Mary Williams

Mary Williams, a PV member, recently spent time working on a home project with Urban Christian Academy principal Kailey George.

After a series of storms that flooded her home in 2017, Kailey’s house needed urgent repairs in order to continue living safely in the community she serves. Mary and a team of volunteers jumped in at the opportunity to help a PV partner. She shares her story of saying “Yes” when the Lord put the burden on her heart.

The more you say “yes” to things in life, the more you feel like you live life by the seat of your pants, but in the best way possible.

It’s hard to know when I started to say yes to things God brought along in my path. I think it all started with my kids. As a mom, I became aware that I said no all day long to so many things that my kids would I ask. Over time, I discovered that it’s really important to say yes as often as you can – in a healthy way, of course!

I guess you could say that I’ve made it a motto in my life to say yes to everything possible.

However, I think possible is an important word to remember. Every worthy cause cannot have my attention, because I’m only one person. Some people can take on everything that comes their way and can burn themselves out pretty quickly.

When God placed Kailey’s story on my heart, there was no question as to whether or not I should help. I guess it was the mom in me that responded – I had to help this girl who had given so much to the kids and families at UCA. It was a pull in my heart that I could not deny.

Whenever I feel that pull on my heart, I stop and ask God, “Lord, just show me what You want me to do. Grab me and make me know that this is where you want me to go.”

I’ve learned that if I want to live my life generously, I have to let God guide and lead me. If I try to do it all myself, I will mess it all up. I’ll step on people’s toes, I’ll be over-enthusiastic in a way that people don’t want. So when it came to helping Kailey, I made sure I knew that it wasn’t me initiating it all. God had already begun the work, I was only responding to it in the best way I knew how.

Since I said yes to helping Kailey, it has been amazing to see how the work has blossomed. While it started with only me feeling a tug to serve, God has faithfully brought other a ton of other people to join in the work with me. As I’ve shared my heart, others have chimed in with ways that they can help too – people who are generous with their time, with their money, anything they can do to help. People at PV and others in the community have jumped in to help.

Look for the opportunity to say yes to the Lord. But how do you know when it’s the right thing? You have to be looking for the things God is putting in your lap. If you pray and say “Lord, you take me where you want me to be right now,” you will be amazed at how He places you exactly where you need to be.

I’m grateful that God has been faithful to bring me to this chance to serve Kailey and UCA. There have been so many things that I have had to walk away from because I couldn’t realistically say yes to everything that tugs at my heart. But when you say yes to those things God has brought in your life, all you can do is lift your hands to Him and say “Thank you. I’m so grateful that you have given me this grand vision of You.”