There is so much to learn during this process of starting a church. Because of my natural tendency to worry and fret (so so sinful, I know) I have to check myself a lot. I have to take captive those thoughts and make them obedient to what I know to be true. I want to soak in all that God is doing through me during this. I want to be changed as a result of what I am learning. I want to resemble a real woman of God who is strong and filled with faith and wisdom. I’m so far from that right now.
But I deeply desire to be who He has designed me to be. I want to sprint to it. But I know it’s a marathon. Patience.
Not to get all hyper-spiritual but I can see the enemy trying so hard to bring us down. The whole staff. The staff at Park Hill. The leaders. The enemy of our souls does not want for people to find their way back to God. And he is on the attack. Pray for us. Pray specifically for Joey and Erica as they are walking through the hardest thing a human being can experience. Pray specifically for the O’Connell family as they walk through an illness that will change the way they do life.
I was reading from the reading plan in our leadership journal the other day in Joshua. Joshua has led the Israelites to victory. He is recounting all the things they have been through to get to this point. That day I needed peace and God spoke to me through the words of Joshua 23:3
the LORD your God is He who has been fighting for you.
And again in Joshua 23:10
for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.
11“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God.
And His instruction to us is in Joshua 23:8
8“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day
God is on our side. Let me say that again. The God of the universe is on our side. He is fighting for us. Helping us endure. And what He wants from us is to cling to Him.
I, for one, am hanging onto Him for dear life.