I love that Hearts at Home ministers to the hearts of mothers. The conference is one of my favorite times of the year, as I get to be a part of watching God work in the lives of so many moms. Friday and Saturday I had volunteered to staff the prayer room. This is a place that women can come and talk to some of our staff and have us pray for them. Now I don't tell you about this to boast about praying for women. I want to tell you about it because I am in awe of how God works!
Serving in this way has reminded me of so much that I need to keep in the forefront of my mind at all times. We all carry baggage. We all have life experiences that are ugly and hard. BUT WE NEED TO SHARE THOSE EXPERIENCES WITH OTHERS!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. II Corinthians 1:3-4
God knows these experiences are hard. He knows it has nearly defeated you. But He has also sent others near you that have lived through the same thing. He wants them to be His arms, to wrap around you in comfort, His shoulder to cry on, His ear to hear your struggles.
You've probably noticed here on my blog that I am pretty much an open book. I share a lot of things that have happened in my life, and by all means, many of them are pretty ugly. But because I have shared, I have also been able to help others in the same situation. God seems to somehow put us together.
This past weekend, God was an amazing conductor of circumstances. Every.single.woman. I talked with and prayed for had a circumstance in their life that they were struggling with that I had dealt with at some point in my life.
- a husband who had declared he didn't love her anymore
- struggles with hurtful words from family members
- yearning to know God but not knowing how to find Him
- attending a husband's church that she didn't agree with
- marital counseling
My encouragement to you today: share your experiences. I know it isn't always easy. But God never said it would be! Someone needs to hear your story so that they have enough strength to keep going. They need you. Don't miss your God appointment!
Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for another installment of the Inspiring Women Series. You won't want to miss meeting Penny. Her story will amaze you!