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Coming Out Loud and Large

April 26, 2010

This past year has been one of the most difficult of my life. Sometimes it seemed insurmountable.

Without seeing it coming I ended up in depression, was greatly spiritually malnourished, and my life began crumbling around me. Failures started to stack up, and I lost hope and fell into despair. I came to a point of hitting rock bottom, and there I met God in brand new and amazing ways.

Over the past year I have learned, grown, and changed so much.

Through my walk with God I have corrected my understandings, changed my heart, opened up my life for input and feedback from others, looked at some of the hardest and deepest roots of pain and struggle in my life, and have chosen to surrender all to God’s wisdom and direction in my life. That decision has been a hard one to accept because I have not felt worthy, prepared, or capable but God has assured me that in my weakness he is strong. I have come to see the beauty in my scars and failures and am now actively pursuing ways to reinvent my future in powerful ways because of those failures and what God has transformed in my life.

Last week I made the decision that I will actively pursue every opportunity to share the testimony of what God has done in my life, speak of my great love for him, my decision that the foundation of my life will be the truth of his word, and believe in the radical grace and love of the Gospel. I accept my failures, and believe that only through confession of my sins and transparency about who I am will I live a whole and healthy life. I will share how my failures are clear evidence that I need a Savior and that is why I am so thankful for his amazing promises and transforming love.

I have also made a decision to be an advocate, an encourager,  a helper.

I am dedicating my life to come alongside others to support them. I will speak up against injustice, and for mercy. I will be a voice for those who don’t have a voice. I believe this is the ministry that God has called me to and I will speak, equip, train, and write as an activist and advocate for others. I do not know exactly what that looks like yet, but in the past week alone since I made this decision I have been invited to serve with two groups in my local community that are working to unify the body of Christ and practically serve our community be being the hands and feet of Christ outside the walls of our churches in our community.

So, I am coming out large and loud!

I pray God will use me to speak, equip, encourage, and mobilize others. I pray that I will be a voice that brings life, health, and hope to youth and young adults, to women in leadership, to singles, to the broken and discouraged, to the dechurched, and to those who just need a hug and smile to make it through a tough day.

I have already received opposition from others that I am not prepared and do not have a message to share. That my brokenness and failures will hurt the message of the Gospel, and that I do not understand the Gospel or how to live as a Christian. I believe in the power of the Gospel to change lives and I am living testimony! Maybe this is human weakness, or maybe it is the enemy trying to cause a bit of confusion and frustration but it is not discouraging me, in fact it reassures me that this is going to be something very special and meaningful if the enemy is taking shots at me already.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. lost sheep permalink
    April 26, 2010 3:22 pm

    wow–great post and give me some encouragement—as you know how familiar i am with it all—been along battle and i too often hear ru equiped enough—follow your passion friend, follow your heart—HE will guide you and open those doors
    i am with you on this and you have been a great support to me—i will walk with you my friend and looking forward to where he brings you.

  2. April 26, 2010 3:36 pm

    Thanks Wen! That opposition can discourage us and lead us astray, but God is in the business of changing lives and I know for a fact that he has changed mine.

  3. Delany permalink
    May 2, 2010 6:08 pm

    Sherie: In our recent exchanges I could tell something has been happening for the good in your growth due to the depth of your answers. If it helps any, your posts here and on my blog encouraged me greatly. Don’t let anyone or anything discourage you from what He has set before you to do.

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