Are you excited about the year ahead and the adventure of faith the Lord has for you?
A friend relayed a story of how the Lord spoke to him about believing God can do something and believing He actually will. As he shared the story, tears came as I confessed to the Lord that sometimes I believe He can but not necessarily that He will. Oh, how He wants us to trust in His character and His promises, and follow as He leads.
If I were to ask you for a word or phrase the Lord has put on your heart for 2011, what would it be? When I asked myself the same question, what came was joyful trust. I don’t want to just endure and survive in 2011, but I want to learn to joyfully trust Him as I let Him lead me. May countless blessings be yours in the year ahead as you choose to trust Him.
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NLT
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month:
“The more we step out on the invisible bridge of faith and find out God is dependable and trustworthy, the more confidence we’ll have in the reality of His vision for our cities.” ~ Steve Sjogren and Dave Ping, Outflow, p. 187
Book of the Month: Outflow – Outward-focused Living in a Self-focused World by Steve Sjogren and Dave Ping
(From the back cover…) “Outflow introduces you to principles for enjoying a life that’s filled to the brim with God’s love, joy, and hope. It starts with a deep relationship with God, then flows out to touch your family and friends. Your neighbors. Your world. They’ll notice a difference…and so will you. Get ready to experience God’s love in a new way – and to share it with others in a manner that’s natural, simple, and heart-felt.”
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T’was the night before Christmas…well not exactly – it was a little over a week before. We were meeting with twenty-seven women who were about to spend Christmas incarcerated. In a large circle, the conversation flowed as if we were in an intimate group. Some women were expressing their appreciation to God for being rescued, and their desire to believe in and know Him even in the midst of doubts. I was amazed at their hunger. Others were encouraging each other to believe, to read the Bible, even to surrender to Him. I was amazed at their faith.
Yet even as many were declaring their understanding of who God is, it became obvious they didn’t know the God of the Bible. They had collected ideas and sayings they heard as they grew up. I was grieved that He had been misrepresented. The women were honest about the pain and rejection from their families. Some have no one in this world. I was broken-hearted at their level of pain. No wonder Jesus said to go to prisons and visit, and that when we do, we are doing it for Him. I love Him for that…He cares for the broken and the forgotten, and gives hope to those with no hope.
I left excited about the year ahead and the possibility of these women discovering true faith in the One who came to set them free. I was reminded of Jesus’ mission and His calling on our lives in Isaiah 61:1-3…
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’S favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyful blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for His own glory.”
I pray we will answer the Lord’s call and say yes to His invitation to follow Him into a hurting world. You will never feel ready, but the truth is you are ready because you have Him. Seek first the Kingdom. Follow Him into a hurting world…join Him. He is already there…
Faith Adventure Opportunities
Click here to find a list of opportunities for men and women to take a faith adventure in the Edmonton area. Would you be willing to help begin a Connecting Streams team in your area, or at a venue for which you have a burden and that we have not yet considered? There are also opportunities within our organization in administration, event planning, volunteer coordination, etc. View a list of our current volunteer and staff opportunities. Contact us at 1-866-416-4661 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CROSSING STREAMS…AN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR
Aboriginal issues expert Carrielynn Lund shares and discusses the historical and spiritual background of Canadian Aboriginals. Learn how to respect cultural traditions and overcome communication barriers to share and discuss faith issues with gentleness and respect .
DATE: Saturday, January 15, 2011
PLACE: Clark Builders, 4703-52nd Avenue NW, Edmonton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
In today’s multicultural society, how do we promote and nurture authentic relationships while effectively sharing the gospel with compassion and respect? Come and join Debra Karmen and Kathleen Ibsen as they share and discuss various faith and worldview backgrounds and talk about how to gently and respectfully transition into spiritual conversations.
DATE: Saturday – February 12, April 9 & May 7, 2011
PLACE: Best Environmental Technologies, 9610-39th Avenue, Edmonton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Please RSVP for both training events to Marian at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: EDMONTON TRAINING DAY – March 12, 2011
Details will follow in future newsletters.