My Next Ministry Path and Your Invitation

I have some really exciting news to share today!

I’ve spent the last 15 months or so on a break from writing and concentrating on my podcast Feathers. I haven’t written about it here, but I shared a bit on episode 16 of Season 2 how God has used the time to teach me more of my identity in Him. God healed me in several hurt places from my past and confirmed my creativity, and I’m still learning to stand secure in identity as beloved daughter, gifted and called with purpose.

Last year I also felt called to speak and spent last year attending a speaking conference, writing my first message, and then getting to share that in my mom’s church at a women’s group and at a youth retreat at my home church in November.

In the last six months, God has begun to show me my next steps in ministry.

The message I wrote last year was birthed out of John 15, where Jesus shares with his disciples that he is the true vine and warns them that they can do nothing unless they abide in Him. This is the lesson I have been learning for years now, perhaps the hard way. God is prompting me to share this message with other women in an online ministry called Abiding Ministries.

The vision God has given me is to encourage women to read his word, pray, and obey Him.

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Feathers is already completing part of that vision as women encourage others with their stories of faith and obedience. I’m excited to see this expanded into Bible reading challenges, morning encouragement videos, teaching series, prayer partners, and more.

I’ve met with friends, family, and other wise people and feel confident the next step is to form a small pilot group of women that would begin doing these things together and help launch Abiding Ministries as an online ministry.

The pilot group will meet together starting June 1 in a closed Facebook group and commit to:

  • Read the Bible in 90 Days (June 1 – August 30)
  • Participate in a study I’m writing of John 15 (likely 4 weeks) which will include written and video material and give feedback

In this group you’ll receive:

  • Daily encouragement by video
  • A tight-knit group of women for accountability
  • Free study materials for John 15
  • A deeper understanding of abiding
  • Clarity of God’s big-picture story
  • Deeper relationship with God as you study His word
  • A prayer partner
  • A certificate of completion for reading the Bible (just for fun!)

If this idea excites you, I would absolutely love to travel the next few months together. I need accountability and encouragement as much as you do. If you would like to be in on the launch of this ministry and can commit over the next 4 months, please apply to be in the group here. Applications will be open until Monday 16 at midnight–you have one week!. I will be prayerfully considering each and every entry and truly believe God will reveal Himself more as we follow after Him together.

Feathers Season 4 Episode 1 with Abby Perry: Pursuing Joy While Parenting a Child with Special Needs

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In this episode, I interview Abby Perry.

Abby is an old soul, a Jesus girl, better in writing. She is an experienced nonprofit professional, innovative community and church member, pastor’s wife, mom of two boys and, at her core, a writer.She currently co-facilitates two community efforts – one promoting bridge-building racial reconciliation conversations, the other supporting area foster and adoptive families.

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Abby Perry shares the circumstances surrounding her child and his special needs. She shares the struggles of the unknown, clinical depression, dreams she’s had to let go and all the while choosing to walk in joy and wholeheartedness in faith.

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Scripture

Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be at your side
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

Proverbs 3:25-26

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Feathers Season 3 Episode 16 with Shelene Bryan: Ridiculous Faith

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In this episode, I interview Shelene Bryan.

Shelene Bryan is the founder of Skip1.org, a charity dedicated to providing food and clean water to children around the world. Shelene is an accomplished speaker who now turns her extraordinary ability to challenge and inspired to the written word.

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Quotes

It’s not enough to know about God, we need to know God.

It’s amazing when we spend time with God, what we’re willing to ask of Him. And it’s amazing when we do ask him, he answers.

When we experience God, it changes us and people see it.

We have to schedule mountain moments.

We get busy worshipping the creation, not the Creator.

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Feathers Season 3 Episode 15 with Annie Downs: Perservering and Looking for Lovely

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In this episode, I interview Annie Downs.

Annie Downs, author of Looking For Lovely, is also a speaker and blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three previous books – Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and football games.

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Annie shares her journey of facing a break down and wanting to quit and then learning how to look for lovely and find the things that help her perservere.

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You can’t run from God and he’s kind enough that he doesn’t let you.

I always found a way out of the hard instead of through it. So, I didn’t have to deal with it, but I also didn’t get the benefits of it.

You survive it by finding the beautiful things in the hard.

I eat salad everyday. I’m not trying to get in a bikini, I just want my brain to work.

I’m going to tell you my answers, but you need to find your answers.

When you don’t feel your feelings they bottle up and they come out in different ways.

Stopping is not the same as quitting.

Here’s the message: find the things that are the knots in the rope that will help you get through and then purposely go after those.

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Feathers Season 3 Episode 14 with Latasha Morrison: Racial Reconciliation and Being the Bridge

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In this episode, I interview Latasha Morrison.

Latasha Morrison is the founder of Be the Bridge, a community of people with a common goal to see healthy dialogue around the topic of race.

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Tasha shares how God led her down the steps toward starting Be the Bridge, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging the church to be present and intentional towards racial reconciliation.

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I remember clearly in my heart God saying, “I brought you here to be a bridge.”

We need to listen, not to respond, but really listen.

Meet people that don’t look like you and listen to them and share with them. That’s where it begins.

It’s hard to have those conversation when everyone looks like you and thinks like you.

Developing a heart for it starts in prayer. Nothing that we do is going to happen apart from prayer.

Our humanity shows us the value God has for diversity. We are all created in his image. What if we viewed each other in that way?

Racism is sin and we have to call it what it is.

It’s stealing God’s glory because it’s not showing how and who God is.

What if we all started looking at each other as image bearers.

We want to do our best while we’re here.

We have more alike than differences.

Scripture

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9

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