One Simple Step…not so simple
You know when God asks you to do something and you just aren’t quite so sure about it? Well, nearly two years ago I heard that voice and it was clear. Tara, it’s time.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Since beginning Titus II Woman Ministry my life has been filled with many challenges, but with each there has also been a plethora of blessings. I stepped out in faith into the unknown and started something completely amazing. I think I get more lessons than anyone through this. We have seen many women inspired, encouraged, challenged and loved dearly.
I was unbelievably scared to start Titus II Woman. I had no idea what I was doing, but with each area of starting a ministry, literally from the ground up, God has aligned every step needed to be successful. I was just scared because I felt ill-equipped, but I had no real knowledge of starting a women’s ministry. Youth I knew and could do well, but women were a whole new ball game.
I didn’t just take a step, I leapt. I had to figure out how Titus II was going to look and run. I spent hours in prayer and seeking council from women who had walked this road before. I also did quite a lot of research and through it all God was my constant reminder of faith in the unknown.
When I had finally reached a decision on how this was all going to work, I had to begin my list of contacts that would be more than one hundred women. These would be women that I would need to reach out to in an effort to see if they wanted to join my team. This was one of my biggest fears in this whole process. What was I going to say? How was I going to say it; email, phone call, text? What if they all said no? The questions soaked my sponge of a brain.
But! Titus II Woman Ministry is here and still going strong. We’ve done and seen many changes already and God has proven faithful in and through it all. He asked me to do something out of my comfort zone. No, really! You have no idea! This was a great challenge for me and took all within me to obey. I did it, though. I heard God’s voice and then listened. There is a difference, you know! God’s voice is unlike any other voice you will ever hear. He never shouts. He is never forceful. He is calm and hushed. To hear His voice clearly means to have a trained ear and even then it is often hard to define at times.
You see, taking a step forward always looks different for each individual doing the walking, but the One asking always remains the same. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
So, what’s your step look like? What is or has God been asking you to do, say or write? Have you heard His voice and been reluctant to just take one forward move?
I know how you feel, honest. I ran away for more than six years before I was truly ready to hear what God was asking me to do. I honestly wish I’d done this all sooner, but the awesome fact is that I did it and I’ve never once regretted all the challenges and lessons I’ve lived through. I’ve gained so much; a deeper relationship with God, amazing friendships, development in speaking and writing and so much more. It’s been amazingly hard and amazingly rewarding. I love every minute of Titus II Woman.
Can I just encourage you to spend a little time asking God to confirm once more for you what It is He wants you to do? Nothing is too small in His eyes. There is purpose in all He asks. There are also beautiful blessings for those who obey. He loves to see you smile with all the gifts He will bestow.
Lord, some steps look much larger than simple. I ask that you hold each of your daughters in your hands and comfort them as moving forward in our walk with you requires more of us. Bless the lives of those who only want more of you. Thank you for your guidance…always. Amen.
Take a step….