Posts made in October, 2015

The Spirit of Freedom

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Uncategorized

I was so blessed yesterday at church when I looked up and saw that the artist on stage had drawn this picture during worship…a picture of a dancer waving a banner.  It immediately grabbed my heart as I was holding my golden yellow/orange silk in my hands at that very moment and felt the Lord encouraging me to keep dancing.  You see, it had been over 4 months since I moved to NY and since I had danced during a Sunday morning worship service. It wasn’t until last week when I was encouraged to go in the balcony where there was more space and only a handful of people that I finally danced for the FIRST time.  Still not wanting to be a distraction, I tucked myself away in the far back corner, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and proceeded to worship with my silks.  Shortly thereafter, 2 young ladies came up to me and shared how blessed they were by my worship and how one of them got tears in her eyes when she saw me dance.  Isn’t that’s just like Poppa to encourage us anytime we step out in faith and obedience? It wasn’t until the artist got up this week to share about her drawing that I found out that she was the girl who spoke to me the week before and that I was the inspiration for her drawing.  She shared how the Lord reminded her that worship comes in many forms…not just singing and playing music, but in dance and movement and expressions of freedom. Wow!  I was completely humbled and blessed.  What I love most of all about her drawing is that the dancer is in all black.  It’s not about me nor about any particular person.  It’s about the army of worshipers that are rising up in this end time harvest. A nameless and faceless generation of laid down lovers, like David, who will worship God in Spirit and in truth in spite of their weakness and brokenness. It’s the dawning of a new day, and like David, let us rise up and say, “I will sing and make melody with all my being!  Awake, O harp and lyre!  I will awake the dawn!  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nation.”  Psalm...

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The Love Mission Continues – Gotta Be Real

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Uncategorized

It’s been a pretty big adjustment going from a Southern-culture church experience in the Bible belt to a North-Eastern inner city one where many of the people are right off the streets.  But, one thing about inner city churches that you’ve gotta love is that the people are REAL.  When they come off the street, they don’t know religion, rules, and protocol…they just know what they know and that’s usually a bit rough around the edges, but incredibly refreshing at the same time. Two weeks ago at church I was so blessed to witness 24 people ranging from 12 – 82 years old get water baptized.  The 82-year old woman shared how she came to know Jesus just a month prior when someone invited her to the Big Daddy Weave concert that our church hosted. How cool is that?!  Person after person shared their testimony and at the end of it, the pastor asked if anyone was there that wanted to start a relationship with Jesus.  As I looked down on the crowd from the balcony, I noticed one man sitting on the back row by himself raise his hand and then walk forward to receive Christ.  Moments later after they prayed and talked with him, he decided that he wanted to get water baptized as well.  So, in he went clothes and all!!  Isn’t that awesome?!  What’s amazing is that he probably had no idea when he woke up that day that his entire life was about to be turned upside down by making the greatest decision of his life. A similar thing happened this past Sunday as the pastor encouraged people to spontaneously come up to the microphone during worship and share when they first encountered God’s grace.  I lost count, but somewhere around 30+ people of all ages came up sharing how they were in their car or in the shower or at someone’s house when God’s grace touched their heart.  It was so powerful, and perfectly prepared the way for 4-5 people to give their hearts to the Lord….2 of them who were visiting there for the first time! As I sat watching and listening to all of this, I could feel the Lord melting my heart and gently saying, “This is part of that love mission I was talking about.”  Learning to love the “unlovely,” the unrefined, the unchurched.  I realized in that moment that up to that moment I hadn’t really ASKED God to give me His heart for the people of this city….that I was so self-absorbed in my own uncomfortable transition to a new place that I hadn’t taken the time to open my heart fully and sincerely ask.  It was an exciting moment (as any moment outside of ourselves usually is)…to feel just a glimpse of God’s heart and to realize truly what a gift it was and is to be here....

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Connections in Brooklyn

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog Posts, Ministry, Uncategorized

It was so good reconnecting this past weekend with missionary friends from GA who recently moved to Brooklyn to plant a church, as well as with another dear friend who is a missionary from GA.  We only had a short afternoon together, but it was filled with heartfelt sharing, encouraging, laughing, and praying for each other in what the Lord has called us to do in this season.  We are so thankful for brothers and sisters in the Lord to run...

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