Monthly Archives: November 2013

Putting Feet to My Faith

Serving dinner at Hope City

Serving dinner at Hope City

In the last several weeks, we’ve putting feet to our faith through various activities and outreaches. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been doing:

-Orphan Justice Center (OJC): We went with OJC to a local children’s center and hospital to minister to (mostly) foster children with emotional or behavioral issues. We played games and just had some fun, which is a nice break from the kids’ very structured schedule.

-Hope City: My team went to IHOP’s prayer room in the inner city. There were many broken people with addictions in recovery. I was blessed by individuals’ open, real, and joyful hearts to the Lord in the midst of their difficult circumstances. There was no pretense in their attitude. We participated in their service and helped serve dinner.

-Evangelism: I participated in an evangelism outreach and had the delight and honor of leading a young girl named Brittney to the Lord!

-Prophecy and Healing Rooms: IHOP has ‘prophecy rooms’ and ‘healing rooms’ where people can receive ministry, and as interns, we have the privilege of receiving training and practice to facilitate these two ministries. Believers can still hear God’s voice today and perform miracles through Christ’s power. Prophecy involves hearing God’s thoughts and heart toward others and is meant to encourage, exhort, and comfort (1Corinthians 14:3). In 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul says to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. We have begun to practice prophesying over each other, and it has been amazing and encouraging to hear God’s voice for others. Matthew 10:8 also instructs us to “heal the sick.” It has been challenging for me to step out in this area, but my heart is stirred to do this very thing because Jesus himself says in John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.”

In the midst of all these great experiences, walking out the 2nd commandment to love others, God continually reminds me in my times at the prayer room to keep my focus on the 1st commandment, to love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I long to always go to the Lord for my worth and value and not to my success or effectiveness in ministry. A wise man once said: “I am loved by God, and I am lover of God. Therefore, I am a success.”

Planted by Streams of Water

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Roots from a tree can only grow deep if they are planted by the water and given the proper nutrients. As Believers, we must be intentional in planting ourselves by things that give us life. Having more of God often means having less of other things. Sometimes, desiring more of Him can permit Him to remove comforts and things in our life that we lean on more than Him. We enter the Kingdom through many trials and tribulations.

Just as I have begun to grasp and embrace the challenges of being here in this season, some of the same questions were back in my face again this week. Just over a week ago, I had a car accident that demolished my car. Tuesday, I went into an interview expecting an open door to work with a non-profit organization I was hoping to plug into, but I found out that no paid positions are available. Doors closed. Provision, uncertain. Direction, little to be seen! I wish I could say that I responded to these situations in perfect peace, but I have had quite a battle this week. Yet in all of this, I see Him growing me in love and trust. He’s been asking me the question, “Am I enough?” I have said, “Yes, Lord, You are enough!” Well this conviction is being tested in my heart right now through these circumstances. Is He enough when I don’t have the convenience of a car or the comfort and security of the future? While I know these things logically to be true, my faith is being tested experientially through these circumstances. All I can do now is intentionally plant myself by the river, lean on Christ, asking for truth and guidance. As I position my heart to hear from Him and not turn away in disappointment, I know He will speak and make my path straight.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Praise Reports:
-No injury to either party in accident
-Looking forward to a pleasant visit home to PA to see family in December
-I’ve been extremely blessed by my new friends out here in KC

Prayer Requests:
-Healing from the trauma of the accident
-Provision for car and living expenses
-Wisdom and direction
-Peace for family members who have had various stressors and difficulties