Sunday, June 28, 2009


I've been dreading this day for quite some time now, the very thought I have had to continually suppress for the last month of the internship.  But the thing about time is it never stops passing us by, and it never waits for us.  A reflection of so many good memories fly through my mind, how I really wish that they wouldn't have to be past memories, but ones that will continue on for months and months to come.  Upon coming to IHOP for this internship I was praying that the Lord would bless me with a brother in Christ.  How very important I knew it was going to be for me to connect with someone on a daily basis as I pressed in on this race.  To have a training partner.  Someone who would provoke me in many aspects of my walk with Christ.  How the Lord blew my mind when I met Mark.  I seriously could not believe how in so many areas the Lord heard my cry and answered my prayer so specifically!  I've written quite a few times in the past about how me and Mark have interacted as brothers, but truly, this man is family!  As I watch him pursue the Lord, my own faith is provoked to pursue perfection.  (Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect.)  This pursuit, is so vital to our survival as maturing believers.  I've never been in love, but I think I am now truly coming to a true understanding as to what it means to "be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10 My heart pains for the things Marks heart breaks over.  I want to able to be that older brother (even though I'm younger) and shelter protection over him from the enemies attacks!  To fight in a warfare of prayer over my brothers soul!  As painful as this will be for him to leave today, I know that the Lord is doing great and marvelous things in his heart.  The Lord's ultimate plan and purpose be carried out.  What a true blessing this short 3 months has been.  To terry and fight in night and day prayer together!  To persevere through spiritual attacks, and to run this race as hard and best we know how.  Mark, you are a man of God, and you are after the Lord's intentions.  Continue to walk in the power the God has bestowed upon you.  You will be a warrior of justice for the widow and orphan.  So, "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26  Love you brother.

Strength & Honor,
Grace & Peace,
in all you do.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Crazy Busy

Wow!  Just like that a month has flown by...So much has happened in last month!  I have to say I've had a lack of motivation to write lately with how tired I have been, was sick for a couple weeks in between all my travels so that didn't help the situation much.  Shortly after my last post I took a quick trip home to walk across the stage and grab my diploma!  Totally a overrated experience if you ask me.  All the whoop and holler about the cap and gown turned out to be sitting in the audience frying under a piece of cheap material shaped in a dress.  So not only do you get to look like an idiot for the couple hours, but you sweat like a mad man as well!  I never believed anyone when they said that, "You will have a motivational speaker that you will never remember anything they say..." until I sat and listened to how truly boring our "Go be free" speech was.  So despite all the boring aspects of the ceremonies, it really was worth it to see some familiar faces one last time before everyone went their separate ways all across the world.  I have to say the most enjoyable part about the whole trip was spending some good quality time with my family.  Indeed I wish it could have been longer than the 3 days we got to spend together, but I guess, "That's the way the cookie crumbles" this time.

After returning to Kansas City after that quick trip home, I had a full 6 days to recover before flying out to Phoenix AZ for a kids camp that I was a counselor for.  The way the camp works is, there is a selection process where 80-90 kids are selected to be scholarshiped for this 5 day camp in the mountains of Dolores Colorado!  Easily one of the most beautiful places I have every visited!

This being my second year participating in the camp, it was all that I remembered from last year and more!  The power of the Lord working on the hearts of these young people, it was AWESOME to watch!  One of the other aspects of the camp that I went with much anticipation was to see what the Lord was going to do in the hearts of the different counselors going!  Last year there wasn't a night that went by that the Lord showed up in a powerful way.  It was so encouraging to me being able to be there and go through the experience of it once again, the Lord had laid it so heavily on my heart to be praying and interceding for these kids and counselors before the camp even started, and to see the way He powerfully encountered their hearts, it was so worth it!  

I think that as long as I am able to haul my butt out to Phoenix for a week long every summer I will be helping with this ministry as long as they will have me!  Not only to watch the transformation that takes place in others lives, but how much it edifies my own.  Building relationships with these kids each year, and to watch how they have developed over the year is incredible!

Now finally back in Kansas City the month has flown by and I'm looking at a whole 6 days left in the Fire in the Night internship!!!  I am facing some large questions regarding my future once again.  I am excited to see what the Lord has for me in this next coming season in my life.  I'm open to anything the Lord would bring my way.  Where ever He will have me go, I am looking forward to following obediently!!!

Strength & Honor,
Grace & Peace.