Willing

I want to share something with you; it’s really no big secret….

I don’t have it all together. I have not figured out how to organize every area of my life so they flow in sync and I have not gotten this parenting thing down.  Some ladies look at my life and see genuine overflowing love and smiles and hugs. They see this woman who homeschools her kids happily and runs a women’s ministry and volunteers at her church.

Did you know that I have to pray really hard to show love to many of the people I come in contact with? I’m totally an introvert. I like to be in my home where people don’t see me all the time and I can have quiet. I don’t always like people, but that’s funny considering what God called me to do, right! And the smiles and hugs are usually covering something else deeper.  Not always, but I deal with heartache and pain just as the rest of you. My days are not smooth. I don’t always homeschool with happiness because I am not greeted in the morning with smiles and children who love the morning. (Actually, we all hate getting up in the morning.) Coffee does not even make it better. It’s just that way for us.

Ya’all, I do love my family dearly and I do love to love people. It comes from a place where only God resides. He gives me that love to share because, honestly, I would not be able to muster that kind of love up on my own. It is supernatural and only found in Christ.

I often think of the verses, Ephesians 4:1-2, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ladies, that is what keeps me going. I know that I am to live as Christ. I know that I am to put others before myself and I know that I have the power to all these things through grace which is through Christ who gives me strength.

Consider a question when you next see me or any other woman who loves God with all her heart. Just ask God, “How can I encourage her today?” Why, you ask? Because even the women who are sending you love and encouragement need to be encouraged and loved. That woman may have had heartbreaking news delivered, may have just spilled her coffee all over herself in the car or maybe she is just in a place where she needs to know that what she does matters.

Do you see that I am just as normal as you, but I chose to say yes to God to live an extraordinary life right where I stand? I don’t pretend to have all the answers or right words, but I do know without a doubt that I was called for this right here -Titus II Woman Ministry. I know that my name was given at birth and God had this ministry for me to be part of. You are never too normal to be used extraordinarily.

What’s holding you back? It can’t be your kids. I have four of those and I’m doing it. It can’t be your husband. I have that one too and once he sees how much you grow and are touched by being used of God that isn’t an excuse any longer. Don’t know what you are supposed to do? Have you asked God to show you? Maybe he has, but you aren’t getting the picture because it’s not what you think you should do. Well, I didn’t think I was supposed to run a women’s ministry. I grew up with all boys and had few womanly influences. My initial take on Titus II Woman was to run and I did for over six years. There is no excuse I have not heard. You just have to step out and say, “God, here I am. Use me.” Be willing.

Lord, I’m as normal as they come. I didn’t grow up in a celebrity’s home and I don’t have the influence that all those awesome Women of Faith speakers have, but I am willing to be used where you place me.  I’m willing to work in ministry at church or wash the dishes after the Wednesday meals. I’m willing, Lord. Use me. Amen.

Tara DeMaris

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in North Pole, Alaska.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over seven years ago to start a ministry that reached women and today she has founded Titus II Woman Ministry.  God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.
Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in North Pole, Alaska. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over seven years ago to start a ministry that reached women and today she has founded Titus II Woman Ministry. God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

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