The Last Five Years Of Ladies On Life

I still remember getting that first call from Trish telling me about starting and joining Ladies on Life. I hung up in shock telling myself, “She’s got the wrong girl, and surely God didn’t tell her that I was a part of this group of great women!”

These past 5 years have proven to be faith building. Little did I know that I would even be here at this moment writing this in celebration of all that God has done! Through these years I have faced so many, many hardships. I thought that I might not make it through in one piece let-alone have something encouraging to share with someone else.

God’s plan and timing are so perfect. He has plans beyond our wildest dreams! God knows my heart. He knows that I love to be a part of things that are so much bigger than me. I love to be an encouragement. He knew that I would need sisters to back me up through my hard times. Overcoming times of deep depression, an eating disorder, and a horrible divorce. Even though my L.O.L. sisters were not by my side every day physically, I knew that I could count on them to lift me up in prayer and encouragement. My most memorable time thus far was when I called up Trish one hard night. I fought through the tears as I told her that I had nothing to say to anyone, that I had no encouragement because I was so empty and full of pain, and that I should not be a part of L.O.L. any longer. Her response was “I understand if you need a break from writing, but Bombi I’m never letting you go.” WOW! Incredible!

This team has echoed that same message to me. The power of agreement and unity, my goodness it’s a force to be reckoned with! To know that I have sisters backing me with the attitude of “Satan, you’ll have to get through us if you think you’ll destroy my sister. We are our sister’s keeper!” The scripture that says the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man/woman availeth much? Psssh, this must have been written for Kenika, Devon, Sonya, and Trish. I am so full of gratitude to them more than I can express. I am thankful to God who is the author and finisher of my faith who knew JUST what I needed so that I can be held up, and then in turn hold others up. Thank you Lord for the first five. To you Lord, be all glory, honor, and power.

Ladies, let’s do this!

I Want To Be More Like You

There is a short song called – “I Want To Be More Like You”, and in one part it says, “I want to be a vessel you work through”. My favorite memories over the last 5 years of Ladies On Life include when a person was touched!

Several years ago when my mother-in-law was getting ready to leave her job and relocate to another state, she shared with me that she was touched by something Kenika wrote on the site. She was really ministered to in a time of transition when she needed guidance and peace.

I personally remember two different times Sonya’s articles on parenting seemed tailor written for me. It’s like we were having a follow up conversation online after a phone chat! I was so blessed to have some questions answered through her article and also to receive encouragement as a mother!

One time Trish prayed over me, the words she uttered still ring in my spirit, and I am continually uplifted as I go about my daily routine as a stay at home mom.

Last year when I was seeking God as to what to share at our L.O.L Push and Deliver Conference, I felt He gave me some specific verses. Afterwards, a couple people came up to me to ask me about those verses. Praise God! I want to be a vessel you work through, I want to be more like you.

I know as many of you read this, memories from the last 5 years come to your mind of how you were touched or able to touch another life. Ladies, shine on, you are beautiful and God needs each of us to be His hands and feet as He is the head and we are the body. He works through us each as vessels of His love as we draw close to Him.

Lord, I want to be more like you! I want to be a vessel you work through, Lord I want to be more like you!

Saying Yes to “Ladies on Life”

Wow, five years ago Ladies on Life started and it seems like yesterday when I got a phone call from my dear friend Trish asking if I would join her on this journey. I thought to myself, “she has got to be kidding because I am not a writer.” I am just a farm girl from Iowa that can only write in farm terms and not on paper. But this farm girl prayed about it and said yes to be a writer for this online magazine called, “Ladies on Life.”

This farm girl said, “Yes” to God’s calling because I realized it wasn’t about me but all about HIM. God took me out of my comfort zone and guided me each step of the way. I gave many excuses to myself as to why I wouldn’t be cut out to be on this team but God redirected me and told me I was qualified. As I look back over the last five years, He has stretched me and strengthened me in my faith. God has given me a new identity through Ladies on Life. I’m not only a wife and a mom, but a woman of the Most High. I dove deeper into the word like never before and wanted to be a godly influence to the readers of Ladies on Life. You, Ladies on Life family and team have held me accountable to be all that GOD wants me to be.

My favorite highlights have been our Ladies on Life retreats where our team gets into comfys, relaxes, laughs and becomes transparent with each other. That is what our mission is: To Live, To Laugh, and To Love Out Loud. These are my sisters living life together and for a purpose. I love each lady, Bombi, Devon, Kenika and Trish. Ladies you are amazing and I am honored to be on the team with you. THANK YOU!!!

