Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mission: Just starting...

Hello Friends,
It has been way too long. So much to say - so I will do my best!

The past 7 weeks have been fantastic! I am truly enjoying my time here at Fairfax Community Church and I am learning SO much about student ministry, my role as a leader, and my heart for young people. Huge praise that I am working with an awesome team of people, including my bosses/mentors, Kyle and Jess. There have been so many seeds planted in my heart while I have been here, and I am receiving so many affirmations from the Lord that I am in a place where He wants me to be right now.

I know a while ago I shared with you all that as a graduated senior, it is so very difficult to feel confident in the future and what it holds for us. The truth is - the real world is scary. It is busy, hectic, traffic sucks, coming home late sucks, working your butt off and not having any time to watch old Joan of Arcadia re-runs or making enough time to enjoy a good work out - those days can become overwhelming. We will learn how to make time for that and adjust our schedules accordingly, but what I am trying to say is that things will not be like they were when we were in school. We have to adjust and learn to take on a new lifestyle... which is OKAY! Calm down... breathe... you will be fine. Your new mission has just begun and it takes a little adjusting to realize how good God's plan is.

So.... About these affirmations... God has spoken so loud and clear in the past couple months and I am so excited to see all of the things He is doing in my life. Recently, I studied 1 and 2 Corinthians with two of my lovely sisters: Evie and Mikaela, and God used that study to communicate His plan for me. This scripture encouraged me so much and I hope it does the same for you -

I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yes for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be completion out of what you have. 2 Corinthians 8:8-11

At the time that I read this, I was already loving my internship but feeling slightly discouraged. I was wondering - am I doing what God wants me to do right now? I am passionate about ministry, but is this a selfish want or a calling from the Lord? Reading this scripture made me realized that I was definitely called to be where I am right now, this very second, this moment, this summer. What a refreshment it was to see God's Word tell me that indeed He has placed this passion in my life and that He wants me to follow-through all the way.

What are you passionate about? What makes you excited? To all of you post-college people out there: what is it that you have a heart for and are you doing about it right now? God wants you to follow your gut - a.k.a the Holy Spirit. Even if you had some awesome idea for a life career a year ago, have you chased that dream? What are you doing to obtain it? I do not have all of the answers but I know that God is good. He blesses us when we follow our gut and do the absolute best for Him and for ourselves. Do not become discouraged - but know that God is doing a thing in you right now and He wants you to follow-through with confidence and praise! Keep your eyes, ears, and hearts open to listen and follow.

Life is so exciting right now and this is only the beginning of my mission.


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