Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shout Out for...

JOURNALING!
But don't stop reading this just because you're a guy.
Journaling is NOT just for girls.
I believe it is an important spiritual discipline for ANYONE! Even if you're not a good writer--it doesn't matter at all. You and God are the only one who reads the journal, right? God doesn't care if you're eloquent. He just wants your heart. :)

So hear me out on this...what exactly kind of journaling am I talking about? Well check out Psalm 107.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! 
His faithful love endures forever.
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! 
Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies.

Those are the first two verses. After that, the author goes on to list instance after specific instance that the Lord was good to them, that His faithful love was with them, that He redeemed them!

I encourage you to do the same thing! Go over your day, your past week, month, or year. Ask the Spirit to help you remember any and every specific instance that God was being good to you, faithfully loving you, and redeeming you. WHATEVER comes to mind, write it down. Even if it sounds silly, write it anyway. :)

It's kinda like writing your own Psalm 107! Maybe you're not necessarily telling others what God has done. (Not yet anyway.) But you're reminding yourself! And that's super important too. Because we are very fast-paced people who unfortunately are too busy moving forward that we can't take time to sit back and reflect on the past.

And something really cool happens in our hearts when we really, REALLY reflect on what the Lord has done specifically for us. We come to realize that He really does see us! Collectively and as individuals. He really, really cares about each and every one of our hearts: our hopes and fears and desires and concerns--everything! When we come to understand that more, we can't help but love Him even more. God created us in His image--with a desire to love and be loved. When we realize what God is doing each and every day to pursue our hearts and draw us to Him, the only response we can give is to love Him more! Amazing, huh??
Told ya it's really cool! :)

The last verse says "Those who are WISE will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord." NIV versions says "ponder" Whatever word you want to use, make journaling the newest spiritual discipline in your life!

Be wise. Record the instances that God is showing His goodness, love, and redemption SPECIFICALLY to you. Ponder, reflect, consider what that means about the Lord. :)


Monday, September 3, 2012

Siouxland Prayer Alliance


We have an EXCELLENT way to start off your Saturday morning!
This coming Saturday, September 8th, from 8:00-10:00am, the Siouxland Prayer Alliance will be at HOME. This prayer alliance started with a woman named Shawn Lohry and a group of ten or so people have been traveling around the region for the past 10+ years. Their business is prayer--particularly intercession. We are BLESSED for them to stop here in Sioux Center!
These prayer warriors will be be lifting up prayers for HOME, for Sioux Center, and for the surrounding region, and they would love to pray with YOU as well.
If you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart to join us on Saturday, we ask you to accept the invitation! If you haven't noticed by now, God has been doing some incredible things around here and we want to ask Him for more. Will you join us?? :)