So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him..
Numbers 27:18 (ESV)
Ladies, we’re making an exciting change to our ministry. I’ve told those on our team and those who have attended our conferences that I’m taking a plunge. No, it’s not marriage! It’s something I’ve prayed over for months!
Last spring, I asked our writing team to step up more so I could spend time with my boys. The team did great managing the ministry, giving me confidence that they have this! I’m so glad I took my time to listen while God spoke to my heart about the future strategy of this ministry. He convinced me that the team is ready to roll without me while I devote my full attention to my boys who only have a few years left before they graduate and leave home.
It’s how ministry works. God calls you to step up in leadership for a season, then raises up leaders who can step in when He tells you to return your focus to your family. Years ago Proverbs 31 Ministries gave me the responsibility for the future of A Widow’s Might. I asked the Lord to bring me leaders who could grow this.
He did! It’s expanding in many directions, including fundraising and setting up non-profit status. While all of these initiatives require a leader focused full-time on ministry, my four boys have unselfishly shared their mother with the ministry for long enough. So, I asked the Lord to bring me a new leader who can devote herself full time to this!
Ladies, this is what is cool. True leaders in ministry are chosen by God, not people. When Moses came to the end of his season, and a new leader was chosen, God—not Moses chose Joshua. So, as I spent months praying over whom to place in charge of the future of this ministry, it was God, not I who chose.
And He did! I feel great about letting Sheryl Pepple loose to expand this ministry’s reach while this home-school mom loves on her four boys.
Sheryl has decades of experience managing ministries. She will take the baton and dedicate full-time energies to grow aNew Season Ministries, Inc.
And Sheryl isn’t alone. She knows, as I do, being at the helm doesn’t mean she leads it all. The same team members you know and love will continue to run the operations under her care. I’ve never felt better about having this team of special ladies take over. They are ready!
Meanwhile, I’ll be around, and occasionally write. I’m stepping into an advisory role, so Sheryl can take the lead. She will do great. I love all of you and this amazing team of writers so much.
A prayer of blessing over Sheryl and this ministry…
Would you keep Sheryl and our entire team in your prayers? And as you pray, imagine every widow in America finding this website and in turn Christ.
It’s what we’re about.
Here are five areas that I ask specific prayer for. Please add yours, and perhaps comment and communicate to us to encourage Sheryl and the team that they are being lifted up.
For Sheryl’s Faith
Lord, I have seen a desire in Sheryl to follow only You. Would You please continue to strengthen her walk with You. Care for her family, and show Your direction in her life. Help her balance the needs of this ministry with the needs of those in her community and family who depend on her, and keep her desiring to obey You in all aspects of her life.
…keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ (1King 2:3-4 ESV)
For Rest and Health
Lord, I know what leading this ministry will involve for Sheryl. There are a multitude of facets of the work she will have to take on, and a wonderful team of volunteers who are passionate and willing to serve. Please help these volunteers to continue to remind Sheryl as they have reminded me so many times, that they know she has a great deal on her plate and that she has a team who is behind her and willing to step up and allow her to accomplish more for You.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2 ESV)
For Time in the Word
Father God, from time to time, I have heard Sheryl come to me with a Word from You. I’m comforted in knowing that she spends time with You. Please protect that daily time and keep her meditating on Scripture so that our ministry is filled with the Truth of Christ revealed by Your Word.
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:2-4 ESV)
Holy Father, You take care of widows and orphans. When I founded this ministry on its own without an umbrella ministry, You spoke clearly to me and promised it would be cared for. You have never had our ministry go without resources. We have had volunteers and donations provided that carried us to a strong reach. We ask that You not only continue to provide and sustain us, but please add more resources to grow us. Help us deliver Your healing power to every widow across the nation and around the world. As Sheryl leads the team into non-profit status and develops a fund-raising plan, bless that plan, and bring the donors from everywhere to see the real healing that takes place when their gifts are multiplied.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19 ESV)
For Unity and Fellowship of the Team
Lord, this one is so easy to pray with thanksgiving. Never in my life have I experienced a more selfless group of ladies, so willing to put the needs of the ministry and widows who are suffering through grief before their own needs. It’s that passion for serving that has kept the enemy at bay and allowed us to have grace with one another, even as we all know we stumble and fall short. God, continue to bring that unity into the new year with Sheryl at the helm. Please show her as You have shown me that these team members love You and each other and will always have grace and support for each other.
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, (Col 2:2 ESV)
In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus, we pray.