by: Tiffany Langford
I fell in love with God as a young girl transitioning into womanhood.
When I say I fell, I mean that I fell head over heels deeply in love with God. He was all I wanted, all I needed, and all I thought about. He was and is my Father and first love. Just as Mary, (Martha’s sister) chose to sit at the feet of Jesus, thats all I wanted to do, was learn more of this incredible God who loved me so much in return.
I didn’t strive for money or fame, I didn’t even know what it was like to have either of those things. I didn’t strive to make my name great. All I knew in the purity of my heart was that I was in love, and He loved me unconditionally. My intent was not to gain anything from God beside His love.
I feel as though a lot of people believe the floodgates of heaven are going to open up for them to reveal what they are called to do like it was for Saul who later became Paul, but sometimes it’s just that little pressing in your heart to do something great. We often, like Elijah, search for God’s voice in the wind, earthquake, and fire, but if we are not careful we will miss the gentle voice and beckoning of Abba.
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Five years ago in the first year of my marriage, my husband, Kevin, worked full time as I attended college full time. I knew I wanted to make the world a better place, but I didn’t know how. Going to church wasn’t enough, I wanted to go beyond the church and reach people who wouldn’t have otherwise been reached. I remember laying in the middle of my living room floor, (attempting to do some crunches in between homework) and I begin to pray, not some extravagant prayer, just basically talking to God about whatever was going on that day in my life.
In that moment God told me to start a Facebook page called Waiting for your Boaz, so I simply agreed and got online that instant and began creating and writing. I told my husband about it when he got home from work that night and how I hoped to reach 100, maybe even 1,000 likes someday.
Within the first couple of months my page reached 5,000 followers, then that first year it reached 60,000 and I couldn’t believe it! Something so simple, yet my obedience in that moment paid off. I was actually reaching people that actually enjoyed what I was writing. Some accredited it to luck, but I accredit the growth to God, because I believe when you are obedient and do something for the right reasons, God will bless it and give you the favor and resources you need to carry on.
When you are blessing others, you will walk in blessings. When you encourage others, you will be encouraged. When you give favor to others, God will give you divine favor. What you pour out of your heart will be poured back into you. Your cup will run over.
Today I cannot believe that Waiting for your Boaz has reached millions. I don’t say this to accredit myself, but rather to show just how big my God is. I truly believe when you are following God and doing the best you can, God will lead you to where He wants you to be. God will give you the strength to keep going and the discernment to know how to get there.
Don’t do it for the money. Don’t do it to gain popularity or fame, but rather just simply do it because you love God and you love the people He created. God has a unique and divine purpose for every single life, something far more than you could ever imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, ““What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him.”
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So today, I want to encourage you to listen to that still, small voice and act in obedience. Don’t hesitate, just follow. Love God and love people. Be the change you want to see in the world. Don’t do it for the money or the fame or any other alternative, do it because you love the one who gave you life.
What God has called you to do right in this moment is utterly important. No matter where you are or what God has called you to do, you can go out and love people right in this moment. That is what we are ALL called to do, to spread the Good News and gospel of Jesus.
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