I have been so honored to be a part of Prism Women and ministries like it. It’s refreshing and more exciting to see ministries popping up that encourage women, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers to keep pursuing their God-given dreams. It excites me to no end to be alive during such a time where the female population is continually being seen as equals to men, and the world and church are recognizing the need and influence of women in society.
Something I have struggled with is the space between being empowered to follow my heart and the practical steps to take to get there. I am sure there were a few women who received confirmation of what the Lord has been speaking to them over their lives. And there may be those in whom something was sparked or an interest peaked, but there are those who are unsure and somewhat daunted by the question, “Okay. Now what?”
We are here to say, “IT’S OK, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!” We know that there is no quick fix, read this passage, do this exercise, attend this seminar and then you will know what God has placed you on the earth for. There is this beautiful space between the uncovering of truth and planting of seeds and waiting for the flowers to grow.
Our goal as a ministry is to help you till the garden of your heart to prepare a beautiful and fertile ground for us and the Lord to co-labor and build together. One of my passions/callings, if you will, is to help uncover lies that make the soil of our hearts hardened to creating an environment for promises of God to bloom—especially in women who have been silenced from stepping out of social norms and finding their voice.
My prayer is that these women who left our events feeling empowered and wanting to see and continue to discover their purpose would remain expectant. The time spent waiting on the Lord for purpose and promises to be actualized can be filled with joy and anticipation.
Beware of the two potential enemies of new found purpose and breakthrough: our minds and the enemy. The mind is a beautiful thing, but if our thought life is not founded and protected in the truth of God, it can be a dangerous breeding ground for doubt, pessimism and faithlessness to grow.
When the enemy sees an open invitation to wreak havoc, you know he will, without hesitation. Those little minions of the enemy can swarm in and pluck the seeds that are still settling down into the soil. His only desire is to steal, kill, and destroy, so be mindful of the ammunition and permission that you give him.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." -John 10:10
We have to be vigilant and ready every day to put on the full armor of God to protect us and the dreams, purpose and aspirations the Father has placed within us.
The Lord has given us the supplies we need to withstand the fight of faith. Even when things seem bleak and difficult to understand, we have to remember to lean on the truth that He is a good, good Father who is ever ready dust us off when we trip and tells us “Keep going daughter,” “Trust in Me,” and “I am with you! I will never leave your or forsake you.” We must take every thought captive and receive heavenly perspective for our identity over our emotions and circumstances at any given moment.
Here are a few ideas that have been successful in helping me stay grounded and rooted during my process in walking towards my purpose:
- Pray and ask the Lord for some scriptures to stand on during the growth process and those to remind us of who we are in Him.
- Be bold. Ask for prayer from women whom you trust and will encourage you and build you up when you are feeling discouraged.
- Prayerfully consider 2-3 close confidants to share the things that the Lord showed you at Discover (it’s good to have a community who can celebrate each other in successes and encourage one another on the journey). Stay in connection with them.
May you be firmly rooted in the love of Christ.