A Simple "Yes"

My Father's Houseby Audrey Shaneyfelt, oneLifemaps Facilitator

A simple “yes” to my close friend was more than a one-word-response; it became a “Divine Appointment!”

Since I took the Listen to My Life class and became a facilitator in the Kansas City area, I have found myself listening closer to small "stirrings" inside of me.  It would be easy for me to discount those little nudges or passing thoughts.  However, when I listen closer, I have found that God is using them to get my attention, to direct my steps into something greater. On the other hand, if I ignore these stirrings, I may miss a special blessing He desires to write in my story. For example, these stirrings could indicate a desire or longing He wants to fulfill, or these nudges could even be a personal invitation to a peak experience.

For me, by responding to a stirring with a simple “yes,” an entire vision was fulfilled: a village for women and orphans in Uganda.  Kabale (pronounced CA-BAA-LAY) is in southwest Uganda, where a beautiful, mountainous region borders Rwanda and the Congo.  As is common in Uganda, Kabale is another area with a generation eviscerated by HIV/AIDS, leaving many orphans scrambling for love and care.

Ten women in Kabale, who enlarged their circle to over one hundred women, partnered with THE GLOBAL ORPHAN PROJECT and THE CHURCH OF UGANDA to develop a church-based village.  This village includes ten homes with ten children and a Mama living in each home.  The local church has named the village "The Father’s House," based on the promise in John 14:1-4, where Jesus says, “Don't be troubled.  You trust God, now trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you.  If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know where I am going and how to get there."

Now, the neediest of orphaned and abandoned children in Kabale have a loving home, family, school, community, and church - built in a little over a year! The Father’s House now stands and serves as evidence of the familial love the local church body can offer these once abandoned children.

I had been on numerous mission trips, but I must admit - Africa was not even on my radar! However, I felt that small stirring in my heart. I knew God wanted me to experience this; I knew I must say yes. This simple “yes” became an act of trusting and following the lead of the Holy Spirit, which gave birth to a peak experience: becoming the hands and feet of God in Kabale, offering love and care to the children at The Father’s House.

However, this simple “yes” looks different for all of us. What ‘yes’ might God be inviting you to respond to today?  Could it be looking into the vision trip to Africa, or simply striking up a conversation with an old friend? By the smallest nudge of the Holy Spirit, each day the Lord lovingly invites you to come and see all He has for you and His Kingdom.

Questions to Ponder:

  • What small stirrings have you been feeling?
  • What is holding you back from responding to Him with a simple ‘yes’?
  • What would be the next step of trust? How will you take it?

Scripture:

“For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you and thank you for all of the wonderful blessings you have already given me.  Now, help me to always listen for you, especially in the small nudges and whispers you give me through your Holy Spirit.  Inspire me, so I may be a blessing to others.  May I continue to co-author my story with and through you as you invite me to experience your true love in this life and the next.  Through your Son's holy name I pray, Amen.

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