I just finished reading Leadership as an Identity by Crawford W. Loritts, Jr. He speaks of leadership as being a calling from God to fulfill His assignments. Loritts reiterates that Christian leaders live and lead with four common identity characteristics: brokenness, uncommon communion, servanthood, and radical and immediate obedience.
I was reminded that God’s assignments are as much about refining me and my character as they are about accomplishing something for God and His Kingdom. Following Jesus into a hurting world brings life and hope to others and transforms us in the process. I would encourage you to look at your current circumstances as the Lord’s training ground. Is He bringing you to a new level of surrender to His will and plan and deepening your faith? Is He refining your character and exposing things in your heart that need changing?
May you and I say yes to the Lord’s leading, yield to His direction, and surrender to His will. As Loritts reminds us, “God’s assignments have eternal implications. It’s not just about the excitement and satisfaction of finishing a task or making something happen; it’s the story of an assignment from God to have a lasting impact on our lives.”
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Inspirational Video of the Month: “Amazing Jesus Rap”
Tamara Lowe’s no-nonsense “Amazing Jesus Rap” cuts through our excuses and gets to the truth about Who Jesus is.
Quote of the Month:
“The wealth and richness of your life and leadership over time is produced by the consistent habit of turning to God in the face of your weaknesses, difficulties, storms, and seemingly insurmountable challenges, and seeing Him unfailingly come through time and again. Over time this experience produces in your heart that delightfully strange and wonderful combination of humility and profound confidence that the God of the ages will give you what you need and do everything He promised when you turn away from yourself and trust Him completely.”
~ Leadership as an Identity, by Crawford W. Loritts, Jr.
I felt God calling me to prison ministry two years ago. I started visiting Fort Saskatchewan prison one year ago……it took me a year to make sure I had heard right!
My thoughts going in were that it would be fine because I had a book to follow (a Bible study), and that I needed to go or else how would they hear about Him? It was only right that I share what Jesus had done for me!
I had never met any of the ladies that I was to go with before, but as we drove together, they prayed for our time together and told me to just let the Holy Spirit lead the way. Read more…
CELEBRATION EVENT – Evening of Sunday, May 16, 2010
Join us to hear exciting testimonies from volunteers, chaplains, and women whose lives have been transformed. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and potential volunteers from church or your other spheres of influence who are considering taking a faith adventure so they can hear about the ministry of Connecting Streams. The event will be held at Sherwood Park Alliance Church from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information, contact Marian Davis at 780 464-2405 or by sending email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free, but please let us know if you’ll be attending by Thursday, May 13. (The sooner you can let us know if you’ll be attending, the better, for planning purposes.) “Embrace God’s faith adventure and change the ordinary to miraculous!”
ROY FINANCIAL MAYOR’S WALK FOR CHARITY 2010 – Saturday, June 19, 2010
We have been given an awesome opportunity! The Mayor of St. Albert sponsors a walk for charity each year. This year Connecting Streams is one of their charities. We can have as many walkers or runners as possible, and we receive 100% of the money raised. Would you be willing to walk on behalf of Connecting Streams and help to raise funds for the ministry?
Follow this link to download your form: http://www.royfinancialmayorswalk.com/UserFiles/File/MWPledgeForm2010.pdf
• Collect money as directed
• Put “Connecting Streams, Power to Change” as the charity of your choice
• 100% of pledges will be donated to Connecting Streams
If you’re not personally able to participate in the walk, you are welcome to sponsor a participant. Contact Marian Davis at email@example.com for details, or send cheques payable to Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity to: Connecting Streams, Nottingham RPO, PO Box 92535, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 3X4.
Connecting Streams is now on social media sites. You can find us on Facebook (both a group page and organization page), Twitter (username is ConnectStreams), and YouTube. You can also find Donna Mitchell on LinkedIn or on a Google Profile. Start following us today to find out about important announcements and news.
Compass – The Compass is a powerful catalyst for discussion. It can be used one-on-one, in small groups, to follow up on outreach and conference events, or to mobilize women into their communities or workplace. Take advantage of our discounted price of $7.50, up to 5 copies. Bulk orders over 5 cost $5.00 each. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order today. Click here to find out more about the Compass.
Volunteer Opportunities: How to Get Started on Your Faith Adventure
Are you longing to make a difference – to step out with God? Are you sensing His call? We invite women of all ages and stages to make an exciting, life-changing transition from the routine to the remarkable. Will you pray about what God has planned for you? Ask yourself: is God calling me to something new – something even more significant? The world needs women compelled to love others and share the hope they have in Jesus, to step out in faith together, depending on the Holy Spirit. To date we have faith adventures in seniors’ communities, prisons, post-prison, young offender’s centre, and inner city residential treatment. The next faith adventure may be in the marketplace, a school, your neighborhood, or a hospital – with God all things are possible!
At Connecting Streams, doors are opening for new faith adventures in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and other cities across the country. If your heart is being stirred to become involved with us in stepping out to reach your world, either as a leader or as part of a volunteer team, we would love to hear from you.
Contact us to discuss your potential volunteer or career involvement with Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry. Call 1-866-416-4661 or email us at email@example.com. Look for us on the web at www.connectingstreams.com.
Complaining, by Cath Thorlakson
Read Exodus 17:1 – 7
“He called the place Massah [“proof”] and Meribah [“contention”] because of the fault-finding of the Israelites and because they tempted and tried the patience of the Lord, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” Exodus 17:7
Did you notice the title of this devotional before you read it? Were you prepared to hear about what was wrong with complaining and be admonished not to do it, or were you ready to defend complaining as being alright with the Lord?
I believe this passage gives us insight on the “right” and the “wrong” about complaining. It seemed that no matter how much the Lord took care of them, the Israelites just couldn’t or wouldn’t trust Him. God had taken them out of Egypt with a bounty of plunder. Then, He showed His power when He parted the Red Sea for them, and made His favor clear when He closed it up for the Egyptians. He led them in spectacular ways and provided for their daily needs. Even after all of this, when there was no water in the desert, they were not happy and began to complain. God was not pleased. Read more…