You know the old saying, "If you love something, let it go....If it comes back to you it is yours, if If doesn't it never was yours." Well I know that in Gods kingdom things are the exact opposite, ie; when you are last, you are first. When you humble yourself you will be exalted etc. This is a lesson I have experience for myself this past month....When a person ministers for Christ whether it be doing youth, street ministry, working with the elderly or with couples some would say "this is my ministry" or "I belong to this ministry". I have been known to say both. Most recently I labeled myself as a youth leader but we found ourselves in a situation where the Lord was nudging us into a whole new season and whole new ministry. It just about killed me when I thought I was "losing" my ministry and the kids that have been in our home for the past 2yrs. You see, our hearts were never set on leading youth but 2 yrs ago it was clear that that was an area in which the Lord wanted us to serve, to lead, impart and grow ourselves. It has been one of the most wonderful, fun and honestly stretching times in our life! We were so blessed to be a part of these kids lives and when Brian and I made the decision to accept the calling I was scared to death. I was petrified of teenagers SERIOUSLY!! PETRIFIED! But you see, this is how the Lord works...He tells us that His perfect Love will cast out all Fear and with each week that we met, or event that we attended and relationships that were built the Fear that was there was turned into a perfect healing and complete JOY! in my heart to be with these kids. They taught me sooo much more than I could have ever dreamed! To watch them grow in their gifts, to see their hearts worship and love the Lord and each other has been one of the greatest gifts I will ever receive. So when I heard the Lord saying it was time to release them I will be very honest....I fought, I cried, I got angry but the Lord in His infinite mercy and grace waited for me to throw my fit and in His tender way reminded me of my hearts desire....That is ....to work with people who are in troubled marriages. In Gods kingdom, when you let go of something that He is telling you to, He will only open the doors wider to another path, One that will glorify Him and stretch you ....YET AGAIN!
this is just our girls.....all that we love and adore!
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