Sunday, July 10, 2011

We Went Back!

We loved Lifest so much, we went back for more today! We took a family vote, and the 7 votes for going back out scored the 1 vote for staying with our normal Sunday routine. I love that all 6 kids voted to go back!!! Yea God!

So, we sat in the pouring rain and listened to Greg Laurie. His ministry was important to both Joe and I when we first moved to Wisconsin and truly decided to follow Christ. Check him out here.

Yes, you read that correctly. It rained. And rained some more. We sat on our camping chairs and spread a blanket over our heads and listened as Greg preached on the Prodigal Son. As he finished, and invited people to commit their lives to Christ, he asked people to stand if they were making that choice for the first time. It was beautiful to see umbrellas popping up - not knowing who was underneath them, but simply seeing people standing in the rain, holding on to an umbrella, declaring their devotion to Jesus.

The other reason we went is because we LOVE Lincoln Brewster and he was going to lead worship after the sermon! And as the rain continued to pour, the MC announced that the worship was being moved to "the cafe"- which is a tent over gravel. Imagine 20,000 people trying to cram into a tent...all soaking wet. And about ten minutes after cramming into the tent, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Blazing hot! Humidity. Stinky!

But....we worshiped. Hands raised and voices singing loudly.

Despite the rain and the stinky tent it was well worth it!

Once home, Joe and I took a long walk. God had filled us both with tons of ideas of how to serve him, how to follow him, and how to love him. We don't know what these ideas will turn into? Maybe nothing for now. Maybe God was just teaching us that no matter where we go and no matter what we do, we WILL have great opportunities to LOVE and SEEK JUSTICE and DESIRE MERCY.

We prayed as we walked and asked God to continue to guide clearly close a door if it is a place God does not want us to go and to clearly open doors. Thank you to all who are praying for us...believe me...we can feel it! We both said how especially on Sunday mornings, we feel a fresh wind carrying us into the new week. We are anxious to see what comes this week - but content if nothing comes this week. We know God is with us...Emanuel.

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