8/11/14

God sized dreams



Thirteen years ago, God began moving in my life and steering me in a direction I never could have imagined before that time.  After years of broken relationships and many bad choices, I rediscovered who I was in Christ.

Through some soul searching, in-depth Bible study, and hours on my knees in prayer, I finally had a glimpse of why I was put on this earth.  I told my family and friends that I was being called to ministry.  At the time, I didn't really know what that would look like, but that didn't stop me from stepping out in faith and pursuing my calling.

I have learned so much about myself and God's Will over these 13 years while trying to fully grasp what it is that God wants me to do.  During this process I have earned two college degrees, become a freelance writer and blogger, moved back to the town I grew up in, written my first children's book, and so much more!  I've also fallen on my face numerous times and threatened to give up on my dream more times than I can count.  But something on the inside of me wouldn't allow me to give up or give in.  

I have been encouraged as well as felt defeated.  I have been inspired by God's Word as well as slapped in the face with the reality of who I am without Christ.  I have learned so much about myself and have learned to trust Jesus in new and different ways.  Over the years, I sometimes wondered if God had forgotten about what He told me.  Maybe I did hear wrong.  Maybe I should accept the doubt and disbelief of others.  I had been so busy trying to make things happen on my own that I forgot the possibility of how God can move and open doors I never even knew existed.

Back in the spring, I received a phone call one day that reminded me that God has not forgotten me or all of the dreams that He put in my heart.   The one thing I came to understand those years ago was that I knew I wanted to do Christian counseling.  That one thing was the biggest reason I decided to go back to school and further my education.  I carefully chose a major that would allow me a career path in the secular work place, but that would also prepare me for opportunities for Christian ministry.  That's why I chose an undergrad in Psychology, but with a Christian Counseling specialization.  That's also why my M.A. is Human Services Counseling.

I always thought I'd have to go out of town and work for a large church or Christian organization to fulfill the ministry aspect of my dream, but I assumed wrong.  Jesus had already prepared a way for me to fulfill the calling He has on my life.  I feel as if He just asked me to hold out my hands and accept an opportunity I could not have orchestrated on my own if I had tried.

I've been blessed with the opportunity to be the Christian Counselor for Wilcox Christian Learning Center in my hometown.  When I got the call, it seemed almost too good to be true, but over the last few months, I've been preparing and am now offering counseling by appointment right here in my home town!

In case you're wondering what WCLC is, it's a non-profit organization that offers Bible classes as electives to the middle and high school students in our county.  Last year was their first year in operation.  After careful evaluation at the end of the school year, they saw the need for a Christian Counselor to be available to counsel their students and families and God led them straight to me.

I am thrilled to be able to share in this tremendous opportunity to share the love of Christ with the students and families in our area, and I am excited to be a part of what God is doing in our little part of the world.

I'd appreciate your prayers so much....not only for me, but for our teachers, Board of Directors, and our students.

Praying for a great year full of God's blessings!

4 comments:

Sterling said...

I am so excited for you! I don't know if you have ever read the book "Sun Stand Still" but I think you would really like it!

Patty Sumner said...

That is wonderful Lynn! Congratulations and I know The Lord goes before you! To Him be the glory.. May he direct your ministry with insight through the Holy Spirit and Biblical wisdom as you counsel those He sends you.. Blessings!

Lynn Langford said...

Thanks, Sterling! No, I've never heard it, but it sounds like something I'd like. Who is the author?

Lynn Langford said...

Thanks so much, Patty. I always appreciate your encouragement so much. I appreciate your prayers.