Often, I will joke that I wish the Lord would “put the writing on the wall” – make clear what He is saying. Lately, I have been challenged to pay attention – to pay attention to what the Lord is doing and saying daily around me. This morning, as I reflected, I filled a page in my journal about what I “noticed” yesterday. Throughout every day, the Lord uses various means to speak – I need to pay attention and take notice.
May the Lord give each of us “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” what He is showing and saying. I would encourage you to take moments to reflect. Notice – walk through your recent memories and ask the Lord to help you “pay attention” to what He is showing and saying. You may discover recurring themes, and I know He will encourage your faith.
A few weeks ago, I was given a book that began my journey of paying attention. The book is entitled One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I highly recommend this book. The back cover encourages the reader to reflect on life and “Wake up to a thousand blessings.”
Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month
“I shake my head at the blinding wonder of it: Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with the planks of thanks. Remembering frames up gratitude. Gratitude lays out the planks of trust. I can walk the planks – from known to unknown – and know: He holds. I could walk unafraid. Is that why the Israelites kept recounting their past – to trust God for their future?” ~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, p. 151,152
Be inspired and directed to seek God’s awakening in your spirit for the work He has called you to by listening to Tomlin’s “Awakening” from Passion 2010.
CELEBRATION EVENT: Celebrating God’s Adventure
Come attend this ministry event and volunteer appreciation dessert evening to celebrate and thank the Lord for the transformation of lives this year. Bring a friend and allow God to replenish, renew, and rehydrate your spirit with exciting testimonies of transformation, prayer, and praise.
Date: Sunday, June 5
Location: Sherwood Park Alliance Church
ROY FINANCIAL MAYOR’S WALK FOR CHARITY
We are looking for walkers and sponsors for Connecting Streams for this year’s Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity. If you are interested in either walking or sponsoring a walker to help raise funds for Connecting Streams, please contact Sandy at email@example.com.
One hundred percent of funds raised goes directly to Connecting Streams. The funds will be used to train and equip volunteers to take faith adventures by inviting people who are broken and marginalized to discover a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 9am – 12:00pm
Location: St. Albert
Asking Good Questions
Last month we asked you to submit questions you use as good discussion-starters when building new relationships. Here are some that you came up with:
What are you passionate about?
What was the high point of your week? The low point?
What is your most prized possession? Why?
For what in your life are you most grateful?
In what way are you different from the way people usually see you?
When was the first time you heard about Jesus and what did you think of Him?
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Keep the questions coming! If you have another helpful question to share with us, please submit it here.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, by Allan Mitchell
Every Easter season, believers from every tribe and tongue celebrate and reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In the midst of the calm, calamity, and circumstance of daily living, many believers assess and express their spiritual devotion to their Christian faith. Sadly, for many, Easter has become a comfortable custom of familiar religious rhetoric and ritual – acknowledged only to sustain what some people would define as an antiquated and irrelevant tradition.
Some people superficially sustain Easter tradition through the fictitious folklore of gift- bearing rabbits—these secular, mythical alternatives divert and deceive people from contemplating and experiencing the true, eternal hope of Easter. Why has the world’s alternative Easter traditions caused many to disregard the eternal significance of one of humankind’s most significant historical events? Why have we lost the joy, hope, and glory of the Easter experience?
To understand fully the eternal significance of the Easter narrative, each person must ask the question—what does the cross of Christ mean to me? Read more…
Faith Adventure Opportunities
Click here to find a list 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.