I am 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.
There 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.
Speaking 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.
In 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.
Just 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.
The word "overwhelmed" became the simple answer to the #1 question- "How are you doing?” When I felt overwhelmed, I would go to the Word of God and pray and read Psalm 61:2.
“...when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Other 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.
I 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.
In 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?”
In my 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.
“Who 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.
One 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 she started.
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.
”But 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
From Widowhood to Womanhood
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