A true day off! (Well except a few emails about details that needed to be taken care of today or tomorrow ....) But, that's behind me now and I'm praising Him from my favorite spot on earth!
Reflections on the week behind me force my mind toward praise...
Never, NEVER in the history of Crossroads have I heard such stories of spiritual awakening and even some brand new decisions for Christ from our Student Ministries! Story after Story is trickling back through different friends about decisions and connections their students made on the mission trip this past week.
I must be honest...when my kids were in our youth group we were going through some rough leadership trouble and neither of my kids wanted to attend the youth group. And now, 8 or 9 years later God has allowed them to be a small part of the healing and the re-awakening! This takes my breath away!
I am telling you - DON'T GIVE UP - even if you think something is impossible - to the Lord a decade is as a moment and IN HIS TIMING things will be revealed and healed! Usually not in the time we think it should happen or the way we assume it will happen. But when it's time - your soul will marvel at the way HE chooses to reveal himself.
You can see many pictures and read a little about their mission trip by getting on Crossroads' Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cccwired .
Other praises left lingering from this God-filled week include new volunteers within my department that I didn't even realize I needed. People that love the Lord stepping forward to give their lives in service to make the ministry more excellent and more God filled. Pastor Tim was talking about serving this weekend - when you're created with gifts and talents to serve in a specific area, your service increases the efficiency of everything else around you. If you selfishly get involved in only secular things it's as if there is a missing 'cog' in the church - a part that is desperately needed!
Isn't it completely overwhelming to realize and believe that God created you to fulfill something in The Church that ONLY you can do?
Finally my praise includes DEEP - humble thankfulness for friends and family that surround me.
I had several parties to attend this week as well as family get-togethers before Jocelyn and Aaron leave for Cambodia, and in my busyness I often forget the amazing GOD-FILLED blanket of believers that surround us as a family. Tears stream down my face in gratitude to my KING AND SAVIOR. I truly feel blessed beyond words and it's with gratitude for another day that I lay this morning at His feet - because it's only when HE fills it that it has value and eternal significance.
Psalm 136:1-3, ESV
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;