During two (plus) years of waiting for the right time to begin writing again, I stepped into women’s ministry and leadership at our home church. I didn’t immediately identify my service to the church as a ministry, but that doesn’t negate the fact of it. I lead small groups, I bring meals to our gatherings, I have opened up our home to meetings, I make a point to love every woman I meet, and I pray regularly for the women I love. Therefore, I serve in women’s ministry.
These are some things I have noticed about Christian women in the years I’ve served in ministry:
- We are content to wait for our husbands to step into their calling before we are willing to accept the mantle of our own anointing.
- We are not confident in our ability to lead others, as if there might be a level of righteousness we need reach before we can be deemed ready.
- We struggle to make time for our relationship with God in the midst of an environment that places uncommon demands on our attention.
- We want to make the best decisions for our families but are either paralyzed by all the options on the table or tempted to take on every opportunity that comes our way.
- We are too ashamed of our past to have hope for the future.
- We are too busy comparing ourself to others and competing for attention to pursue our purpose.
- We are content to stay in the shallows regarding our scriptural understanding, and rely heavily on devotions and commentary to direct our studies.
- We live afraid that we might miss out on something desirable if we decide to let God’s Spirit govern our lives instead of culture, when the reverse is true.
Note that I use the pronoun “we”. That means that I am included, and that sometimes (often) I miss the mark. I haven’t arrived yet, and rest assured that I likely never will, at least not on this side of eternity. That won’t keep me from trying!
Plum Wilder is a blog about taming distraction and living a wildly Jesus-focused life.
I want to encourage the women of this generation to join me, living in wild abandon, passionately seeking the heart of Christ for our lives. I pray that my words will inspire you to be true to the purpose He has for you, and remind myself to be intentional with the purpose He has for me. I believe that every meal that we prepare, every messy kitchen counter we clean, every book we read to our children, every decision about our schedule, and every memorable adventure we live out with our families can be approached with the sort of mindfulness that reaps eternal rewards.
His plan for us is not domesticated, but absolutely surrendered. Not easy, but surprisingly uncomplicated. Not always understood, but intricately and immaculately prepared.
I want to tame the distractions in my life and focus on what matters. I want to love Jesus with everything He has given me, and I want my life to reflect Him to others with an unobscured brilliance. I want to live creatively and simply, with gratitude.
Plum Wilder will be the online journal of the life I am co-creating with my Maker. It won’t always be serious or even completely spiritual. Sometimes I just want to share the recipes I am using to nourish my family. Other times, I will share photos from our life together or I might review a book I’ve been reading. Perhaps I’ll share some housekeeping tips that help keep me sane. No matter what I post, I hope ultimately it will honor the Lord and inspire you to pursue Him! Will you join me for this wild journey?