Two years ago, I told the man I was dating that I didn’t feel called to a specific career, but rather a ministry of motherhood. The conversation went something like this…
Me: I feel like God is calling me to spend my life mothering children.
Him: What do you mean exactly?
Me: Well… I’d really just love to raise children, provide for their physical needs, love them, teach them about God, and help them change the world.
Him: Okay… like how many kids are you talking about here?
Me: Oh I don’t know… 40,50,60, maybe 70 kids through out my life.
Him: [laughing like crazy] Yeah… that is NOT happening!
In that moment I let the conversation end and avoided bringing the topic up again. I thought maybe I was crazy. Maybe I heard the wrong thing. Maybe it just wasn’t possible.
Well I am no longer with that man, and God has actually brought that dream to reality in my life. I am just one month away from moving to rural Eastern Uganda to do exactly that-mother children. I started a Christian ministry that aims to serve and strengthen indigenous orphan ministries, but on a personal front I will soon be a mother.
Thinking back on that day, I know now that I was right. God had given me a dream that He brought to fruition on His time. It may be crazy. It may seem to be impossible. The world may say I am too young to make a difference. BUT I’m doing it…because He called me to. He gave me the dream!
What’s a dream that the Lord has given you? Have others laughed at you or said it was impossible? Have people told you that you were too old or young to go after your dream?
Let me encourage you my dear friends, God-given dreams are so worth going after because with Him the impossible become quite possible!
“For nothing is impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37
Lexi MacKinnon is a young-twenty something currently preparing to move to Pallisa, Uganda September 4th. She is the Founder of Executive Director of Muzungu Mama Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization passionately dedicated to bringing the light of Jesus into Eastern Uganda by loving children and their families.
You are so right. People don’t understand the calling God has placed on our lives. That’s why it’s so crucial that we listen to Him. And it doesn’t matter how young we may be. If God planned it, then it will come to pass. God bless you in all of your endevors.
Thanks for the encouragement Ashley~ I bet God has huge plans for your life as well girl!
Wow, go you!! I believe God has called me to work in the field of eating disorders, but I often don’t tell people that when they ask me what I want to do with my life. I’m not sure why. I think maybe I’m worried to say it in case I’ve got it wrong. So I either answer with “Oh I’m not really sure yet” or “Maybe something in eating disorders…we’ll see.” I wish I had the conviction you do.
Eating disorders is a field with a huge need for hard workers and people with big dreams of helping alleviate that pain in peoples lives. Will be praying that God fills you with the courage to go after this calling!
That is a FANTASTIC place to minister! The needs are huge there! Keep praying. God will keep laying it on your heart if it’s where He wants you. He amazes me how He continues to confirm areas where I am uncertain!
Oh the call of motherhood can be done in so many ways, Giving your life to being there for kids is great ….
Just me, I know the feeling I would hate to get it wrong myself. Recently God has called me to youth ministry, and I finally began looking at all the classes that are ahead of me and wow at 47 it seems like a lot. But I’ve been telling myself “If God has brought me to it He will bring me through it!” Eating disorders is a good field prayers are with you.
Motherhood is so incredibly diverse! You are so right friend! Will be praying for you as your start the journey of youth ministry…oh how rewarding it will be for you!