We’ve made progress, despite the challenges of 2021!
We’ve highlighted some wonderful women leaders around the globe and celebrated the achievements of women past and present. We’ve met together, prayed together, enjoyed several Zoom events together.
Wilma Kirk Lee
Wilma Kirk Lee believes the ability to have a balanced life boils down to one key idea: “You’ve got to be real clear about your calling.”
While the roles and duties may change during different seasons of a person’s life, Kirk Lee says the goal is always to understand how God wants us to use the gifts He’s given. It’s something the author, speaker, licensed therapist, mother, pastor’s wife and co-director of Family Ministries for the Southwest Region Conference has had to learn personally.
It can be extremely difficult when others bombard you with ideas of what they believe you should be doing.
“I’ve got to say clearly to the Lord, I did what you told me to do. I wasn’t overloaded with stuff because I was trying to make everybody happy,” she said. “It’s hard.”
When Ana Patterson, president of Southwestern Adventist University, receives looks of incredulity because of her position, she focuses on the One who always recognizes her: God.
“We have to be in tune with the people we are speaking to and do it in a way that is meaningful to them and not meaningful to me,” she said of sharing the gospel.
“Ultimately, it’s not about me,” Patterson said, who has had to learn to quiet the imposter syndrome. “This position is about God and what God is going to do at this university. If He can use me, that’s great.
God is working through me, but God could be working through anybody. I’m not special in that regard.”
She knows He’s given her an awesome opportunity for a “seat at the table,” and she’s pulling up her chair to it, ready to work.
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