Saturday, February 22, 2014

Raising a Forerunner Generation

I started a new book today that seems to be wonderful, although I've only read the introduction thus far. Here is an excerpt from it:

I See Jesus
The centre of it all, the reason for it, the goal of it all: we must see Jesus, we must see more than we have seen, and we must hunger for his presence. I see a generation who will be so radical in going after the presence of Jesus that their daily heart cry will echo the words of an old Vineyard song by Brian Doerksen and Cindy Rethmeier: 

I want to know you, I want to love you, I want to be found in you, I want to be clothed in your truth, so I'll fix my eyes on you, Lord I must see you, I want to love you...Jesus

This is something we cannot muster up in ourselves and this is something we must not feel guilty about not feeling. In his great grace and mercy, I believe that God himself is committed to pouring out passion for his Son in the hearts and lives of his people because it was one of Jesus' last, heartfelt prayers when he was alone with his Father and before he went to the cross (John 17:26).
Whatever the future holds for our children, whatever calling the Lord puts on our lives, whatever destiny he gives each to fulfil, I believe that in practice, on the earth, in the lives of this generation, the pursuit of the presence of Jesus will be by far the largest, most passionate, most radical, most single-minded pursuit of all.

I See Prayer
I see new ways of prayer. I see prayer being enlarged and breaking out until it is unrecognizable when compared with our current definition of prayer. I remember praying with a friend many years ago, 'God help us to be prayer, to live prayer.' 
The way we pray is not wrong; it is good, it is wonderful but it is not enough for the coming days. God wants a people of powerful and persistent prayer who will not back off. 
I see new people having an anointing of prayer. We need to humbly learn from them. Learning from the artist, for example, who practices prayer while he creates his art. But I also see God birthing creativity in everyone in the area of prayer. We need to learn to pray without ceasing.
We need to learn to carry our children in prayer in countless and creative ways - we need to rely upon, ask for and learn to receive the very inspiration of heaven.
We need to learn the relationship between intercession and worship. We need to learn to live in the presence of God. We need a prayer life that can stand astride the practical and the spiritual all at once.
I see prayer as a key to ourselves and our children finding our destiny in God.
And with respect to prayer and all that is written here, I see Jesus' total and utter faithfulness and ability to take us into these uncharted waters, into these new places. He only asks that we love him and yield ourselves to him.


And to be clear, we are not planning to have a child anytime soon, I'm just reading the book for interests sake.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's, All

Plans have changed once again, and I'm excited for our dinner date tonight.  Chris had originally planned for us to go to D.C. this weekend and see the sights and tour Mt. Vernon; but since Pax decided to rest a while, we decided to postpone our trip for a warmer weekend.  No complaints here since I can now imagine myself in a sundress exploring D.C. for the first time. It will be lovely - we may plan for spring break.

Anyhow, tonight we are going to eat Italian and live like we're young.  It will be lovely, as this Valentine's Day has already proven itself to be.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  
Love never fails."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

reading list // 2014

"All great leaders read a lot." - Chad Norris

This is my list for the year: (which may or may not grow)

When Heaven Invades Earth
Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher
Raising a Forerunner Generation
Loving Our Kids on Purpose
They Speak in Other Tongues
Fred Factor
Good to Great
What is the Point?
Hosting the Presence

I've finished reading When Heaven Invades Earth (which was great) and I'm half way through Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher.

I started the latter this morning and it has been a w e s o m e.  It's written by my pastor before he started pastoring City Church.  As of right now, I would recommend it to anyone.  It's so wonderful and relate-able.  --Kelly, I'll probably send you my copy when I'm done so don't go buy it--

He's been doing a great work in me lately and it's been super cool to know.  He's been revealing His true heart to me - that He yearns for us, and He pursues us, and that He is the one who sets the table for us.

Wisdom pumps through His veins
Knowledge cycles through His heart
Insight is the language He speaks
Grace is the rhythm in which He breathes
Goodness is what wove Him into being
His vision, His purpose, His focus is
O N E.  L O V E.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's Tuesday, and this week has turned out very different than anticipated. 

I did well yesterday with my New Year's resolution of "Discipline".  I woke up on time, spent time with the Lord, took my time getting ready, got to work early, had a positive day - all in all, very pleased with it.  However, I did think I would be working all week and being very productive, but I found out yesterday afternoon that most likely this whole week will be a "Snow Day Everyday" kind of week.  Today hasn't been too bad - I probably could have worked but we had already closed the office for today and tomorrow.  We're still open for Thursday but I'm pretty sure that's going to be the day everything is covered in ice, so I'm sure we'll be closed then too.  It's always magical and wonderful to enjoy the snow, but it is hard to miss a week of work.  Anyhow, I'm excited about this Valentine's weekend.  I'm also excited to practice "discipline" on these lazy days I have at hand - YMCA, here I come!

Also, a quick shout out to Riley Writes Scout since I received the most beautiful print in the mail last night! Katherine, you are phenomenal at what you do :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

There's no telling why I don't do the things I love.  But the Lord is doing a big work in me at the moment.  I'm excited to see who I become.

Next weekend is Valentines!! Who is doing something wonderful??