Road Trip With My Bestie

What an awesome, powerful, thought-provoking, convicting week-end.  My bestie and I spent Friday and Saturday in the company of Priscilla Shirer.  Imagine, two days in the company of 5,000+ women (and 2 brave men), worshiping, praying, and building trust in the One and Only.

Now, when I say praying I’m not talking about your run of the mill prayer times where we ask that our words and thoughts are pleasant in His ears, that He will bless and heal our friends and family, that He will keep us safe and give us wisdom and courage.  That was there, of course.  I’m talking about the kind of prayer that covers all the bases and gives no one any doubt that we were in His Presence.  All turned in prayer requests (Yes, all 5000+!) on the cards provided. We were then encouraged to take a prayer card the next day (They had been prayed on overnight.) and commit to praying for that person for the next 7 days.  Is that some powerful praying or what?

The conference was divided into 3 segments with music by Tony Evans opening each.  That man has some serious vocal ability.  Beautiful voice!  Another thing about the music — Imagine if you will 5000 women’s voices, praising God for those who accepted His invitation to join the Forever Family, singing It Is Well With My Soul a capella.  Each time I hear a large group sing a favorite hymn I know in my heart what heaven sounds like.

So, here are some things from my notes:

  • Scripture for the event was Luke 9:1-17
  • The cure for your exhaustion is intimacy with Jesus.  After all, He said, “Come away with me.”
  • A recipe for ministry.  First, we are called as the disciples were.  Second, we are given power and authority, as the disciples were.  Lastly, He does the sending, as He did the disciples.  Ministry of any kind is and must be about Jesus.
  • Resist the urge to put yourself in the ‘spotlight’ until He says go.
  • If there was a perfect church and you showed up, it wouldn’t be perfect.
  • Re: 5 loaves and 2 fishes – You don’t need more than His blessing on what you already have.

  • Hearing God is not about newness it is about nowness.
  • Those who don’t expect to hear from God, WON’T!  AW Tozer
  • God is omnipresent!  (I know you already knew that.)  He showed up for Gideon, Moses, David, Simeon, etc.,  and He shows up for us!
  • His glory is ever-present, yet, we often don’t see Him.  In this country we have so many resources, like Bibles, CD’s, DVD’s, books, the Internet… we fail to take the time to look for Him.

And that, dear friends, is what a terrific weekend looked like.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

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Me? A Minister?

Have you ever thought about being a minister?  Do you know that your ministry is one of the most important things you can do for the Kingdom?  Ministers are not only about those that preach every Sunday and serve as pastors of our churches.  They are the everyday people who hear God’s calling, set aside time, and serve in a variety of ministries.

As a result of your ministry they will give glory to God

So what can we do if we hear God calling?  ANSWER!  Say, Lord I’m not sure I can do this but if You think I can then I will.  There are so many possible ministries in the church like Sunday School, Men’s and Women’s ministries, Music, VBS, Upkeep of the building and property… I think we should also be open to ‘outside’ opportunities.  How about things like …

Prison Ministry    Everything from being part of the Chaplains services, leading Bible Studies, writing letters to the inmates.  (One letter saying I’m praying and thinking of you can be the catalyst for change.)

Nursing Home Ministry    It would surprise you how many don’t get visitors.  Volunteer to give a free manicure,  read to a patient who doesn’t see well, play board games and cards, play the piano for a sing-a-long.

Helping Hands Ministries   Can you repair a faucet, mow a lawn, rake some leaves…  Anything you do at your own home is needed by those who can’t do it themselves.  They’re not hard to find.  Look around your neighborhood.  It won’t take long to find someone who needs your help or skills.

Do you know a couple, with a new baby, that needs a night out.  Volunteer to watch the child for 2 or 3 hours so they can continue building a strong relationship.  Don’t charge them but do ask them to pay it forward.

What a blessing we all can be if we just reach beyond our personal boundaries and say, “Yes, Lord! Yes!

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie