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As I can I want to offer a fresh word of encouragement sharing from my experience how our Father God meets us in the middle of loving and living out our faith to draw others to freedom.
I fully believe we are offered so much more than we ever experience as Christ followers. We settle for a life in bondage to the elemental nature of this world and continue to live as Hagar when in fact we are daughters of Sarah.
Galatians 4:3131 So, brothers [and sisters], we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you! Psalms 27:14 TPT
In the past year I have had my eyes opened to the sacred, cherished, intimate moments where the Lord meets me and I see so clearly His loving kindness, compassion and mercy. For me these moments come in relationships and more often than not in a moment of ministry or service. Some of these moments I have captured in past blogs but something recently brought the whole year and these moments into sharp focus.
I was honored to support a young woman in our program through her delivery. I was reminded so clearly that my presence was valuable and important. That it was a gift and a sacred moment where I could offer covering and support and be part of the team focused on seeing her son brought into the world. It was not planned as she came to us a month from delivery. When it was time she had no planned support person. I was there, I was prepared, and I was able to serve her in this way.
As I reflected on this experience others came to mind, a previous birth supporting another young woman in labor, my part in ministry teams helping women grieve and heal from past abortions, sexual assault and violation, and the trauma of abuse and teams building programs and places of healing and hope.
Then I reflected on the even more intimate moments: Sitting with a young woman reading through a study on Hagar, seeing herself in the story and seeing the One who Sees Her. Sitting with my daughter and a young woman at a coffee shop waiting for a bus offering a moment of friendship so she did not have to be alone. A phone call from another young woman sharing her joy at being able to foster a child and the hopes she has for herself and her daughter. Having the chance to embrace a returning woman whose life had seemed over and her heart had seemed dead, and within weeks she was able to express joy at being alive and ready to pursue a future.
It is in these intimate moments where we see the Lord’s goodness, and for me it is where I experience the deep intimacy of being and bearing His fragrance, His presence, His compassion…being part of His revelation of deep love and affection. I experience being included, valuable, and beloved. These are the moments I hide in my heart and fuel me on the journey.
May you experience intimate, cherished moments that remind you that you are valued, wanted and loved. May these moments fill you to overflow to those around you. May you be brave and courageous and never give up.
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