“To walk with Jesus is to walk with a slow, unhurried pace. Hurry is the death of prayer and only impedes and spoils our work.
A Message From Your Director
Lately I have been giving much thought to the current season that I am in and how I can better work from a place of rest rather than recovering from a place of work. God modeled this for us when He created humans on the sixth day of creation and then made their first day on the job a rest day (Genesis 1:27,31,2:2-3). Jesus also modeled this in His own life on Earth by regularly sneaking away to pray and be alone with His Father (Mark 1:35). However, acknowledging the need for this is much easier than implementing it. A good place to begin is to establish a true Sabbath—Shabbat in Hebrew, which means “to stop” or “to rest.” As I work toward being more intentional about a true Sabbath, I found that this, too, is easier said than done! In John Mark Comer’s book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, he says, “to really enjoy the seventh day, you have to slow down the other six days.” This has been my problem as of late. I hit the gas Monday through Saturday, slam on the brakes Sunday, and tell myself it’s time to rest. I can tell you that there is nothing restful about this method. This does NOT make for a smooth transition into Monday either! There is a question from John Chandler’s book, Uptick, that stopped me dead in my tracks. It is a question we must ask ourselves when trying to find a healthy rhythm: “What is it like to be on the other side of me?” Read that again. Am I living my life in such a way that I’m leaving a wake of destruction behind me? Am I so stressed out that I’m only giving half of my attention to my family and friends? Am I even able to settle into my secret place with my Father each morning or does my massive to-do list clutter my mind? And how does that make God feel? If you find yourself in a similar season as myself, then I challenge you to read through the Bible on how Jesus lived His life. The Gospels are full of examples of His rest to work rhythm. Evaluate the things in your life that you have said “yes” to because you can, not because you are called to. Decide what needs to be eliminated to make that transition from Saturday into Sunday a little more smooth and a lot less reckless. Be patient with yourself and know that working from a place of rest in this season will take time.
Let’s do this!
Director, The Ordinary Women
Meet the New OW Leaders
Michelle Raby and Brittania launched an OW group for 10 other women in Illinois on March 7th. Brittania’s husband leads an OM group for all of their husbands. Together, these groups are forming powerful ordinary families! Let’s get to know these two women a little better.
Q: What is your name, how many kids, where do you live?
My name is Brittania Webb | 3 daughters | I live in Benton, Illinois.
Michelle Raby | 2 kids: Cohen 7 & Annalee 6 | I live in Marion, Illinois
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
My favorite thing to do is travel. Big or small, we are always up for an adventure.
I love to spend time with family and friends, date nights with my husband, playing board games and working out.
Q: When was the moment you knew God wanted you to lead?
The Lord has been laying the groundwork for a while now, but I felt it confirmed one Sunday at church. I had been praying about stepping out in leadership and then the sermon that day was on discipleship. My pastor’s message that day was for me! A short time later (maybe a few days) Michelle called and asked if I would be interested in co-leading an OW group with her. What perfect timing. I responded right away with such excitement, confident that God has big things in store for these “ordinary women” in southern IL.
As is always the case with God, He leads us to moments of decision and commitment in preparation for increased opportunities. The moment I knew God wanted me to lead and when my first increased opportunities were found was on the campus of Oak Ridge Elementary School located in Sacramento, CA.
Economically impoverished, the area was a hot spot for despair and brokenness. Some of the children who crossed my path had life stories that rivaled even mine.
For some, the opportunity would have been overwhelming, but each day I was on campus and looked into their faces, I saw the person I had once been, and I wanted to be that smile, that hug, that kind word, that would allow them to see the possibilities that existed, in spite of their current situations.
It was very clear that God placed a burning passion in me for the marginalized and voiceless in our world because of the journey I had been through. I believe that my acceptance of His leading was the key to incredible opportunities I would never have imagined or expected.
Q: What is your greatest obstacle as a leader?
Fear has had such a hold on my willingness to respond when God speaks and it has kept me from being obedient in too many situations. So for me, the biggest obstacle is letting go of fear and surrendering to God’s call in my life.
Overcoming fear! Fear of rejection, pain, loss, and success. I wake up daily reminding myself that fear won’t win the day!
Q: What is your greatest moment of faith in your life thus far?
I’m going to have to come back to this one.
My greatest moment of faith was the day I sat with my 57-year-old mom that I hadn’t seen in over ten years due to so much bitterness and anger. We talked for hours about painful things and were both brave and vulnerable. My mom cried as she asked for forgiveness for all the decisions she made in her life that caused me so much pain. I held her in my arms, and the past that had always seemed so close was suddenly far away!That was the day I forgave my mom.That was the day we celebrated her sobriety.That was the day I gained a new perspective on healing.This was the day that God gifted me a wonderful ending to a broken beginning.That was the indescribable moment God orchestrated to set me free from pain and my mother free from all her mistakes!
Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Leaders Lauren, Shelly, and Krista enjoy a dinner at Tapa Rio with their OW group. Intentional relationships are a huge part of Ordinary Women and this group does an excellent job with making time for each other.
Stefany Gess’ OW group meets in her beautiful home in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Monthly OW Prayer Call
Beginning April 21st from 6am-6:30am (ET), we will be having a monthly Ordinary Women prayer call on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. I know it’s early, but it’s only one day a month, so I encourage you to join us. You can join with the Google Meet link below or enter the code into Google Meet.
To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/uda-
To join by phone instead, dial (US) +1 475-441-8717 and enter this PIN: 639 061 683#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/uda-eoig-rdu?
Emily Webb on Ordinary Discussions Podcast
Check out Emily Webb, the director of Ordinary Women on Episode 19 of the Ordinary Discussions podcast. Click here to listen.