God Knows Best

Donna MitchellHi Friends!

The quote below speaks of new beginnings. Our hearts resonate and it makes sense for those who are broken and hurting – it gives hope, the realization that the future does not have to look like the past. The same holds true in our lives. The Lord is continually shaping and molding us – transforming us within to be more like Jesus.

I have been reminded lately to pay attention to His still small voice. While speaking to a group of women, I read a verse in one of my power point slides and the Lord got my attention – “give thanks” – a reminder to thank Him for what is and not focus on what isn’t. Thank Him for what He has done and don’t grumble about what He hasn’t done.

I was in another meeting yesterday and a friend/mentor told me her story of the Lord meeting her in church and revealing a hidden thing in her heart. She turned to Him again and there was further release and healing.

May the Lord have our ears – attentive to His voice and willing to act on what He says or uncovers.

He is kind and gentle and disciplines us for our own good and for His glory. We don’t have to be afraid to listen intently. Our future walk with Him does not have to be like our past.

~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry


Verse of the Month

“…the sheep recognize His voice and come to Him. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. After He has gathered His own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.” John 10:3b-4


Quote of the Month

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  ~Mavis Robinson


Upcoming Events

WALKING IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT: A Men & Women’s Volunteer Training Seminar & Orientation Event

DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2012
TIME: 9am – noon
WHERE: Sherwood Park Alliance Church, 1011 Cloverbar Road, Sherwood Park
ORIENTATION FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS: 8am (Coffee, tea, & continental breakfast included)

Scripture consistently challenges believers to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Come, join us – rediscover God’s promises regarding the indwelling, counsel, and sustaining power of the Holy Spirit. Rediscover how to effectively walk in the power of the Spirit, how to overcome life’s challenges, and how to clearly and confidently share your faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please RSVP at info@connectingstreams.com.

CELEBRATION EVENT – Sunday, April 15th 7-9pm at Sherwood Park Alliance Church.  All who are interested in celebrating what the Lord has done in and through us are welcome.  Please RSVP to info@connectingstreams.com.


Faith Adventure: God Knows Best, by Cindy Christensen

snowy roadsIt was our last Tuesday night before Christmas at the EYOC. The previous three and a half months had been tough. The turnover rate of girls is high at the Young Offenders Prison, so the group we saw all fall was ever-changing. We hadn’t had many spiritually-charged moments with them, and, at times, it almost felt as though God was silent.

Terry picked me up that night, at the usual time. It was snowing and sleeting, but we still had plenty of time to get there. I had the movie that we were going to show the girls, and some other volunteers were bringing extra food – crackers and meats and cheese and cookies. It was going to be a time of fun and good food.

As Terry and I approached the Yellowhead Trail, the sleet began coming down even harder. With a little bit of maneuvering, we established our place on the highway and increased our speed to the posted 100 km/h. Our chatter was light and we were looking forward to our evening of Christmas cheer. We didn’t know then, that God had a different plan.                                        Read more


As They Pass ByOpen Your Eyes

Last month we highlighted Power to Change’s video challenge, The Life. This month, we’re featuring their other video, As They Pass By.

What would you do if you came across someone who was in real trouble? Chances are you’d step in and get involved. You’d drop everything to help a frantic mom look for her lost daughter. You’d stand in the way to keep a bully from attacking someone weak. You’d stay with a car-crash victim and do your best to give first aid. It’s easy to forget that people who don’t know Jesus are in real trouble. Our lives are busy and full. We don’t always take the time to open our eyes and see the struggles, the pain, and the confusion of those around us. People are lost. We can help. We can introduce them to Jesus, the only One who can truly rescue them. Watch As They Pass By, a compelling reminder to open our eyes to the people around us.

Take Action:

1. Ask God to help you feel the way He feels about people who need Jesus.
2. Inspire your Christian friends by starting a conversation about As They Pass By. Paste the link into an email or post it on your social media page.


Compass DiscoveryNew Compass

Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry proudly presents The Compass Discovery Journal. This updated version includes improved graphics and illustrations, supplementary relational activities, additional engaging questions, extensive endnote references, integrated Scriptural truths, and expanded personal notes pages. Click here for more information and to take advantage of our special discount pricing.


The 35-Day Challenge

What would your life look like if you could impact three people for Christ in the next 35 days? That is the question I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past few weeks. For most of us, our faith is very personal and we find it difficult to talk about. We know that we are called to tell people about Jesus, but how do you even start that conversation? That’s what The 35 Day Challenge is all about.

This challenge will help you think about three people you would like to share Christ with. It will walk you through a process and give you tools and resources so that you can begin those conversations. Complete the challenge and you will impact three people’s lives in only five weeks. You can sign-up at http://35daychallenge.ca or by texting 35days to 289-799-3100.

Watch this video to learn more about making the most of your life.

Serving together,

Karen Schenk
National Director, Media Strategies
Power to Change


Faith Adventure Opportunities

When we step out and follow the Lord into a hurting world, there is an adventure of faith ahead of us! Is the Lord calling you to take the next step in your spiritual journey and help others discover a relationship with Jesus? Click here to find a list of opportunities for men and women to take a faith adventure in the Edmonton area. Would you be willing to help begin a Connecting Streams team in your area, or at a venue for which you have a burden and that we have not yet considered? There are also opportunities within our organization in administration, event planning, volunteer coordination, etc. View a list of our current volunteer and staff opportunities. Contact us at 1-866-416-4661 or email us at info@connectingstreams.com for more information.

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