In January 2016, my husband and I were baptized. Everyone says that after you are baptized everything changes. For me, it wasn’t an immediate change, but really just a simple change in my prayer life. After baptism, I started praying a specific prayer more frequently. I asked the Lord, “Am I doing what you want me to do with my life?” Working in a corporate job and feeling like I wasn’t doing anything to make a difference in the world, I started to feel unsatisfied with my job and wanted more. I wanted to do something that would allow me to give back, but as a family, we were not in a financial position that I could quit my job. I felt like God was answering my prayer by placing this unsettled feeling on my heart. At that time, my prayer changed, “God, what should I be doing with my life?”
In November of 2016, God started to share with me his plans. I wish I could say that it was a profound moment where I sat down and had a nice chat with Jesus and he answered all my questions and we hugged and I went on my way. It was more like I was in the shower washing my hair and an idea popped in my head out of nowhere and it kept nagging at me. I would pray about the idea, feel good about it and a few days later another thought would come. I relayed all of this to my husband and he was a bit skeptical at first. Rightfully, he was concerned about the financial burden and the time investment. We were having a conversation about it in the car one Saturday and stopped at Chick-fil-a for lunch (our boys favorite...and ours too) and as we were walking in there are no less than 20 people there wearing bright green shirts that said TRUST JESUS. This was the first not-so-subtle hint from God.
Over the Christmas holiday, much of the plan had formed. I felt that God wanted me to start a business. With over 10 years of retail experience, a jewelry retailer seemed appropriate. But why? What was the point? How would this job be different? Then the answer came, “Missions.”
It was a Tuesday, I remember telling my husband that thought as soon as it came, “We need to support Christian Missionaries.” It felt like the last puzzle piece. I did what anyone would do in this moment, I turned to Google. I felt like I needed a bible verse to guide this business. I was led to Matthew 28:19, “Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” That was it, perfect.
Over the holidays, I got behind on my daily bible verse. I was catching up on the ones that I missed and wouldn’t you know, guess what one of the verses was that I missed? Matthew 28:19. And would you believe that it was the daily verse for the exact Tuesday that the verse was picked? Second not-so-subtle hint.
And so, the journey began. There have been many more “coincidences,” affirmations from God that I am on the right path. I am extremely grateful to say that this journey has been walked with God, with family and with friends. My consistent prayer these days is, “Lord, please help me to walk in the path that you have set out for me.” My prayer for you is that if you feel that God is tugging on your heart to do something different, to make a change: listen for answers and above all trust Jesus.