The first week in Georgia was spent on a friend’s couch and then my new roommate, Britt and I just moved into our new apartment 3 weeks ago! So if you do the math I have been here for exactly 1 month! I am now moved in and have my own bed and everything! And every stick of furniture except for our couch was given to us… Wow, God is so good.
The Lord is present in everything that’s happened since I’ve moved here and He has such a hand in what’s happening with this church plant that it is blowing my mind! I’ve always had this desire to be a part of a church that isn’t a building, but a people. And Collective Pursuit is that. We are not a proven church formula; we are a lifestyle movement of community toward Christ. I am still blown away at the goodness of the Lord for leading me into such an amazing testimony to what the body of Christ can look like! Thankfulness doesn’t even begin to cover it. Jesus is good, and faithful, and fuller of mercy, grace and love then I could ever measure. He is the very heartbeat of this church plant.
Since finishing the World Race 6 months ago, the Lord has been calling me into deeper waters. And that is exactly where I’ve landed. I feel like I’ve needed to pull up my big girl britches! Almost daily I’m face to face and toe to toe with loud brokenness and messy faith. And I have found myself being stretched by the Father in areas where I didn’t have the slightest clue needed a facelift. But something I’ve come to love about the Holy Spirit is that He always pulls me, He never pushes me.
Each week I have one-on-one discipleship with a mentor here and that includes memorizing scripture each week. 2 Timothy 316-17 that reads, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
After reading that I wondered what the difference was between rebuking and correcting. And my mentor told me this… Rebuking is where conviction happens. That’s the Holy Spirit putting a stop sign up in front of your face. Correcting is what happens after that when He shows you what correct road to take from there… So there’s rebuking and then there’s correcting.
It seems like the longer I’m here and the more I dive into His word, the more room He has to speak to me and call me out when an attitude or a motive isn’t pleasing to Him. A lot of growth is happening. And when there’s growth there’s always an opportunity to fear.
I once had someone tell me that the absolute definition of fear is simply, “the unknown.” The “what ifs” in life are always easy to focus on. But I like to focus on the “who withs” instead. Bob Goff, author of the incredible book, “Love Does” wrote, “When you trust someone, you don’t need to know everything.”
The things I know for sure may not out measure the unknowns in life, but they sure do outweigh them by a billion to one with truths and promises that reflect the faithfulness which is my God’s very character.