Discovering Your “Ministry of the Moment”

This is a guest post written by my good friend, Alison, from AlisonTiemeyer.com.  She is a young woman whom I have immense respect for, and I specifically asked her to write a guest post on this important subject.  I pray that you are as blessed and encouraged by her words as I am. -Sarah

When I let the thoughts of what I am not consume my mind, I am overcome with feelings of inadequacy.

In that moment, I choose defeat and declare that others are more equipped, more experienced, more valuable.

In that moment, I feel like my small role doesn’t matter.

And that is a lie –a falsehood that I battle against daily.

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I changed majors five times throughout my college journey.

With a broad goal of helping people, I tried everything from exercise science to declaring a pre-med degree with dreams of being an OB/GYN.

I possessed a fierce desire to help others – to impact hearts – but I did not have clear direction as to how I was to fulfill that desire.

So, I settled on a degree in Psychology and then began the process of earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical & Mental Health Counseling.

In the midst of my educational pursuits, those feelings of uncertainty and doubt often crept back into my heart.

My unwavering desire to help others remained, but I lacked clarity and purpose.

Until I learned how to embrace the ministry of the moment.

 

Although I am young, I choose to believe that God has a mission and a ministry for me right in this moment.

That belief led me to start my own blog at AlisonTiemeyer.com.

How can we be confident that the Lord is using our life and passions for His glory, even in the midst of uncertainty?

We do so by embracing the ministry of this moment –because this fragile place of the unknown is known by God.

 

 

I do not yet own my own house, nor do I have children to fill it.

I do not have the life experiences or completed stories of some.

I am a young wife, embracing the highs and lows of marriage.

I am living in the fragile place of the unknown, yet my heart and my future are known by God.

 

Does this make my message any less valuable, my voice less worthy of being heard?

 

Absolutely not.

I choose to believe that the Lord is using my life and my passions for His glory –right here and right now.

I can embrace this day, this blog post, and this message because obedience in the moment matters more than a clear vision for the future.

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Whether you are a blogger, a stay-at-home-mom, a young college student, or something else entirely, you too can embrace the ministry of the moment.

You have something valuable to offer –right now.

It’s time to move ahead with confidence.

 

 

Consider the faithful workers of the Old Testament:

Moses obeyed without fear. The Lord showed up in a burning bush and told him to go. So he took the next step with bold confidence.

Rahab listened to God’s call on her life and took a huge risk. In doing so, her future was changed. She chose faith; she chose well.

Ester beautifully listened to God’s call on her life and used her gifts to glorify Him. With God as her guide, she saved the people of the Lord.

David, as a young boy, fought a giant with a stone. One tiny stone. He was victorious because God was at his side.

Nehemiah built a wall of protection for the people of God, taking the next step in faith & crying out to the Lord throughout the whole process.

Daniel trusted God while sitting in a lion’s den. He couldn’t have planned to end up there, but when he did, his response was one of reliance and resilience.

All of these people – these warriors of the faith – simply took the next step.

They embraced the ministry of the moment, and God used them in mighty ways.

 

 

There is something so beautiful about embracing the ministry of the moment – about choosing to be at work in the midst of the unknown.

I am unsure as to why God allowed me to wander from exercise science to pre-med to psychology to writing.

I do not know where the Lord will lead me over the next ten years.

But here is the truth I cling to: God knows and He has asked me to obediently follow wherever He leads.

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Maybe you are young too.

Wondering where you fit.

Searching for your calling.

My question for you today is, are you ready to embrace the ministry of the moment?

No matter your age.

No matter your gender.

No matter your position, education, or experience.

You don’t have to understand exactly where you are going to trust that God has something beautiful for you right in this moment.

 

 

Moses, Rahab, David, Nehemiah – these people of the faith gave God a bold yes.

If you grasp nothing else from these words, please hear this.

 

You have something to offer.

 

God can use you, right here and right now, to impact hearts.

All thoughts of uncertainty are washed away when we chose to embrace the ministry God has given us in this season.

When I let the thoughts of what I am not consume my mind, I am overcome with feelings of inadequacy. In that moment, I choose defeat and declare that others are more equipped, more experienced, more valuable. In that moment, I feel like my small role doesn’t matter. And that is a lie –a falsehood that I battle against daily.

Let’s stand beside the Old Testament warriors of the faith and give a bold yes to God.

So that one day, it will be said of us that we embraced the ministry of the moment –and entrusted God with our future.

 

What is your ministry of the moment?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

 

Live well. Love well. Be bold.

– Alison


alison bio picAlison is a wife, blogger, and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily. She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere. Her blog – AlisonTiemeyer.com – exists to encourage authentic community grounded in biblical truth. Basically, it’s some good soul talk in the midst of the mundane. You can also find Alison on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.


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36 thoughts on “Discovering Your “Ministry of the Moment”

  1. What a thoughtful and sweet word, Alison and Sarah!
    I once heard Henry Blackaby share that he gets up each morning and prays, “Lord, what do You have for me today?”
    Love this idea of doing the ministry of the moment!

    1. Melanie, thank you for sharing that prayer here! How beautiful. It’s so important that we search for each moment of ministry. It is equally as important that we believe that our obedience in the moment is enough.

  2. I love this, Alison! The enemy would much rather we wallow in self-pity or stay frozen in doubt rather than be productive for God no matter what questions about the future remain unanswered. Great post, and I will be sharing. 🙂

    1. You are so right, Kelly. I believe that taking the next step in faith brings much glory to God, because it means we’re taking a step away from the lies of the enemy. Thank you for sharing & for commenting!

