Honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2016. 2016 began with a rough start but I can confidently say it really has been a sweet ’16, one of redemption, healing and wholeness, thanks be to God. December was the end of a busy season and I am now being ushered into a new season where God says to dive in, that I am being positioned on His team, that He is developing me into a visionary to help bring the vision from heaven down to earth.
ADS Graduation: We finished our discipleship school and graduated this month!
The beginning of school, Jesus gave me a picture of the banquet table, with Him seated at the head of the table, and an empty spot next to him with my name on it. He was beckoning me to come sit with Him, because I was crouched in a ball in the shadows of the corner, too full of shame to be sitting next to Him. Over the course of the school, in a gentle and tender process, layer by layer God tenderly removed my shame, shed light on lies I’d believed about myself, spoke into my heart and healed places that were broken. When He was speaking to me about what next season would be like, He gave me a picture of a candlelit dinner for two with us seated at it, communicating just by looking deeply into each other’s eyes without a word, depicting a season of greater intimacy beholding Him and allowing Him to behold me, as His beloved daughter.
(I just want to say, if anyone resonates with this story, I would love to encourage you that Jesus died to rid us of all shame and guilt! He will have His Bride rid of all her shame!)
I am envisioned now more than ever to partner with Him to set the captives free and see the lost come to life through His love!!! He has called me to youth ministry and I couldn’t be more excited! 😄😄😄
Christmas: I failed to take a ton of pictures during this time unfortunately, but it was a sweet time with family, lots of games and of course, food. Our family came to our house to celebrate Christmas Eve and then we had relaxing Christmas Day at home with just us four.
Outreach Trip – Dominican Republic: God told me that I would be returning back to the DR when I went 3 summers ago, so when they announced our class would be going to Santiago for our outreach trip I wasn’t the least bit surprised! Especially because of the word God gave me our first day of class – that He would bring me back to the simple place of being a daughter and operating out of overflow of the Spirit. When we got there, it felt as if I was transposed into another world, but one I was very much familiar with, where I was reunited with old friends – it didn’t feel like it had been 3 years but maybe a few months since I’d seen them. It was the best feeling to be so welcomed and invited in and be able to see my class meet and interact with Stanley, his family and amazing team.
Stanley and his wife Amarfre lead the local church there in Santiago. I can’t honor them enough! What incredible people advancing the kingdom of God to partner with!
I have never thrived more in evangelizing than I did in this trip. The fear of man was nonexistent as God allowed a spirit of boldness come over me. Which is really encouraging, but also makes me question what it is about America and my own people that there is still a spirit of fear I struggle with. I am confident that God will continue to work in me until He allows fruit to bear in this area here in my homeland. 🙂
Our free day we went to Sosua Beach to soak up some sun rays. 🙂 Beautiful…