Then, our first ever conference last year fulfilled a dream of mine. I have desired to encourage woman and to speak into their lives. The conference was a chance to get up close and personal with ladies and to tell them how much God loves and desires them. This conference blew my expectations because God’s presence was so strong that nobody wanted to leave. By saying, “Yes” to the conference, God used our team to be a vessel for Him to reach and change lives. I know each person that attended was not the same when they left. GOD YOU ARE SOOO GOOD! THANK YOU FOR FIVE YEARS TO GIVE YOU GLORY THROUGH LADIES ON LIFE!

I pray that each person that reads our articles finds God’s love for them. We love you and desire for you to know HIM! WE THANK YOU for faithfully visiting our website and supporting this ministry. This site is only the beginning and God has a greater calling on Ladies on Life. Please stay with us on this journey; God is just getting started.

My deepest thank you and love,
Sonya

Ladies on a Mission

I can hardly believe that it has been 5 years since this all began and yet it seems as though we’ve always been together as a team.

Sitting at my desk several years ago, God laid on my heart a concept far greater than anything I could have imagined on my own. Within moments the name “Ladies On Life” was scribbled on a post-it note with the names of ladies I felt compelled to ask help me. I took my time in contacting the ladies one by one. Deep inside I had hoped just one of the girls would decline helping with this endeavor and that would serve as my “sign” this was not meant to be. To my surprise, each of my dear friends gave a “yes” to the idea of this online magazine concept and together we began on this journey.

What you may not realize is that there were 5 young ladies I asked to help. My dear friend, Candace from Phoenix was a part of our early days and her role was vital to what you see today. She was the “midwife” of this dream and would encourage me to push when I was scared of the unknown. She held me accountable to what was in my heart and helped see it to fulfillment. Her contribution of encouragement helped to birth what is now Ladies On Life.

There are so many memories, it’s impossible to capture even a fraction of them in one article. I think one of my favorite moments was when the team gathered for our annual retreat a few years ago. It was the first night which as tradition holds is the night we have a team dinner in our condo and just catch up on our personal lives. As the team was gathered exchanging gifts and catch up talk, the door- bell rings interrupting our bonding time…we all look at each other as if this was a planned “surprise”. Kenika was quick to jokingly announce it would be a man at our door. To all of our surprise…IT WAS! This hilarious moment was captured on video as this seemingly innocent repairman knocked on the wrong door at just the right time now kicking off our annual retreat with a bang.

One of the most profound moments for me was when God spoke to my heart about 3 years ago for Ladies On Life to host a conference. I was completely scared out of my mind to step out on such a task. I put it on the back burner and decided that if not all team members could participate then we would not do it. This was an excuse or crutch rather that I used to not exercise my faith and obey what God had told me. The following year at our team retreat, our dear friend Michele DeCaul ministered to our team along with Pastor Riva Tims. Michele spoke to us saying God was calling us to do conferences and now was the time. I could not ignore such instruction and so together, we stretched our faith and in January 2012, Ladies On Life hosted our very first conference. The biggest reward besides seeing the lives of women inspired was to see God use this team to minister together in unity unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

In closing, I want to express a heartfelt thank you first to God for allowing us to come together for such a time as this. I’m also grateful to my mom who has stood the test of time with me and encouraged this dream when no one else knew about it. She’s always been my number 1 fan – her support makes me feel as though I can do anything! To the ministry supporters (Pastor Riva Tims, Michele DeCaul, Dr. Samantha Phillips, Pastors Andre and Jocelyn Williams, Pastor Lissa Bush, Dr. Janet DiPeitro, Dr. Stephanie Parson, Linda Chamberlain, Meka King, Pastor Idella McIntyre)…thank you for pouring into our team over the past 5 years enabling us to then pour into others.

Our faithful Ladies On Life readers and faithful supporters…we could not do it without you. You fuel us to keep going and help us to truly make a difference! We love you and are so grateful for you.
From the bottom of my heart: Bombi, Devon, Kenika and Sonya…I love you more than words can ever articulate. It is so humbling to have friends not only believe in the dream God has given you but say “yes” to make that dream a reality.

We’re truly Ladies On Life….ladies on a mission. Thank you for living, laughing and loving out loud with me.

All my love,
Trish