I’m in the midst of that ten weeks of ministry that I asked you to support me in by praying for me. Thank you SO MUCH for your intercession and for crying out for God’s gospel and glory to be spread across the globe! Tonight I’ll be speaking to a group of hungry-hearted women. No matter how many smiles are worn, I know that there will be women who are hurting, who’ve been betrayed, who’ve lost their way . . . or maybe they’ve never known the way.
I’ll meet women who need to drink deeply of the Living Water and this is the year of exalting.
My focus this year is exalting Christ, that’s my “word for the year,” and He has flooded me with opportunities. Every day and every conversation gives opportunity to exalt Him, but this year, He’s also invited me to move beyond this little corner on the blog, beyond my precious church borders, beyond my comfort zone and even my homeland.
He’s invited me to lift Him high so that His gospel can be seen and heard by those who need Him:
[box]As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. (John 3:14–15)[/box]
This weekend I am joining a group of women as we seek to exalt Him at their church’s annual women’s retreat. A few weeks ago, I had a sweet phone conversation with a small group of these women. We were on a conference-prayer-call for the retreat that begins tonight in Holland, Michigan. As I joined this team in prayer, I was struck by the commonality in the prayer calls before an event like this.
Women across this nation are asking God:
- To work in their lives in transforming ways
- To use them to present the gospel to lost friends and family members
- To change them in order for others to see Christ
- To bring healing to divided communities and churches
- To reconcile broken marriages
- To reach our next generation
Crying out for God to answer these requests is right in line with what God desires to see accomplished!
I’m excited to spend this time with a group of women who are committed to living out God’s mission for their lives. I’m asking God to fill my mouth to speak what He wants communicated this weekend.
Please pray that God will meet with us and instruct us.
Whenever I speak, it is always with fear and trembling; knowing what an awesome responsibility it is to share God’s Word. So why am I heading out of town and putting myself under that pressure again? What is my motivation in giving up the weekend with my favorite person in the world (my hubby)?
Why am I in Michigan this weekend?
I’ve shared this with you before, but I can never say this enough:
Women need to hear the truth about our great redeeming God. We need a visitation by God!
Will you join me in asking God to meet with us?
Will you join our hearts in asking God to move within the Church at large to bring true revival?
This is my prayer:
[box]Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence—
As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:1–4)[/box]
Will you join me?
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