Wednesday, 23 November 2011
So after lots of prayer and seeking God. I have decided that the year of 2012 for me, will be one of serving... I have decided to take a year out from my normal work schedule to volunteer with my church. Helping out with the different community projects that we have started and would like to nurture. Being able to work on a few dreams and visions for my church and also get back into some serious bible study ..
Working in a church is so out of my comfort zone, those of you that know me, know that being around a structured church is not my most comfortable and natural area. But I am excited about the lessons and growth that will be learnt from this. Also getting back into some serious study of the word and applying it to my local Neighbourhood and mentoring is going to be so freakin awesome..
I will be keeping two days a week at the shop, for a small amount of fiance and help and prayer from our great customers.
This is so exciting and scary (good scary). I am so stoked as for what I will be taught and just to be able to focus on Gods work.
But I also know its going to be a season of pruning of excess baggage in my life that I don't need and that is going to hurt but God loves me so much, he wants to see me grow more in him.
Matthew 10 : 5-8 really nailed it for me where it said 'Go to the lost confused people right here in the neighbourhood' and further down in verse 9 it says' you don't need alot of equipment, you are the equipment'.
Thanks so much if you have been praying for me. I really appreciate it...
What an unrestrained loving God we serve!
'And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Yet it shall not be so among you is a stinging rebuke to the manner in which the modern church looks to the world for both its substance and style. Plainly, the church isn’t to operate the way the world does.
Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant: In the Kingdom community, status, money, popularity should never be the prerequisites for leadership. Humble service is the greatest - and only - prerequisite, as exemplified by Jesus’ own ministry.
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve: Real ministry is done for the benefit of those ministered to, not for the benefit of the minister. Many people are in the ministry for what they can receive (either materially or emotionally) from their people instead of for what they can give.
I read this from 'Blue letter bible' this morning and thought it was pretty good...Espically with where and what I am thinking about for the future... ewww exciting...
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Just got back from Belfast, was great to catch up with friends.. I went out with a Friend's Night club ministry team and saw Maverick Sabre On sunday night. Also went to 'Made in Belfast' one of my favourite restaurants and had a laugh and a banter...
Gotta love the Northern Irish Crew....
Friday, 11 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
9-10"Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.- Matthew 10...
Friday, 4 November 2011
For the first time ever, I am actually trying to write and finish it. My spell check at the moment is getting thrashed. I am doing this with the help on NANOWRMO. I am 5 days into it and I am actually getting into the writing process now. The first day was freaking hard, was literally at war with my body to say still and write, but am now really enjoying it, its just hard finding an hour out of each day, so at the moment I am writing mostly on my lunch break, on the bus and a few half an hour slots here and there.
I have always wanted to write a book, it doesn't matter if its the worst book ever written, as I don't plan on showing it many people, but its just another thing crossed of my list.
Only another 45,000 words to go....
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
God, Today, I have had to eat, a blueberry muffin, a bowl of mushroom risotto, a stir fry, peach cake and whipped cream, and Scottish Toffee tablet and countless cups of tea.
God ,what has this other Child of yours had?
Why are the Tables so turned in My favour God?
I am not moaning, but sometimes I just don't understand...
I see the above picture, and I just cry, and I know this is nothing to the way your heart hurts...
I can't imagine the pain of this...?
Why do you not step in?
How Ridiculously blessed am I ?
Last night we had a meeting about one of our church initiative's. The Boomerang food project.. We were discussing idea's for the future, and it's got me really excited, about all the possibilities and visions for this program....which is really good, after last week I had a pretty tough night, speaking to one of the men...
The Scripture below is just so apt of how I am feeling at the moment. Even though some of them are like lost sheep, wandering aimlessly. Jesus heals hurting and bruised lives and leads the wayward sheep home.There is so much work to be done. And I cant wait to start to see real fruit from it..
'Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" -Matthew 9:35-38...