Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sometimes We Need Audible Truth!

God is good all the time! All the time God is good!

The Lord has been teaching me so much about trust lately, it's unreal. I am still very much on the journey in this but wanted to stop and reflect a bit on it because in this battle of seeking to cling to promises and flee from doubt, the Lord has used some pretty special people to speak His truth audibly to me. Yes, His word is enough, but how gracious is He who goes the extra mile to have someone also speak what is written so that I might hear it even clearer.

I cannot express how much the Lord has used mentors in my life for this very purpose. Sometimes it has been to hear hard things that I don't want to hear...maybe an area of sin in my life or a direction toward sin that I am heading in. But more often, it has been to hear the encouragement that I have been too hard-headed to hear for myself from His word. It has been to remind me of the Lord's promises and to encourage me to keep fighting the good fight. After all, is there any other fight worth fighting. No matter the difficulties any present moment might lend....still, I'd rather be fighting the GOOD fight of Christ than any that would instead promote my flesh.

This school year, I have been extra focused on the need for mentoring within the Girls Ministry. Every topic we have covered in Bible Study in some way has also pointed to the need for accountability from an older, wiser, godly woman. Last night, after hanging up the phone with one of my precious out-of-town mentors, I had one of those "ah-ha" moments of "YES! This is exactly what I have been stressing." Someone that listens, allows you to be real...and yes, cry...even the slobbery-messy cry, but then turns you away from the lies that you are allowing yourself to believe (even when it's painful to hear) and points you right smack into Scripture. This is godly mentoring.

No one is strong enough to battle all the lies alone. You will inevitably have blurred vision and yes, believe a lie(s)....unless you allow someone to come in your life. Someone to know you, your good times and your junk...and loves you anyway! And most importantly: Someone that will love your pursuit of righteousness more than your feelings!

I am so thankful that God has led different ladies to mentor me throughout my Christian walk so far. I have had several ladies in my life too. Some for just a season at a time, but wow, they have made a lifetime impact. As I reflect on how thankful I am, I can't help but tearfully pray to God to use me to be the same kind of impact in the lives of girls I come in contact with. I know God is glorified in relationships like that and I pray that my life is one that is bold for the sake of righteousness and pointing others to His word above all else...especially pride in the flesh.
"I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage way as the world does." ~ 2 Corinthians 10:2-3
I hope you will pray for me too! I also hope that when you pray you pray for your mentor, to strengthen her on her walk and to continue to have boldness in your life. If you don't have a mentor, I pray that you will not only pray about having one but that you will actively seek one out now!
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PS - Be on the look out! I will be featuring some "Guest Bloggers" soon too! Great stuff in the works!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thoughts From A Girls Minister...

With this new year, I am excited to take this blog in some new directions. It has been on my heart for awhile to use this space in multiple ways and well, that is what I am going to do! I will still be updating with event recaps, pictures and promotion for upcoming events for our Girls Ministry. BUT! You'll also hear thoughts, funny moments, lessons learned, and just cool stuff God has been teaching this Girls Minister. :) I hope it will therefore be even more of an encouragement to you, as well as a more versatile outlet of sharing for me! 

So, I thought I would transition with something that has really stood out to me and shaped my thoughts and prayers this past week as we (as a youth group) are reading through Mark in our Wednesday Night gatherings. 
In Mark 1:40-42 we read:
"A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
I just love how this man asked for Jesus to cleanse him. We often quote from Mark 11:24 to just simply ask and you will receive and thus we repeatedly watch as that verse is misused and taken out of context. Also, you often hear people stressing over the will of God, how to find it, what to do, etc., etc. But this man got it, and I hope to get it too. I know that God's will is best and I know I don't want to be anywhere except in God's will, but the truth is, if I am seeking God, in His word, praying to Him, growing and sharing in Him, I won't be able to be anywhere BUT His will.

With that said, He asks us to come to Him...to bring our needs and our requests. He wants to grant the desires of our heart. And if we are seeking Him as we ought, our requests and His will are bound to line up. Amazing! "If you are willing, Lord?"... "I am willing," He says! He is so willing to bless His children. Oh, how He loves us! 

This has changed the way I talk to God. I think I've asked of Him before in an almost hesitant, fearful way....like as to prepare myself for a big, resounding "NO." But asking "if you are willing..." changes the tone of my heart. I don't expect a NO anymore, I just expect that He will answer me in His perfect timing and in His perfect will. As I seek Him and grow in Him that perfect will, will be my hearts desire too. Oh, how I love Him!

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