I’ve been involved in a Bible study with a local women’s church group. The study is Breathe by Priscilla Shirer. The study is about making room for sabbath. In the study the participant is suppose to rank areas that can distract or draw us away from observing sabbath. This isn’t sabbath how it’s normally looked at as going to church on Sunday; it’s intentionally stopping/ceasing something to reflect on who the Lord is, what He is doing in my life, in that moment, in that day and what He has done in my life, in my week, in that minute. When staring at the categories that could be selected as potential areas that could distract, I could honestly look at them and not check them. It’s not because I have it all together, it’s because of the work the Lord has done in my life and the path He has led me down the past seven years. I knew and know I have areas, they just aren’t in those categories, so I started exploring the areas that I have a difficult time resisting the urge to continue……and I came up with two. I have a difficult time resisting the urge to worry and stress about our finances. I have a difficult time resisting the urge to just be because I’m concerned others will view me as lazy. I’ve been working on these areas to continually hand them over to the Lord. To trust Him to take care of us financially, as He has the past seven years. To trust Him to keep my eyes focused on Him and to not be concerned with others potential thoughts about me. I’ve been on this journey for about a month.
As stated in our previous newsletter, we are gearing up for a 100 days campaign. The goal is to be at 100% of the budget set by Wycliffe within the first 100 days of 2016. This campaign is to meet with others and ask for either increased partnership, recommitted partnership, becoming a partner for the first time or becoming a regular partner. This is a God-sized goal! We have asked others to commit to bathe this campaign and us in this specific time in prayer. We started a committed prayer time for the month of December to help us know who God wants us to talk with one on one. We have lists of people’s names and have been praying for them. I have to admit this has been a difficult process for me with up and down bouts of discouragement and attacks from the enemy.
Well the Lord gave us a huge shot in the arm, spurred us on and has encouraged us greatly and I want to shout it from the rooftop. During the month of November we received additional financial gifts sent into Wycliffe on our behalf that allowed us to experience what a 100% month is for the first time in five months. Plus the Lord has prompted two people who were identified on our list as people we would like to talk with, to come to us. Wow!!! He’s blown my socks off! Merci Seigneur!
This encourages us and excites us as we are gearing up to meet with others so all our months can be 100%.
We are blessed with your report. Coincidentally (Hehe) our Sunday School lesson this past week was on remembering the Sabbath. The Hebrew word for Sabbath comes from the root verb sabat. Interestingly, this verb (an action word) is to cease or to stop. Sometimes the action we need to take is to stop taking so much action. We need Sabbath’s weekly, daily, and sometimes hourly in order to properly reflect upon who is in control of our lives. We praise God for your good report, and pray that your time of Sabbath will help you cease those things that need to be ceased!
Very cool!!! >