YWAM…IHOP Internships (prayer place not pancake)…Master Commissions…etc,…are life changing moments. There’s something about separating yourself unto God…setting aside a season of your life to just stop and truly focus on God, and God alone. To allow yourself to get outside of your surroundings…outside the traditional mindset of the mainstream church…outside the box you’ve put God and your relationship with Him in. You are literally engaging with the Heart of God on a 24/7 basis with a community of people sharing the same heart's desire as you. You've left the distractions behind. Your perspective changes, your vocabulary changes, and most importantly, you change. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it. But those who have, are forever different.
We walked in tonight and started introducing ourselves and talking to the others. I was instantly in love…and could have stayed in the corner the entire night just observing and listening to the conversations around me. I loved listening to others share their heart about what they felt like God was...and is going to do...in their lives, in
This week has been a hard one for me. I have felt God’s hand...His strength...and His peace over me through it all. But tonight…just being in the presence of these people that were totally sold out...completely consumed...and passionately in love with their Bridegroom brought such a refreshing to my Spirit, in ways I wasn’t even aware I needed. There's an awakening that happens in your Spirit when you're among this kind of community. It was like a watering of those dry places that have been dry for so long...I didn't even know it was an option for the dryness to be quenched.
It reminded me of one of my favorite Psalms.... #63:
1 O God, you are my God;
Earnestly, I search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 But I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword and
become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
I’m so grateful that God watered those dry places tonight. His faithfulness and provision never cease to amaze me. And I’m so so SO excited for my friend as she begins her internship. She’s gonna be blogging her way through it if you wanna follow her! She's over at A Watchman's Blog (and she's listed under 'the princess warrior watchman' on my blogroll!)
(fyi- HeatherClark Band has a GREAT song of this Psalm...you really should all own the entire cd, Selah. They just sat down, opened Psalms and added notes to the verses. How can you not love that? Here's this song if you care)