Say Yes!

Bachelor Brad who chose to say “yes” to love once again…

Ever since I was a little girl, “yes” has always been one of my favorite words.   I do NOT like to hear the word “no” and typically try to do whatever it takes to turn any “no” into a “yes”.  Some might call me stubborn, but I prefer determined.

When it comes to God, however, saying “yes” isn’t always easy for me.  Be it laziness, fear, or simple reluctance, many times I’m hesitant to say “yes”. 

The funny thing, every time I say “yes”, especially the times I’m most reluctant, I see God move in incredible ways.  My sweet grandmother always says, “The center of God’s will is the source of your greatest happiness.”

If God is calling or leading me somewhere, I want to be ready and willing.  I want to be a woman who chooses to say “yes” to God.

This year I’ve been so encouraged by many different women in my life who have chosen to say “yes.” Watching their adventures unfold is such an encouragement to me and a beautiful pictures of the plans God has for each of us.   

My friend Mary has chosen to say “yes” to living and working on the hill in DC even though she’d much rather be wearing overalls in the beautiful country.  Her courage and faith is beautiful. 

My friend Sarah has said “yes” to “Life.  At any age.  At any time.”  Their family is getting ready to embrace two more beautiful children to their incredible family through adoption.

My friend Laura said “yes” to a trip to Rwanda with her church that she didn’t want to go on which led to the creation of an award winning film that is touching hearts and changing lives here in America as well as in Rwanda.

My friend Lysa is an inspiration to me as a woman who has chosen to say “yes” to God in many different ways, be it writing, speaking, creating a women’s ministry, or adopting two orphans from Liberia…She’s also written a book about this called What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.

And then there’s Esther who chose to say “yes” and saved the Jewish people from being executed.

And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

I look at these women and I’m incredibly encouraged by their strength, faith, and obedience.  I’m blown away by the lives that are being changed, including their own, because they decided to say yes.  

I don’t only want to be the one receiving yeses, but I want to be a woman freely handing them out.  Eager, excited, and willing to say,  “Lord, here I am, my answer is “yes.”

“I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.”    
Psalm 40:8 (NLT)