It is hard to believe that this week marks one year.
In the same breath, it is also hard to believe that so much has happened in just one year:
How is it possible that what started out as a simple letter to my miscarried child, has turned into a full blown ministry?
Sharing the letter and my baby’s photo led to hundreds of unassuming hearts being touched. Which then gave power to starting a blog and serving at a Pregnancy Center. From there, I was asked to speak at Women’s Retreats and eventually even interviewed on a KKLA Radio Program.
Now, on the 28th of this very month, I will be the leader of a Miscarriage Support Class entitled: In His Arms. It is being hosted by Shepherd of the Hills Church, in Porter Ranch Ca. and will meet weekly for 6 weeks.
Not only has the church blocked out time and space for this 6 week course, but they have also blocked out on their calendar future courses throughout the year.
As there has never been such a class on this subject, the need for it is merely assumed. Honestly, I don’t even know if anyone will sign up. But then I humbly recall, at last count, there has been 4,971 views on a blog I’ve only told some friends about. This, in itself, is proof to how much bigger God’s plans are compared to mine.
Earlier this week I sat down to work on the curriculum for this quickly approaching class. I opened my bible to a great verse.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
I’ve always felt that if God knew Jeremiah before forming him in his mother’s womb; Isn’t it safe to say he knew each of us and our purpose the moment we were created?
As I pondered this, I felt a nudge to read on. Here is Jeremiah’s response to the Lord’s appointment of him…
“Ah Sovereign Lord, I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
Wow, seriously?! It was as if my very own thoughts and anxieties had been recorded in this most ancient of books. I totally get you, Jeremiah.
I couldn’t wait to hear what the Lord had to say to
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child’. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you,” declares the Lord.
Hmmm, I never asked to be heard by anyone but Him. But much like Jeremiah, God sent over the people he wanted to hear- that has never been my task.
Okay, I’m feeling a little better. God is in charge of sign-ups and if Jeremiah shouldn’t fear the nations of people, I should not be fearful of a possible room full of them.
There is just one other thing; every mom in that room will have had their own unique experience at different stages in their pregnancies. How do I speak the words, that individually, these moms need to hear?
Well, when all else fails, keep reading…
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and Kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
I know these words were said to Jeremiah, but isn’t it possible that God intends them for all who are willing to lead in His name? I think so.
And speaking of names… after a year of being asked, “did you name your baby?” I finally have the perfect name …Jeremiah, meaning God will uplift.
Jeremiah to me is a reminder that God doesn’t create a life without a purpose. And he will only give you a purpose that he plans to equip you for.
May I continue to fulfill God’s purpose for me and my little Jeremiah.