God’s will is the very best//Lindsay

As a senior in college, I struggled with what job to take after graduation. I felt the pull of the Holy Spirit to intern with Cru, yet the pull of my flesh was to take an Event Coordinator position. One meant raising financial support; the other meant earning a salary. Interning felt daunting, impossible, and shaky. Taking a salaried job felt more acceptable, stable, and comfortable. 

Considering obeying the Lord and interning with Cru was so scary. Ignoring His voice and taking the full-time, salaried “business world” job was so appealing.
Have you ever been torn about whether to obey the Holy Spirit’s quiet voice 
or pretend like you never heard it? I was. 
I will never forget my campus leader’s advice one day when processing this with him. As I shared my fears with him, he didn’t try to tell me what job to pursue. He also didn’t try to tell me what he thought God was saying to me. Instead, he simply listened and gently offered this gem of advice: “Lindsay, You are never more financially stable than when you are in God’s will.”
His words struck me at my core. It’s been almost 10 years and I still reflect back to his words in ever-changing situations. 
“You are never more financially stable than when you are in God’s will.”
Let me clarify: To walk in obedience with God’s will, to follow what I know to be the Holy Spirit’s leading… THIS is true security.This is true financial stability. I could lose a fancy job at any moment; security in the things of this world is an illusion. True security is found in walking with God, listening to His voice, depending on Him and His promises.
By God’s grace, I interned with Cru the following year. And the next. Then, I joined staff for the long haul. It’s been almost 10 years since that decision and I have never been in need. God has amazed me by His provision and His goodness to me. I love my job! A short time after I declined the position as the Event Coordinator at that company, I learned some things about the company and the position that were less than desirable. I wouldn’t have been happy there. As it turns out,God knows what is best for me – better than I do.
My leader’s wisdom can be applied to many other aspects of our lives. Here are a few other ideas for you to consider:
You are never more satisfied than when you are in God’s will.

You are never more of who you are meant to be than when you are in God’s will.

You are never more free than when you are in God’s will. 
Can you think of other ways that walking with God changes 
our perspectives and our realities??

Monday Minute//Communion//Brooke

This book! Have you read it?  Like the subtitle says it is indeed wrecking my comfortable Christianity. Thank God.

This book is based around the parable found in Matthew 25:32-40. Read it here.

Along with this there are more than 2,000 verses involving poverty, physical oppression and justice, and the redistribution of resources.  All the while I am memorizing pretty verses and missing a lot of the heart of God.

I just wanted to share with you one of the oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-breathe-this-is-so-true-help-me-Jesus excerpts from this book:

on pages 56-57 regarding communion:

“Do this in remembrance of Me”…Not only does Jesus’ statement require a constant response, but remembrance is from anamnesis, meaning to make real.  Communion is more than a memory, more than a reverent moment when we recall Jesus’ heroic sacrifice.  Remembrance means honoring Jesus mercy mission with tangible, physical action since it was a tangible, physical sacrifice.  In other words, “constantly make this real.”

The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

“Now you are the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

Not only was Communion a symbolic ritual, it was a new prototype of discipleship  “Continuously make My Sacrifice real by doing this very thing.”

Become broken and poured out for hopeless people.

Become a living offering [denying yourself] for the salvation and restoration of humanity.

Obedience to Jesus’ command is more than looking backward; it’s a present and continuous replication of His sacrifice.  We don’t simply remember the meal; we become the meal.”

Monday Minute. On Tuesday. {Meg}

It’s a cozy day. It feels like fall today.

There are raindrops on my windows and I’m sipping on Starbucks [not coffee, although it is national coffee day apparently… I like their ice tea lemonades. Passion tea. Sometimes green. Sometimes both. Sweetened.]
It’s cozy and it feels like fall and on my mind is this continual topic of prayer.
What if surrendering my life looked like spending more time in prayer than I do worrying or over-thinking or trying to control every aspect of my life?
What if being free looked like saying, “I am not but Jesus is better”?
What if spending quiet moments of rest looked like brief yet necessary dependence on God, rather than attempts to earn or compare or prove?
What if, in the quietest parts of my heart, God is speaking to me, but I can’t hear him above this noise?
“Prayer is the essential activity of waiting for God – acknowledging our helplessness and His power, calling upon Him to help, seeking His counsel. Since His purpose in the world is to be exalted for His mercy, it is evident why prayer is so often commanded by God. Prayer is the antidote for the disease of self-confidence, which opposes God’s goal of getting glory by working for those who wait for Him.” {Piper}
Consider this:
·        What are some verses that move you to pray? Meditate on them.
·        What are some characteristics of God that draw you to Him? Write them out in your journal and p r a i s e Him.
·        What is one thing that you want to trust God for? Pray. Seek. Ask God. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to resist fear of what He might say or lead you to do. And ask again.
·        In what ways does your heart bend away from God today? Remind yourself of the gospel: “For God did not spare His own son…” Repent. Seek the Holy Spirit to change you. Rest in God’s grace.
·        Does God have something for you today? Quiet yourself. Ask. And Listen.

“Prayer is the antidote for the disease of self-confidence…” Wait for Him. Soak it all in. Jesus is better. Talk to Him about it.