Today, I began reading a chapter of 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers. As I read, this profound truth captivated me: Christ is our life. He isn’t just a “part” of our lives – He is our life. He is our strength and our peace – presently working in us and through us by His Spirit. Realizing this, we can accept His invitation to a life of adventure and obedience. Knowing we can surrender to His Lordship, we can be at rest in our Lord and praise Him as we invite Him to manage us and our daily lives. Authentic life involves His life filling us and overflowing to others.
Why is it, then, that so few of us experience the full and abundant life Jesus promises? Partly, I believe, it’s because we don’t want to leave the safety of the shore, so to speak. We want to keep our feet on familiar dry ground, because its familiarity keeps us stable, comfortable, and in control. Truthfully, we are always safe in His arms, but often, apprehension prevents us from truly surrendering.
For each of us, a life of adventure and obedience is a special invitation. There are no exceptions – we are all invited. Recently, I took time to sit back and observe people. I noticed that the ones who begin to experience the Lord at a deeper level are the ones who intentionally take steps away from the safety of the shore and who immerse themselves in the deeper things of God.
Currently, we have almost 30 new volunteers planning to begin “faith adventures” in the fall. Intentionally, they are stepping out in faith to bring God’s love to people in seniors’ homes, prisons, post-prison settings, the inner city, and young offender centers – and to others in need of a Savior.
If you are tired of remaining safely anchored on shore and if you desire to take intentional faith steps to reach out with others, let us know. We can get you started on a life-changing and faith-deepening adventure!
To Him who is able,
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month:
“Thank You… that You have enlisted me in Your worldwide task force, to be Your witness. What a high privilege, that You have destined me to have a share not only in Your love but also in Your glorious purposes, both near and far…that You have gifted me for a unique part in Your global search for people who will repent and believe and learn to live for Your glory.”
~ 31 Days of Praise: Day 30, by Ruth Myers
October 23 – 24, 2009 – Join us at the One Voice Conference in Vancouver to help unite and equip the Body of Christ in preparation for the Olympics. Visit www.onevoiceconference.org for more details. Coming soon on the website will be a promotional video you can share with friends and contacts. More details next month…
If you desire for us to come and speak to your women’s or church group, let us know by emailing Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to be a part of challenging women to be transformed by the love of God, and to step out to reach their world by taking a faith adventure. It’s thrilling to hear what the Lord does when we are willing to step out in faith – we change! Visit our website to find out more about a faith adventure!!
The older I get in my Christian walk, the better I understand the mind of the Ecclesiastes author when he wrote, “there’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
To help you understand my story, I need to take you back a few years. From 2002-2003, as a missionary with Mercy Ships, I lived onboard the MV Anastasis, off the coast of West Africa. Onboard the ship, I taught the children of the other missionaries, and in the evenings and weekends, I went into the community to help in the refugee camps or orphanages. Though I felt extremely alive during this time, particularly spiritually, the difficult living conditions eventually took their toll, and I had to return home a few months sooner than planned, due to exhaustion and burnout.
At that point, I realized I needed a break from meeting people’s needs for a while, so I took a “temporary” job with a long-time Christian friend, filling in as his office manager in his CPA firm. It was tax season, and he needed help preparing tax returns. Little did I know that I would be at that job for the next five years! Read more…
Contrasts, by Cath Thorlakson
Read Genesis 26
“Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings. And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished….
…Now Esau was 40 years old when he took as wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. And they made life bitter and a grief of mind and spirit for Isaac and Rebekah.”
Genesis 26:12-13; 34-35
Approximately 20 verses apart, we see a slice of real life. On the one hand, God was blessing Isaac, but on the other hand was Esau. He and his wives Judith and Basemath were making Isaac and Rebekah’s life bitter. This is the contrast of life. Read more…