Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pray and Obey...What is God asking you to do?

by Kim Salter
Pray and obey - what we are called to do.  A little over four years ago that is exactly what I did and God has been truly blessing my husband and I since.
 We moved to Pearland 5 1/2 years ago from the Beaumont area when my husband accepted a promotion with his company.  I began working in the Medical Center as a medical sonographer with a Perinatology group, which specializes in high-risk obstetrics.  I loved what I did and enjoyed helping women who had high-risk pregnancies fulfill their dreams of motherhood.  After about six months of working there I began to realize there was just something else I was supposed to be doing.  And the nagging, gnawing at my gut began.  I couldn't put my finger on it, but I just knew.  Something deep inside kept telling me to help women and young girls in crisis.  Unable to shake that feeling, I started praying and asking God for clarification because it just wasn't making any sense to me.
One day on my way home from work I was listening to Amanda, the afternoon show host on KSBJ, talking about volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center.  I thought to myself how cool that would be.  So I searched online for one close by and the first one to pop up was the Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center.  I called and expressed my interest in volunteering one evening because I worked during the day.  The receptionist kindly took my name and number stating they would get back with me.  Several months went by and I never heard from them so I assumed they didn't need any more volunteers.
In the meantime I asked for prayer from my lifegroup for discernment because things were still not making any sense.  My leader and dear friend, Randy Hufstetler, told me the story in Matthew 14 about Peter getting out of the boat.  After finishing he looked me in the eyes and said "so Peter get out of the boat".  Well of course that petrified me, but it got me to do some soul searching.
 We went out of town to see my son in college several weeks later and went with him to church that Sunday.  I opened up the church program and what was the first thing I see but a flyer about a crisis pregnancy center in that area. OK God again you're showing me this- is this what you want from me?  After arriving home that evening I was doing my daily bible reading and what was my chapter to read for the day - Matthew 14 - Peter get out of the boat. Wow- coincidence?  I think not.  Within 30 minutes my phone rang and it was the volunteer coordinator from the pregnancy center apologizing that she hadn't contacted me sooner.  She had misplaced my telephone number and was just now finding it again.  She asked if I was still interested in volunteering after all this time.  Of course my answer was yes!  I think by this time God was trying to hit me over the head with a hammer saying are you getting it yet?  This is what I want from you.
 After lots of prayer, talking, tears and laughter my husband and I decided to be obedient and do what we felt God was calling me to do - leave a good paying, full-time job to volunteer my time with girls in need.  How it was going to work?  We had no idea. With children in college and me adding up the numbers based on my husband's salary alone it wasn't going to work.  But we had faith that God would provide.
It hasn't always been easy, but He has always taken care of us.  Now I still get to do ultrasounds on the clients, but even better, I get to minister to them, share the gospel with them and just love on them. Everyday I'm there something happens that confirms I'm where I'm supposed to be and I love it.  Pray and obey.
 My name is Kim Salter and I am a child of God and a real Crosspoint Woman.

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