I cannot believe this month is my 4 year anniversary of serving as Client Services Director at Women’s Hope. When I began volunteering as a Client Advocate 7 months before taking this position, I had no idea that God would lead me down this road to support and encourage others who would join this loving effort to save and restore lives. I am so blessed by those God has sent to serve. Julie, our clinic director and nurse manager, and I often talk about the college students who serve for a couple of years and then leave us to begin their life work — they really keep us renewed by being so excited and eager to make a difference. They encourage us about the future that we are going to have strong Godly leaders. And of course, our old timers never cease to be a blessing — they offer much wisdom, encouragement, and Godly council not just to our clients, but to the new Client Advocates and to me. They show us how to stay the course and finish strong. I am thankful for the workers God is supplying on this mission field at Women’s Hope in Auburn, AL.
As I look back on how far God has brought me, I am amazed at the “God confidence” I have gained, and one of my favorite things to witness is the God confidence you have gained. When I first began at Women’s Hope, I had no idea what God wanted from me. I remember standing in the parking lot before my shadowing shifts thinking “Lord I cannot do this — these people have real problems and need help that I’m not able to give. Are you sure I am the person for this?” That is when God began to show me that it was not about what I could do but what He wanted to do through me – that I didn’t have all the answers but had to depend on Him to supply everything. Pollyanna, our executive director, explains this by saying “we are looking for Client Advocates who are scared and concerned about the work, because then we know they are seeking Him to provide the words and the love that need to be shared.”
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of David and Goliath. I love the words and the great confidence in God that David displayed when he faced Goliath. Just think about a ruddy face child standing before a great giant warrior proclaiming that His God will prevail. Oh, to have the God confidence of little David! He knew that without God, nothing was possible but with God all things are possible. Look at what David says in 1 Samuel 17: 45-47
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”"
I pray that we will all have the confidence in God that David displayed and that we will know that without God, we are but a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal — I Cor. 13:1. Only through the Holy Spirit working in us are we able to bring hope to the hopeless, love to the unlovely, and healing to the broken.