In Its Time
For those of you who do not know me well, I will tell you that I have been through a lot in my lifetime. I am 35 years old, and as I always say, I am not ashamed of that number because I earned every year! If you know my testimony, you are part of a very small group of ladies! And, because I have chosen to forgive people in my past, I refuse to blast my past over social media. If you are interested in hearing my testimony, I would be happy to tell you one day over coffee-because it is just that personal. But, I will say that I have come a long way in my journey. I have seen the world, lived in a third-world country, and been through a rough divorce. I know devastation. I know loneliness. I know seclusion. I know the feeling of desperation and hopelessness. I know the struggle of being a single mother. I can relate with other women on a number of different levels and areas because of my past.
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What I am learning, is that because of my present, my love for the Lord and my passion to study the Word and live a life of prayer, I am able to help those women in ways others cannot because of my past. Maybe not directly, but through conversation, encouragement, and by being an example of what can change in your life when you focus on the Lord.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not the perfect Christian. I would humbly say I am definitely a work in progress, but I have come a long way. One thing that my mother is very quick to remind me when I get frustrated by others, is that I was once there. I was once in their shoes. It took me years to get to where I am today. It did not happen overnight. And, I have so much further to go!
Everyone is on a journey, we are all at different stages. One of the worst things that we do as Christians, is judge the progress of others. I am so guilty of this! Just this morning I was talking to Jon about my frustration with the lack of commitment we see in our local churches today. We are constantly struggling to get volunteers, and we even struggle to get participants at most events, and we cannot figure out why.
There was a time when I didn’t want to commit to serving at church. There was a time when I wouldn’t attend a women’s ministry event even if there was free food and childcare! And honestly, it wasn’t that long ago! God’s timing is always the best timing. Although coming to Christ and developing a deeper relationship takes work, effort, time, and commitment. It is your journey, your spiritual awakening, and your battle against the enemy, not mine. It is not my place to judge anyone for not serving, not committing, or not coming to events! God is quick to remind me of this when it creeps into my head.
“Amanda, I have them in the palm of my hands, your hands are not big enough, not strong enough, and not wise enough for them.”
Even with all my life experiences, with all the struggles that I have gone through and come out of, I am not strong enough, big enough, or wise enough to hold those people up.
So, what I am finding as I go through this journey in ministry, is that I need to let go and let God! I need to step back and stop taking it so personally. I need to understand that it is not anyone or anything I need to fuss over. Bringing my frustrations to God and laying them at His feet is the proper way to deal with it. Loving and being a disciple are the very best ways to do good work in His kingdom. So, let’s stop comparing where we are today with where others are today. Let’s lift others up to God and place them in His hands, praying for the desire to grow within them to seek a servant’s heart like that of Christ. For His ways are not our ways! His ways are best! My goal this week: Trust Him more!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Thank you for taking the time to read through my thoughts. My constant goal is to become the lesser me, for He must increase, and I must decrease, John 3:30. This is such a beautiful reminder, “He has made everything beautiful in its time,” so that we can respect other’s progress and remember that God is in control of their hearts and ours! I am going to be giving away an 8×8 print with this image, next Monday. Enter to win by:
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I will be announcing the winner Monday, October 8th at 6pm. I hope you all enjoyed this piece, and I am praying you have a blessed week!