August 21, 2012 Being a woman in ministry is one of the greatest dreams I think anyone can ever have. It is amazing to be able to help people. It is amazing to have God use your life, and it is amazing to see people who need healing receive their strength and peace from Jesus Christ. When I was younger I always wanted to be in the ministry. Like others I thought about becoming a doctor, a lawyer, or an astronaut. But, the only place I ever really felt complete was in the church. I would go to the church and spend hours in the sanctuary messing around on the piano, preparing Sunday school lessons, or just talking with friends. I wanted to be involved in whatever I could, because the church was the place where I knew peace existed. The church was the place where I was safe. The church was the place where dreams actually became true. I remember when I was sixteen years old, and I went to a camp meeting. A couple of my friends and I started a Tuesday night prayer group. We would go to the church and pray for hours. We would dance in God’s presence, and sing. I didn’t realize at the time those prayer meetings were the beginning of a lifetime of consecration to God and the kingdom. Sometimes the place we start is far away from the place where he wants us to go, but we all have to have a starting place. I’m a little older know, but I still don’t want to be called old. Being twenty-eight is another stepping stone in the life journey. I can see God opening and closing doors around me. Each day I learn more about the calling God has for me, and I learn about who I am. When I was younger I thought I had to be someone else, but now I realize God wants me to be exactly who I am. God called me to the ministry because I am a woman, and because I am who I am. All of the pieces of my life come together as he builds and constructs my life for his glory and his purpose. God is great, and I praise him for who he is. One of the greatest struggles I have endured in being a woman in ministry is learning how to walk with God. It takes a daily intentionality to build a relationship with God. I heard someone once say walking with God means walking “with him,” not ahead or before him. I want to walk with God, and as he directs the path I want to follow the plan. I don’t know if anyone will ever read this blog, but if you are reading it I pray for you today. I pray for God’s strength and direction in your life. Never give up. Keep dreaming. Keep enduring. One of the greatest markers of a woman in ministry is her ability to persevere. With God all things are possible. No matter what God has called you to do, I pray for you today. I look forward to revival, and all God has in store for the kingdom.
Rev. Crystal August 21, 2012 1 comment
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.