"If you are going to do this, then you better be ready. Because this is from the Lord and it will be used in huge ways if He continues to bless it. And there is someone who will not want that to happen. So be ready. Because the enemy will do everything he can to stop you. Be ready."
And that was July 11, 2013. Nearly 8 months ago. And this week, her warning rang true.
See, it's been a week. No...it's been a week. I will spare you all of the gory details, but to make some very long stories short-- I made some mistakes at work (that nearly could have cost me my job--in fact, they really could have-), was left to clean up my own mess-- And then there was the nasty case of respiratory crud that hit (which is really not that unusual for this asthmatic), but hit in the mist of the work fiasco and nearly drove me to the ER on Thursday night. We managed to avoid that, but I have been down and out for the last day and a half, dead to the world and unable to work on anything for the ministry or our fast approaching event. And in the midst of it all, my mind has been plagued with overwhelming thoughts of worry, despair, and darkness.
Worry? Despair? Darkness? These do not come from God. These come from one place only. And that is how I know
Someone does not want this event to happen.
Well all praise and thanks to God for carrying me (literally carrying me-- ever had one of those days/weeks/journeys where the evidence that He gently picked you up and carried you when you could no longer walk was just undeniable??!) through my work mess, giving me the strength to face the office another full 3 days this week, and to make it through this illness while managing to avoid any major setbacks. It all could have been a lot worse. Much worse.
And guess what else I realized in all of this? I have been handling a large part of the administrative responsibilities with this ministry and next Saturday's event--but I was MIA the majority of the week because of all that was going on and -- things kept on moving right along without me.
Cuz guess what. This ministry is going to move forward regardless of my involvement or what the enemy decides to throw in our way. Because there is a need. (4 boxes went out this week alone.) A need for wounded women to find hope and healing through Christ and His love. And He isn't about to let anyone or anything to get in the way of that. He's too big. And He cares too much.
One more time-- here is the kick off event info. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9-zYE2WlmteRGRwamJxOUVWVmM/edit
And so. Come rain or shine. Regardless of whether all of our planned tiny details come together perfectly the way that we've planned or they don't. This event is happening. And there is a team of us who have been praying for you. Praying that if your heart is hurting in this area, that you will come. And that we will be able to encourage you. To love you. To show you that you're not alone.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19