I have just had the honour of speaking to a beautiful group of women at Mansfield Calvary Chapel, at their Spring Afternoon Tea. Complete with the cutest China teacups and plates! And #GlutenFree food for me.
It never ceases to amaze me how God finds me, in my cutest heels, and manages to speak from His heart into the hearts of those I am sharing with. Having been away exhibiting at AOG and Elim leaders’ conferences didn’t leave much preparation time…no where near as much as I would normally like to do. And yet, the notes I had prepared weren’t really referred to anyway, as the Lord ministered in spite of the time pressures of my life!
Not that I particularly like working that way….control freak that I am!
There’s just something about knowing that you are being used as a vessel to minister, inspire, encourage, restore, help or touch someone right in the place they need it most.
But it’s not just about someone standing on stage, delivering a talk or a message – it’s about you, whoever you are, being available to be authentic and open about who you really are. In a world which is fascinated by the outward appearances of people they want to be like, break the mold! Be different! Let YOU shine out in the darkest places. Even if you are walking through your own darkness.
It is through our authenticity, the world can actually see the light, recognise the hope we cling to, and feel there is something about that inner strength which allows you to get out of bed each morning. You can be that person anywhere, at anytime. You don’t need an invitation to speak – or if you do, consider this to be your invitation:
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 MSG
So don’t hold back. And don’t be afraid to be different. Rock up in those heels in a world of grey suits, and SHINE BRIGHTLY, as someone who is reflecting the Son!