I have enjoyed Summer Lunch Bunch this summer. On Tuesday of this week three girls came to visit me in the office (probably more Caesar but let me live with the happy thought that it was me). While they were in the office playing one of the girls sat in my chair and pretended to be the preacher. It cracked me up and thrilled my soul. I grew up in a denomination that doesn’t allow women preachers (they used to though!) and some of you might remember a time when Methodist didn’t either. I was thrilled watching this young girl pretend to be the pastor because, for her, she saw the possibility of what God can do with her life.  

I really struggled with my call into ministry. After all, I am woman. I remember the day well when I heard the Lord ask me, “Do you love me?” My response was, “Oh no, I know how this conversation ends, Lord!” He kept asking till I finally said yes, and He gave me the expected response, “Feed my sheep”. That was three years before I actually began the process to become your pastor. During those three years I had much learning to do. And, among many things, I learned this – God did, is, and will use women for all sorts of things. Let me give you some examples:

Who was the 1st missionary? Not the Apostle Paul, but the woman at the well.                Deborah was a judge and prophet (a prophet took the Word and will of God to the people!)
                                        Jael rescued Israel from Sisera                                                      The Apostle Paul mentions 10 women in his letters –
to name a few – Phoebe, a deacon or minister (Romans 16:1,2), Priscilla (Romans 16:3), and other women greeted in Romans 16 include Mary (Rom 16:6), Tryphena, Tryphosa, and Persis (Rom 16:12)
 
Each of these women were used by God and each of them were leaders in their own right.
 
There is much more to this conversation, but for today, at this moment this is enough – the Lord uses, by mankind’s standards, even the unlikely person. And, I am thrilled that a little girl saw the possibility that the Lord who created male and female could use her to speak the Word of God. Do you see the possibilities the Lord has for you?   Because of Jesus,
Your Pastor
 

Memory Verse Time!

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28