Welcome to my blog! My name is Missy, and I am a Child of the King, wife to Craig, mom to Grant and Connor, and dog mom to Bailey. We live in central Illinois – also known as the Land of Lincoln and where corn, beans, and orange construction cones grow!
Stepping Out in Faith
This blog is a “step out in faith” blog.
The year 2018 has been an emotional year for me. Physically, mentally, and medically, I have gone through challenges, and the one thing that I have learned through it all was that Jesus was right there with me – every step of the way. I’ve witnessed answers to prayers, felt the Holy Spirit convict me over and again, and felt the urge time and time again to dig into the Word. I feel myself changing “from one degree of glory to another.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
I’ve dreamed of being a writer since I was a child. Writing and diving into books was a hobby of mine. In the summer, going to the library for the summer reading program was the thing to do! As I got older, “real life” took over any extra time I had, and writing was shelved – until a few years ago.
In my quiet time, writing became my morning ritual. I began to journal my thoughts and prayers to the Lord. All the emotions of raising children, balancing life, and being a supportive and loving wife are written in those journals. Some pages are stained with the tears that were shed because I didn’t know what else to do but cry out to Him.
However, and most importantly, within those pages are also answers to prayers. Many, many, many answers! God is faithful. God is good. God hears me – and you!
After going through a challenging season earlier this year, I came out with a stronger sense of my calling as a Christ follower. I knew that it was time to step out in faith and ask boldly, “Jesus, how can I serve you outside of my comfort zone?”
“You know all that writing you’ve been doing? Time to put it out for the world to see!” the Spirit said. I quickly learned that if I asked a question, I might not like the response.
So, I did what I seem to do best, and I ignored it.
Over and over again, I ignored it, but I kept writing.
Until one Saturday morning (Mother’s Day weekend of all weekends!) when I woke up with writing on my mind. I thought to myself, “This isn’t good, because this is something that I don’t feel well equipped to do! Who would want to read what a middle-aged woman has to say?”
The sensing was so strong that I googled “Christian writers conferences” and one came up in Nashville. “Yes, I can’t go to that! That is during the school year! I don’t want to take time off” I said to myself. Dodged a bullet on that one!
And then I began watching a video from an author whose book I was reading. She mentioned she had gone through what I was currently going through – prompting of the Spirit to write a book, fighting mentally back and forth with that Spirit until she went to the “She Speaks” conference.
“She Speaks” conference? I never heard of it, so I googled it. And I instantly regretted it. It was in July. It was an 11-hour drive. I had those dates open. My mind was immediately arguing with the Lord.
And in case you are wondering what happens when you argue with the Lord, He wins. Every. Single. Time.
And, so here I am.
Writing and blogging and going to a conference in July.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us the spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.