Accepting God’s Call & Removing Idols By Alexa Dudley

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Accepting God’s Call & Removing Idols

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I’m Alexa Dudley and modest blogger @1998miss on Instagram! I’ve been writing blog posts for Skirt Society (seriously my all time favorite brand) for a while now! What you may not know about me is my calling to medical missions! In between school I Blog but my biggest passion is fulfilling God’s call on my life. When I was 13 years old God called me to be a missionary when I was at the alter one night at church camp. I remember it to this day when I felt God’s direction on my life. It was profound. It was clear as day. I didn’t know where or how or when or why but I knew I was called.

There is not a way to make this post any shorter and I feel God directing me to share this! So for the highlights follow my Instagram and read this:

In short. Whatever it is that you’re putting before God. Whatever it is that is causing you to doubt God’s plan for your life-submit it to him. He wants to use you. He has a purpose unique and specific FOR YOU! Let go of the idols in your life- big or small because there is not room for Jesus and an IDOL. When you finally do-get ready for overflow. God’s going to bless you. Yes the devil will challenge you-believe you me- HE WILL but GOD IS BIGGER. If I would have never surrendered to God I would be where I am. Y’all don’t even know how much God has blessed me. Ask any of my friends-they can tell you the insane favor he has given me...right down to today and touring my first medical school. God is faithful friends. Trust him.

Many are called, few are chosen.

God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

God’s will-it’s his bill!

I am his vessel. He is the potter and I am the clay! My disappointment is his appointment!

Those of you sticking around.... get ready for a long story and some encouragement.

I was scared and empowered all at the same time. I knew God had my life in my hands so I threw that fear out of the door and said okay God I trust you. (Wow 13 year old me was right on target!!!) Soon after a precious lady from my church told me God gave her a dream of me in Africa doing mission work. Y’all it was insane because I had not told a soul about that night in the alter! God was confirming his will for my life! It broke me and I said with tears in my eyes to this sweet lady who barely knew me that God told me that week that he was calling me to the mission field. After our conversation life as you know went on as it does. I was on fire for God and was daily empowered by the direction God gave me. To be honest I was ready to get out to the mission field ASAP! But that was not how it worked out-I had some lessons to learn. I had to get the ME out of my system so that GOD could be in control. You’ll understand what I mean in just a minute.

You see from age 9 and on I was a hefty little gal! Don’t get me wrong I was precious but i was overweight. I struggled with my weight and with low self esteem. I was always jovial but in private I struggled deeply with my body image. I endured bullying and honestly always felt uncomfortable around kids my age because almost always someone would make a comment about my size. I was the “fat girl”. It was one of the biggest struggles of my life & honestly it was more of an issue than just overindulgence. Anyways to keep on pace it was a major area of my life that I hated. It related to some major rejection I would face down the road.

I had been a cheerleader my whole life but the moment tryouts for the squad came in 6th grade came rejection. I didn’t make it. It broke my heart. It crushed me. My best friend made the team but I didn’t. I remember masking my hurt and I didn’t understand at all because I loved being a cheerleader! I was the happiest girl on the team before so I didn’t understand why I didn’t make the cut. I’m sure a lot of it was due to my weight and it really hurt my feelings. My self esteem sank to an all time low. I moved schools in 7th grade so I couldn’t try out for cheer that next year but going into 8th grade I had the opportunity again and I gave it another try. This was the same year that God revealed to me at camp my calling. I decided I would put that on the back burner because I FINALLY MADE THE CHEER SQUAD! (Look at me trying to decide when I would let God be in control)

Soon after I began a cheer journey that would last until my senior year of high school. I also had a health journey that would change every thing- I lost 59 pounds and became thinner than I had ever been in my life. Being thin and being a cheerleader became my focus for the next 5 years of my life & church would be in the faint distance. I put cheer first. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think cheerleading is bad but it became an idol in my life. I started to loose sight of God’s call on my life and made cheer the center. I began rejecting God’s plan for my future because of fear that I was not qualified to be a missionary. I thought I needed to be a cheerleader more because it was more of a fit for me. I also developed an extreme eating disorder.

