This post is a little different than what I normally write.
Today I want to share my passion and my heart behind my ministry. I think I often assume you all know this, when you may not.
Six years ago, my heart broke into a thousand irreparable pieces when Dan died and I was suddenly a widow and single mom. It meant a tectonic shift to just about everything in our life. Every plan for the next day, next week, next year was gone and my future wasn’t just changed – it felt like it had slipped off the horizon and I was staring into the vacuous unknown.
As God slowly began to mend my heart, He reshaped it. Since my college days, I’ve taught Sunday school or Bible studies but it was always with kids and youth and college students.
Now God created in me, as only He can, a new compassion specifically for women. I came to see the brokenness we each carry, sometimes spoken out loud but often carried quietly.
My heart is to proclaim God’s faithfulness — not only to save us but to be WITH us and provide FOR us in our deep need.
I began teaching a ladies Bible class every Sunday.
It was three years after Dan’s death and I decided to take steps to practice law again. This meant taking the Bar exam again and I hired Rachel to be me in the home for 20 hours each week so I could study. I went through every released Florida Bar exam since 2004 and the good news is I loved it and it all came back. The law doesn’t change much.
At the same time, God was clearly nudging me to write. You know that still, small voice?
Okay, I’ll write and do law, I thought.
But the nudge got louder. And God nudges cannot be ignored.
One night, in the midst of studying, I could no longer resist God’s clear call. It was overwhelming and with tears, I got face down on my carpet and told God I’d push pause on law and write.
But boy did it feel unreasonable. You’ve got me, right? I asked God. Because as much as I trust God and as faithful as He has been at every single step, it felt I was walking off a cliff into thin air.
I moved ahead, thinking I’d dust off old journalism skills and freelance. When I researched, however, every source said you needed a blog to freelance. Enter True and Faithful.
I’d also just found out about a conference for writers and speakers by Proverbs 31. The conference was sold out but I got on the waiting list. Days before the conference began, a spot opened up and I went. I was the greenest girl there, but I learned so much.
One of the best sessions was by Ruth Soukup. Her blog was on fire and she was sharing all she learned. That fall she opened up her brand new course on blogging. Even in writing for Christian ministry, I needed to know SEO and social media. I needed to know how to get a message of hope and faith out to women who needed it in a sea of online information.
Taking Ruth’s course has been pivotal. Blogging isn’t a hobby for me. It’s not something I’m doing in my spare time (what is spare time?). I write and speak and teach because God give us hope in the hard and more than ever the world needs that message. Hope not just for eternity – thank Goodness we have that — but hope for all of life this side of eternity.
I’m sharing all of this for two reasons.
First, maybe you’re wrestling with your own nudge from God. God delights in calling us to places that require fresh faith. God intends for us to walk by faith, not by sight.
What we cannot see, God already has perfectly planned.
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and wonder what God would have done if only I had trusted. I want to stand in amazement at all God did through my weakness.
Second, maybe you’re wondering how to get started blogging or get your message out in a sea of online information. I get so many questions about blogging and I so wish I could walk each person step by step through the process.
What I can do is point you to the place I get my own information. Ruth Soukup is offering her course again. If you’d like a sample of what it’s like, sign up for the free webinar she’s doing tomorrow all about the steps to successful blogging and insight into her course, Elite Blog Academy. Even if you find the course isn’t for you, you’ll find her free information invaluable.
You know what? Every single time I mean to encourage someone else to trust God’s faithfulness, I end up encouraging my own heart. Because God hasn’t gotten us this far to drop us now.
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19
You can sign up for Ruth’s free webinar here and choose a time that fits your schedule to attend.