On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are thrilled to welcome Anne Watson to God-sized Dreams. She shares a story about how God took her from what she calls obscurity and did something amazing! Thanks for sharing here today, Anne!
When I was in my mid-thirties I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew in my bones that there was something I was meant to do; I just had absolutely no idea what.
I remember one particular day crying out to God while I was cleaning my house. (I’m a multi-tasker.) “God, I’m ready. Whatever you are going to do would you please just do it? There has to be more to life than a clean house. You have to have created me for more. I’m begging you, God. Use me. For anything. I’m in.”
That was the day I pretty much sat down on God’s catapult and He flung me into a wild adventure that I still can’t believe.
I grew up completely un-churched. We didn’t even go at Christmas or Easter. I knew God existed but He was more of a genie in a bottle type in my mind. I would ‘pray’ when I needed something. That was it. But I found myself, through the years, drawn to anything that talked about God. Movies, books, music, and eventually church. In hindsight, I think God was pursuing me and I get chills when I think about it now. (<====Tweet this.)
Fast forward a few years and I am attending church in one place but doing all things women’s ministry in another. I once asked someone in my church why we didn’t have a women’s ministry because it’s awesome! That’s when I got asked to write a proposal that would change my life.
It was honestly the first time in my life that I prayed to God to do His will. I sat in a chair in my bedroom and my prayer went something like this:
“Dear God. If you want me to do this, I will. But I need help. Can you send help? Amen.”
Later that day I went for a late lunch with a friend and ended up in a restaurant at a table next to none other than Beth Moore!
God not only showed up, He showed off.
Beth and I talked for about thirty life-changing minutes. I wrote the proposal and long story short, ended up getting a job as a women’s ministry director. Me. The girl who (at that point) had never even read the Bible all the way through.
It’s been several years now and I’ve done so much more than read the Bible cover to cover. I have discovered my passion. I have discovered spiritual gifts. I have networked like crazy. I have found community. I have found my purpose and it’s not cleaning my house (although I still occasionally do that.)
So now, just five short years after that simple prayer, I am a full on Jesus-girl. I am an author at GodDots.com. I am a speaker. I am an advocate for women everywhere who worry that God can’t or won’t use them. I am a testament that it’s not only never too late, but that your greatest adventures are ahead of you.
I once dreamed about finding a purpose and God answered. He’s given me new dreams now that I am excited about and terrified by, but He has proven faithful in the past so why should this be any different? My dreams keep getting bigger, but so does my God. It’s a wild ride and I could cry I am so grateful.
Listen, if God could pluck a nobody like me out of obscurity and start making crazy, amazing things happen, then He can certainly do that for you, too. Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to go all in. You’ll never regret it. Your dream can change your life. In fact, you and your dream might just change the world. (<====Tweet this.)
Photo Credit: Larry Smith
Anne Watson is a fresh voice in women’s ministry. As a former perfectionist and sleep-in-on-Sundays girl, Anne is passionate about helping women love themselves for real. With humor, wit and biblical insight, Anne helps women connect the dots between God and their everyday lives. Read more from Anne at GodDots.com.
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