Ah time is flying by! I can’t believe I am in the middle of week 9 here already! Only 2 1/2 more weeks! Ever since faith week things have been insanely busy… I have been really burnt out but in the best of ways I guess.
So last week we studied the Holy Spirit with Daria and Gary Rosenburg (one of our trip leader’s parents). It was an amazing week; a lot happened that I never expected to experience. Growing up in a nation where manifestations of the Holy Spirit are pretty much unheard of (in the physical sense) has really closed me off to this whole thing so it was really awesome to see the Lord work on me in that way. I feel like all week I was gradually opened up and filled with the most gentle presence of the Holy Spirit and I am still sort of walking and dwelling in that peace. It almost feels like a warm light surrounding me. That is the best I can describe it.
So that brings me to last weekend. After Friday Night Outreach which was awesome, me and Jaclyn stayed in Christchurch and had a girls night at a local hostel. It was so great to get away and just chill, talk, catch up on things. That is how busy we have been here… I also got a major short pixie haircut which is fun. THEN on Saturday we woke up, hung out and went to the Invisible Children Rescue in Christchurch City. It was so cool, over 800 people showed up and it was seriously awesome to all be there in the spirit of freedom.
And that finally leads me to this week. We have Mark Parker here teaching on Lordship. He is the most incredible teacher I have ever had. Think the grinch with teaching power of the good Lord himself. (Can you tell Phil just arrived to help me?) I honestly can’t even describe what he is doing to us all here… the truth that he speaks in is so powerful. I’m sure I will have more after the week is done. Last night during worship Jaclyn and I made a decision. The Lord has been working in both of us in crazy ways… separately but also together. So back to the decision. I think it has been developing for a long time but we got up on the altar during worship and jumped off together, holding hands. As soon as we jumped it seriously felt like we were immersed in the freedom of the Lord. It was seriously SO cool. So that basically entails obeying God in all that we do, to give up ourselves, to give up everything, to quit putting God in a box and going out into the world walking in truth. The sisterhood and bond that Jaclyn and I have built since being here is unreal, it is SO clear that God brought us both here for a reason… Hallelujah. I feel like I am now rambling but it is hard to get all of this out in one sitting to bear with me. 🙂
One last thought… Today Mark played the song “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot, which I used to think was a cheesy lame song but the words were SO moving so I encourage you to look up the lyrics and listen to it. It is sweet. I just want to yell out, WHAT AM I WAITING FOR??? I have fully jumped into Him.