Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Leap of Fatih

It is fastly approaching! What is fastly approaching? Our giant leap of faith! Jason and I have prayed for a long time and have felt that we should resign from our pastorate at The Bridge, in Burley, Idaho. Are we moving? No. We feel that Jesus is calling us to a new ministry right here in our town. We are excited but as the final Sunday is quickly approaching reality is setting in. The church we have pastored in for seventeen years will no longer be our home. We went through the pregnancy, labor and delivery of buying a building. We shared joyous moments in that building! Through remodeling, roofing, being blessed by Federal Way Foursquare Church in helping us for two summers in a row with construction! They blessed and encouraged us so very much. I remember the provision that God provided for us over the years in ways we would never imagine. We have loved on many people. Now that chapter is closing. Kind of like when your kids grow up and leave you. You are excited for them but at the same time you cry a bit on the inside.

I am excited for what is to come! I know it is something amazing! God is leading us to new territory. A new ministry, a new building somewhere in the local community. A giant leap of faith from the comfort zone of what we know into the unknown. God is good, He will lead us. I just have to remember that obedience is better than sacrifice and He has equipped us for every good work. He will bless us in our coming and our going.

Stay tuned for exciting developments to come :)

Shanin

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

As For Me, I Will Always Have hope!

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. Since my youth, God, you have taught me,and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:14-18 NIV This section of scripture spoke out to me this morning. As for me I will always have hope! I will praise you more and more! My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds even if I might not know how to relate them all....even if I might not understand them at the moment, I will still praise You O God. I have had the Lord do marvelous deeds for me throughout my life. We as humans, tend to forget the great stuff when we get tired and worn. Tough times comes and we start whining or crying...when in all reality (even if we are scared or don't understand) we should proclaim everything that the Lord has done for us! We should start worshipping and praising the Living God, because He is the One who will deliver us! When we start telling of everything that He has done and will do it builds our faith! It helps us get off the poor me train and back on track. I love the verse 18 where it says, "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come." That should be our prayer, even when we are old and gray let us declare your power to the future generations so they will know of the living God! Lord, help me to be faithful to declare Your glory to the future generations! Let me not fail You after You have been so faithful to me. You are amazing! Let me recount the awesome things that You have done during my lifetime so that my grandkids will know that You are real today! Help me to grasp that even as I grow old that I have a purpose and ministry to speak into the lives of others so that they will know You! Let it be known, I am truly blessed! Shanin

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Queen Esther

She was just a girl when her parents were murdered. Her uncle Mordecai was caring for her when the call went out for a new Queen to replace Queen Vashti. Esther was taken and prepared for a night with the King to see if she was what He delighted himself in to become the new Queen. This was not a short process. It took time. She was soaked in fragrant oils, she was given lessons on how to please the King. I am sure that she was uncomfortable. Out of her comfort zone to say the least, taken from her surroundings without a choice. In Esther 2:10 it says, "Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it."

How often when God calls us to ministry or He gives us a Word for our lives that we think that it will happen immediately but when it take a long time we give up? I think it happens a lot! But God is faithful and His timing is perfect.

Even though Esther was chosen as Queen it didn't mean that life turned to easy street. There was a plot to kill her people. She was afraid to do go before the King because if she went before him without an invitation or permission she could be killed. Her uncle reminded her, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

Esther made a decision to do what was right even though it wasn't easy. She chose to go before the King while knowing that it was against the law and she might die as a consequence. To make a long story short God covered Esther and delivered the Jews. Esther was chosen for such a time as this and so are you. We first have to make the decision to be obediant regardless of the circumstance or situation. Sometimes we have to wait. Wait for His timing, not ours. Last but not least we have to trust Him. Trust God that He is in control and that He has a plan. He is faithful!

Trusting God for He is Faithful!

Shanin