8.31.2010

Hello, friends.

As many of you know, I have been traveling this summer, support raising for ministry. Unfortunately, it has not been as successful as I would have liked it to be. This leaves me with several options:

1. Keep going, but put off full time ministry until I’m done.

2. Get a part time job and do ministry part time.

3. Quit ministry entirely and get a full time job.

Since I moved to do ministry, and have been support raising on and off for the past year, I have decided that option 2 is my best bet right now. I work surprisingly well in that capacity and there’s a plethora of jobs in the area. I already have a position at a women’s clothing shop, in downtown Palo Alto, but I am currently looking for something a little more lucrative and professional, since I have three weeks until the new school year starts.

I’m excited to go back to being bi-vocational, actually. Having a job enables me to entrench myself into the NorCal culture a little bit more, and it settles me in. Plus, I’ll be able to move to a better apartment/house. Praise Jesus!

So, please pray for me, that I would be provided for, and that whatever job I end up doing, I would seek His glory throughout it all. It is for Him, pray that I remember that.

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7.22.10

I’ve been traveling. The weekend before last, I was very fortunate to watch a long time acquaintance and partner in ministry get married. Awesome. Congratulations to Melissa Sepe Nguyen! She’s the director of Intervarsity at UCSB. She’s terribly gifted for ministry, and I count myself blessed to be a part of “The first day of the rest of her life.” While there, I was able to reconnect with some old friends from college, and make some new ones, too.

Awesome.

In Stanford news, we have been having regular summer Chi Alpha meetings. It’s been more of a discussion format, and the studies have been centered around prayer. Some sample questions just from last night’s meeting: “Is failure a part of God’s will?” “What if I just don’t feel like praising God?” “How can we know God’s will?”

And, everyone of these questions were answered, not all by me or Glen, but by the students. I am amazed at the amount of knowledge these students have about our Lord. One seemingly has committed the entire New Testament to memory, and another can speak right to the heart of every question. There is no doubt the hunger these students have for God. I see them and wonder and question my own hunger for Him who brings life.

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6.30.10

Word of the day: diligence. Wikipedia (yes, I am a Wiki-ophile) defines it as: Diligence is a zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work, exemplified by a decisive work ethic, budgeting of one’s time, monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness, and putting forth full concentration in one’s work.

While this word is not often the word found in the Bible, the idea still lies there.

Duet 11:13-15 “If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, 14 then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil. 15 He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat.”

2 Peter 1:10-11: “So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

These verses imply that God sees our diligence and rewards us. If we continue to obey His commands, we will be rewarded. The Deuteronomy passage implies material blessings, which for the Israelite people was important. The material blessing of God was an important witness to God’s glory for the ancients – it gave Him a better the whole “my God is better than your God” status. But, the 1 Peter passage says our diligence will be rewarded with the most important thing of all: with a grand entrance into His Kingdom. And, time and time again, we are reminded in the New Testament that we work for His Kingdom in this world.  That’s what I should be working for.

So then, I ask myself, because I want to be diligent for the Kingdom, where am I lacking in diligence? I know that diligence is not my strongest character trait – I get bored, or the work seems insurmountable. Is it in getting down to work? Is it in strategy? I’m diligent in the lists I make everyday, but maybe those lists can be longer, or maybe I can organize my time better.

So, my prayer for today is that God would grant me greater concentration so I can better complete my daily tasks. I need to remember that I am working for Him, and the grand entrance into His kingdom, rather than simply for a paycheck. Deuteronomy reminds me that if I am diligent, the Lord will provide for me in the material world.

God, I cannot see this in the physical realm around me, but I know that I work for Your Kingdom. God, please see this and bless my work in a way that best displays Your glory.  I am reminded by the Deuteronomy passage that you do not always provide instant gratification, but that everything comes in seasons. Lord, I pray that harvest would come soon, and if it does not, give me the grace and the provision to make it through, so that I may always proclaim you as my Lord and Savior.

What do you need to be diligent for?

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6.23.10

Well, the part did not come, but praise Jesus, I still made it to Orange County and back. No big snafus with my lock. And, upon my return to Palo Alto, the part was waiting for me at the post office. Now, I just have to pop it in!

Today, I am thinking about timing, most notably, God’s timing. Do you ever feel behind in your tasks, in your work, in your relationships, in your life? Well, God is not. Abraham waited for 20 years for a son, that eventually came out of Sarah’s dried up womb. I know what God has promised me. I just need to remain obedient to what He has called me to do.

This may seem like a reiteration, but I think it’s a truth that God is continuing to teach me in this time of discovering my support. Be patient, be obedient, and God will fulfill His promises.

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6.15.10

Rounding out the year…

On May 26th Chi Alpha at Stanford baptized two new members into the family of God. I can honestly say that I think my favorite sacrament is baptism, mostly because we are adding new sheep to His flock. I have seen many lives changed after baptism, including my own. This particular baptism was extra special, though. It was a good, bright year for ministry in Stanford Chi Alpha, and for something like this to come at the end of the year is like God telling us that no matter how we measure success, it’s still not His measure of success. He sometimes gives us something else.

This last weekend was Stanford graduation. There’s a tradition they have called “The Wacky Walk” where the grads dress up, or down, in costume or not, and express their joviality while walking to their seats on the field. My favorite was the Chi Alpha Care Bears.  But, there were also togas, flowers, a jellyfish, a to-do list and Pong. Congrats to all the Stanford grads!

On the fund raising trail: My car broke down this past week. Thankfully it’s only a small part to be replaced ($30!) and it’s coming in the mail. Just pray that it gets here by Friday so I can take my trip to Orange County.

Much love to you all!

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5.24.10

Today I really begin support raising. Like, really, really. I have a coach (thanks Glen!) and  a list of things to do. Hopefully I will share some Scripture promises soon.

In other news, I ran into the first guy I ever kissed last night. We were first year students at UCSB. I was an undergrad and he was a grad. We went on two or three dates and it fizzled out after that, but of course, I still have the memories. Who could forget? On the beach, barefoot at night, underneath a lunar eclipse. It’s interesting how much we remembered of each other – I recognized his glasses, he remembered my last name. He’s even shacked up with a friend that I knew of while we dated.  And we meet, 300 miles away from where we first met, doing very different professions, but still in the same stage of life – he’s fund raising, too.

What a strange, strange world we live in.

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5.18.10: Of Slumber Parties and Pancake Peoples

How can we create a culture of respect? What would you be if you didn’t know Jesus? How is our sick friend doing? How many balloons did Carl use to get his house in the air? These were all questions asked by the girls in Chi Alpha at the sleep over on Friday evening. We also rolled around in sleeping bags, took funny pictures, ate freshly baked cookies, slept on the carpet-covered cement floor together. The only thing missing was the pranks. But, oh, another time, and we will TP someone good.

The same evening, another student felt led to give out burgers on White Plaza (big, open and public area on Staford’s campus) to a bunch of partying  students. While the idea of burgers were nixed by the university, pancakes were given the go-ahead. Apparently, they ministered to over a hundred inebriated college students, praying for them and sobering them up, both with pancakes and the Holy Spirit. I can’t wait to hear the testimony tomorrow at Chi Alpha!

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