Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Something about being called...

So in a few short days I will get what I anticipate is a very official looking package (it could just a be a plain old cardboard box) with very official looking stuff in it. As it would seem this little extracurricular activity I have been working on for months will become a full fledged ministry. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't doing a half excited/ half freak out dance in my head because this is awesome and crazy all wrapped up in one.

In the leadership book they mention that God does not call the equipped, He equips that called! And only in raising  my children have I never felt that statement ring more true. Not only has He worked to equip me (in so many ways) but to bring wonderful women to walk alongside me in this ministry. I am so proud that my girls are able to call themselves American Heritage Girls.

I have so many goals and ideas and dreams for our little group (including to one day be a big group). God is amazing in the way He pushes you to places you normally would not go and provides. And I have learned a fair bit about patience and waiting on Him through this process. I have a board of 4 other women that all bring exactly what I need to this group, a church that is excited and eager to see it take off, and a group of parents who came alongside from the first mention of starting a troop and have stuck through till now when we finally become official! Blessings all of them!

I write this because I really don't want to forget this moment. I want it to propel me forward, I want to literally hit the ground running when that package arrives and not stop. I mean really I have 3 little girls, I am thinking I have about 15 more years doing this till I see my last little one out of the organization, I think I need to remember this moment.

I love scouting, I am doing what I always dreamed I would with my girls, as my mother did for me as a scout leader and in a ministry where God is the foundation on which every thing we do is built, not just an optional part of a promise! I am so excited!!


  1. Welcome aboard!! You are so wise to capture the moment! It has been a 9+ year journey for me. My girls began in AHG as high schoolers. After they left for college, I stayed! And now they have come back and been leaders with me!! How cool is that?! It is a marvelous calling, with God equipping every step of the way. Faith, Service, Fun!!!

  2. Welcome! I am right there with you! We've had one meeting, one service event, and we are going on a hike with a local Cub Pack this weekend. I too have great aspirations on what I'd like to do with my daughter.... and I think SHE has even more... LOL! It was certainly a chore to get to that 'official' box, but then the fun starts! I still feel like we're working out the bugs... especially when we had to cancel our second meeting due to the weather and a contact list hadn't been distributed, but we got everyone contacted through a group effort. Stick with it and HAVE FUN! Cubs like to say 'Fun with a purpose' and I like that concept for scouting!

  3. We started out troop a year ago and currently have 49 girls and a waiting list! It is a GREAT ministry and you and your family will be blessed!

    Cynthia Herrmann
    CA 0222

  4. Welcoem to AHG. Our troop is in its first year. We have 20 leaders and 70 registered girls. We barely fit into the space at our church! There is such a need for God-centered ministries for girls. Keep up the excitement!

  5. Dear Shannon:

    I linked to this post via the AHG facebook page, and need to take a moment to celebrate with you. Although I don't have girls (two boys, 11 and 13), God has called me to create and share the fictional girl character Frieda B., and I have been journaling (albeit not as diligently as I'd planned) about this journey since 2008. Awesome and crazy all wrapped into one. I relate. And I wouldn't trade a moment of it, because I love the path I've been set on by God. And I know you feel the same. So God's rich blessings to you, my sister in Christ. Listen to His voice, shut out all others. And rejoice in the truth that what you are doing now is part of the one-and-only story He wrote just for you long before you were born. With His help, you are weaving a rich heritage of faith for your children.

    In Him,