Timely Text Messages

Throughout this journey (it’s been over 3 months now, ya’ll!) I’ve consistently had people check in on me at least once a week to let me know they were thinking of me.

I’m always amazed at how perfect the timing is.

Usually, it’s been my core group of sister-friends who’ve been praying me through this season.

So, although I appreciate them reaching out, I’m not typically surprised when they do because we’ve already established that relationship.

But today was different.

I woke up this morning to a text from George Gregory, affectionately known as “PG,” the pastor I shadowed when I did my ministry internship in New York City in 2014.

He was just checking in to see how things were going.

I gave him an honest answer of how it’s been a very rough time for me and that prayers were appreciated.

He wanted to know why I hadn’t reached out sooner.

I told PG that a lot was going on and I’ve done my best to build my support system, but extra covering and insight is always appreciated.

He had a small window of time, so he gave me a call and I filled him in on the gaps that he couldn’t fill from just looking at my social media activity.

(Yes, my pastor follows me on Instagram.)

Anyway, he’s no stranger to big life transitions that come with following the Lord.  About a year and a half ago, he and his family picked up their lives as pastors of a church in the Upper East Side of Manhattan to move to LA and become chaplains of the football team, the LA Chargers. This amazing door was opened to them due to their marriage and family ministry, Journey for Life. God is doing incredible things in their ministry and beyond, but that doesn’t mean the move was easy. Having recently had that experience, he could sympathize with some of the turmoil I’ve been facing.

PG was able to encourage me in a way that’s different than some of my other friends because 1.) he has the mantle of a pastor and a parent, which comes with its own set of wisdom and authority & 2.) he could pull from his experience in taking big leaps of faith for the greater things God was calling his family to.

I consider him and his wife to be spiritual parents, yes, but our phone call made me realize that we’re co-laborers in ministry, too! I mean, the very way that I met him and his wife was through my huge step of faith at 21-years-old to move to NYC after graduating from college to pursue the call of God on my life. Because this was the pastor that I sat under and learned from nearly 5 years ago, he could remind me of the big calling on my life and motivate me to keep the momentum going.

At the end of the call, he basically told me to go forth and be great!

It was the boost of confidence I needed to attend an event that I had my eye on, happening today. It was a meetup, very similar to the types of workshops I used to teach at my old job.

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I had been looking for an opportunity to check out this particular event space and to see what types of crowds it attracts. Funny enough, I saw 3 familiar faces when I went!

The topic of the workshop was relating to social media, so I figured that I could pick up some new nuggets and network with a few folks.

Plus, I was familiar with the organization putting on the workshop and wanted to introduce myself to some of the staff.

The young lady who taught the class ended up being a college student who was interning at the organization, under her father at that!

I thought that was so cute because at my previous job, my dad and I did workshops together too!

[As I’m writing this, I’m seeing the second layer of parallelism with this morning’s conversation my “spiritual father” too!]

I let the instructors know that I came from a similar organization in Northern Virginia and I was hoping to get plugged into like-minded communities in this area.

I even took some pictures and video clips during the presentation because I don’t want to entirely forget about my brand, Jessica Smith Media.

All in all, it was a great event and I’m glad I got that boost of confidence from my pastor to get on out there!

I have a few more of these types of stories that have happened in the past couple of months that I might release a little later.

I know I said I was going to be taking a break from my blog, but I guess the social media class encouraged me to reach out to you all, my audience!

Going long periods of time without connecting with your audience creates a break in the relationship and I don’t want to do that to you guys!

I’m still spending my quiet time with the Lord, so it’s all good. My social media accounts were the real distraction, anyway, not this blog.

So maybe I’m back for good! We’ll see.

I think the point of this message was to encourage you all to reach out to someone if they cross your mind. You never know how much a timely word can set off a chain of positive events in someone’s life!

It’s okay if you don’t know what to say or why you’re feeling led to reach out. Just be obedient and do it.

Also, here’s a pet peeve of mine. Don’t say, “Hope all is well!” Because what if all isn’t well? It’s better to ask, “How are things?” That keeps it neutral and allows them to share what they want to share. It doesn’t force them to mask their feelings if they’re having a rough time. Just food for thought! You can thank me later!

Until Next Time,

Jess

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