There is a fun coffee shop in town, Java Java, which appears to be run by believers. They have an entire wall that they call "community giving" and people can post ways they are in need or ways the coffee shop has given to them. I sat there and read the first five that caught my eye, and they were all churches or mission organizations. So then I looked a bit closer at the wall hangings and listened more attentively to the music and it was all centered around Christ. The owners were not there, but I'm hoping the next time I go in to be able to chat with the owners just to see what they are all about.
While I was enjoying my raspberry latte, I met with El Elyon, the Most High God. I have been feeling conviction lately that I don't hide the Truth in my heart. I know a handful of verses, which are the same verses I've known since I was 14 and first began my relationship with God. So I have a few that I have been working the last few days to memorize, and I'd like to share them with you now.
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the battle is not yours, but Gods. See the deliverance the Lord will give you! The Lord will be with you." 2 Chronicles 20:15 &17
"The Lord your God is with you, His power gives you victory. The Lord will take delight in you, and in His love He will give you new life. He will sing & be joyful over you!" Zepheniah 3:17
Today I have chosen a few more to work on, now that I have those two down. Here are my choices today...
"In embroidered garments she is led to the King, her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you." Psalm 45:14
-This verse gives me so much hope for my ministry! I so often start to believe that I will fail because I do not have all the skills necessary to do everything right with the girls I work with. But this verse reminds me that I am being led to the King (where there is intimacy, revelation and true life) and the women I disciple will follow me, therefore be brought to the King themselves! It doesn't say anything about doing the right things, saying the right words, knowing the perfect next step for a girl...it just says to follow Jesus and they will follow my example.
"Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir." Psalm 45:9
-I love the place this gives the bride...amidst all these other women, she alone is given the seat of honor and intimacy next to the King. As believers, we are each given this place of intimacy and honor, and that is our first ministry-to the King!