Merari

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6. As Proverbs 22:6 says, I am testimony that my parents prayed and began to train at a young age.  My first step in a church was at the age of seven days old…I learn about the Lord, the stories, and facts. I participated, I followed all that was asked of me and I knew who God was. Yet, deep down inside I also knew that I was not truly right with the God… that connection came later as a young adult when God gripped my heart and showed me that knowing Him in my head and loving Him with all my heart had to come together. At twenty-one, those two aspects came together in the sweet redemption that Christ had for me. And so, began my journey into redemption.

Each season has brought me a different perspective and different way that the God has taught me to serve and grow… the beginning of my journey was through serving behind the scenes “sort of speak”, I love to cook. So, making meals for others seem like a natural extension of service for me. Organization, decoration and, gardening are things that I enjoy, so those too became natural extensions of service in the church.  It was not until I joined my first women’s group that I saw a glimpse of where the God may be calling me to serve Him and give me a heart for. As I grew deeper in my walk and in His word, I longed for other women to see His Word in the same light and same passion as I did.  So, I began to help in the women’s ministry.  Our move to California was a deep growing season which I will be forever thankful for.  The deep valleys we endured and the stretching and leading the God used to bust my “comfort box” and show me that if I was only a willing vessel, He truly would do the rest of the work. Wonderful teachers and mentors poured themselves into me.

Once again, we moved. God asked if I would be willing to walked “blindly” in faith and accept the calling of not helping but leading a women’s ministry.  Humbly and stretched to my limits I put together slowly a ministry that both encouraged and served the women of the church and community.  For six years, organizing, leading studies, fellowships, retreats, outreach to the community. As Solomon says for everything there is a season. Another season has come pass.  The Lord has now called me to refocus on the schooling of my children and the new season of life as will be on the Road. Serving Him will always be at the forefront of who I am.  My heart to see other women grow and love God more deeply will always be there, and I will always be able to encourage and share when those “God nudges” occur. I know where ever He lead I will follow…

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psa 84:10

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