Has it really been 2 months since I posted last? There is so much going on that I can hardly believe we’re halfway through August. August has always been my least favorite month of the year~ probably because I currently live in Florida and it’s not only oppressive heat and humidity BUT we’re winding down summer and so I’m weary and bored stiff of the oppressive heat and humidity.
Anyway…. our little church, begun with 11 people and a tiny budget, is celebrating its 1 year anniversary this month! Woot Woot!!! That’s a gigantic feat. Church planting is serious business but I sure can testify to this~ when God is in the plan, the plan will only fail if we’re disobedient.
My husband is a man of great insight, faith and vision. When God dropped the word in his spirit to begin a church (and let me stop here– this was about 30 days after we got married!), he jumped in. I kind of dipped my toe in the water but he JUMPED IN. Only God could have done what’s been done at Overcomers Community Church and only God can do what is about to be manifested. Every day, we look at our congregation and we look at each other with that “Can you believe what God is doing in this place??” look.
We’ve taken over 7000 square feet of a plaza from nasty filth and much evidence of homeless squatters to a homey, warm technology filled church in one calendar year. We didn’t do it alone.
We’ve grown from our 11 to roughly 50. Not just fifty butts in chairs, either. 50 people who grasp the vision, who want more than surface motivational speeches, who authentically care about growing up spiritually, who authentically care about the other 49 people they worship with, and who have become like second families to us. From weddings to funerals to baptisms to healings…. how does one even begin to quantify the blessings?
I became an ordained Pastor this year. Not only was I ordained, I was ordained by a man and ministry that I place such respect in; a man of undeniable integrity.
Dr. Mark Barclay, I don’t think I’ll ever adequately understand how God took me and just changed EVERYTHING about me but you saw it and I am eternally grateful. Without you, your wife, my husband and the countless Pastors and leaders I’ve met in the last year, I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t be walking out the will of God the way I am so blessed to be walking it out at this stage of life. I stand in awe; humbled and inspired.
And there’s so much more to come. Things are happening fast. Esther 4:14 has always been a favorite scripture of mine but I often wondered if I’d recognize the “time” I had been created for. I believe I was born to birth my son and daughter~ I know that in my core. As sure as I am about that, I am equally sure I was born for such a time as THIS. The here and now. What does that look like? Well, that’s up to God and wherever He leads.
Never say never. That’s my BIG takeaway from 2016 and 2017.
God can do ALL things. God can change ALL circumstances. God can right EVERY wrong.
I’m one blessed girl…….