Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The YWAM life

1. Breakfast is only for the overachievers
2. "Space" and "Privacy" are figments of your imagination
3. At any point in free time there is most definitely a jam sesh going on
4. We are basically one big 40+ member family
5. During the first 1-2 days, you will be completely lost while trying to find your room, food, etc.
6. Hills are meant to be rolled down and trees are meant to be climbed
7. We contend. For ourselves. For each other. Because prayer is SO incredibly powerful
8. Worship. It's real. It's raw. 
9. We are vulnerable. We laugh,, we cry, and Jesus is good.
10. We are all in the process of growth. Growth in community and most importantly growth in Christ.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Residence. New Adventure. Same Jesus.

Today is the official first day!! I got here yesterday and got settled and met two of my seven roommates. I can not wait to meet the rest and get started!! The anxiety/nervousness/what-am-i-doing is completely overcome by excitement as the journey officially starts TODAY.

I officially live over 1,000 miles from home,
I didn't know anyone before I got here,
And I wouldn't change a single thing about it all!

Location is just a spot on a map. Strangers are just friends you haven't gotten to know. My Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Perfect love casts out fear. I have a love for these people. I don't know them. But the fear has subsided in light of His wondrous desire for each of us as we follow Him to Colorado Springs and then the ends of the earth.

With all love,
Grace

Saturday, September 13, 2014

follow

following the footsteps of the One Who walked before
guided by His steadfast hand, faith
though the future i may not see
and though His voice be gentle and meek
on the inside i feel the rumbling of the Maker of the waves
following the God Who intimately knows me
i know that i will go wherever He may lead

Friday, September 5, 2014

Under 3 Weeks

A few months ago I posted announcing that I will be going to do a DTS (Discipleship Training School) with YWAM in Colorado Springs. Now I am less than three weeks away from stepping into this next chapter of life... Is this real?! Out of mind excited mixed with the occasional what in the world am I doing would most accurately describe how I feel. However, below those feelings is something that runs deeper... expectancy. I am expectant to see how the Lord is going to move.

I just recently finished going through a study on holiness with some friends. One verse that really struck me during the study was Matthew 5:48.

"Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Excuse me. What? I can't be perfect. I have no ability to be perfect. Washed, renewed, redeemed, yes. But even at the best of moments I still stumble and fall. I had a moment of confusion. He redeems because He knows I can't be perfect. That's why His forgiveness is everlasting. So how can I "Be perfect"? I then did a word study on the word perfect to look and see what the original word meant. One definition stuck out to me. -To come to the end of oneself- that I can do. That I do quite often.

Come to the end of yourself, Grace.
Let Me take over.

So as I stare at the ever lowering number of days I have left in Mississippi and I have reassurance. In the excitement, in the unknown, in the expectancy, I am learning. He is teaching me to come to the end of myself, to the end of my desires, and to the beginning of Who He is. He is perfecting my faith.

Here I stand. At the end of me.
At Hillsong puts it, it is "the art of loosing myself".

Following His lead,
Grace