Calling

Bold Enough to Show Up

A few days ago on March 8 it was International Women's Day. And, I must be honest that until yesterday I didn't know it was a thing. Yet as I scrolled through my newsfeed and saw all of these wonderful posts making sweet declarations affirming womanhood, I immediately felt insane pressure. 

What's wrong with me, I thought? Here I am a newly appointed director of a ministry and network for women, and I have failed to acknowledge THE day to recognize women. 

Why? What is it that causes us to feel pressure to measure up? Why do we insist on comparing notes? 

For generations, women have had to fight for a place at the table. Do a historical study of women and the role of women in society and family, and you will find our roots as women run deep in insecurity, inadequacy, comparison, performance, and so much more. Is it any wonder, as women, we most often struggle with the same things generations of women before us struggled with?

In the end, I decided not to post from the Women of Influence site. 

For those that were like me - here's a little background. This is a designated day for the world to recognize the power and value of women in history and present in our world. International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year, and it commemorates the movement for women's rights, and honors the achievements of women. 

And while this day of celebration for women in our world has come and gone - I am regularly reflecting on what God says about women. I am thankful for the freedom and opportunities I now have in this country as a woman, but it fails in comparison to the true and full freedom I have as a woman in Christ. 

We must know as Christ followers, we no longer have to fight for our place at the table-we simply have to show up. Christ will do the work in us and through us, we simply have to make ourselves available. We have to say yes. Or hearts so desperately desire freedom and a full life. We want to do great things and we long to make an impact on our world. This isn't our idea, though. This was God's. His mission since the beginning of time was the redemption of humanity and He invites us in on the mission daily. This mission is the same for us as women as it is for the men. And, however He calls you to live out this mission-just say yes. 

I am scared out of my mind in my current endeavors, including this one as your leader! I regularly feel like I might fail at any given moment. And, then, I do fail in moments! I lean fully on His help and His grace. 

But here's the thing, we don't have to worry about measuring up or meeting the standard. We can stand confident that our identity is found in our Savior and Him alone, and He has already offered us a seat at the table. So just show up.

Vulnerably show up to what God has for you. He will open doors and set you on paths you never imagined. If you are willing, He will use you to be a part of His redemption in your family, your community, and your church. Step out, take risks, be courageous-allow His Spirit to work in you. 

From the beginning of time, God breathed life into woman and said it was good. From the beginning of time, women walked with strength and purpose, and changed the world. We can celebrate the beauty of God's creation of woman. And, we recognize the powerful role that women fill in the family, workplace, community, and church. 

Like all of humanity, women fall and fail. But we partake in the grace and mercy offered to us by our Creator. When we do fall, may we rise with dignity and humility. When we are broken and bruised, may we find restoration and redemption in the One who calls us good-the only One who truly makes us good. When we feel weak and without purpose, may we rise and lead in the grace given to us by the One who calls us to purpose. 

May we walk in the power not of ourselves, but of Christ our Savior. We fear God, and nothing else. In God's infinite wisdom, He knew women were of value and importance and set each of us on our course. And, with Christ in us, we will continuing changing history for every life we touch. 

All we have to do is show up and live it out loud in faith. 

Praying today you feel the boldness and confidence from Christ in you,

Christan

   Written By : Christan Causey

Written By : Christan Causey

He Is Doing a New Thing

When we moved to Massachusetts two years ago, we were returning to full time ministry after a difficult two year hiatus. I had just given birth to our third baby three months prior and was deep in the throes of a mental and emotional battle. Postpartum depression and anxiety hit me hard within a few weeks of arriving in Massachusetts and would not relent for over a year. I was suffocating, drowning, buried alive and didn't know how to ask for help. My husband and I disconnected from each other. I was lonelier than I had ever been, but the Lord was so good to me during that time. He proved his faithfulness to me over and over again.

When I came out of that dark and desperate season, I longed for a more intimate relationship with Christ. Postpartum depression unraveled me in a mysteriously beautiful way, but in a lot of ways I felt like I was starting from scratch. I had spent years studying the Bible, serving in ministry, obtaining a degree, but after spending two years praying nothing but, “God, please just help me get out of bed today.”, I felt like I didn’t know Him anymore. I hadn’t studied Scripture the way I used to, hadn’t prayed and interceded like I used to, I wasn’t hearing him speak the way he used to. I was desperate to reclaim the relationship we had before hormones and a difficult transition took over my mind. 

I started thinking back on Bible College days and the words that were spoken over me, promises given to me, and the many sweet times of intercession and communion with Christ. I yearned for those days again. But God, as he always does, sent me a loving reminder, 

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

In seasons of uncertainty, of trials, and in transitions, it's hard not to look back to the way things were. But we can’t spend our lives grasping at the past, trying to reclaim some fragment of the way things used to be. Instead of resisting difficult seasons, we can embrace them and lean into them as seasons of learning and shaping. If we look back at all on our previous spiritual mountain tops, we should look back with fondness, not yearning. God is doing a new thing! How wonderful that we can experience God’s grace and mercy new every morning! What a joy it is to open his word every day, knowing that he will speak fresh promises and truth to our hearts.

He is a doing a new thing in you, in me, in us, in our cities, and in our world. Let’s not look backwards with longing but look with hopeful hearts at what he’s doing now and what he will do in the future.  

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do : forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13-14

What new thing is God doing in you? 

Written By : Kristen LaValley