MeXiCaN RuMbLe!!!

img_0251“God is after us,” I thought as I walked to my room the other night. I have been serving at YWAM Guadalajara for a little over a week now. This base is a bee-hive. They are excellent at connecting and networking, and host many conferences. Their facilities are really quite amazing. Last weekend they ran a weekend retreat for teenagers. On the schedule was a parents retreat this weekend, and a international conference for all of next week.

Interesting, I thought. Personally I have been in a season of God stripping away things. Somehow in the busyness of serving God, parts of my identity began to rest in what I was doing and not my Creator. The process of refining has been hot and uncomfortably at times. Nonetheless, I see the worth in it, that I may learn to be content in any and every circumstance, just as Paul did.

As I have had the privilege of traveling this year, I am seeing a pattern of God doing this in His Body. He’s taking from us the things we are able to do apart from him. Yesterday morning, I had a conversation about our identity resting in what we do, then I stepped into a prayer meeting. This very thing came up. Base leaders here confessed their adequacies in getting things done, and lack of taking the time to worship and prayer. I didn’t say a word. Later that day, as we scrubbed floors preparing for next week, word came saying that the speaker for the conference canceled. Stripped once again.

In much wisdom the base leaders decided to have a prayer/worship time last night. I felt so touched by the Spirit as I watched cries go up for revival in Mexico as the day turned to night. Desperation. It wasn’t too different from every night of last year, as I would look around the room on the corner of 2nd and Pennsylvania Ave. in DC to see my friends/teammates going before the King on behalf of our nation. A little Mexican Rumble*, I guess?

In the afternoon, I had a great conversation with a girl here. When she left the room I thought maybe we should try and do 24/7 prayer this weekend? I mentioned it to her. She got excited. Then this morning at the prayer meeting, another girl with no knowledge of our conversation suggested it. They’ve never done this sort of thing here before!

They have a great prayer room that sits untouched. I have a feeling soon the walls with echo with the prayers of His Saints! He is after us, pursuing us. He’s removing the things that hinder us from him, even the “good” things. We have a jealous lover.

*Rumble- what we called our nightly corporate prayer meetings in DC

25 reasons to be grateful…

1. my salvation- receiving an inheritance I could never earn
2. my adoption- receiving an identity I could never achieve
3. parents who love me and the Lord with all their hearts
4. Sarah, Sam, and Josh- truly the world best siblings, who I would gladly pick and I honestly enjoy
5. my 24th year, probably the most emotional year of my life, filled with abundant joy as well as many tears
6. freedom- the reward of really going deep
7. my job- how often i ask, is this really my job?
8. my trip to Israel- life changing.
9. the Remnant- my other family, are there words to express how my heart feels?
10. lessons learned
11. fresh revelation- “the truth shall set you free”
12. flowers on my birthday
13. friends all over the world
14. “remember when’s?”
15. extravagant provision
16. unconditional love
17. redemption
18. the future
19. the journey
20. the cutest nieces and nephews EVER!
21. laughing until my stomach hurts- abundant joy
22. forgiveness
23. the cross
24. the Holy Spirit, who touches me deeper than anyone else can
25. LIFE! 25 full years

May this life continue to be fully lived, that I might draw others to this extra-ordinary love I experience. This is my prayer.

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
Psalm 126:2

Estoy en Guadalajara

So what am I doing here? I felt coming to Guadalaja was a good idea for a few reasons. I have been wanting to visit my good friends here for awhile. I see the value in experiencing other YWAM bases, as the focuses and values of bases can vary to some degree. I will be serving here, to learn and see the way this base functions. I also wanted to come to a new environment to seek the Lord for further direction in my life. Over the past few months, the Lord has been high-lighting some of the ways I love to serve Him. In regards to my future plans, I want to wait on Him. When I read about Jesus’ ministry I see that He not only responded to needs, He responded to the Spirit’s leading. I want my ministry to be what God has breathed upon. I will be here for a few weeks. I counted the days of my trip, and it is 25, which is interesting considering I will enter my 25th year while here.img_0258 Will you pray for my time here? If so, please pray for a new level of intimacy with the Lord, greater freedom, clarity, direction, and divine opportunities to be a blessing. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to get away with the Lord, and want to receive every good gift my Father has. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. BE BLESSED!

thanks Nikki

I’m back in DC for the week, and being a bit of a tourist. I didn’t have a camera last year. One of my closest friends on the team is a photographer, so the Lord provided in a different way, and I have fabulous photos from last year. So, I’m making up for lost time, since my sister-in-law blessed me with an early birthday present!

Okay, so that’s not the real reason I’m in DC. A youth group from Virginia Beach is here to pray for the nation. They are awesome, and so on fire for the Lord. We are really just here to run alongside them! They came with a mission, to pray for Barak Obama, the African culture here in America, the church, and the ending of abortion. No small task I shall say. So here we go, I hope I can keep up!

oh how the years go by…

Susan was one of the first girls to arrive when I started working at Father Heart four years ago. After she had her baby, she stayed with us and cooked. We became close friends, as we lived in the house together for a season. I went to visit her the other day. She is now married and expecting another baby girl next month. Her husband was so kind. He served us fresh guacamole, then made us steaks and salmon for dinner. Amya is now 3, and so sweet and hospitable. It was a special treat to get to visit my friends from years past!

Amya and me
Amya and me

Lindale in the rearview mirror

Well, I said goodbye to “good country living” this morning I am at my sister’s now, spending time with family before heading off on yet another adventure. Saturday morning, I will return to DC for a week. Some of my old teammates and myself will be hosting the New Life youth group from Virginia Beach. These students are giving up the “typical” Spring Break to pray and repent over our nation. I am excited to invest in this generations and even challenged by their passion for the Lord.

Losing our minds?

It seems my mind is one of the enemy’s most favored access points. Oh so subtly he enters. I allow him somehow to steal the thousands of memories of God’s faithfulness, and somehow replace them with memories that flood my heart with fear and doubt. It’s hard for me to admit and realize that I have allowed him to do this. But if the Word of God is my standard, than than this is the simple yet hard truth. I think so often when it comes to my mind I can be passive. Yet Paul’s stance towards these little thoughts is the quite the opposite, “we take captive every thought to make it obedience to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) Today, I was struck by a quote from Beth Moore, “We also have an enemy who wants to return us to the places God called us to leave.” For me these “places” are often doubts I allow my brain to re-circulate. How often do we allow our thoughts to drift back to places where Christ has already won the victory?

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

In Christ, we have the victory. May we fight to take a hold of this divine power, and overcome this battle for our minds!

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3