I don’t know about you, but at times I yearn to spend a day alone – pondering, reflecting, praying, asking… “Lord, would You please speak to me?”
A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I spent a day at a Retreat Centre. Throughout the day I prayed, read, and journaled my thoughts. The last few minutes alone were the most profound for me. I read Hebrews 13:20,21, and sensed the LORD Himself was giving me a benediction – a promise of what He would do for me.
“Now may the God of peace – who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood – may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.”
He whispers peace. He is my (and your) great Shepherd who will lead us. His covenant in His blood is eternal – He will not change His mind. He is the one who will equip us with everything we need for doing His will, and it is His power at work within us to produce every good thing that is pleasing to Him. When we love Jesus, our hearts want to please Him. When I was a little girl, my mother said I used to want to have my hair brushed so I would be “pretty for daddy.” That is our heartbeat – we want to please Him.
I have been praying these verses and thanking the Lord that He will provide “all we need” to do His will. He will work within us to produce “every good thing” that is pleasing to Him.
Rest. Trust. Take His peace. Pray for the provision of everything you need, and then step out and do the next thing. You can trust Him to keep His promise!
~ Donna Mitchell,
Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Paul Young Events a Catalyst for Healing, by Allan Mitchell
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Eph 3:20, 21
The grace and sufficiency of God know no bounds. From March 10 through March 12, we had the privilege of hosting William P. Young, author of The Shack, for eight speaking engagements throughout Edmonton and Sherwood Park. During those three wonderful days, we listened to Paul minister – through authentic, heartfelt dialog – as he spoke to many people from varied walks of life.
After meeting Paul in June 2008, Connecting Streams Director Donna Mitchell was impressed by his authentic character, his love for people, and his desire to speak to others about a genuine relationship with God the Father.
“I realized the Holy Spirit could use his story as a catalyst for spiritual discussion,” Donna says. “Paul’s book, The Shack, was stirring conversations throughout the city, province, and nation – between friends, in the workplace, even in prison – and we wanted to facilitate and continue the ongoing conversation.” ….. Read more…
(** If you attended any of the Paul Young events, please go to our website at http://connectingstreams.com/category/blog/ to post comments about what you experienced there! What are you still thinking about or learning? Let’s keep the conversation going!! Visit http://connectingstreams.com/resource-links/events/paul-young-events/ to view our special Paul Young Events page.)
Thought of the Month:
“Evangelism is not only a verb, but also a noun!”
(by Merv Budd,
National Director of Equipping Evangelists, www.equippingevangelists.com)
God’s Friend, by Cath Thorlakson
Read Exodus 33:1 – 17
“And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua, son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.”
Again, another passage pumped full of truth that teaches me how to lead.
First, when I read that God spoke to Moses face to face, the same as a friend, I cry, “Oh, me too!!!” When I have found myself in the presence of the Lord – so real that I could almost touch it – there was such peace and warmth and wholeness and love. At these times, I just never want to leave!
Wouldn’t you love to speak to the Lord face to face, as with a friend? We actually can, in a way – at least, we can be in His presence. I just want to be His friend and have those kind of interactions that I see Moses having with Him – conversations!” Read more…
Faith Adventure Story – Meeting God in the Prison, by Debra Karman
God is present and active everywhere – even in prison.
Over the last few years, I’ve been involved with a team that has been ministering to women incarcerated in prison.
When we first started out, we had no idea of the adventure God would take each of us on. We learned very quickly that ministering in this environment would have great heart costs. Each lady becomes special so quickly, and we have a hard time saying goodbye each week. Read more….
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