Today's post was written by Dawn Stephens, our Women's Minister at Brook Hills.

We were blessed to host a gathering of young single women (ages 22-35) here at Brook Hills this past week, where a panel of older women shared wisdom, perspective, and wit to the next generation of Christian women.

This panel was comprised of women ages 35-62, both single and married, and one who married for the first time at age 54…..that’s right 54…and lives to tell about it! During Straight Talk, the panel shared their life stories and personal perspectives on topics that answered the questions, “Who Am I, and Where Am I Headed?”

These women spoke great biblical truths and practical points for all of us, old and young alike, to ponder, pray over, and purposefully act on……now.

I believe that if these women could “turn back time” and speak to us from their 25 year old selves, they would say:

Now is the Time – Don’t wait but step into what God is calling or showing you to do with your life. Be strong in the Lord and be courageous women of God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his might power” (Eph. 6:10).

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to move forward despite fear." – Dare Mighty Things by Halee Gray Scott

Now is the Time – Don’t worry but relax into where God is growing and shaping you.

Learn whose you are in Christ and walk confidently in the woman He has created you to be! Don’t doubt or fret, but stand on His Word.

Now is the Time – Don’t wonder but know Christ is with you and can lead you if you submit to His control.

As a small group leader recently said, ”The root of the word discipline is disciple. You can’t be a disciple of Christ without learning discipline as a Christ-follower.” Now is the season to discipline ourselves to moment-by-moment submission of our thoughts, actions, and wills to the Holy Spirit’s control.

Women of God, read this quote and act now…“How wonderful it is that no one ever need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” (attributed to Anne Frank).