What better way to round off International Women’s Day and continue the series of unraveling all it means to be ‘A Girl On A Mission’.
A few years back I wrote a piece on the Importance of Finding Your Tribe and in moments when we experience turbulence and it is important we have a wholesome and healthy community around us for support. In a turbulent year when that was needed, God brought the right community. As stated in the previous blog, there were a host of things I had hoped to achieve by the time I turned 25 years old and the reality wasn’t quite the case. After having a series of conversations with family, some friends, an awesome community and ultimately in my communion with God I have better clarity and developed a greater capacity to trust in God. Aunty Yemi was a member of my community that I reached out to and she offered so many nuggets of wisdom that all cannot be shared and packaged in this one blog!
Here are just a few things she shared that I think might be useful for other people as well.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
- God divinely orchestrates our steps and places people in our lives in order to align our steps according to His will and purpose for our lives.
- God’s timing is always perfect. He places the right people and the right opportunities in our path such that He will be glorified.
Hebrews 11: 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
- Always be willing to learn and to change. As living people we will always be evolving and changing over time. Understanding that everything works together for our good. When we have tried our best with a particular situation and we are at a roadblock, we must learn to trust in God, pray and go get some needed rest.
- Our testimonies are not just for ourselves but for others as well. God stretches our capacity not so we can boast in our strengths and capabilities but so we have a wealth of experiences and a bank of testimonies to draw from that can help counsel and encourage others.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
- Engage yourself fully in whatever season of life you are currently in. We are told to remember the Lord God in our youth but we must understand that even though we feel busy now, we can always make room for more. Our capacity is indeed limitless
STAY BUSY AND STAY OCCUPIED IN THE ARENAS GOD HAS CALLED US TO.
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
The idea of a woman becoming is represented as a marathon and not a sprint. In the marathon race you have several pit stops that require refueling with different people contributing to your sustenance one way or the other by providing snacks or providing water. Either way they are giving you the resources required to get you to the finished line. That is the same thing in our journey to becoming. Our community and the people God brings into our lives at every season and every point in time is to form and mold us into the people we need to become.
Psalms 46:5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Ultimately, to me a woman becoming now means that our worth and identity is found in Christ. It’s always been a thing to realize that only that which we do for Christ really lasts. That could be your work for Christ in your career, in your family life, with how you steward your finances or how you take care of your community. In whatever way that appears to be, we each have different spheres of influence that God has called us to.
May we not despise or covet another person’s position.
May God grant us the heart and posture to wait for His divine time and season for OUR lives.
May we run OUR race with patient endurance and with the joy of the Lord going before us.
May we live with reckless abandon in the arms of our Father such that at the end of our race, the Heavens will welcome us home and we ourselves will be proud to go home.
May we be women of virtue and women of substance and women of grace.