created to create – and worship, and pray, and sing, and dance, and love, and color outside the lines

More to Come…

In second grade, my son had the most wonderful teacher. Meritta is an extraordinary woman, friend, and sister in Christ. She has been a mentor to me and I want to honor her. She taught me how a women’s group should feel, what it should look like, and that true sisterhood in Christ is an awe-inspiring thing. I learned to pray constantly, worship constantly, and most importantly to care for other women.

My son is 19 now, so it has been some years since Meritta and I first met. I am so glad that God saw fit to cross our paths – I will forever be changed because of the Godly love she showed my son as his teacher in the public school system, and for reaching out to me and inviting me to join her Bible Study with a group of amazing women. Women like Donna, and Jane, and Leslie, and Zella – I loved the years I spent learning with, and from them. Although I don’t get to see them often anymore, they are always in my heart, and in my prayers.

I had been in Bible studies previously, but we didn’t start with worship. Worship was something reserved for “church.” With these ladies, worship happened on Wednesday evenings, whether we sang along to a plugged in iPod, a CD, or to Leslie’s wonderful piano playing – it was how we started. It set the tone for the evening and opened us up to let the Spirit take control of the night. We prayed, we studied, and we ended in groups of two or three, praying for each other. It was the Lord’s Prayer brought to life.

I have been thinking about those years of my life a lot recently, as I have started to lead a group through my church through one study, and now a second one. I am thankful to have had such a good example years ago. I see how so many past experiences have brought me to the place I am today. My last blog post ended with “more to come…”

That “more to come…” is writing, creating, and worshiping our great God, and stepping out of my comfort zone to do something bold and brave for Him! He has been leading me to write a women’s study. For the past few months I have felt his gentle prodding, the quiet whisper in my heart, and the moment I start to type, the words come from Him.

I am excited and scared – it will be a vulnerable journey. It is called “Created to Create” and it is part of my heart. I have always wanted to pack everything I love about God, up in a suitcase, and then unpack it all for others to share in and experience. The creativity, the worship, the feeling, the scripture – all bound up together as one incredible journey – the journey the Father has taken me on up to this point in my life.

It is shaping up to be a 10-week “journey.” Each week will have songs and scripture that go along with it, and a creative “project.” It is a study about how we, as women, are primarily created to love and worship God and to love others, but also to create. We are the homemakers, the baby-makers, the memory-album-makers, the decorators, and the designers of our family’s lives – ALL with God in the center of it! He gave us that spark of creativity, as He created us in his image, and He is the ultimate creator.

Thank you Meritta, and thank you to all the other women God has used to shape me into who I am today. Thank you Jenn, for pushing me to continue on in group leadership, and thank you to the sweet ladies in my current group for being so precious, and honest, and lovely! Thank you to my husband, son and parents for supporting me in this venture. This journey is dedicated to you!

To all – please keep me in your prayers over the coming months as I write, select songs and scripture, and art projects. Pray that I would listen only to God and let Him do his wonderful work! I can’t wait to share more with you all!

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

4 Responses to “More to Come…”

  1. Meritta Mandeville

    Emily, I am deeply honored and humbled by your kind words. I can’t think of anything that has moved me so. Unbeknown to you, this could not have come at a better time in my life to lift my spirits and bless my soul. What a loving and timely God we serve. It was a real joy to teach precious, smart Taylor back in 2nd grade and to have you as room mom. Your caring heart, your exuberance for the Lord and devotion to His word and music so blessed us women here in the Bible study those years. I see God’s anointing on your life, Emily, and I am thrilled! Such a work God is continuing to do in you in spite of adverse circumstances. Although life is not easy this side of Heaven, you have chosen the road of faithfulness. I can think of no greater calling for the women of God. I am so proud of you for writing a Bible study! It’s exciting to hear that you are letting God use your giftedness for his glory. I will be praying and can’t wait to see the end result.

  2. Jessica cozens

    Emily, I stumbled upon your website through Shelby’s Instagram. I went to Uganda with Mike last year. I’m so excited to read that you are writing a study and the connection with your child’s teacher and that you are adopted! We just adopted our son because of one of my students two years ago. His aunt blessed us with her child that was born in May. We’ve had quite the journey and I’m going to embark on writing a book as well. So I’ll anxiously await and maybe pick your brain as you travel this roAd! Gods blessings and please tell mike hello!


    • emilyvickery

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! I would love to visit with you sometime about your adoption journey! Mike says hello! Many blessings!


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