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Archive for January, 2012

In June of 2007, we held our first Grace Tapestries strategic planning/vision meeting.  I was very comfortable using an organizational development model back then and so that’s where we began: identifying needs and potential solutions; identifying goals and objectives and measurable outcomes.  Really?  Seriously?  I was so ignorant of the Holy Spirit’s desire and ability to lead.  It took the Lord over three years to shake up my self-sufficiency … and He’s still clearing away the dross!

My pastor, Joel Van Hoogen, recommended that I read “Rees Howells Intercessor” by Norman Grubb.  I read the book years ago, but had very little recollection of the content.  Well, within the first three chapters the Lord knocked the wheels off my bandwagon!  My definition of ministry was shot out of the water.  And then Joel recommended that I listen to “Ten Shekels and A Shirt” by Paris Reidhead (see http://www.sermonindex.net).  That did it!  I was undone.  Ruined in the good sense of the word.  There was no going back to the old model, the old traditions and strategies.  Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow some Grace Tapestries friends are gathering for a “share the vision” ministry meeting.  All I know is that the Holy Spirit will lead.  All I want to do is give the Lord Jesus Christ all the glory for anything He has accomplished through our ministry.  All I want to do is seek His face and tell of His marvelous works.  All I want to do is avail myself for His purposes, to His indwelling life, for where He is leading us in 2012.   His will be done.  I’ll follow His lead. The strategy is all His.   Amen!

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Plowing Through

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent” Revelation 3:19

My great grandfather used a single plow, pulled by a team of mulls, to work his fields.  The Oklahoma clay was unyielding at first, but he persevered and was able to plant his crop, and the crop grew.  When harvest time came he gathered up exactly what he planted.

Revival is coming, but first the plow……  I’ve been thinking a religious spirit is a lot like hardpan; unbroken, unyielding ground.  Pray that God breaks up the soil in His Church, beginning in our own hearts.  Plow through, Lord!

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There are certain experiences in life that reinforce the fact that we are not in control…  Clearly, we have zero control over the weather!

Our first big winter storm of the year left me stranded at a friend’s cabin.  I was there to pray and prepare for an upcoming retreat.  I spent a lot of time shoveling snow.  And I spent a fair amount of time “praying about” how the Lord was going to get me out of this predicament.  Well, help finally arrived.

As I sat in my car yesterday morning–waiting for the snowplow guy to dig me out–I realized anew that self-sufficiency is an absolute lie.  We only have the illusion that we are in control.  Put us in a situation where we are helpless, the truth becomes crystal clear: God is in control.

It took this really nice, capable man to dig me out!  Thank You, Lord, for Your provision!  The attached picture is me driving down from the cabin “following the man” who is making a way through the wilderness.

I love God’s object lessons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joy-filled New Year

We get to live out our days in the year 2012 in the joy of the Lord.  In the JOY of the Lord.  Amazing.  Isn’t it amazing that Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, so it’s not something we have to cook up on our own.

Hum.  But all morning I’ve been thinking about obedience.  Last night I read a quote by E.M. Bounds, “Obedience helps faith, and faith, in turn, helps obedience.  To do God’s will is essential to true faith, and faith is necessary to implicit obedience.”  Therein lies much joy!

Further up, further in…

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