I’ve been a pastor’s wife for almost 20 years.
I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian much longer.
However, over the past few years, God has been taking me on an incredible journey — a journey into a deeper walk with Him,.
Somewhat hesitantly, I told God a few months back, during my prayer time, that I would be willing to share what He’s been doing in my life if He gave me the opportunity. At the time, I had no idea what that would look like. I was just seeking to be surrendered to Him.
It wasn’t long before I received a request to share my testimony at a nearby church for its divine service. With trembling hands and a churning stomach, I gulped as I agreed. I was terrified. Usually my husband pastor does all the speaking. For years he has been the one who God uses on the public front. Could God also use me?
I worried as the day to speak grew nearer. I don’t know what I had had in mind when I prayed to share my story, but it wasn’t speaking for the church service. Surely God could have started with an easier assignment. But seeking to trust God, I prayed like crazy as I moved forward despite my feelings.
Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Promises like this were my strength!
God blessed abundantly. He heard my prayers, and hearts were touched. But most of all, God touched me.
And the blessings didn’t stop that Sabbath. Not long after, I was asked to share my testimony again at a local correctional facility for women. For a long time I had been finding excuses to not get involved in our church’s local prison ministry, but God broke hrough my stubborn heart. I’m so glad He did. The blessings that were poured out during this day are indescribable.
Now I’m slightly afraid of what God will ask me to do next. But I’m also eager to follow His lead.
Be careful what you tell God you are willing to do. Chances are, He will take you up on your offer. But let me assure you, the journey will be amazing.
Melony Coleman is a pastor’s wife in Alaska and the mother of three children.
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