Some people know what they want to be when they’re kids.
When I was a little girl the only 2 things I knew in my heart I wanted to be were a mommy and a wife. (I’ve been a wife twice. I guess I was an overachiever with that dream. Some won’t laugh at that. I get it. Not funny, but if I can find a reason to smile through all the heartache, I need to find it.)
As my oldest child and I were talking today we remembered all her friends who came to her big slumber party several years ago jokingly called me “Mommy” because I asked them all to use sippy cups because I didn’t have water bottles with lids for 20 kids but I had enough sippy cups. We didn’t want to spill on the carpet. Some of her friends still call me Mommy because of that. (I told them their moms may not appreciate them calling someone else by the Mommy name. It’s cute though and they were just being silly and being the awesome, cute kids that they are.)
The thing I can’t stop thinking about is this:
What if there’s a child who needs a mother’s love and care in Alaska and God knew this was His plan for my life a long time ago?
Maybe the reason I didn’t know yet was because I wasn’t ASKING Him what HIS plans are for my life. I was just doing what I wanted to do. Maybe also it’s that He just reveals each next step to us in His timing whether we ask or not. I can look back over 35 years and see how God’s been preparing me for this very thing.
What if there are a hundred kids who need care?
I know there are. And this is everywhere. Every city. Every place. God leads people and uses us where He wants us. We specifically feel called to move to Alaska for this work.
When someone tells you her dreams in life, although they may seem smaller to you than someone else’s dreams, her dreams may just prove to be bigger than they appear and very likely exactly what she knew as a child is exactly what God wrote into her when He knitted her together and even if she didn’t have the vocabulary or visions yet at that time to understand them or explain them, the same dreams from childhood are the same ones God will use later in life (and everything in between.)
(Being a mommy and wife are AMAZING things to be even if some don’t realize this. Being one or the other is amazing, too. And no, I’m not saying to purposefully be a single mom. I’ve been there (though not purposefully) and IT’S TOUGH! My heart goes out to single moms and dads. You guys are doing a very important job.)
Just sayin’ when people share what is most important to them, even if you think they’re not the super most important “career” choices many others are working toward, maybe just pray with them and help them see how God will use these dreams in their lives. Please stop telling people what’s impossible. He’s got a plan for each of us. He works well in the impossible.
The talents and dreams put in our hearts are there for a reason even if we can’t see the whole picture when we’re young.
Prayers for the Alaska homeless teen center are always welcome here. We don’t know everything about how to do this work but can look back and see how He’s been preparing for this over 35 years. We will keep following as He keeps leading. We know He’s preparing the way even when we can’t see all of it yet and are excited to see who else He’s calling to this mission work.
[Note: Yes, God hates divorce. But God does NOT hate divorced people and He does NOT disown you if you’ve been divorced. God uses EVERY part of our story for His Glory. You don’t have to believe me. Ask Him to do this with your story. He will.]
[Another Note: When people laugh at your God-sized dreams, be kind. Sometimes we all forget to dream big. Sometimes we forget that there is a big God over all this and it’s not actually random at all.]