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Sometimes in our quest for the future, our quest for calling, and our quest of planning and scheming; we forget to see the one, the need, in front of us. We often times pray for revival, and use words, and dare I say buy into fluffy “feel good” hype about the subject of revival, but when a need, an uncomfortable need, is placed in front of us, many of us (including myself) would rather go to the meeting; enjoy songs, maybe even receive “Holy Spirit chills” and talk about revival and the nations to ease our consciences when an orphaned world is at our door step waiting to be loved. He reconciled us to God, releasing the Spirit of adoption upon our lives thereby making us sons and daughters of the Father. Thankfully there is a man named Jesus, who paid the highest price and walked down death’s alley, so we…Continue Reading
Mozambican Hands
“He’s got the whole world in His hands” I would sing throughout my childhood at Sunday school. Even now, I find that all too familiar song flooding back into my memory. It got me thinking about hands. The position of my hands have often depicted the posture of my heart. What my hands are doing help describe the season I am walking through. Earlier this year, I had the great joy of serving on staff at Youth With A Mission in a Discipleship Training School. Hours were spent in preparation for the school, and my hands were constantly sweating—nervous of the responsibility set before me and the insecurities that had surfaced as a first time staff member. Once the school began, the things I had previously held tightly to vanished as I walked and learned alongside such incredible people. When dealing with circumstances beyond my reach, the Lord was teaching me to lift…Continue Reading
When we were little babies, we all started with just sounds, “Da, ga, go, ge” and slowly we put the code together to form words like “da-da” or “ma-ma”. Our parents would freak out and encourage us to keep making sounds and forming words and every sound that came out of our mouth, they would jump with excitement. The sounds were initially very foolish, albeit cute as ever, and its natural for a baby to go through this process of learning to speak. A little less natural and pretty foolish is to see a grown man trying to learn the sounds of another language. This however is the same process anybody has to go through to effectively learn a new language. We have to hit the reset button and start with the sounds of the A, B, C’s and sometimes those don’t even exist in some languages! The quickest way…Continue Reading
Step up to the mic and worship
Back in March of 2009, I made the plunge to leave good ole’ Mississippi to be an English teacher in Barcelona, Spain. I decided to leave behind so many things that made me who I was back in the States. I didn’t want anyone to know that I was a musician when I got here, mainly because I associated a lot of my running away from God with music. I pretended like I had never seen a microphone before and at the beginning it was incredibly refreshing but you can only run from who you really are for so long. I got to start over and figure out who I actually wanted to be as a person outside of the music game. It was an incredible gift to learn who I was in Christ without feeling the necessity to sing about it. My past with music is a bit weird.…Continue Reading
Noah Adoption
Adoption is a very important concept for a Jesus follower because it defines how we join the family of God. Like many concepts that are important in life, the best way to learn them is through experience. That is how adoption was opened up to me, through my own experience. What if I canʼt love this baby like my first son Jude? My husband and I always wanted to adopt. We had a biological son first named Jude and he changed my life. I love him so much and he made me realize the biggest purpose for my life was to be his mom. I had a very difficult pregnancy and I was not prepared to go through that again. We felt it was time to consider adoption. There are many fears that I walked through to make a decision to adopt. What if I canʼt love this baby like…
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Last week, in a crowded restaurant, Laura* leaned close to me and said, “Your face radiates the love of God your Father! I want that too. I want the love of God and I want him to be my Father.” She has never known God that way, but her heart told her this was real, true love. Laura’s deep desire for it led her to a prayer of repentance and an tearful plea for God to become her Father. God’s family is his expression of true love and belonging. Because He loves us, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure”(Eph. 1:5). God’s family is his expression of true love and belonging. He delights in making himself known through his family of adopted children. We are a part of his story,…
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Anchor Love - Art by Calvin Hanson
Heart Inspiration Behind the Song The heart of this song was birthed out of a spontaneous intercession and worship time in Herrnhut, Germany. A group of missionaries were crying out in prayer for the salvation of souls in Western Europe and a returning to the love of the Father. In a world wrecked with the injustices of abuse, rejection and pain, an entire generation is searching endlessly for a green pasture, a place of rest, an anchor for their weary souls. The only place of rest is found in a Man, the Man of love, Jesus, for God is love and Jesus is God. As we began to prophesy in the place of prayer singing, “Let Love be your anchor!”, we felt a tangible shift in the heavenly realms and were confident and full of expectant faith that the fruition of our prayer would be a tangible reaping of souls for…Continue Reading
2 Ayrzana, Herdsman in Erdenetsagaan, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia
“Look… see the fields are ripe for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life…” – John 4:34,36 In Jesus’ command to “Look… and see” is also His empowerment for us to see and reap the harvest. When we intentionally focus on harvesting, we reap! It actually is that simple. In Mongolia we reaped a harvest that had been ripe since Jesus spoke these words two thousand years ago. over 40 people decided they wanted to follow Jesus instead of Buddhism, ancestral worship, or alcohol, which previously enthroned their hearts. Individuals who had never been exposed to the gospel responded with extreme excitement as they heard the good news. Almost every person we talked with was curious to hear about Jesus, and as they heard, over 40 people decided they wanted to follow Jesus instead of Buddhism, ancestral worship, or alcohol, which previously…Continue Reading
Quilombo Brazil
“What is a relationship with God?” In the Quilombo Community in Pará, Brazil, this is the question, by the grace of God, that many local followers of Jesus and I had the opportunity to respond to when a family of new believers asked honestly. The following is a testimony of a precious salvation through Jesus Christ. It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon in the Quilombo community. I had plans that day to go catch up with a new believer at his home and teach him more about the Bible. So right as the sun was setting, me, a translator by the name of Wellington, and a few friends of mine, Ryan Blumer and Nate Reyes, went out to go find Marcelo. Three days earlier, Marcelo got saved when a couple of people from our group visited his home to talk to him. We arrived and jumped right into a conversation with…
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Godards Matthew Training Center
“I have decided to follow Jesus.” As a child, I remember singing that with all the passion my little heart held. One of the verses says: “Though none go with me, still I will follow…” While that should be the commitment of every Jesus follower, it sort of leaves out the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” Simply defined, making disciples is:  I follow Jesus and you follow me as we both follow Jesus together. My husband, Trever and I were married on December 29, 1980 on the west coast of Canada. That was long before the elaborate “theme weddings” of today were trendy. In the presence of loving family and friends, we ate our wedding feast under a banner that read, “Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus.” We covenanted Hebrews 12: 1-3 as our life theme. For the first few years of marriage, God…Continue Reading