jack-o-lantern2.jpgThis weekend, lots of families celebrate fall harvest and others celebrate “scary” things! When you think of your ministry with women, what scares you?

I can think of so many things I have feared in the past when I was faced with the calling of God to serve in women’s ministry and when I was faced with challenges I knew were way beyond my ability to handle.  Think for a minute what fears you have as you consider what God is asking you to do to reach and disciple women…

Let’s list some things:
·    There won’t be enough money
·    There isn’t enough time
·    There isn’t enough help
·    There’s only one of me
·    Conflict on my women’s team
·    I don’t have the education, experience, knowledge…….etc.
·    What if???
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I left room for you to add your own fears. Why is it we think God will call and assign us certain things and that He will just abandon us to take care of it our self?    Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus assured His disciples that they would not be left all on their own to accomplish His work after He was no longer with them physically.  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. John 14:15-16 (HCSB) 

If He calls us to a task, a project, a ministry, a woman…He promises to be with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Why do I ever doubt? Why do you? His power is equal to His power.

Leaders, today, let’s walk in that assurance!

Please share your fears and how you walk in power through them.
 

Make sure to check out the following helpful resources:

Faithful Abundant & True

Me Myself & Lies

Believing God

Comments

  1. Thank you SO much for doing this particular post. I needed to know I am not alone in these fears. In my particular ministry, I fear failure and success. Fear of it failing and being humbled and fear of it be successful and I am not big enough for the job.
    I sometimes have the fear of, “What if this was my idea and not God’s.” That really scares me.
    I never really dealt with fear at this level before. A few weeks ago , it got so bad I had to text my husband to come home and pray with me.
    I truly just want to bring women to Christ. God has done amazing things in getting this ministry up and running. But that old accuser is always ready to attack.
    Another type of fear has been that in order for me to get to know my God and be used of Him, I must go through suffering. Well, I began to fear what was God going to allow. Yes, I know the verse about not putting more that we can handle and I trust in a Sovereign God, BUT! just to be completely honest and open…I fear for my family. So I have been pleading for God to place a HIS strong arms around my husband and children.
    I struggle alot with the fact that my education is not in this area. I see all of the ladies that post and have other ministries and then I see all of the education and it discourages me. My degree is in Elem ed. I have considered doing something online, but I am swamped right now.
    The thing is is that I never had any of these fears before I stepped out in faith to start this ministry.
    My ABBA Father has been so sweet to me.It seems like when I am ready to fall apart, HE sends something my way. I guess He pities me and then shows compassion.
    Thank you SO much to admitting to fear. Your post has been one of the ways God speaks to me.
    I look forward to the conference in Nov. for women leaders.

  2. Chris Adams says:

    Oh, Deanna, doesn’t the enemy love this? He waits till we all out commit to serving and then starts the attacks in earnest! The thing is none of us know all we need to serve. None of us has all the education, but he uses us anyway. Are we thrilled. I love this verse: When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (HCSB) The most important thing is that others know we’ve been with Jesus! When I began serving in women’s ministry the only thing I had was being a woman. When I came to LifeWay what I had was some years of experience. God takes what little we have and then multiplies it to be enough. Don’t let the enemy have victory! Thank you for sharing what so many of us have experienced, and still do occasionally.

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