Wednesday, August 3, 2011
We Want to See Jesus Lifted High
This is one of our house church's favorite songs... and it is the prayer in my heart right now! Jesus is so good and faithful and in the midst of watching friends and loved ones transition and trying to transition myself, I can't help but be struck by God's faithfulness and sovereignty. He is so gracious to let us know Him, and He really is our security!
Tuesday, we had the privilege of hearing from a few of our interns in chapel, and I'm so thankful for their boldness and willingness to share with the OMS community about what God has been teaching them this summer... whether it was His faithfulness, our frailty or His goodness in the midst of crisis, these women had open hearts and I'm so proud of them for their transparency and desire to let God grow and shape their hearts.
Thursday, we went to the Refuge, a local food and clothing shelter where the interns and I have been volunteering this summer. It was so good! What an encouragement to see the impact these women have made even in just this short few weeks they've had in Greenwood. They are so great at jumping in and helping wherever and the staff at the Refuge so appreciates them.
Heather, one of the client's I met during a previous visit, dropped by to pick up some school supplies for her daughter, and I was so thankful to see her. We talked until the staff turned the lights out on us and then we prayed. She is a beautiful woman in need of boundaries and security in her life. Would you pray for wisdom for her and for Jesus to open her heart to Him? Would you pray for me that God would root me more deeply in His Gospel and that I would know and communicate His character for what it really is and not just what I want it to be?
Our house church has started meeting in a hotel that has become a home to a lot of low-income families that are without a place to live. It has been a beautiful opportunity to get to know the people there and eat, pray and cry with them and love on their kids. Sunday, I had the huge blessing of praying and listening while my friend Christian shared the Gospel with a sweet family, Pete, Courtney and Skyla who had just arrived at the hotel a few days ago... and I just found myself wanting to know Jesus more and be equipped more to share who He is. Would you pray for Pete and Courtney, whom we'll be seeing again tonight?
Throughout this week, I've been thinking about old blogposts and times I've asked you to pray in the last few months for my restlessness and processing how the things God had been teaching me could fit into action here, this week was such a beautiful answer to prayer and so nourishing-- thank you for praying!
Finally, I just want to thank you so much for your prayers for our intern program. It is only because of Jesus and your prayers that there has been fruit from this program. Thank you for praying for them-- God is so faithful and good. It has been hard to say goodbye to them and other dear friends this week, but I know the tears are really just an answer to our prayers for deep community during their time here.
This weekend, I'll be sharing at retreat for high school girls in Bloomington! Would you pray over their time Friday and Saturday? Would you pray for me as I prepare for the session I'm leading on Saturday?
We want to see Jesus lifted high!