As I look ahead to retiring in a few weeks, I have a lot of mixed emotions. I have had many moments to reflect on the past 35 years of my life, and I can vividly remember the day I visited Woodmont Baptist Church. Somehow, I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. Peace was what I needed…. peace was what I experienced that day. This was when my journey towards spiritual growth began. I found out gradually that God had a plan for my life that I had never thought possible. As I walked through hurt and shame from a sad divorce, I found a support system...people who accepted me and a church family whom I grew to love dearly.
God was …and is… so merciful and kind, and He loves me in spite of my failures. He even called me to serve Him in a ministry that was such a blessing to me as a Single Mom. I found out that He uses us even though we aren’t perfect. He also uses those hard things we go through by allowing us to help others who are going through the same thing. Second Corinthians 1:3 tells us how the Father of compassion and all comfort comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others with the comfort we have received from God.
Now, the devil will tell you that God could never use you with your past failures. The devil would try to make you believe that you are weak and will never overcome that stronghold in your life. However, the devil is a liar, and he doesn’t want you to understand that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. We can’t even imagine how wonderfully God can redeem a life.
After almost 27 years of ministry at Woodmont, I am so grateful to the Lord for redeeming my life. I will definitely miss working with the wonderful Single Adults at Woodmont. We have had amazing times together on trips and many other exciting times of ministry. I have been so blessed to be a part of this ministry.
I hope the Lord continues to use me in this next season of my life. I keep reminding myself that God uses old people in the Bible to do big things…so maybe He has something for me to do in this next season of my life. I’m listening, Lord.
Love and blessings,