  3. Such a timely post for me right now! Thank you for speaking such wisdom and faithfulness to God despite having everything figured out (I guess that’s why it called faith isn’t it?) 🙂 Thank you Alison!

  4. Thank you, Sarah and Allison, for this beautiful and encouraging message. It can be easy to think that because we’re not an overseas missionary, a preacher, or a Christian writer/blogger with a huge following that we’re not doing anything meaningful for the Kingdom of God. For me personally, your words are a reminder that even my small ministry of hospitality and my little-read blog can be used by God for His purposes, because they are my ministry of the moment.

    Blessings to you both…and a huge thank you to both of you for your kind comments on my article about reaching out to a young mom at my church.

    Love,
    Patti @ Embracing Home

    1. I’m so glad you were able to connect with this, Patti. Comparison is harsh. It frequently makes us feel as though our “small” roles aren’t enough. But when we choose to say “yes” to this moment – this ministry – all of the doubts that springs from comparison no longer matters. My ministry matters. Your ministry matters. I just love that! I don’t think God looks at the numbers. I believe He looks at the heart.
      Thank you for commenting!

  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful piece. As I search for Joy in my life, this is a great reminder that even though I live in the uncertainty of the moment, God knows my future and wants to guide me there with love.

  6. Alison, I am so excited to start following your blog! I can tell that you and Sarah are kindred spirits. Beautiful post! This was one of my favorite parts: “I can embrace this day, this blog post, and this message because obedience in the moment matters more than a clear vision for the future.” I was just speaking to my children about obedience and only through it can we have true joy. Thank you for your thoughtful words, they blessed my day!

    1. Hi Sammi! I’ve seen you around the web but have never formally introduced myself. It’s fun to connect with you here! What an important message to remind your kiddos. Obedience according to the world is viewed negatively compared to the joy that can come from obeying God. I choose joy. 🙂

    1. That is such a refreshing perspective. We have an impact on everyone we come in contact with whether it is positive or negative. So, let’s make it positive for God’s glory!

  7. I love this. I’ve called it: one-stop-mentoring – sharing in the check out line, the parking lot, the church courtyard. this could be a book (Did I miss something? is it one? (:
    Blessings – and keep it up! (I met Sarah at SS last week – delightfully encouraging)

    1. I’m so glad we connected at She Speaks! One-Stop-Mentoring, Huh? Lady…you should write that book! I would definitely read it. Hugs to you as you settle back into post-she-speaks life 😉

    1. What a great point, Brooke. Sometimes simplicity is a gift from God, preparing us for something to come. Thinking about it that way makes the mundane absolutely beautiful, does it not? 🙂

  8. I loved this Alison and and Sarah. I’ve found that regardless of age, many of us are still searching for that next thing that will fulfill us. Your words encourage me to enjoy the now and to embrace the moment — this point in time that God is calling me to obedience. Yes!

  9. Allison, loved this post. I definitely needed to read this today. We are so hard on ourselves. We have a big desire to serve God, but so often feel we’ve fallen short. To many days I feel I’m too old, too boring, too something. I am learning to tell my flesh to hush and trust God with the small.

    1. Great words for all of us, Ginger. We need to recognize the whispers of the enemy so we aren’t silenced by the fear those very whispers stir within our soul. God has been using small, broken people ever since the creation of mankind. I love how many tales are included in the Bible of feeble, foolish souls…such an encouragement to my wandering heart.

  10. Wow! Alison, so powerful! I especially was blessed by this line, “I can embrace this day, this blog post, and this message because obedience in the moment matters more than a clear vision for the future.” Dang! Fantastic. Love it.

  11. Awesome word Alison, truly encouraged me today. Sometimes we forget that everything we do throughout the day is a ministry if we do what the Lord has called us to do. For example: I know the Lord called me to be a mother and raise warriors for His kingdom. As a called mother, my ministry is to teach the word daily through the reading of the word or praying with them, but most importantly being an example of Christ to them. I also know the Lord has called me to write, so my writings should never sway in a different direction; its only to glorify Him. Well, I can talk about this so much more because it is such a great topic and as usual you relayed it so eloquently. : ) Blessings!

  12. This is beautiful, Alison & Sarah, and so needed. It is easy to get distracted with what we think things “could be” “if …” Rather than focusing on the gifts and opportunities in our current moments.

  13. This is such an uplifting message! I am fixing to embark on another year of home schooling my 3 kiddos and need to remember these words! My heart knows I am to write but I am in a place of praying for balance. We just moved so I am trying not to be too hard on myself as we unpack and get adjusted. I’ve been painting old things in my garage, so this may be a phrase I paint on a piece of wood and hang near our table. “Focus on your ministry of the moment.” Thanks for sharing this, Alison & Sarah! Your graphics and words were gorgeous!

    1. Meghan, I am so glad you stopped by. Can I just say….I am just now realizing dreams that God inscribed on my heart 20 years ago. He is so faithful. If he has called you to write, you will write…it just may be a while before your life and circumstance create space for that calling. Embrace what He has you doing right now, he is weaving a beautiful tapestry out of your life and even the smallest of things are working towards His plans and goals for you. Blessings in all that you do.

  14. Wow Alison, I have been asking these same questions for quite a while now and you’ve just answered them! Thanks you so much for your post and encouragement. Feeling so at peace with myself knowing God is still using me in the moment. You’ve been such a blessing to me this morning xx

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