Iris at Grace Alone... is hosting Thankful Thursday again this week. I missed last week - it was so busy, I completely forgot it was Thursday. I almost did it again this week. In my post this morning, I wrote how busy January is for me and how little I'll probably post. Thing is, I miss Thankful Thursdays when I don't participate. I'm praying I get around to reading a few, too because it always lifts my heart to read the blessings God gives to so many and so many of these women are awesome writers.
This week's topic is "possibilities." I love it when God opens doors and it's especially fun when you didn't even realize they were there. Iris shared some exciting news for herself and I will be praying for discernment and joy and plain fun with all He's opening to her now. For me, I'm thankful this week for the possibility...
...of my first speaking engagement on human trafficking. It's scheduled for May but I am just so grateful to God for the opportunity. I will spend the next couple of months taking everything I know, everything I have learned and put it together in what I pray will be a glorifying to God presentation. I also pray that it will motivate more people to get involved, see that nothing is minor in the battle against evil. I expect the attacks to start soon and I'm praying God grants me discernment to see them for what they are and the wisdom to get through them by keeping my eyes on Him.
...of traveling to another country in the fall. A country where trafficking occurs practically on every street corner. An opportunity to see the work God is doing there and to learn through my own personal experiences how other cultures deal with this issue and all that that means.
...of starting a new study in Revelation. I can't tell you how excited I am to dig into God's Word with my Lifegroup again. We are starting with Revelation - after just finishing Ezekiel - and we are all excited to get going.
...of developing new devotions for the women at the shelter. To dig in real deep and look at how God really wants us to encourage and support one another. How He takes our lives and uses them to help and strengthen one another in our experiences.
...of upcoming training with a ministry in downtown Seattle. The 24th and 31st of this month will be spent in 8 hours each day of intensive training, preparing me for street ministry, serving those women who work the night.
My list this week has me thinking of how many obstacles will arise, how many walls will I run into. The list of why NOT to do what God is putting before me could probably be written so long I think the paper would stretch a mile or more. However - it all comes back to one thing. God asks and in obedience to Him, I say yes. He will take care of the rest. That's why Iris' verse this week is the concrete foundation on which I step out in faith in 2009. The verse appears in each Gospel so to me, it is a Word of wisdom from The Word and goes beyond heeding.:
Jesus looked at them and said "With man this is impossible but not with God; all things are possible with God." ~Mark 10:27
May you be blessed with boundless possibilities!!!