Hebrews 11:1 New International Version (NIV)
Faith in Action
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Dezerai (Hess) Seitzer chose to let God use her life in speaking to Women at Hillside Christian Church in Napa. Our Women's ministry is called, "Sisterhood". The title of the message was, "Learning to Fly". Her first flight took off with a clip from Peter Pan and God's word in from of 75 women. All it takes is Faith, Trust & Dust.......
I felt to share a bit of her story today:
As I sat there and listen, I found myself seeing a young woman following her dream. I fought back tears because Dezerai was the first person who connected with my daughter (Tracy) years ago at Hillside. A friend connect by God and they have gone through much together. Tracy was sitting on the front row supporting her friend as this new beginning began. Dezerai would speak of kicking off the dust and flying with God.
~ A plan ~ A promise and A-future.
Dezerai pointed these two scripture out ~
Hebrews 11:6 ~ Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Luke 1:37 ~ "For with God nothing shall be impossible".
THE PROCESS ~
Each of us go through changes in life. We come from a broken place, anxiety, stress, failures and so much more. We come from victories and overcoming our own personal story. The Bible says we have all sinned. When we turn our lives over to God, he begins a new thing in our life. He wants us to live in freedom of mind and let him use our lives. One life connected to another and we share hard times and good times. I am so bless to be able to sit in this service today and hear words of encouragement and courage to face my own story.
There is no way I can share everything Dezerai said, but I can point out a few things. Even though she felt she planned her life out right, God has chosen a different plan. Her yes to God, opens new days and a dream come true. Yet, in some way, it is what she wanted all along. She wants to be used by God, have her dreams come true and help women see themselves the way God does. The value on your life is more than you might realize. You can not let anxiety stop you and you need to get help. That helps comes through God, doctors, medication and not staying alone. Reaching out, brought her life to a completely different place, but it took time. Somethings do not happen overnight.
Not only is Dezerai a great speaker, but she created her own Tea Company called, "Global Teas". I am taking these words from her website: Global Teas empowers YOU to help change a life by giving $1 from every pouch of tea you buy to a non-profit organization. www.globalteas.org
Friends, go online and buy some tea. If Dezerai had listen to the devil, she would have never stepped into her true purpose. This is just the beginning for her and so much more just ahead. We walk by faith and not sight. We share hope, but realize the women and men fight fears, doubts, stress and anxiety beyond words. But we also know that God is bigger than the enemy lies. We are overcomes by the word of our testimony. We stronger than we might think and we are able to live a dream. It takes YOU my friend to step into purpose. It takes YOU to believe God and take action.
UPCOMING EVENT ~ your dream coming true
Each time I saw this picture above, it spoke to my heart about the event Dezerai would speak at. It stirred my heart to repost it and excitement built within me. I just knew this service was ordained by God and lives are connected far a greater purpose. Her story, your story and my story is something someone needs to hear. Sharing life brings fun as well. Just the title, "COMING EVENT" can bring hope to many.
You can step into your dream and live it. I am proud of Dezerai for many reasons. I am proud of you too because you read this, you are thinking about these words and the holy spirit is at work in your life. God draws us closer to him by his word (Bible), by our willingness to let go of things we can not change and change the things we can.
I am honored to serve along side of Dezerai and other women at Hillside Christian Church. We have a desire to see women of all ages connect and step into their purpose. Growing deeper in God and deeper in friendships. Darlene Washburn is our Women's Pastor and truly lives by a Jesus example. Remember that each day is another chance to make a difference. As I close this blog out today, I also pray for men who read this today. God isn't finished with you yet and wants a yes from you too. One yes not only changes your life, but other lives too. I value the men that read my blog too.
I can see that clearly today and I am thinking over how far God has brought my life. As tears run down my face, I thank God for my daughter (Tracy) who taught me to put up post it notes with positive words. I was broken and she help me get back up again years ago. Truly, Tracy has wisdom beyond her years and a heart for children and adults. I am who I am today because others took the time to pray for me and speak life words back to me. If you could just see how far God brings one life. Look into the mirror of hope today and see victory coming your way. I will leave you with the words of Dezerai today: Learning to Fly and the first flight took off.
My prayers are with you, your family and friends!