My classroom called life…Kingdom lessons

My desire is to abide

Ministry on the red carpet February 23, 2008

Filed under: Ministry Spotlight,Music — charredsmore @ 11:51 am


SMG: Day 6

Filed under: Surprise Me God — charredsmore @ 11:26 am

Ode to my mother.

I love my mom so dearly and I am encouraged to see how she is being molded and transformed into the likeness of Christ.  God is showing me the evidence of answered prayers from thyears past.  There has been a lot of family stuff in the last few years, where the enemy has tried to rip us apart and tear us down individually.  In the midst of this madness the Lord is moving in tremendous ways – He is lavishing His love on my family.  I especially see His sweetness on my mom right now.  The things she says and does are so different than what I witnessed in her three years ago.  I am amazed at this movement in her life.  Thankful for how Father is loving on my family and using my mom as a bridge between family members.

I met wi my 5th grade friend today for a little Bible study action.  She has such a hungry heart for the things of God. We started reading the book of John.  Afterward we prayed it up with Stacy and her men-tee.  These two precious ones are growing in the faith. God has them on a fast forward track.

I’m not sure what else to write about…tonight was pretty crazy. 

We had Uprising at the Elmwood housing projects, which we do once/month.  While getting out of the car, I met a man who was stumbling down the sidewalk.  He admitted that he had had a few beers already, but was interested in what we were doing.  I invited him to our worship service and he decided not to get beer and join us.  As we started worshipping, he turns to Amanda and me and says, “I like this church, this isn’t like other churches I have been to.”  We ended up praying over him.  He desires freedom.  He desires to be the man God created him to be – without all the addictions.  God loves him dearly and is also craving freedom for this man.  It is available.  He is available.  I trust the Lord will set him free as he submits to Him and releases all the baggage he’s been lugging around.  Freedom is available! 

Tomorrow should be interesting.  Our team is loading up in the big white van for Mount Carmel’s House of Prayer – which is 3 hours away.  A day trip.  We get accustomed to these long road trips together.  I like it.  Time in the car with the family, worship, fellowship…good times. 

Surprise me God!

How is it going for the rest of you crazies that are doing this experiment?  I would love to hear updates!


SMG: Day 5

Filed under: Surprise Me God — charredsmore @ 10:42 am

We were iced in today.  No school, no group at the women’s shelter, no office time…a bit of a lazy day.

My time with Jesus this morning included a look into Genesis 24 – Rebekah is brought to her husband Isaac.  What a beautiful story of God’s divine orchestration on a marriage.  If you look at this story with eyes of faith you see the beauty between the relationship between the servant and the Lord.  He is looking for a wife for his master’s (Abraham’s) son Isaac.  He decides to throw a fleece out there, ask God for some specifics.  Before he even sees Rebekah, he puts this request before the Lord, “Let the woman I ask to get me water also get water for my camels.”  This is no small thing friends.  How many camels did he have accompanying him?  10.  That’s right 10.  A camel can drink up to 25 GALLONS at one sitting.  They are some thirsty creatures!  Do the math…25 x 10 = 250 gallons of water.  Dang Gina! 

The next woman approached while he was still chatting the the Lord.  While he still putting in his request to the Lord, here comes his answer.  Can you get me a little drink?  Yes, and while I am at it, can I also get some for your camels?  Oh my word!  Can you imagine the look on this servant’s face?  Am I hearing correctly?  Did you just volunteer to get water for my 10 camels?  This woman had some muscle and she wasn’t afraid to bless others either.  She had no idea what prayer had just gone up…for her own benefit and blessing.  Now, this woman Rebekah is presented with the biggest surprise of her life – a husband.  He pierces her nose (see, it was cool back then too) with a gold ring and gives her some jewelry before they head to her crib to meet the parents.  Of course there is much more to the story, but she ends up agreeing to go back with the servant and meets her beau Isaac for the first time and they get hitched.  I wonder what was going through her mind and heart as she put the veil over her face before meeting Isaac for the first time.  I

So, tomorrow morning think about the possibilities.  God wants to surprise us.  He wants to bless us, teach us, and refine us – because He gets the glory.  He loves that. 

Lord, surprise us tomorrow. 

Let us be the answer to someone else’s prayer.

Here’s a random one:

I had just been praying for Mexico the other day while we had our prayer/dance session in the gym.  I asked the Lord to re-connect me with a couple I met at a retreat who had just returned from Mexico in January because I wanted to hear more about their mission trip.  Joyce called me last night to tell me about their mission trip.