Our guest blogger, Brieanna Harper has been a Life Coach since February and recently began building a relationship with a 17-year-old teenager. Brieanna is a dental hygienist in Eminence and has been married for 7 years. She decided to volunteer as a Life Coach for OCA because she stepped into the role the Lord had for her in this season of life. Brieanna wasn’t called to foster or adopt at this time in her life, but she knew was called to do something.
Below, Brieanna tells her story of how God called her to step into life coaching during this season of her life.
When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens
The Lord had been drawing me toward the fatherless and neglected for a couple of years. Back in February or March of this year, after fasting and praying over whether or not it was His will to foster a child in our home, I was shocked to hear the Holy Spirit give the answer as “no.” I was upset and hurt because I felt He had been preparing my heart so thoroughly to take in a child. I felt so ready to take that on.
I went through the rest of that weekend feeling a little lost as to where to go next. That Sunday morning at church, our pastor talked about OCA and began describing being a mentor to a child in the foster care system asking, “Do you have a heart for the fatherless, but don’t have the means to bring a child into your home?” I immediately knew that THIS was what the Lord had been preparing my heart for. The feeling of walking to the OCA table in the atrium after the service was overwhelming. I thought my heart would burst. A couple of months later, I was paired with a 17-year-old girl who is sweet and kind, but unfortunately has had a string of terrible circumstances which have led her to end up in the foster care system.
She and I hang out once a week, we talk about life, we go to the mall, and most of all, I’m there to listen and be her friend. The Lord uses me as a guide for her; to be someone who can help her navigate whether or not to apply for a job or figure out how to apply for college. He uses her to convict me of my own inconsistencies and sins, because they are much more obvious when you are trying to be careful with, and care for, someone who is so vulnerable. It doesn’t always go perfectly, and it’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. It is my hope and prayer that she can depend on me throughout these years of early adulthood and we can be friends for years to come.
Thanks to Brieanna for sharing her story of how God called her to stepped into life coaching during this season of her life. Read more about our Life Coach program and how you can become one as well.