Entering the ballroom of Anthony’s Pier 9 looking upon the tables soon to fill up with over a hundred women of God, a feeling of deja vu overcame my spirit. Either it was excitement or possibly the large coffee I drank on the drive up something was special about that Saturday event.
Our group of ladies arrived early to set up missions tables & of course to have some spare time to take selfies. While placing the finishing touches on my missionary table, I couldn’t help but reminisce about how God keeps transforming my life.
Kown Not Forgotten
For many years I thought God forgot me. Feeling unwanted, in those days I carried a jaded heart held together with ducktape. Because of the past that followed behind me, I didn’t see much worth in my future. My existence just was to be a 75% water bag of flesh & Lattes left to roam the world with no original purpose. Despite how I saw myself then, lacking in ALL things I’ve learned that the Lord never forgot about the woman named Crystal he made. He knows me, and his unfailing love does not overlook any one of US.
“For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”
–1 Corinthians 13:12
A year ago I attended the same event; I was one of the many women sitting in those exact tables wondering about where the Lord would take me & how he plans to use my life for his purpose. This time around for his glory he elevated me to sit among other missionaries & leaders of the Hudson Valley ministry as an AGWM Missionary Associate to El Salvador. Instead of yearning below to be on the stage next to apostles, I was able to stand beside them & share about how God is leading me to serve with Kings Castle. SO CRAZY!
Please don’t take this post as if bragging about myself. If anything this blog is meant to be a testimony bragging about how wonderful our God is (haha). I only hope to encourage those of you who don’t understand why you may be sitting in a valley, have faith that God is preparing you for an incredible life.
From Fields To Future
The message for the luncheon was that we are “KNOWN” by God. Our speaker Rev. Joanne Millar referred to individuals of the Bible who started as people easily forgotten. David a shepherd boy, Moses a slave by birth, & Leah a bride no man wanted. During the lives of these nobodies, the Lord was pruning & preparing their character to be somebodies of stature. If you ever get the urge to open a bible, you can read how through all the unfair & even life-threatening circumstances God leveled-up David to be a king, Moses to free the people of Israel, & Leah as part of the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Grand plans take time. Living out this concept is much easier said than done, but we can’t rush God. Think about it this way; My sister is a fantastic baker, watching her process can easily apply as a perfect example of what I’m sharing. She manages to take all these ingredients like sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla that could represent Gods blessings & the good in life. Then there are some components that seem odd to be in a cake such as salt & baking soda, times of trouble & pain. All of which are then mixed & placed in an oven at 375 degrees. If we took the batter out before it’s done baking, it would probably be mushy, but by waiting the correct amount of time for all the ingredients to work their magic, the final cake is fluffy deliciousness!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Since the Lord knew us before we were in our mother’s womb, he knows the perfect day & moment to when to use us for our created purpose. It is humbling that the Lord didn’t want me walking in this missions journey “half-baked.” At the 2018 women’s event, I was getting ready to serve as an Intern for two months with Kings Castle El Salvador. At the end of the internship, God challenged me to apply to serve for a two-year term. In between awaiting approval, there was still areas of the soul that needed grooming. He continued to work on my relationship with him, blessed me with an incredible support system of women, & even though there will always be room for MORE growth he sees me ready enough this year to walk into the next stage of my life as a Missionary Associate. (Thank you, Jesus!)
Chin up buttercup! He sees you in the valley, he knows your true potential, don’t allow the world to cloud the promise the Lord placed in your heart. It’s all a matter of his timing & trust that you’ll one day be praising his goodness at the top of a mountain.
God Bless & Keep The Peace!
Itinerating for a two-year term working with Kings Castle El Salvador
Reading: Galatians (Immerse Messiah Bible)
Eating: Celery w/ Organic Peanut Butter (I LOVE PB)
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