Long story short I felt God pulling me to give up cheerleading but I refused time and time again. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I started to let God get in control again. It wasn’t all at once but it started at Holiday Youth Convention. I committed to God that I would live outwardly to please him. I decided that I would commit to holiness. Now this wasn’t an immediate whole transition but it started then and there. I gave away all my immodest clothes and the journey began. I promised God that I would give up cheerleading my senior year and prepare for the mission field.

But my senior year rolled around and I tried out for the Varsity Cheer Squad yet again. I made it. (Wait did I just go back on my word with God?! BOLD MOVE ALEXA & wrong move) Fast forward, eventually it was time to apply for college and I told God I needed him to help me. I felt him directing me to give up Cheer and submit to his call. I felt the urge to apply for an AYC trip on missions to Madagascar. Eventually I would do both. He directed my steps to college and I finally gave him the idol in my life. I gave up cheerleading despite my desire to cheer in college because I wanted to be a missionary more. I wanted to be sold out completely to Jesus. So I refused the opportunity to cheer at Sewanee & finally surrendered my plans to God. Sometime in the middle of all that- I think the start of my senior year I saved up all my money for a couple months and launched 199miss.com my modest fashion blog. I became passionate about modesty because when I decided for myself to submit to God I saw a shift in my life. I saw God doing a work. I grew closer to him than I had ever been before-because I finally SUBMITTED TO HIM! I wanted to please him more than anything else. (My blog has served as a major interest and passion in my life. I give all glory to God for helping in its success and for opportunities like Dubai Modest Fashion Week.)

MAJOR FAST FORWARD.
After attending AYC Madagascar my life was forever changed. God showed me in Africa, while, I was praying for a blind little girl that he wanted me to pursue medicine. As I was wiping mucus out of her eyes and praying God showed me what I needed to study in the fall at Sewanee.

To make an even longer story short I came back from Africa and God revealed to me in the same altar he called me to missions when I was 13 that I was called not only to Africa but also China. By this point in time I only wanted God’s will so I said yes. I didn’t understand China but I said yes lord. I got to school (the place God called me to attend) and my roommate was from China. I didn’t understand what God was doing until 6 months into the hardest time of my life. I started to make more friends who were all Chinese. I also became a whiz at Chinese (it would take all day to explain this so let us save it for another day!)

Longer story even shorter. I went to Africa in 2016, China in 2018 where I observed a doctor in a hospital (WOW GOD) and I’m about to leave for Uganda in just a few days. I’ve seen God take me to both of the places he’s called me before I turned 21 and I’ve seen his favor in my life in ways you couldn’t imagine. That’s another post for another day.

The greatest of it all is that he’s not done yet! I have full faith that God is going to do some insane things through me. I am his vessel. He is the potter and I am the clay! My disappointment is his appointment!

In short. Whatever it is that you’re putting before God. Whatever it is that is causing you to doubt God’s plan for your life-submit it to him. He wants to use you. He has a purpose unique and specific FOR YOU! Let go of the idols in your life- big or small because there is not room for Jesus & your idol. When you finally do-get ready for overflow. God’s going to bless you. Yes the devil will challenge you-believe you me- HE WILL but GOD IS BIGGER. If I would have never surrendered to God I wouldn’t be where I am. Y’all don’t even know how much God has blessed me. Ask any of my friends-they can tell you the insane favor he has give me...right down to today and touring my first medical school option. God is faithful friends. Trust him.

Many are called, few are chosen.

God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

God’s will-it’s his bill!

Love y’all.

By Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley a modest fashion blogger at 1998miss.com. A Missouri gal and undergraduate student at Sewanee: The University of The South. Alexa is a Psychology major on the Pre-Med track and is a Chinese minor. She loves people and canʼt wait to work as a doctor in the mission field one day soon! Follow her on Instagram @1998miss.




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