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“I am…” Bible Reading Plan: Week 3

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I grew up in a Christian home with my parents involved in ministry since before I can remember. They served as deacons, elders, youth pastors, and janitors until I was 14 and then my dad took over as senior pastor. I gave my heart to Jesus when I was four years old and was baptized in water at eight. I was also filled with the Holy Spirit at eight and started speaking in tongues. I knew all the right answers in kid’s church, but my walk with Jesus didn’t really start until I was eleven. 

Every night before we went to bed, my parents would gather my three younger siblings and I and we would pray before bed. On one particular night, I felt Holy Spirit so strong on my heart and I began to cry. That was the first time I had felt Him like this, and I said, “I will serve you for the rest of my life, no matter what happens.” 

Shortly after that night, I felt like God called me into ministry. At that point, I was terrified of talking in front of people, but I had several people tell me that He was calling me to be a shepherd of His people. I never wanted to be a pastor and preach in front of people every Sunday. 

Now I realize that pastors don’t just preach at the pulpit. Sometimes they hold ordinary jobs and minister in the workplace. Or they are stay-at-home moms and raise up their children in the way they should go. You don’t have to be a ‘pastor’ to be effective in ministry. We are all called to spread God’s love!

You don’t have to be a ‘pastor’ to be effective in ministry. We are all called to spread God’s love!

Bible Reading Plan:

Day 1: “I am Redeemed” – Isaiah 43: 1-4

Day 2: “I am Joyful” – James 1:2-4

Day 3: “I am Alive” – Ephesians 2: 1-10

Day 4: “I am Full of Grace” – Ephesians 2:8

Day 5: “I am Powerful” – Ephesians 6:10

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