I have never done anything consistently for 40 days straight, so this was a first. Praying through Isaiah 61 for 40 days – what a journey!
God spoke clearly and unmistakably. The first day so much was leaping off the page of Isaiah 61 I switched to my computer (vs. my pen) to record my thoughts. March 24th I finished my last entry only to discover I had filled . . . guess how many pages? Sixty-one!
Entering the 40 days, I anticipated receiving “marching orders” for this next season of my life. I do have them, though a bit different than expected. One thing is clear: Isaiah 61 is my mission and commission.
So what does that look like specifically? While asking God about what I am to do He revealed who I am to be. This critical journey through Isaiah 61 calls me to BE a woman who: proclaims good news to the poor, binds up the brokenhearted, sets free those held captive and imprisoned (emotionally and spiritually), and to comfort those who mourn and grieve. I am to be this woman no matter my role at work or ministry.
I emerge from these 40 days without a list of next steps. Instead, I have an invitation deeper into the heart of God, and a growing, humbling awareness of His Spirit’s anointing to use me in the lives of those I meet.
God revealed clearer focus and confirmed I am to continue my path of grief and spiritual direction training. He knows my fears and invites me to trust Him for the finances required to continue and what is beyond. As I walk this path He will reveal each next step. Even during these 40 days, God has initiated for me to teach the grief training to small group leaders at a local church, and to pastors this summer. I am also companioning hearts who are currently in the grip of grief. Such holy ground.
I am strangely, and gratefully, at peace letting God open the doors right now verses me drawing up plans and strategies. Thank you so much for your prayers and joining me in the journey!!!
Big Break, Panama City, FL In just 28 days:
– 2,750 Cru students and staff had 8,120 spiritual conversations on Panama City beaches.
– 3,858 people heard the gospel story and 504 prayed to receive Christ
– 319 rededicated their lives over to Christ’s control and now trust the Holy Spirit to lead them.
Pray for each of these decisions
56 eager folks attended the Orlando Comm Lab. What a tremendous week watching God work in the lives of Cru staff, pastors, and business leaders! There were holy moments of revelation and unlocking prison doors!
THIS weekend, Apr 8-10, twenty college students will arrive eager to learn how to grow as worship leaders. These students play key roles in Cru movements on their campuses. One class I am teaching is Resolving Conflict. Pleas pray for me – I usually get fresh material to work with – if you get my drift!