In trying to figure out what works for this feature, I’ve decided to go with posting the first Wednesday of the month rather than every Wednesday.
Every month, we ask the same question:
This could be something that happened to you, something you witnessed someone else do, or a story you saw that spoke to your heart. Examples include:
You saw a news story of Christ at work in the world.
You saw someone do something extraordinarily kind for someone else.
Someone came to help you in your time of need in an unexpected way.
You witnessed someone accept Christ as their Savior or be baptized.
Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our own little world that we fail to look for signs of Christ working in the world around us. This often leads us to believe that Christ isn’t working. I’m hoping that by consistently posing this question, it will remind us to be looking for evidence that Christ is still at work through his people. Some months, we may not get any stories. Some months, we may get a lot of stories. But I want the opportunity to always be there for you to share stories of how Christ is at work as a way to encourage Christians to stay strong in the faith.
John 13:34-35: [Jesus said] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I hope you will join me in sharing your stories! If you have a story anytime during the month and don’t want to wait for the next post, feel free to go back and find the previous post and share your story there!
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I have one to share this week. As some of you know, I work with the middle school group at my church. This past weekend, we attended a middle school youth conference. It was a blessing to see God at work in the lives of youth. They participated, worshipped, asked questions, and engaged with Scripture. And none of this could have taken place without the countless volunteers and planning hours that I know went into it. It was definitely an example of God at work through his people to reach our youth. I strongly believe that the middle school and high school years are where we lose our youth to mainstream culture, so this is a vital time in their lives that we need to reach out to them with the love of Christ.
A couple weeks ago my husband and I had an opportunity to lead worship for a women's encouragement day for homeschool moms. It was definitely something that God orchestrated because there was another individual who was supposed to lead, but had a family emergency, so we were asked to step in a week before the event. It came at a time that we were feeling discouraged (particularly my husband) and were also recovering from sickness. Our home was filled with worship that week with the planning, preparing and practicing. We were able to fix our eyes back on God and his incredible qualities and characteristics. So while we were able to fill a need for someone else, it was also much needed for us and really encouraged our hearts. It was truly a blessing.