Greetings from Atlanta!
Now that I am back in Atlanta from serving the Lord from Japan, God’s purpose for my life has become clearer. Much clearer. His plans are my plans. His will. My will. For the rest of my life.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~ Jeremiah 29:11~
After reflecting on the service that I did for the women and children while in Japan, the Holy Spirit of God made it clear to me that He wants me to do women and children’s ministry. Women’s ministry. Yes. I already knew that this was a part of God’s will for my life. But CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?? Wow! God, You certainly wow’d me with that part of Your calling on my life. I was not expecting God to reveal this as a part of His mandate for my life. ~”For many are invited, but few are chosen.”~Matthew 22:14~
While in Japan, I messaged a couple of good friends on Facebook who I know from Bethel Atlanta. One of them prophesized the Word of the Lord on my life that God shared with her. She told me that I would bring many children into the Kingdom of Jesus! Wow God! Wow! “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”~Habakkuk 2:3~
I prayed what my friend from Bethel Atlanta shared with me to make sure that it was of God. After spending time with the children in Vacation Bible School for one full week and for spending most of that Summer tutoring in an afterschool program, His calling for my life became clearer. Much clearer. God revealed to me that He wants me to do children’s ministry! 😀 ~”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”~Matthew 20:16~
By doing children’s ministry, I am glorifying God as He uses me as His vessel to bring children into the kingdom of Jesus! He empties me of myself. I die to myself. And I serve the little children who God brings or puts in my life in the moment: whether it be in the US or abroad! 🙂
“But Jesus called the children to him and said,” Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”~Matthew 18:16~
You are probably reading this blog and asking me, “Sarah, how and in what way do you plan on serving children in the area you are in now??” As I have been praying, God told me to get involved in the children’s ministry at First Baptist Atlanta, my church back in Atlanta. He also told me to get involved with the single women at the church because my spiritual gifts (discernment, wisdom, etc.) will be used to glorify the kingdom of God as I am proactive and put them into good use to build up and encourage the women and children who I am serving around me. ~”Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”~Matthew 4:4~
Since I just graduated with my M.A. in Global Studies from Liberty University (PTL—–Praise the Lord!! Hallelujah!!), I am now applying to ministry jobs that will allow me to glorify the kingdom of God through writing, blogging, and communications. With my B.A. in Mass Communication and my M.A. in Global Studies, God will use me in whatever ministry He places me as I apply. Doors are already opening up. It’s just a matter of where God wants me to be and His orchestrated timing. His timing is the best. Always the best! ~”You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word. Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”~Psalm 119:114,116~
Please pray for me as I begin ministry in Atlanta and send out job applications for ministry placement. Pray for me and share this blog post with friends and family! God bless! ~ 🙂