2013... what a year!
December 31, 2013
It is hard to believe another year of my life has passed I guess it has for all of us… and it has been almost 2 and a half years since Todd, my high school sweetheart and husband of 18 years passed away.
2013 has definitely been a BIG year in my life as I have realized and had complete confirmation that speaking is to be my calling and the ministry I continue as Cassi Wortham, single woman no longer a pastor’s wife, no longer Todd’s wife and his supporting partner.
I have shared God’s word, my story and a variety of other messages inspired by the Lord over 20 times in 2013. I spoke at my first retreat, mission fundraiser and even had the incredible privilege to share with a group of women in a village in Haiti as well as give the Sunday message to the 300-person church also there in Jacmel, Haiti. My Dad says that makes me an international speaker, oh boy!!
One of the most exciting opportunities I was asked to do starting back in October after praying very specifically for God to show me what and where to teach Bible Study. I received a text from Chris Plekenpol the pastor of Wells Branch Community Church asking me to pray about teaching a Bible study for women during the day at the Live For More Center which is in our community and has a lot of really cool programs and other studies being held there throughout the week. As a result of my prayer and that text I felt led to say “yes” and Refresh Women’s Bible Study was born. In just 10 weeks we have grown to a good size and the most exciting part is women who have never been a part of Bible study are coming and growing and hearing the word taught every week. It is interesting that I felt very strongly that I was not supposed to participate in BSF this year but never imagined God doing something as exciting as this!! To God be the glory for all that is happening as a result of Refresh. It has truly been one of the biggest blessing of 2013!
My year of speaking ended with two special events, the first was sharing a message of Hope and Joy to a group of widows in November then sharing with 200 women at a Christmas Event in December. Both were received very well and gave me a special opportunity to share with such a neat group of women. I felt just as comfortable in the large group setting as I did in the more small and intimate setting, another confirmation that this is what God is calling me to do.
I am still praying and have taken a few small steps toward putting together my first book. I continue to feel strongly about starting with a small devotional type but have nothing concrete on that as of yet, I promise I will let you know as soon as I have something more definitive. Please pray for me to have some clarity and direction on that in the coming months.
As you may have noticed my blog is changing and is becoming more of a website, and I must give a BIG shout out to my dear friend Casey Decker for making that lovely transformation!! I am so appreciative that God has surrounded me with so many incredibly gifted friends who share their gifts with me. As the Lord is leading me to speak I needed something more accessible for that type of ministry so the reason for the change. I am praying hat God will open the door that I may be able to speak more in 2014 so that I can provide a good living for me and my kids. My passion has become to Encourage women to Live For More through Faith, Hope and Joy. Please contact me if you are interested in having me come and share with your church or women’s group.
Also, my heart is rounding the corner to the other side of grief. I have just celebrated my third Christmas without Todd and am welcoming this New Year in with prayer for all that God will continue to do in my life and asking Him to continue to use me in a MIGHTY way to bring others closer to Him in 2014. So as many of you have inquired… will I date? Will I consider getting married again? Well… As I have been praying and seeking the Lord on this I do not feel called to singleness and have come to the place where my heart is ready to date and move on.
Bethany recently asked me, “Momma will you get another husband?” I smiled and said, “well…” she said, “you will always be married to Todd he’s just in Heaven.” I think that was her way of giving me her approval to move on. =)
I have also talked to Jackson and he is good with another man in our lives as long as he is nice and likes sports. =) We discussed the criteria I have and the standard I have set and asked the Lord for.
So I have begun dating slowly... I am asking God for a man who is passionate for Christ and His word, a strong spiritual leader and someone who would love and adore me as well as love and adore my kids. SO if you know anyone I am talking applications, ha! Ha!! =)
The bar is set high but I know but God can provide that type of man I really believe. I am going to continue to be faithful in all He is calling me to do and am remembering that He who seeks the Lord lacks no good thing! This is definitely all new for me as it has been 20 years since I have gone out with anyone other than Todd... needless to say I am a bit nervous but excited about the possibilities too.
As God continues to guide and direct my path, I pray that you will join me in Loving the Lord our God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength and LOVE your neighbor as yourself. THANK YOU for walking this journey with me through these past 2 and half years. I pray the God’s very best for you and me this coming year! I truly believe the BEST is yet to come!!
Continuing to Live For More in 2014,
Psalm 71:20; though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again… And boy is He ever!