Have you experienced a feeling in your heart that God wants you to do something, but have no clue what it is?
Around April a young woman guest spoke at Bible study. She and her husband attend a seminary close to my town. What she said sparked my curiosity.
That evening I researched that seminary website to realize the various ministry certificate programs they offered. The classes sounded interesting but required time and money that I didn’t have to invest in them.
In May I had a meeting in Oakland (a section of Pittsburgh) with a co – volunteer to plan a Bible study for the girls we volunteer with. I walked past a bus stop shelter papered with a large Pittsburgh Theological Seminary ad. Curiosity was sparked again. God is this what I am supposed to do?
Later on in the month of May I perused the Pittsburgh magazine while waiting for my youngest daughter’s monthly braces appointment at the orthodontist. Among the first few pages of the magazine a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary half page advertisement popped into view! Ok, Lord. I think I’m catching on to something. During the drive home from that appointment thoughts about going back to school for ministry invaded my mind. Is this what you want me to do Lord?
That afternoon I opened my church's monthly women’s ministry newsletter. I read, scrolled and the last snippet of news came into view: Empower women’s ministry certificate program opportunity. My heart jumped. I immediately clicked on the link for more information.
“EMPOWER is a developmental program in partnership with the Metro District of the C&MA and Alliance Theological Seminary for women to be equipped, motivated, and prepared to grow in ministry.” from Empowerww.org. EmpowerOne is the first course women take to gain the certificate. There are three other classes offered after the certificate is earned, for further development. The time commitment is equal to one calendar school year and the cost is affordable, too.
This program is offered at the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York, NY with three satellite locations around the country for live stream. I didn’t have to live in New York to attend. The locations are churches in NJ, CA and…Alliquippa, PA. The PA location is a 12 minute drive from my house.
Confirmation. Peace, excitement, assurance, calm and other unexplained feelings flooded my heart the moment I saw the location. This is what I am to do. Thank you, Jesus!
As soon as my husband returned from work I told him the good news. He was excited for me and encouraged me to enroll. He was in total agreement. We talked about how everything is coming in line with what God has placed in my heart to launch She Who Honors, write my books, volunteering with hurting women and girls and other endeavors. He is directing my footsteps according to His word (a constant prayer of mine).
In June I enrolled in the EmpowerOne women’s ministry certificate program. My first live stream class is scheduled in September! I will keep you updated about my classes. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank you!
Another piece of good news: I started a perfect part – time job as the coordinator of my church benevolence ministry. Another blessing I know is from God because it gives me joy and peace.
“The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22 NLT
“Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.” Psalm 119: 129-133 NIV
I pray you have confirmation over your life in what God wants you to do. May your eyes, ears and hearts be open to the leading of the Lord. Trust and obey God whole heartedly and you will not be put to shame. I pray you experience the joy and peace God’s blessings bring.
What are some confirmations God showed you? Share them for inspiration for others!
Thank you for being a part of She Who Honors. Although you may not experience my testimony let you be assured that God is able. Love ya!
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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