Last week our speaker flew in from Hawaii (aka my dream destination :p) to speak on “The Father Heart of God”… always a great week!! That week was my highlight from lecture phase last year. It’s usually a big week during DTS for many students as they gain better revelation and understanding of God’s love and heart for them. It’s also a week to laugh, cry and feel all the emotions in between as it deals with heart stuff. As a 1st time staff member, it’s such a great reminder again of just how much God loves me and what His heart is for me is no matter what I do.
A few verses I’ve come to love from last week are: Romans 8:36-38 which says “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now, I’m not sure about you guys, but I seriously LOVE that verse. It’s hard for me (or anyone for that matter) to fully comprehend that verse because God’s love is unfathomable, in other words (haha), it can’t be measured and is impossible to understand because we don’t get how someone could love us that much with what “mess” we may have in our lives. Another verse I love is James 1:12 “Happy are those who remain faithful under trails, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” This verse makes me think of being on staff because even through the “trials” I face (being overwhelmed with everything sometimes, taking on more leadership type roles even if they seem scary/uncomfortable, stepping out of my comfort zone, etc.), I still praise and thank God for them and for where I’m at because I know they’re helping me become the person He made me to be 🙂 “You grow the most outside of your comfort zone.” – quote I heard from one of our staff members.
It’s super encouraging to me to see how eager our students are to learn everything they can about God during lectures; they’re like sponges absorbing water haha! It’s so cool! One thing I love about “The Father Heart of God” week is that as difficult as it may be at the time, the students and us staff get to deal with the “mess” in our lives which often brings healing in some way, shape or form. Then, it becomes the message/testimony which can be shared with others who’ve dealt or are dealing with the same thing(s) and can bring them healing, and the cycle continues. It’s so great and I feel so blessed to be part of the events that take place in the classroom every week 🙂
At the end of the week on Friday, all of us (students and staff) wrote on paper the things we wanted to give to God (dying to self – DTS – basically) and taped them to a wooden cross which was carried outside to the fire pit. We each took our piece of paper and put it into the fire after individually saying a prayer to be done with whatever was on the list, which symbolized that we were saying goodbye to the old us and wanted Jesus to come and fill us up again. It was great and we each had the chance to give feedback on how we felt afterwards. After lectures finished and lunch was over, we got to relax and swim in our base directors parents’ house for a few hours before playing “Survive-All” Steinbach (a twist on the show “Survivor”). It was so nice because it was a nice hot summer day, however I got burned a bit :p. “Survive-All” was lots of fun and had challenges that involved crazy, vigorous physical activity… I haven’t done that kind of physical activity in months, so one could imagine how sore you’d be after doing something like that :p it was lots of fun though! I really enjoyed it 😀
Welp, we’re almost a month and a half into this DTS which is absolutely crazy! Despite some challenges I’ve faced in the last while, I still love what I get do to cannot tell you guys how much of a blessing it is to be part of this ministry. I’m also enjoying working in the garden as I’m learning so much about life through what God’s been speaking to me and the people I work along side with in there. I’m looking forward to this next week and what it holds! Stay tuned for more!! Be blessed y’all and take care 😀