Lily...What's in the name?
The Lord ministered to me in 2007 as I meditated on Matthew 6. I believe He clearly spoke to me through His Word and encouraged me. He allowed me to see that He is the only true provider. He showed me how He provides for the birds and the lilies of the field. and neither of these creations has to do anything to earn the provisions. He simply provides for them. And, if He provides for the birds and lilies, He would all the more do the same for me. I understood and received the message about how the lilies do not labor or spin, yet Solomon in all his splendor, in all his glory, in all his ingenuity, in all his talents and abilities was not clothed and provided for more beautifully than one of the lilies.
I felt the Lord challenge me to “Just Be the Lily” and sit back and watch Him do all the work. He encouraged me to stay in the moment, and to not get ahead of myself. He admonished me to not worry about what the hours or days ahead would bring. All He wanted me to do was “Just Be”, just like the lily. I believe the LORD ministered to me by assuring me that I was like the “Lily” and the name Lily would serve as a reminder to me regarding what I mean to Him. Since that day, I occasionally refer to myself as “Lily” because I know that is how He sees me. The name, Lily also serves as a reminder for me to let go and let God.
Another truth in the message is tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Just like the Lily, we could be here today and gone tomorrow. Matthew 6:30. We are a mist that appears for a little while and then quickly vanishes. James 4:14. These truths revealed to me changed my outlook on life. Now I daily challenge myself to stay in the moment and enjoy the beauty embodied in these truths. My existence is not in my hands but entirely in God’s hands, and He expects me to trust Him right where I am.
It is God’s will for His children to see ourselves as He sees us. In particular, I believe God wants to show women that our confidence should not be in our ability or the ability of any other person. I believe God wants to remind women through this ministry that He is our true provider and our trust should exist in His unfailing ability to provide for us.
I am still growing and learning to rely on these principles from Matthew 6. I am learning to appreciate the God-designed beauty within me. And, I enjoy affirming the vast beauty I see in all women. As I gaze behind the mask, I see all women as “Lilies”. My heart’s desire is to walk in Wisdom, Peace, Grace, Beauty, and Love. However, I do not selfishly desire to obtain this lifestyle for myself. I sincerely desire to witness women in general walk in the Spirit of Wisdom, Peace, Grace, Beauty, and Love freely given to all through Christ’s death on The Cross.
Also, I believe through this Lilies ministry God desires to bring total healing to women and their families. I believe the ministry is designed by God to address women’s spiritual, emotional, and physical, deficiencies. I believe God desires to bring women from a place of brokenness, pain, denial, shame, fear, guilt, loneliness, insecurity, jealousy, envy, unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, hatred, and everything else that keeps us oppressed or in bondage. I believe God wants to renew our hearts and minds and restore our joy. I believe God will reconcile broken relationships.
Finally, I believe through Lilies, God will give women opportunity to walk away from a life of uncertainty and confusion regarding her position and purpose in the Kingdom of God. I believe women will recognize and begin to explore the unique gifts and creative expressions gifted to her from God alone.
For Love Alone,