Last night I attended a fundraising banquet for Hope Pregnancy Center.
Hundreds of people were in attendance, which awed me. Especially, because the vision started less than ten years ago in the heart of three women–one of them mine.When we started Hope Pregnancy Center, we had nothing.
No, I take that back. We had one thing. We had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what he could accomplish through a few people who had no idea what in the world we were doing.
Because we had nothing, and knew nothing, we prayed about everything. Every young woman who walked through the door was a miracle. Every small donation. Every new volunteer. And our hearts will full of joy. We were in awe of our amazing God.
I remember moments when a dozen, broken women circled around to pray and more tears flowed than words. We could accomplish nothing in our own strength,and we depended on Jesus for everything. Our hearts were full with joy because we saw Him in everything. He was there in every small request answered. We prayed about new carpet and a check arrived in the mail THAT DAY. We prayed about reaching the teens in our valley, and there was a knock at the door telling us about a grant for abstinence education (which we received!). We saw young girls choose life for their children. We saw the abortion rate drop by 100! in the first year, and we were overjoyed.
My heart is filled with memories of what God has done through Hope Pregnancy Center, and I will forever be grateful for those days when the center first started. Philippians 3:3 says, “We put no confidence in human effort. Instead, we boast about what Christ Jesus has done for us.”My faith grew because I saw a miracle-working God moving daily in all we did. That will forever be a transforming moment in my own personal walk with Jesus Christ. My life will never be the same again.
On a personal level, I’m walking in the same faith I once learned. I know miracles intimately, and I don’t ever want to go back. I want my faith and trust in God to grow and grow, and it has. In the last four months, I have written three books for three different publishing houses. They were books that, in the end, have needed nearly no editorial input. Some people say that’s not possible. By human standards they are absolutely right–it’s especially impossible as I still love and take care of a husband, three children, and a grandmother in my home, and as I still volunteer at church twice a week and reach out to others God brings in my life, too.
But what I learned through the early days of Hope Pregnancy Center I’m applying to my every day life–especially these writing projects. I serve a miracle-working God who goes before me! Praise Him! I can do exceedingly more than I ask for or imagine, because of Christ Jesus who is at work in me. If God calls me to do something, I step out in faith knowing that His wisdom and power will be provided. It doesn’t matter what human effort can accomplish, because human effort leaves out my amazing God. Miracles happen everyday when I sit down at this keyboard because I sit down with eager anticipation of what God can do. And I learned these truths in what God did through those early days at the center.
My humble prayer is that none of us forget what God has done for us in the past. That none of us forget to proclaim the miracles of our Lord. My prayer is that we not spend more time planning than praying, and that we continue to see every single person who walks into our lives as a miracle. My prayer is that we realize the amazing God who goes before us.
Mostly let us NEVER forget what God can do through a few people who choose to BELIEVE.
Love in Christ,