Posts made in May, 2016

On Eagle’s Wings – Part 2

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Blog Posts, Ministry

My last blog update was about the unique way the Lord spoke to us in February that He was sending us out of NY “on eagle’s wings.”  Looking back now three months later, we can definitely testify to this being true.  As we launched out not knowing where the path would lead, we have been blessed to soar with Him to unexpected places, meet wonderful new people, and experience the ever-increasing kindness and faithfulness of God to us. Our first landing place in Tyrone, GA, brought many blessings of reconnecting with dear friends, as well as ministering to new ones through silk painting classes and teaching at a Legacy Ministry’s “Limitless” Conference for women. One of our unexpected blessings was getting an opportunity to receive training at a ministry called “Be In Health” in Thomaston, GA, which focuses on restoring health and healing to individuals in body, soul, and spirit (3 John 1:3 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper and that you may be in good health, even as your soul prospers.)  The 6-day training program was a powerful time of hearing scriptually-based teachings, learning how to apply them, and getting freedom. We highly recommend it for anyone, especially those suffering with physical or emotional illnesses of any kind. Another incredible blessing was the privilege of being connected with Teammates in Ministry, a husband/wife team who minister to pastors and missionaries by hosting them in their home and giving them a beautiful place to rest, rejuvenate, and connect with the Lord.  They also minister in counseling and marriage ministry after working with Family Life Marriage Weekends for 22 years.  It was the perfect follow up to our previous week of training and we are thankful for our newfound friends (who have actually become more like family)! From there, the Lord sent us to another ministry called “Missionary Care Ministry” in Bogart, GA, which is a wonderful, peaceful resting place for missionaries.  We were blessed to get to connect with a couple who were missionaries in Africa and encourage each other in our journeys.  An added bonus for us was it being only 30 minutes away from the International House of Prayer in Atlanta where we’ve been able to get connected and worship there on a regular basis  (more on that later)! Our journey continues and has currently included connecting with Michelle’s college roommate from 25 years ago (how fun is that?!)  We are excited for all that’s ahead and look forward to sharing as it unfolds. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8,9          ...

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Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

Posted on May 5, 2016 in Blog Posts, Ministry

Last week we were invited to go to a traveling horse show called “Sermon on the Mount” where we weren’t just entertained, but fed spiritual truths as well. Being a visual learner, I got a lot out of it and was especially impacted by what he shared about honor. Honor One Another – The trainer worked with two of his beautiful horses and illustrated how each of them are both powerful in their own right and could easily hurt the other one, but they don’t do it because of their relationship with him.  They honor him, therefore they honor each other.  Likewise, we are called to honor one another, and although we may be able to overpower/hurt one another, we choose not to do it because of our relationship and honor to God.  He challenged us with though-provoking questions like, “What do I do with my liberties?” “How much of my life is set up around intentionally honoring others?” “Am I allowing God to perfect me in unity?”  He shared a powerful truth that holiness must always proceed harmony.  Therefore, as we learn to walk in God’s ways and be like him, we will grow in harmony with one another. Spur On One Another – I loved this part of the show where he talked about the spurs on his boots and explained how they actually cause a horse to grow and to learn when they are used correctly.  The spurs aren’t there to punish the horse or to hurt them, but to “provoke” the horses to excellence.  In the same way, God doesn’t allow irritants and trials in our lives to punish us, but to perfect us.  And we can spur one another on to love and good works as well. (Heb. 10:24) God Is For You – During the performance, there were several times the horses didn’t do what he wanted them to, and he shared that instead of ignoring their disobedience or harshly disciplining them he simply said, “No” and then immediately set them up to try again and make a choice to obey this time.  He likened this to our relationship with God and how when we fail or are disobedient, God always corrects us, but then He immediately sets us up for victory again.  He doesn’t just leave us down and feeling like a failure. He is quick to forgive when we repent and loves to show mercy.  He is for us and his mercy endures forever. Lateral Shows the Vertical – One last nugget he shared was that the lateral work (relational work with the horses) was the primary way for us to see that the horses belong to the trainer.  He shared that hours upon hours of training and time had gone into building relationship with the horses and that out of that trust/honor relationship much fruit has come.  We too often have to put weeks, months, and even years into building relationships with others, but in the end much fruit is produced and we bring glory to God.   John 13:35 – By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”...

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