Hi Friends, today I am proud to welcome my dear friend Tina Gibson to CC. I met Tina on Proverbs 31 Compel Training site last year. I prayed to God to send a writer friend who lives close by me in Virginia. Well, God is so good...a couple of days after I prayed for a writer friend, Tina wrote something on the Compel message board and I saw she lived an hour away from me. We met soon after that. Tina is sugar. When she walks into a room people notice her godly presence. She is one of the best listeners I have ever met. An intentional listener, eye to eye contact friend. Let's welcome my precious friend Tina to Casual Conversations.
I can remember it well.
I was 9 years old and he was speaking at our church. He showed slides, he told stories, and he praised Jesus in it all. After the service, my parents and I walked over to meet him. He looked at me and said “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” and without a second thought, my little girl heart proclaimed these four words: “A missionary like you!”
And that was the first time…and the last time…I ever uttered those words.
I simply went on with my life, as a marketer, not a missionary, and never looked back.
But in 2014, out of the blue and in the quiet of my office, God spoke clearly and lovingly to my heart. “I want you to write about me. I want you to tell the world about me.”
Know what I mean? Maybe God has prompted you to do something and you don’t think you’re equipped or worthy or ready. Or maybe you just don’t want to do it His way, so you convince yourself that you’ve heard Him wrong, that his message to you was really meant for someone else.
I can so relate.
Yet, shortly after I heard those words, I discovered a conference called She Speaks through Proverbs 31 Ministries. Here’s how their website describes it: “She Speaks is a unique combination of spiritual inspiration and practical application.” It went on to outline the tracks—speaker or writer or both—and it sounded like a match made in, well, heaven.
So, despite all my insecurities, I went. And it was during that opening session that I asked my Abba Father to take my words and use them for His Glory.
In other words, I said YES to Him.
But, did I immediately have a roadmap for the rest of my life?
Not even close.
Instead, I received a deeper desire to share my story for His glory and to TRY to do His will, not mine.
“TRY” as in “I’m a work in progress”.
Maybe you are too?
And so was God’s beloved David, who said “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
I love the word “hope”. It inspires me. It encourages me. It reminds me to put my trust in the One who knows the future.
My future. Your future.
Dear one, we may not all be missionaries, but we all have a mission field. It may be in a faraway land or it may be within our four walls. It may be at our local coffee shop, in the workplace, or at a place yet to be determined…while we wait.
Will you join me and step out in faith this new year by whispering YES to Jesus?
Thanks to my dearest Michele O’Leary for letting me share my story and sweet blessings on you, my new reader friend! XO