It has been four years since I started writing this blog.  I was driving home from work one day, listening to a recording of a coaching session between a seasoned coach and a newly qualified coach who was trying to figure out what direction God would have her take her career.   There was a precious moment when revelation came to the client and her voice was laden with tears as she voiced her dreams.

In that moment I felt the Holy Spirit give me a gentle nudge.   For years I had been involved in women’s ministry and had a passion to see Christian women live out their destiny in God.  I was coming to the end of one season and wasn’t quite sure what the next season would look like.  In fact I felt like my time working with women was coming to an end.  It seemed like the presence of God filled the car in that moment and a dream was birthed deep inside me – a desire to help equip women for their Christian journey in any and every way that I could.   I did not immediately have the blueprint for what Equip Women was going to look like, but the seed was well and truly sown.

Within days, I had put down a few thoughts about what I thought God was leading me to establish, built a simple website (it has changed since then), and written the first blog – New Beginnings.  Not long after, I put together the first Bible study – Becoming a Woman of Substance – and invited some friends to attend.  Since those humble beginnings, it has been a journey and a half.  I am so grateful to God for His faithfulness through it all.  I have learned a lot (not least how to build a website) and have grown in more ways than I had previously thought possible.  I have had the privilege of teaching, encouraging and challenging many women, some of whom I may never meet.  It has been tough and sweet and exhilarating all at the same time.

The truth is, I couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you for attending the Bible Studies, reading the blogs, taking the time to let me know how you have been blessed by them and sharing your prayer needs with me.  I know that some of you have prayed for me too.  I appreciate you more than words can say.  In this blog I wanted to share some of the things I have learned over the last four years with you.

  • God is faithful and will never let us be tempted more than we can bear.
  • His whispers are just as important as His louder instructions and occur more frequently.  Learning to listen for and obey those whispers will draw us closer to Him and will take us to places we never imagined possible.  As we step out to obey those whispers, His voice often becomes louder and clearer.
  • God expects me to serve the ‘one’ with as much fervour and passion as I would the ‘masses’.  He cares for everyone from the seemingly most insignificant to the most important and so should I.
  • When it feels like I have come to the end of myself and cannot go on, I can.  I can because He can.  So I need to focus more on who He is than on who I think I am.
  • He uses our pain every bit as much as He uses our successes.  Therefore we must not be afraid of pain when it comes.  He is generous with the grace that He gives to enable us emerge victorious from that pain.
  • With maturity comes responsibility.  If we want more from Him, we must be willing to give more of ourselves.
  • Finally, it is jolly hard work starting anything new, and it is even harder work keeping it going once it has started.  But the rewards stepping out in faith in obedience to God outweigh any challenges we might face.

Please share any testimonies about God’s faithfulness in your life or any prayer needs you may have.  I would like to include a testimony column that I hope will encourage others.  Let’s keep holding each other up until the Master returns for His bride or we pass from this life to the next – whichever comes first.

In His love
Oge