The Lord's Call on my Life...
A few months ago, God began to show me with dreams and being prayed over that I really do need to shift the focus of my ministry to college age young women. There are so many resources out there for women/mom’s in all stages of life but there is truly a huge gap for ministries who focus on women in their 20’s.
At the beginning of March this year, God gave me a dream that I would like to share with you ~ I was standing on the platform of the Azusa Pacific University with a huge Brave Love sign behind me. There were some people I know & recognized on the stage behind me (Savannah, Shannon Casteel *Director of Brave Love*, and Bri Herter) and I was introducing them to the crowd of young women. This excited me because I had been praying about what God is doing with Brave Love, as I get updates from Savannah every so often. I truly thought this was just a dream that God was showing me that He will come to APU and that it will make a lifetime difference in the women who attend Brave Love conferences in the future.
After sharing this dream with Savannah (on a recent trip to Kona to visit her), and later when Shannon ended up praying for me, I realized that God is wanting me to be a part of the Brave Love movement in a real and tangible way. By the end of the time I shared with Savannah and the Brave Love team in Kona, I was totally encouraged to move forward (even though it’s kind of freaking me out!!) to see what God has planned. There was also an evening where some of Savannah’s friends prayed over me (not ever having met me…which just continues to prove to me that God sees my heart) and all of them saw me growing in my ministry and one student particularly saw me ministering to young college age women.
I want God to use me to open the eyes of the young women in this world, to let them know that social media, sex, bad relationships, fake friends, tough families, personal traumas, and anything else that the enemy throws at them, is not who they are. To be used by the Holy Spirit to speak truths into the hearts of these young women is one of the most powerful things He has called me to.
Clearly, God is getting my attention!
I may be the oldest women attending the Brave Love track, but I know that doesn’t matter to God, so it doesn’t matter to me!
The vision I have is one of trusting God to teach me to see when He is opening doors of ministry. Be it one-on-one or in larger audiences; to always have the interest of these young women at the forefront of my mind and heart. I know I have a story to share, but I want to learn how to make that more effective for the Lord, not just a “Here’s what I did wrong, don’t do that.”, kind of conversation.
I am also excited to learn to be better equipped in helping these young women combat and destroy the strongholds they have been under so that the chains of chaos will be broken, which will only lead to them having a stronger family in the future…a family who knows who they are in God’s plan.