Welcome to my blog. I’m so glad you stopped by. There’s lots going on today.
1.) After two weeks of recovery from surgery, I get to drive again!
2.) My youngest son’s baseball team is in the middle of their ‘end of the year tournament.’ We’re hoping to win it all tonight! Go Bucks!
3.) I also have a devotion running today entitled, “When God Calls A Women,” and I promised you some tips to help you clarify your call. I’m a gal who keeps her word, so I’ll pause here before moving on…
While it’s true that every Christian is called to ministry, some are called “to the ministry.” Being “called” into vocational ministry goes beyond serving in the church. It’s knowing that God has called you apart to give your life in service to Him and others.
Why is it important to distinguish between the two? Because with any other profession, skills for the job can be learned to perform the tasks at hand. With ministry, it’s different. It can’t be done by just anyone because if involves a supernatural element. Therefore ministry must be done by those who are called and anointed by God. This is the first step toward clarifying your call.
A.) A person called by God has been anointed by Him for this role. Just as God anointed Moses, David, and the prophets and apostles, He has anointed you. What caused the people to listen to and follow Moses? What did David have that his brothers did not? God’s anointing. God’s favor. This anointing is not something to be prideful about. You had nothing to do with it. It’s God’s choosing.
In today’s devotion, I point out that Paul states he did not choose to be a minister, but God chose him. Through your call, you know that God has set you apart to serve Him and others. Through the anointing, others can see God’s hand on you.
B.) A person who is secure in God’s call to ministry have a quiet confidence about their lives. This confidence comes from knowing they are in the center of God’s will. Their motives are pure. Their intentions are not to gain attention or fame, but to pursue God’s will for their lives. They are willing to go where they are lead and serve God and others willingly and openly.
C.) Finally, a person called of God understands that they are not working for God but with God. If I’m working for God, then He simply needs to tell me what to do and I will do it. On the other hand, if I’m working with God, then there is a constant realization that I’m limited in what I can do on my own. While I’m limited on what I can do, I’m connected to the One who can do anything. I may have limited wisdom, but I know the God of all wisdom. I am aware of my limits in loving others, in bringing healing or comfort but I’m connected to an unlimited God. When we realize that God is the one who empowers us to do ministry, we are working with Him and not for Him.
If you are certain that God has called you into the ministry, you’ve experienced His anointing in your life, you have a quiet confidence that you’re in the center of His will, and you are aware that you’re working with God; not for Him, then hold tight! Your journey is just beginning!
4.) Lastly, today is the day we announce the first scholarship winner to She Speaks!
Let me pause here and give a big shout to Cindy Haux, our winner! WHOO-HOO! CONGRATULATIONS, Cindy!!
Now, if your name isn’t Cindy Haux, don’t let the enemy discourage you. The DETAILS TO OUR NEXT She Speaks Scholarship contest can be found on our home page at http://www.proverbs31.org/ Hurry over to find out how you can participate.
Or, here’s a sure way you can attend She Speaks this year…
Set up your own scholarship fund! Read below what LeAnn Rice, our Executive Director, at Proverbs 31 has to say about setting up a scholarship!
“We have put together an amazing letter that you can send to your family, friends, church, small group, etc. As a result, tax-deductible donations are made to Proverbs 31 Ministries and designated as scholarship money for you. Each year 20 – 30 women attend She Speaks because they set up their own scholarship. Everyone is not called to speak or write. But some are called to financially help someone else answer the call to speak or write.”
For information on setting up your own scholarship, visit http://www.shespeaksconference.com/. Click on the green button that says “Scholarship Info” at the bottom left of the home page. That button takes them to the scholarship information on the website.