Have you ever started a journey believing you knew precisely where you were headed only to discover along the way that you were on the wrong track? Or that there was a better, perhaps quicker way to get to your destination? It’s happened to me several times and I admit I didn’t always relish the fact that I had to retrace my steps in order to get back on track.
Needing to re-route doesn’t only happen on physical journeys. In our spiritual journey, detours and roadblocks that necessitate a route change are common. The fact that we might have to change direction is not a sign of failure. Following Jesus requires us to walk by faith and often this means that we only see a bit of the road ahead at any one time. In fact sometimes all that we see as we step out is literally the next step. But because we love God and truly want to live for Him, we step out anyway, armed with the meagre information we have, knowing that the Shepherd who leads us knows where he is going even if we don’t. We trust in His ability to get us from where we are to where He wants us to be.
Roadblocks are more often that not instruments that the enemy uses to distract us in an attempt to stop us from getting to our destination. God provides a detour so that we can continue in spite of the enemy’s antics. Finally, there are times when we have simply heard wrong, or been disobedient and ignored the voice of our Father.
The trick is to remain flexible while you travel, ready to make any adjustments along the way as the need arises, remembering that the character building that invariably takes place along the way is just as important (if not more) than the reward of getting to your destination. Instead of wallowing in guilt or anger at yourself for taking a wrong turn (brow beating achieves nothing), it is more helpful to repent quickly (the word ‘repent’ means to change direction) and get back on the right path.
All this requires intimacy with Holy Spirit, a commitment to walk closely with Jesus and ears that are quick to hear. In a world where there are so many distractions, staying focused on the Word we read in the Bible and the whispers of Holy Spirit have never been so crucial. Yours and my victory is dependent on our ability to hear and obey.
I said all that to say this – Equip Women is changing. When I first started this ministry four year ago, I knew that it would be a resource for Christian women who wanted to be all that God had created them to be. I knew that teaching the bible, writing encouraging yet challenging articles, and organising events would form the bulk of the resources available. That was all the light I had at the time. But it was enough to get started.
At the beginning of this year I felt that a change in direction was imminent and as I prayed and sought counsel from trusted friends, God began to reveal that He wanted to do more through Equip Women. At first it wasn’t clear what the ‘more’ was going to look like but over the last few weeks, I have got more clarity.
So what will the new Equip Women look like? I will still write the blogs, hold training events and the Bible Study notes will still be available to download from the website. In addition I will be offering Coaching and Mentoring using different media. If you are not quite sure what these terms mean exactly just click on the following links to some more information on the website.
For those of you who would like to meet with friends to study the Bible, I will be adding more Bible Study topics to the site over the coming weeks and months. If there are any topics you would like to see added, do please let me know by sending me an email or using the contact form on the website.
I am really excited about this next chapter of Equip Women and I do hope that you will continue to be an active part of this ministry. I am committed to praying for you and I would appreciate your prayers as I seek to serve you in the best possible way as God gives grace.
Finally, I would be grateful if you would take five minutes to fill out this online survey that will help me as I move forward. Just click here to access the survey.