This morning I was preparing my thoughts for our first Seeds of Hope meeting and praying for God to show me what He wants me to share. Mid prayer I felt Him lay this concept on my heart: Riding on the faith of others. Isn’t it crazy how He does things like that sometimes? It seems so appropriate for today especially since He has given us ( Kayla and me) this opportunity to witness to some amazing women. He has entrusted to us these women who are in a dark season of their lives. He is trusting US… little Kari and little Kayla to encourage, give advice, listen, and pray with these women. I do not take this task lightly, and I pray daily that I am fulfilling God’s plan in a way that is pleasing unto Him.
Romans 1:12 – “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”
♥Share from your heart. Share with love. Personally, I feel so encouraged myself by the women who have been placed in my path the last two years. Their faith is remarkable.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 – “A time to cry and a time to laugh, A time to grieve and a time to dance.”
♥Don’t shy away from a “God Moment”. I know there are women who are afraid/ shy/ embarrassed when it comes to talking about infertility. I realize not everyone will fall into our laps, send us messages, or come to us. I realize I need to look for the women who are crying in the corner. It isn’t always going to be comfortable. God didn’t ask me to be comfortable though, did He?
It is a little less painful to go through infertility when you have someone in your corner. We are sharing the moments of tears, heartache, and doubt with these amazing women. You better believe we will be rejoicing when each of them have a pregnancy announcement!
2Corinthians 5:20 – “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.”
♥Actions speak so much louder than words. Sometimes I’m guily of shying away from reaching out or speaking to someone because I fear I do not have the words. I don’t know what the right thing to say would be. Anyone else feel that way? No. Just me? As an ambassador of Christ- As an example of God’s love, I shouldn’t do that though! Each opportunity He gives me to show His love to someone in need, I should take that opportunity and run with it. Actions carried out in love will send a stronger message.
2Timothy 1:8 – “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.”
♥You cannot do life alone. Sharing your struggles with others is a way to open the door for God to use your struggle for something beautiful. I’m not suggesting you air all of your struggles via a Facebook status. Please. Don’t be THAT person. I will tell you this though – by me opening up to just a few people about my own struggles, it allowed God to show me people who could shine a light for me.
Listen. Sit down for a second. Come close and let me whisper these words to you – It is OKAY to be a little weak. It is ok to feel a little defeated at times. You don’t have to put on your superhero mask today, ladies and gents. If your are in a dark season, I can assure you someone is waiting to hold the light to help you through. As Christians, we are called to step out on faith and encourage others. If you are in a season of life where you are needing encouragement or you are needing a hand to hold, that is ok. One day you will be able to hold the light for someone else during their own dark season.
“Honor each opportunity [to witness] as a moment created and planned by God.” – Elise Cleary
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