Wow…what a week. I think this is a week I’ll look back on as being a turning point, a critical shift, an opening of doors, a stripping/deconstructing of myself, a noticing of the very good gifts the Lord has for me. I’ve sensed that God has many things in store that He wants to restore, heal, redeem and change in me this year and that surely happened this week. I’m still processing much of it but many conversations, prayers and clarity was given in this week.
This week I was in Czech for our Winter Academy, a week of digging into God’s Word, studying Jesus’ model of ministry and discipleship and walking alongside others who are on the same road in over 15 countries. It was definitely a tiring week with sessions starting at 8am and ending at 9pm, but every minute was worth it and rich with resources, wisdom from Jesus, and deep community.
On the list of God’s goodness for this week…
God’s glory and beauty on display…
It was a breath of fresh air (literally) to see this view this week. In the midst of a season of many trials and hard things, to see God’s beauty in the sunsets and sunrises brought peace and comfort to my oftentimes weary and anxious heart. As we spent our morning devotions in Psalm 91 I was reminded of God’s pursuit of me and His protection.
My Refuge and My Fortress
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Friends, Mentors, & “holy ground” conversations
I had many conversations with dear friends and mentors this week over meals at this table. Many of them were some “holy ground” moments. God has been moving in my heart in unexpected ways and I’m so very thankful for the people in my life who point me to truth, support me in hard times, and pray with me through big things. I’m so thankful that God gave me Ben and Sarah, Geri and Dave, Kyle and Amy, and Amy. There are many more to mention but these are just a few who I got to share big things with this week.
God’s goodness in allowing me to be a part of His movement here
Throughout the week, I kept coming back to this…I am so thankful to be a part of Josiah Venture, a team, family, and group of people who are passionate about seeing God move in this part of the world, equipping young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church. There was so much to take in, training, teaching, and so much more but I am so abundantly grateful for our leadership, the God-honoring excellence that goes into this…I was consistently reminded of 2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.