I’m going to ask you a challenging question, one which I ask myself periodically: are you doing the work that God has called you to do? For many women called to minister, the answer to this question is no—and there are a variety of reasons for that. It may be that you feel overwhelmed with the demands of family, friends, and work. Or perhaps your denomination isn’t open to women in ministry. Ultimately, though we will all stand before God to answer for our lives. And the issue won’t be what we wish we’d done, it will be what we actually accomplished. In light of this, below are a few tips for getting back on track with your calling:
1. Pray. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but prayer is an essential part of discerning the will of God for your life (Mt. 26:39) and for gaining wisdom about it (Jas. 1:5). Most of us can find at least 15 minutes a day to spend alone with God. If that’s not a possibility for you, then you are really busy! Try to find someone to assist you with your responsibilities and get away for some quiet time with God. If need be, schedule time with God to be certain that you get it. There’s no shortcut.
2. Read. Reading the Bible regularly helps attune your ear to God’s guidance (Ps. 119:105) and helps you adjust your conduct so that it conforms to His will (Ps. 119:11). You may also want to look into some of the excellent books that provide practical information and advice for discerning and pursuing a ministerial calling.
3. Talk. Find a trusted counselor, minister, or mature Christian friend to talk to about your thoughts, feelings, and impressions about God’s will for your life (Pr. 15:22, 20:5). They will be able to add some objectivity to your discerning process and may also recognize some of your giftings. But before talking with others, make sure you have spent time in prayer and the Word first, because there is no substitute for seeking God for yourself.