Hello Sweet Friend!
I’m so thrilled that you’re here at our Empowered Women Faith Club community. And I don’t believe in mere coincidences because I truly believe that God orders our steps wherever we go. So, my prayer is that you will find out why He led you here and that you will feel at home in this safe space of grace.
Where do I begin with the incredible story that God is still writing over my life? There’s a lot to say but I don’t want to keep you here all day, so sweet friend, grab a chair, a cup of coffee and let’s chat.
Let me tell you a little bit about my story of how God led me to start this unique ministry for women and moms.
I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian school where I came to know the Lord at a young age, by the time I was 10 years old. But it wasn’t until I was about 18-years old that I had a different experience with the Lord and began a real relationship with Jesus. A relationship that has changed my life forever.
Since then, that I began to hear the voice of God speak to me as I spent time in His presence and reading His Word, the bible became alive. One day, I heard the voice of the Lord clearly tell me to go to Isaiah 61 and I knew that it wasn’t me talking to myself because I had never read the book of Isaiah before. So, I opened my bible to Isaiah 61 and began reading these words.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” ~ Isaiah 61:1
The Lord gave me this Word in 2005, when I was about 20 years old and at the time, I didn’t understand what it meant. The Spirit of the Lord lead me to several other scriptural passages in the book of Isaiah confirming the same words over and over again. And I wrote them all down, but it wasn’t until many years later, that I began to understand why the Lord gave me His Word in Isaiah.
Fast-forward many years later, I’m a family physician, wife and mom of three precious kids. Life is very busy, with crazy schedules, hectic days and in my striving for many years to find some balance, I became burned out and completely broken.
And the enemy saw an opportunity to introduce thoughts of being better off dead, assaulting my mind with lies that there was no hope for me. It was the lowest point in my life.
God met me at the lowest point in my life and extended an invitation for me to find rest in Him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~ Matthew 11:28-29
This is where my journey to know God in a whole new way began. All this time, I had known God and had a relationship with Jesus but He wanted me to encounter Him in a way that I never had before.
So, in 2018, I decided to let go of my career as a full-time physician not knowing what God had for me on the other side of that decision. It wasn’t an easy choice and it felt scary at the time. But I knew I had to SURRENDER because the Lord had been speaking to me about it for quite some time now. And although I didn’t have all the answers, I knew that I had to TRUST HIM wherever He leads me.
In 2019, I heard the Lord clearly in the middle of a worship service tell me to start a group for moms in our Church and from that He led me to launch the ministry “The Empowered Mom Club” on September 3, 2019.
Out of my experience as a burned-out, weary mom, who was desperate for the grace, strength and wisdom of God in my own life, He led me to encourage other weary moms to find uncommon strength in Him, to rely and rest in His grace. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
As the vision for “The Empowered Mom” continued to unfold, I began to hear the Lord leading me to expand the ministry to all women, but I didn’t quite know how it will all happen.
On January 5, 2020, as I continued to prayerfully seek the Lord’s direction for the ministry, in the middle of a worship service, I heard the Spirit of the Lord tell me to go to Isaiah 62. And as I began to read it, the words came alive and felt as if they jumped out of the pages of the bible and dived straight into my heart.
This is a summarized version of the Words that spoke to me the most. “You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God…You will be called Hephzibah…for the Lord will take delight in you…as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” ~ Isaiah 62:3-5
I didn’t know what “Hephzibah” meant, so I googled it. And when I read the meaning, “My Delight is in Her”, I was so overwhelmed by the revelation that the Lord gave me, so that I could see myself through His eyes and His Word, as a daughter of a King.
This Word came at a season in my life where I had been walking through fear, self-doubt and insecurity. Unsure of God’s direction, calling and purpose for my life. And the enemy used that to minimize my confidence and identity in who I was, so that I would cower instead of walking boldly and courageously in my calling to be set apart for His purpose.
As I received that Word for myself, I heard the Lord say that it wasn’t only for me but for all of His precious daughters who don’t know who they are to Him.
Empowered Women Faith Club is birth out of a prophetic Word from God to His beloved daughters. So that you would know who and whose you are. You are a daughter of the Most High God, a beautiful treasure in the hands of our Heavenly Father, who loves, delights, and rejoices in you.
Before you go, thank you again for stopping by. I hope that we get to know you too. So please don’t leave here without letting us know who you are, and we’d love to hear the story that God is writing in your life.
Susan Egbe-Tanyi, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician. She is also the founder of Empowered Women Faith Club, where she writes to empower women to live confidently knowing who they are as daughters of God and encourages weary moms to find strength in God through the journey of motherhood. She is a wife, mother of three treasured kids, a passionate follower of Christ, lover of nature and a servant at heart. She practices medicine in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three children.