I hope you have all been well!
Time is moving so fast and I only pray that we are moving with God as he prepares our hearts each day for what he doing in the earth.
Thank you all so much for your love and support for me! I am happy to say that I paid off the rest of my Catalyst First Year tuition a couple of weeks ago with my pay check! And can I say that I am so thankful to the Lord for providing a job and able hands that I can use. One of my friends is always saying to put my time and money where I want my heart to follow for where my treasure is my heart will be also. It’s so true! I feel so pumped as I’ve personally invested, with your help of course, into all the promises the Lord gave me over this year. I’m ready to press in and receive all that he has planned and nothing less!
When I see my Father face to face, I will be sure to tell him of all the ways that you’ve given to me emotionally, financially, prayerfully, etc.! Your reward is in Heaven my friends!
In First Year we just finished a module in class about the Psalms and another one about Theology. There is fire burning in me as I am realizing the importance of seeing God rightly and knowing the Word of God. I am seeing more big picture perspective of the world as darkness increases, that the light of the Holy Spirit in me would burn brighter. I pray the same for you :) I want to be one that knows what I believe and why that I would not be so easily swayed by smooth talkers and false doctrines! How exciting to know the heart of God. Lord, more please!
I’m learning my tendencies to turn on myself when things are hard and to try to fix myself and be my own savior. Jesus is showing me that he completely finished it on the Cross and that his blood is THAT powerful. Who would have known how freeing it was to come into alignment with the Truth. My heart is wicked from birth and I am not naturally good. I need Jesus and when I sin, only his blood can wash me clean. Praise God for the gift of repentance and walking out of sin. Phew! The way I am walking this out is to be real with Jesus. I don’t want to pray prayers that my heart is not engaged in anymore. I want to face my pain, anger, disappointment, and sadness in the face with Jesus standing right next to me. I want to scream and cry it out and invite God into that place to heal me instead of doing more work or being nicer to compensate for how I feel. It’s really vulnerable but it is so worth it. He wants my whole heart!
I’ve also been learning how to play guitar and it’s been so sweet to get alone with Jesus and minister to his heart. I want to believe the truth that I move his heart to action. Last week the Lord spoke to me that everything I put my hands to becomes beautiful. He’s been showing me that he has made women to be that way! No wonder we like to decorate, design, paint, etc. I got to paint nails this past week at an event for a friend who was in a bad snowboarding accident and is paralyzed from the waist down. It was amazing to see the support but I was so happy to paint nails! I enjoyed it as I knew that God enjoyed me.
God is surely moving in Tacoma and I am excited to be part of Catalyst Encounter Conference this Thursday to Saturday. God has promised many things to Tacoma and especially things he will do at the conference. I am bursting with anticipation to join with young adults all around the region to worship the One who is worthy of all praise and to catch vision of what it means to prepare for the coming move of God. Though things may only be slightly crazy in the world at the moment, I want to prepare during this “down time” for a time when I will need to glean off this season to stand firm until the end.
Catalyst First Year outreach to Mexico and Arizona is happening the last week of March to the first week of April. I heard from the Lord that it wasn’t my time yet for this trip and that I should remain in Tacoma. I had never considered ‘no’ to be an option, but I am trusting that when I am walking in his ways, I will have the most peace and bear the most fruit! I am excited to send the teams and ask that you would pray for them as they will preach the gospel from house to house in Mazatlan, Mexico and Sina Loa, Mexico. They will be ministering to places that feed the drug cartels to America and are infiltrating places of darkness to share Truth and lavish the love of Christ on them! The other team will be ministering in Arizona through freedom seminars and teachings. God is on the move and it’s amazing to partner with him!
Thank you for praying for me. Continue to pray that I would truly abide in the vine, for apart from Jesus I can do nothing. Pray that my friendship with the Holy Spirit would grow deeper and that I would recognize his voice and ways more clearly and quickly. Pray that I would have a strong ‘yes’ in my heart to everything the Lord has called me to and that I would always agree with what he says about me and about others, and even about what this season is to look like in my life. Pray that I would have a greater revelation of the Father’s love over me as his daughter, that I would know his affections and strong protection over me.
Lord, I pray that you would bless my friends 100 fold for the time, prayers, and finances that they have generously given to me! Release a spirit of joy and revelation as they dive deeper into your heart. You promise that those who diligently seek you will find you and be rewarded. Thank you that you are good in every season and that we have a reason to worship you. Remind myself and my friends of what you saved us from, that we would be filled with hope in the present trials and the future ones. Give us a greater awareness of your Presence for you promise that in your presence is the fullness of life and in your right hand, pleasures forevermore. Give us the grace to love you more that we would be consumed by you and have heavenly perspective. I thank you that this world is not our home. We set our hearts on you Jesus and on this pilgrimage called life until we reach Zion! AMEN!
Love you all so much!