Spotlight: Samantha Malatesta

The Lord has been reminding me of the words He put on my heart at the beginning of this year, surrender and obedience. Surrendering control is what the Lord is sweetly reminding me of in this season. “How will these tasks get done without me?”, “But what if this new opportunity doesn’t work out?”, “Is God really calling me to this?” are a few questions I’ve asked myself lately. Fear is what was driving these questions and thoughts. Fear of failure, fear of not being able to provide for my family financially, fear of missing what could be, and the big one of fear of letting people down. The shift in perspective from “me” to “What will honor God?” was when true surrender started taking place. God is worthy and that’s enough. I’m reminded that I am not what is holding everything  together. The Lord doesn’t need me to be a part of His plan, but He chooses me.  If it is God’s plan nothing can stop it. I can be a part of His plan if I act in obedience and truly surrender. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
I was at a job for ten years and had no intention of leaving this job. The people there are great! I did something that I loved. But I felt the Lord moving me to something that would allow me to have more opportunity to serve others. What I mean by that is the desire to serve others fell heavier as each day would pass. My husband and I prayed for months for peace in whatever  this movement was. I wasn’t sure what that “something” was until I received a phone call with a job offer to be a part of a team that has the motto, “serving those who served us first.” Working with veterans who need assistance was something I had zero experience with. I called a couple of friends who I consider wise counsel to ask if they have heard of this company but no one had. A friend responded with, “ You know with moments like this it’s usually God opening a door” But with lots of prayer and a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding,this is truly what I felt The Lord was calling me to. So I took a leap of faith and accepted this opportunity.
I never want the focus to be on me but my prayer is that through sharing how God is moving in my life that you can see that God is faithful and making difficult decisions to honor God is so worth it in the end.