At the last church leadership meeting, our Pastor said (my paraphrase) “Some of you may have come here from another church and took a break and now you are just waiting for permission [to use your gifts]. Well, here you go, you have permission.”
That had been my exact thought a few weeks before. I felt like I needed to be “released” in New Life Church to use my prophetic giftings and I had also taken a “break” from it since leaving our previous church and not been seeking that out. But God had already been stirring my spirit and I had realized it was time to get focused again. I attended the first Infuse Women’s Ministry meeting and told my Pastor’s wife a lot of this afterward. Infuse was exactly what I needed and even though I was hesitant about going, I knew I needed to be there. Then to hear Pastor Jim say those words encouraging us and releasing us into ministry was exactly the confirmation I needed. While I had jumped in with my more natural gifts and skills, I had neglected and not really been striving for using spiritual gifts.
God is so good! I am so overwhelmed. He speaks and moves and is making Himself obvious in our lives and ministry.
So now it has been almost a year since our world as I knew it had fallen apart and I am finally ready for the vision the Holy Spirit implanted in me a year ago. just a different place with different people. Waiting on the Lord and letting Him orchestrate your life can be tough and sometimes painful but it is so worth it. If you had told me one year ago where we would be now, I don’t know if I would have believed it. But God’s hand was definitely upon us. In the midst of our confusion and pain and hurt and sorrow, deep down there was an excitement for the new season into which God was bringing us.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”