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

Dream Bigger

Have you everplaced a time limit on your dreams or goals? Whether it was a childhood dream to pursue a certain career, or a goal to visit a country on a mission trip.  Maybe for you it was to get married by a certain age, have X amount of children, work so many years, travel so many places, start a business, or have a certain value of money in your bank account.  Whatever it was, you more than likely said you wanted to see it by a certain date or age.  If you are one of the fortunate ones, that goal or dream was accomplished exactly when you desired it to be.  For others, it may not have played out like that.

This is dedicated to the “others”.  For as long as I can remember I wanted to do modeling and acting.  I never wanted to be a huge star, only just local or commercial work. Instead of Vogue magazine, I was very realistic and understood that I was more like a T.J. Maxx catalog kind of girl.  I did my first pageant at 16 years old, and at age 18 did local work here and there.  When I moved to Orlando, FL the dream was still there.  God opened many doors and I did a few odd jobs here and there but nothing substantial or truly memorable.  It became overwhelmingly difficult to manage school, a full time job and try to continue to pursue this dream that requires you to be available at all times.  That dream quickly became my “Isaac” offering and I gave it back to God no less than 5 times saying, “Here, you can have it, I surrender, it’s yours, I don’t need it more than I need you.”  I was completely okay with giving it up, although I have to be honest and say it was always still in the back of my mind as a, “So, what was that all about?” sort of thought.

Fast-forward six years since I last pursued it, and it all came back to me again.  I had been petitioning God about many other things in my life, and here comes this concept again, “what about modeling?”  If this was really a desire that God placed on my heart years ago, then He can still cause it to happen. Without hesitation or reservation I contacted the agency I used to work with and met with them. Like a whirlwind, they said they wanted to work with me again, and I signed a two-year contract.   God’s timing is perfect.  I can prove it!  When I was younger in that industry I constantly had to fight because there were certain things as a woman of God that I would not do.  But when you are in that age bracket that’s all there is to do. Now that I am a little bit older (not too much I hope), the majority of the work available to me is what I always wanted to do all along!  GOD’S TIMING IS PERFECT.  Not only is He faithful to His promises, but also He is perfect in the timing of those promises. I never would have thought at my age that I would be thrust back into this world, but now I can look back and say that there was never a more perfect time.

If you find yourself struggling to see your promises, dreams, visions, or goals manifest, you must remind yourself to dream bigger.  If it hasn’t happened yet, it doesn’t mean it isn’t in the works.  We have to expand our minds and our faith to be able to receive the promises of God.  If you are frustrated, it’s because your dream is not big enough, it has to extend much further than you.  Now that I am walking this thing out by faith, part of me thinks I am way too old to keep dreaming, but thankfully it is always overcome by the part of me that knows it’s never too late.