During our first year at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, my friend and I decided to meet each week and encourage each other to pursue our dreams. A year later, when I was going to pick her up from the airport, God told me she was going to move back home and that He was opening the doors to her dreams. When she got in the car and said she had decided to move home, it was obvious God wanted me to encourage her. I told her what I had seen and declared that the doors to her dreams were opening up, specifically in government.
After being home for only two weeks, she was asked to run for office as state representative. While she was campaigning, she had multiple opportunities to partner with fear. Many of her advisors recommended actions that were motivated by fear or based on a reaction to opponents. But she chose to be authentic and responded in love. The outcome was incredible: she won the primary election with a 69 percent majority of the vote and went on to be elected as the youngest female representative in the state.
She was given incredible favor and was asked to serve on the Judiciary and Education boards- boards that a freshman representative may request but usually never gets on. She is also now currently presenting a bill dealing with sex trafficking laws. People told her it would be impossible to have pleasant relations with opponents during the sessions. But she made friends with many of her opponents, changing what politics can look like. She is surrounded by older, more experienced men and women every day, but because of her personal integrity, God has given her increasing amounts of influence. She is affecting the whole House with peace and authenticity.
Recently the House of Representatives worked together to decide the budget bill for the whole state for two years. They set aside two entire days to debate it because, historically, these days would start early in the morning, and carry on until nine or ten at night. This year, they passed the bill in 30 minutes with a unanimous vote, an unprecedented accomplishment. The constituents started messaging legislators to tell them how proud they were and that Washington should take note!
Making history as the youngest female state representative to be elected in her state, and one of the three youngest in the United States, my friend continues to go after her dreams and carries a superior law of love into her lawmaking sessions.