the women listening and He equips me, of all people, to share His Words.

Jeremiah 1:9 is a passage where I believe God is speaking to me and it says: "Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, 'Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.' (ESV)

As I struggled with and prayed about what to do with this passion for speaking, sharing and encouraging, the Holy Spirit revealed His leading in several ways: first, I had very positive feedback from others who have heard me speak; second, my husband, Charlie, strongly encouraged me to pursue this ministry; third, God made the way for me to hand over other ministry responsibilities at my church so I could make the time for this new direction; fourth, a wonderful conference opportunity opened up and I attended the Christian Communicators Conference at The Cove in NC last August where I had huge affirmation that I was to move forward; and fifth, I believe the Jeremiah 1:9 verse (above) cinched it all!

The various pages of my blog will provide information if you are looking for a speaker. (There will be more written about that part of my ministry soon.)  I pray my future blogs will be informative, encouraging and personal enough to encourage women to know that we all can be used by God, no matter where we have been in life.  This blog site is still "under construction" (just like me!) but it is time to move forward. Sometimes we just have to go for it, right?!

8 comments:

  1. I am SO proud of you! You go girl. This is wonderful :)

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    1. Nan, thank you so much for the encouragement! It's amazing how God meets us right where we are....and He sends His "earthly angels" to minister to us.

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  2. Good job, Judy! I can't wait to read the words God gives you to "speak" through your blog! Blessings!

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    1. Lori, amazing what things can get done when God is the pilot of whatever plane we are currently trying to fly!

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  3. Echoing Nan's and Lori's comments here. Busting my buttons with pride and pleasure seeing you move forward in God's plan for your life.

    Philippians 1:6
    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

    Your diligence and obedience will be rewarded. Mark my words.

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    1. Judith, you have been a voice of encouragement and love, love, love those prayers you send my way!

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  4. Judy, what a joy it is to see God's will for your life open up and blossom right before our eyes! From the first moment I met you all those years ago, I could see His presence in and His hand on you. And now look at what He's done!

    Your first blog post is so well-written! I know it'll be the first of many opportunities for you to share the love, grace, and mercy of our Savior!

    Thank you for stepping out in faith into new territory, where things are new and scary...and exciting! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you!

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  5. What a wonderful start! It's so exciting to see you step out in your speaking ministry and your blog. Well done. Can't wait to hear about the adventures you and God will take together.

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