convinced that God allows us to meet people at a set time, a set place,
and for a set plan in our lives, in order that we may accomplish the
purpose that He has given us for His Kingdom.
are various means by which we can meet people and the Internet or web is
one that allows us to learn, communicate and bring people together -
even thousands of miles away. Technology is changing and every
generation has to keep up with it. Using this method has been a blessing
in my life.
of my life, it has been a journey. I grew up as an only child. In July
1981, I lost my father and in January 2001, I lost my mother but God
connected me with someone who was there for me like a mother and helped
me through my grief.
January 2003, my husband left home that morning for work and the next
time I saw him was on a hospital table dead. He was only 52 years old
and I immediately became a widow and a single parent.
when I was beginning to accept this reality, Hurricane Katrina came in
and not only flooded my home and my parent's home, but destroyed all of
our sentimental things.
word "overwhelmed" became the simple answer to the #1 question- "How are
When I felt overwhelmed, I would go to the Word of God and pray and
read Psalm 61:2.
my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
words like faith, rest, favor, eagle, wisdom and widow became a part of
my word study. I would ask many questions like: "Where is the church. I
need help. Have they not read James 1:27, Deut. 24:17, Isa. 1:17, I
Timothy 5: 3-8?”
"God, do you see me?” "Why did you take my husband, who was a
contractor, when you knew that a flood was coming?" Every time I get to
the point where I feel I can't take anymore, God speaks to me through
scripture, songs, and through other ministers.
heard and played songs over and over like, "Encourage Yourself in the
Lord,” "Rest in Him," "He's Faithful," and so many more. My mirror was
used often to help me speak faith confessions to myself. My praise and
worship would get so awesome in the car while driving to work that many
times I felt like pulling over and having a Holy Ghost party all by
myself and the AWESOME 3.: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
2007, I had this need to find my purpose in the midst of all this mess.
My life and actions had to line up with what I was saying and what I
said I believed. Kingdom living and life had to be first. I had to
choose to be an eagle or a chicken in the midst of this storm. So I
began to search the web about widows and widows’ ministries. My life
became my message because I began to meet so many ladies who were widows
and even some that came into my life and were later widows. "God, what
are you telling me?”
prayer time, I began to seek him more about my purpose. He brought back
teachings that I heard years ago about being an "able body minister."
Then I started receiving newsletters again from David Wilkerson, from
Times Square Church in New York. He is a pastor that I have never met,
but God has used his sermons since 1994 to feed me in some tough times
in my life so that I could help someone else.
comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort
them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God.”
(2 Corinthians 1: 3-4)
As I continued to seek the Kingdom of God and
pray, He started showing and confirming to me my purpose: to minister to
and empower the widow.
Of all the webs I looked at, and people I
spoke with, it wasn't until May 8, 2008 that God spoke to my heart to
reply on the web to "Widows with Wisdom," headed by Minister Mary
Edwards in Detroit.
confirmation was the title song
- my song -
on her page that immediately starts ministering to you
-"Encourage Yourself in the Lord.”
That past week, I had been playing that song over and
over. The next confirmation came when I learned from the website that
she reads David Wilkerson's sermons also. And, after speaking to her,
she expressed how she also enjoys his messages and how anointed they
are. When I shared with Minister Edwards that I was going to start my
widows’ support group in my living room, she confirmed that’s also how
All of this started from a few words in response to a web page. The
"connection" started right away and has moved to long, exciting
conversations and prayers of agreement. She has encouraged me with her
wisdom, vitality, her faith in God and her joyful attitude. I have been
able to focus more on my purpose and less on my problems. Worry only
worships the words of the enemy.
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you..." (Matthew 6: 25-34)
I'm believing, expecting, trusting, depending and straining to
see what the AWESOME 3 is going to do next. So I encourage you to
Get Connected because HELP IS ON THE WAY.
from the book TRANSITIONS:
From Widowhood to Womanhood
by Minister Mary Edwards