Ann Sullivan had a burning desire to share her story of God’s rescue and transformation, but the responsibilities of motherhood and other commitments kept her from writing her book. For over three decades, Ann wrestled with the tension between her desire to write and the demands of her busy life. There were moments of discouragement and doubt when it seemed like her dream would never come to fruition. However, in the midst of her waiting, Ann leaned on God’s promises and sought His guidance. Despite the enemy’s attempts to discourage her, Ann held onto the assurance that God’s timing is perfect. After many years of faithful service and unexpected life changes, including retirement in North Myrtle Beach, God opened the doors for Ann to finally pursue her passion. With newfound time and a heart full of faith, Ann began writing her book, and everything fell into place. She experienced the supernatural flow of inspiration and witnessed God’s faithfulness in bringing her story to life.
Psalm 37:4 (NLT)
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Ann reflects on how this verse became a guiding light in her life when she was just 19 years old and pregnant with her first child. Ann wants to encourage other women to:
- Seek God’s Guidance:
- Take time to seek God’s guidance and discern His timing for the desires in your heart. Spend intentional moments in prayer, asking Him to reveal His plan and purpose for your life. Trust that He knows the perfect timing for each step along your journey.
- Embrace the Waiting Season:
- Remember that waiting on God’s timing is not a passive endeavor but an opportunity for growth and preparation. Use this season to deepen your relationship with God, nurture your faith, and develop the skills and qualities needed to fulfill your purpose.
- Trust God’s Bigger Picture:
- Sometimes, our desires may seem limited compared to the grander plans God has for us. Trust that His vision for your life surpasses anything you can imagine. Surrender your own expectations and allow God’s perfect timing and divine guidance to shape your path.
- Persevere in Faith:
- During moments of doubt and discouragement, hold onto God’s promises and remain steadfast in your faith. Surround yourself with a supportive community of believers who can uplift and encourage you along the way. Trust that God is faithful to fulfill His promises in His perfect timing.
So, What… for This Week?
Ladies, as we strive to ignite our purpose and bring about positive change in the world, let us remember Ann’s story of patience and faith. When we align our desires with God’s will and trust in His perfect timing, we can experience a fulfillment that surpasses our expectations. As you embark on this journey, may you find comfort in knowing that God’s plans are far greater than what we can comprehend. Embrace the waiting season, persevere in faith, and watch as God unfolds His beautiful story in your life.