In 19 days I will officially become a Youth and Young Adult Pastor. Who would have thought… my helping with the children’s choir and chaperoning on Sunday School trips and choreographing for the Jesus Angels would lead to this. Teaching Step Dance Routines and sharing in ministry with neighboring churches’ youth ministries paved the way. Planning and teaching Children’s Church Classes set me up for this right here….
I was that teenager who had all the lil ones lined up on my pew in church, quiet, but engaged in whatever activity I came up with that day… Me volunteering beginning at age 12 projected my future in education. And frequently being deterred from being a “teacher” because the “pay” wasn’t enough still could not alter my passion. But I suppose only God new I’d one day become a Youth Pastor. Me a Youth Pastor.
At one point anything beyond Children’s Ministry Coordinator seemed foreign to me. The limits had been set by those surrounding me. Moving past Administrator, which was oh so comfy, to more than just a “teacher ” was blocked by those who failed to see me past where they thought I should be. And for a while, my dumb behind stayed and even indulged in limits never set by God. I lived in this man made roadblock voluntarily, until the Lord truly opened my eyes and commanded that I “get my life” and do so quickly. My natural and spiritual eyes were open. The reality set in that I could actually be everything God wanted me to be. All He said was true. Every authentic prophecy was and still is true. And not even those closest to me have the ability to stop or block me from fulfilling my divine purpose. As much as I have tried. As often as I still want to give up, that is not an option.
So I got loud. I begin boldly declaring the Word. Only speaking and believing the true things about me and demolishing every thought that goes against who my Father created me to be. I began to understand my opinion of myself really does matter. My voice counts. And if my loved ones do not like what I have to say, maybe they should not be apart of my life. I am not who I was before. And I will fight like mad before I allow myself to revert back.
On January 8, 2017 I will officially be Ordained as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor of Apple of His Eye Ministries here in Phoenix. I was appointed Youth Pastor back in June of 2016. My Pastor seems to think this is a good idea or should I say, God idea.. Apparently, God does too. So here I am. Preparing through my nerves. Determined to give God my all in spite of myself. I am a Kingdom Trendsetter. Ready to make the flavor of God so irresistible, no one would be able to turn away from Him. Yea I serve that kind of God.
So come out and celebrate with me and #TeamAOHEM as we are elevated in God’s house. Only the Lord gets the credit. Pray for me. 🙂
Licensing and Ordination Celebration
Apple of His Eye Ministries
When: Sunday, January 8, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Forward in Faith Ministries
Address: 3618 West Osborn Road Phoenix, AZ 85017
❤ Youth Pastor Row