I’m not sure that it’s possible to confine my whole summer at Proverbs 31 Ministries into one post, giving it the precious attention, admiration, and gratitude it deserves. But I want to try, so that in the last few hours here as an “intern” I can attempt to reach through the glare of cyberspace and share this place with you, and its impact on my life.
"What are your takeaways?" is a common phrase used here in the culture of P31. (A packed question for sure, but essentially it's asking what it is that most stood out to us or impressed itself on our hearts). Well we've had incredible teachings, conversations, and opportunities to interact with some extraordinarily wise women this summer, so needless to say...I've had countless takeaways in the past few months. And in honor of that P31 question, here are my 4 biggest takeaways from being an intern here at Proverbs 31 Ministries:
1. Young Wisdom
The women here are incredible. I knew they would be, but the more I get to know them the more I respect and admire their faithfulness. They exemplify true godliness, and love us and encourage us 'til we're overflowing. Something I've learned from them, is that not only do they allow my opinions (sometimes naïve or unknowing as they may be), but they in fact value them and seek them out! My voice is welcomed for a fresh perspective, and acknowledged as needed. The confidence they place in us has spurred me to step-up and realize that the Lord can use me now. I am young, but I am able because Christ is in me and has given me something worthwhile to offer.
2. Read God's Word -> Find God's Will
One morning we walked into the conference room to fresh coffee, breakfast, and the warm welcome of Wendy Blight. She inspired us by her testimony, but more than that she ignited in me a new desire for the Word of God. Her message was simple: pray, listen, and read. And for 4 college girls who are desperate to know what God's will is for our life, we needed to know that He will show us. And we needed the sure promise that if we read the Bible, we will find it.
3. Immeasurably More
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," Ephesians 3:20. This verse is weaved into the life of this ministry and I have seen it come to fruition over and over and over again here. The Lord's favor is on this place, and I am humbled to experience it. And because of this, in preparing myself to go back to school I have this glorious confidence that God is waiting to do "immeasurably more" in me. Even though the unknown is scary and the next few years of my life make me feel like I'm stepping off a cliff and hoping to be able to fly... I trust Him. I trust Him. Because I have seen Him provide and be faithful in the lives of these women and this ministry. I trust Him.
4. Radical Obedience
If I could sum up my whole summer in one way, it would be this: Radical obedience. Every woman here has a different story that brings the Father SO much glory because of their obedience to follow Him. Every woman here has said "yes" to God, and they are now impacting thousands for the cause of Christ. And now, it's my turn. I don't have a specific direction or calling yet that God has placed on my heart, but I know one thing- I was made to be obedient. So that I may bring glory to the Lord and be filled with His infinite joy. Meredith Brock said it best, "My calling is to be obedient."
I hope I broke the impersonal barriers of the internet a little bit and made you feel invited to experience the rawness and realness of this office that I get to be in every day. And as I sit for one of the last times behind my little white desk, I can be honest and tell you I am seeking to be radically obedient. I am looking to say "yes," and I am excited for Jesus to do "immeasurably more," in me. All because of my time here at Proverbs 31 Ministries.
To end my longestblogpostever... I wanted to give a quick s/o to my supervisor Nicki! She is such an encourager and challenges me both professionally and spiritually. I love her.
And check out the Blog Hop "Intern Edition" from the other interns Anna, Kaitlin, and Lexie! I've mentioned them multiple times over the summer because, let's be honest, I adore their hearts and their ability to bring fun and laughter everywhere we go. I love them. I mean I won't cry or anything (sorry Kaitlin), but I'll miss them SO much ;)
And lastly, a few captured moments...
|Chick-Fil-A days = our favorite days|
|The beautiful office ladies|
|Code Orange Underground to see Joyce Meyers|
|Serving with Elevation's LOVE Week at Blessed Assurance Care|
Thank you ladies of P31 Ministries, you are all life-changers and I LOVE you!