“Hi, I’m Jackie!”

“There she is again, why do I keep seeing her, she is everywhere…
Oh no, she’s walking over here, why is she walking over here,
please walk past me, please walk past me,
surely she’s not walking toward me… to talk to me!!
Oh my gosh yes she is, what do I do, what do I say, why is she walking over here?”
“Hi, I’m Jackie!”

Nope, that’s not an excerpt from a book, those are the thoughts going through my head as a 13 year old, when a bubbly, bright eyed, energetic red head was walking toward me at church one morning. I was so painfully shy at the time and so completely controlled by anxiety that when the words “Hi, I’m Jackie” came out of her mouth I just began to cry. I had no clue why this girl wanted to be my friend. I couldn’t understand why this social butterfly, who could so easily make friends with anyone, would want to be friends with the awkward girl sitting by herself. But oh how thankful I am that she befriended me, I love her to pieces!!

I don’t share that story with everyone but I am choosing to share it today because today I got a text that said “That’s so awesome! You HAD to be a leader. That’s one of your many gifts!” As I read that text to myself God struck me with overwhelming joy. Never in a million years did I think the word “leader” would be used to describe the shy, bashful, anxiety driven teenager that cried when people talked to her. Never in a million years did I think the word “leader” would be used to describe the girl who had to get special permission from teachers not to do oral presentations because she would have a panic attack and hyperventilate in front of the entire class. NEVER did I think this was the path God was taking me on.

Several months ago I felt the Lord calling me to step up and lead a community group, I ignored His tug on my heart saying “I’m not ready God, I’m not strong enough in my faith to lead other girls in their walk.” I was so focused on the “I” part that I never heard God shouting “You are equipped because I have equipped you!” God knew what he was doing the whole time but my self doubt and Satan’s loud voice won and I ignored God and continued to ignore Him despite the overwhelming tug on my heart. While I was going through equipped disciple I came across a verse in Acts where Paul is speaking to the Lord and he asks “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ and the Lord replies ‘Get up,’ and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” That verse opened my eyes to see that I had been seeking God’s direction in my life and wondering when he was going to give me the answer and He had already told me multiple times to “Get up and go!”

Over the last 2 weeks the Lord again has been speaking to my heart and I had been prayerfully considering speaking to WM staff about leading a small group at the upcoming Launch retreat. Without any knowledge whatsoever this had been on my heart, a girlfriend said to me “Are you going to lead a small group at launch?” Those words trampled all over the doubt Satan had been once again placing in my mind and gave me the ability to clearly hear the Lord saying “Get up and go Brandy.” So I did and today I received confirmation that the Lord will be using me in that way. The Lord continues to prove his faithfulness, and continues to reassure me that He has a far better plan for my life than I could ever have imagined and I am so excited to see where He will be taking me next.

I hope as you read this blog you will carefully listen to what God is trying to say to you and find the courage and strength to follow where He is leading. Remember, God does not call the equipped, but he equips the called!

1 Corinthians 1: 25-29 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,[a] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being[b] might boast in the presence of God.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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