You have them everyday.
They come in big and small ways.
How will you respond to the Distractions that come your way?
Over the last couple of weeks some major distractions have entered my current season of life. At the same time those distractions have confirmed the new calling that God has placed on my life. They have also taught me several things. Let’s go back a couple of months and start there. Then these distractions will make more sense.
Since the end of August I have had a young woman living at my house. She is a recovering drug addict and trying to get her son back. He has been in foster care since March. As I have worked with this woman I have seen imperfect progress. She continues to grow and learn each day the many things that she is needing to know.
In helping her I remember what it was like to be a single mom. What it was like to have needs and no one to turn to. What it was like trying to figure things out. Thankfully, when I became a single mom as a widow of 30, my mom was near by and able to help out some. She gave me much good advice and taught me so many things. You see, she had been a single mom as well.
So knowing what a single mom goes through gave me the opportunity to help this single mom. Having also been married to a recovering drug addict, I could relate to this woman in a way that others couldn’t. So, since God brought her into my life, I knew He had a bigger plan. Little did I know back in August what that would look like.
In October, I started to realize the BIG Picture, the BIG Dream that God was placing in my heart. As I researched the need for life coaches, I discovered this segment of people that were falling through the cracks and in desperate need of support, help, and encouragement. SINGLE MOMS.
God has laid on my heart to start a home for single moms in our area. Along with God and some of His people we are still working out the details of what this will look like. But it is exciting to see it coming together. We look forward to one day seeing many happy faces as single moms and their children are thriving in a loving community and then able to move out on their own.
So as we were starting to move forward with the next steps, something happened. Distractions. I was working more hours as a substitute teacher and not so focused on working with this woman. She had a situation arise that cost her. As we have worked through the situation, God confirmed that this is a full time ministry. Not one to be taken lightly. Not one for the faint hearted. It has it’s many obstacles.
During this time I also became sick with a sinus infection. Distractions. The thing is this sinus infection was not like any I’ve ever had before. It became so severe I had to take time off work and be put on a second antibiotic. I am finally feeling some relieve but it is not gone. This incident reminds me that I still need to take care of myself in order to help others.
Through it other people have also been important in helping me to heal and praying for me.
So, this BIG Dream has some BIG Fights.
But we are reminded that GOD’S power is more powerful than the enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
This BIG Dream needs a TEAM to come to fruition.
This BIG Dream needs PRAYER Coverage.
This BIG Dream is GOD’S Dream and I am not alone as I follow His leading.
So although these distractions have come during this new season of my life, God has used them to show me so many things. He has also used them to slow me down and help me to see that
I can do All things through HIM Who Strengthens Me.
He will Supply All of My Needs According to HIS Riches in Christ Jesus.
He Will Never Leave Me Nor Forsake Me.
His Grace is Sufficient in my weakness.
So when God calls you to something BIG and Distractions come your way, Remember God Plants the Dreams, Big Dreams have Big Fights, God’s Power is bigger than the Obstacles, You are Not alone.
If you are interested in learning more about this ministry to single moms you can contact me and I would love to share more with you. Right now the biggest thing we could use is prayer as we continue to put together the plan God has for this ministry.
Father, as we follow your call on our lives may we be sensitive to the things that happen around us. May we realize that distractions will come our way, but how we handle them and the things we learn from them are all apart of the plan You have for us. Please continue to guide and direct us as we follow the BIG Dream You have placed in our lives today. Bring forth the workers needed. Bring together all of the details to bring to fruition this home for single moms in this area. Guide and direct us each day as we walk with You through our seasons of life. In Jesus’ Precious Name we pray and ask Your good and perfect will to be done in our lives. Amen.