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 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 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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  1. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME .............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i LOVE you GIRL!!!!!!