Who remembers my first blog? I had never blogged before, but I remember that day on my couch, so broken, something in me said write and share. So, that’s what I did. I began to share the good, the bad, and the ugly…and Rowdy with Four was created.
Like with anything, you will have your critics…but for the most part I saw through sharing my heart and life with transparency the Lord was ministering to women who felt alone in their own struggles and wilderness.
He was using my story for His Kingdom.
I love how God works. When I began blogging, I had no idea God was prepping me for my calling and purpose that He has for me today through Hill of Zion.
He wants to use my story, and He wants to use your story, too!
Sisters, five years ago when I created my first blog, I was a mess…just a big ol’ pile of dry bones with nothing to lose. God met me in that valley of trouble and He has led me out-hallelujah!
When God moved me to the country, I began to sit around my little farmhouse kitchen table every morning seeking God in His word. It was a daily struggle, but I kept going back day after day.
By spring, I had found God in away I never imagined was possible. Now I realize I had religion and not a relationship.
The Lord began speaking to me in seasons. For the first time, I could actually hear His voice speak to me so clearly…like when He told me to start a magazine.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
In my darkest season, I cultivated a relationship with God. We were together in my garden, tending to my chickens, cooking dinner, or doing laundry…it didn’t matter what I was doing HE was right there with me giving me a will to fight.
I began to love and follow Him with all my heart…true surrender.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
I sought Him, I found Him, and He delivered me from the bondage I was in as He led me into the wilderness where He has been preparing for today…the now.
There’s been seasons of planting, seasons of dreaming, seasons of surrendering, seasons of deliverance, seasons of growing, seasons of waiting, seasons of worshipping…and now He says we are entering into a season of building.
How many of you are ready to enter a season of building? I am!
God is ready to build up His church and you, sister, have a vital role in this season of building.
It’s been brutal as I’ve planted, watered, and weeded over and over as I have been warring for the dream God has planted deep within me. It hasn’t been easy…but God never promised us easy.
I’ve weathered a loss of ministry, a divorce, a broken relationship with my son, and even with my now husband battling demons and addiction…I have joy and peace. I am confident my God is going to deliver him just as He promised me in a vision.
Don’t you love that our God is a God of vision and dreams. I’m not sure if I would have weathered the storm if I hadn’t heard from Him. He talks to me just like He did with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
patiently anxiously waiting on the harvest the Lord has shown me…to taste and see the fruit of my labor and tribulations from these past four years.
This week the Lord has been telling me to share with you all…count the cost.
I don’t think I really ever did that when God first began to plant my dreams in my heart of building something bigger than me. I just remember praying…Lord, I want your will not mine.
Now here I am…in the center of His will thinking about what it has cost me.
Of course, I was all excited about what the Lord showed me He was going to do! I wanted everything He showed me…and truth be told I wanted it four years ago when He first started giving me visions of my future.
Saying ‘yes’ to God has cost me these past four years.
I made the choice to give everything to God to follow after His will for me. He’s added things and He has removed things as well.
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of theLord.
It’s been a long journey of seeking, trusting, crying, and waiting…but today I keep hearing His small still voice whisper…PREPARE!
Prepare to build and count the cost.
ADD and REMOVE are the two words He’s been speaking to me over and over this week.
You can listen to my word on REMOVE on our podcast here.
Here’s the thing…If you’re going to build something God size, it’s going to cost you…time, talents, and treasures.
So count the cost. If you don’t count the cost, you might begin something you’re not able to finish.
You can watch my video on COUNTING THE COST here.
God is expecting us to invest with Him in this season of building.
Children, Men, Women, Addicts, Orphans, Widows, Sick, Oppressed…who does God want you to reach for Him?
What is God asking you to do to prepare to build? What does He want you to ADD? What does He want you to REMOVE?
Sarah Elizabeth Morgan 🖤
PS…I’d love for you to share how your ministry was created.