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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Breakthrough in Boston

Last weekend I got to travel to Boston. I stayed with two sweet friends, Bree & Kasidy. About a month ago I felt like Jesus was speaking for me to visit Boston. In a few weeks time He provided money for the trip and an incredible plane ticket price. I bought my ticket the day before the trip and boarded the plane. Although I didn't get to sleep the night before and got motion sickness on the plane, I finally made it to Boston. Praise God.

There was such a breakthrough this weekend! The webster dictionary defines breakthrough as:

  1. A sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development
  2. A significant and dramatic overcoming of a perceived obstacle, allowing the completion of a process.

Experienced the revelation that I can walk in obedience rather than expectation. The Kingdom of God doesn't consist of 'shoulds' and 'shouldn'ts' but in hearing God and obeying. There is such a sweet confidence in knowing following Jesus is so simple. Just listening to God and doing what He says. There's no expectations or comparison standard we have to measure up to, just His voice!

Another great thing about breakthrough, is that it's just for one, but many! Breakthrough inevitably spills out into other areas of our life and other people we come into contact with. This breakthrough got to become someone else's because Jesus is after families, cities & nations! Last night we had a worship night in Lawrence and breakthrough broke out over the whole room. Can't wait to share more. (I'll be sending an e-mail update out soon) Reminded that Jesus is after this whole city and uses what he starts in one to overflow into and encounter others. Thankful for Jesus moving in my family, city & nation. He is worthy of it all.

Here are some pictures from my trip to Boston.

Sidenote: I heard once that the color orange is a prophetic symbol for breakthrough. Thank you Jesus for fall  and changing trees!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Hero Revolution: Julie Steadman

Last semester I was privileged to spend time with Julie Steadman who has been a friend, teacher & spiritual mother to me. After moving to Kansas again, I was so thankful she reached out to me in the midst of a different  & difficult season. I have felt so known, loved and supported by this woman. I've also learned volumes from her.

Julie displays the kindness of God and is so gentle. She comforts others quickly and tenderly yet speaks powerful wisdom and truth. I feel so at home when around her. Thankful for the mother's heart she carries and how she draws people into the heart of God. She is quick to adopt others into her life and family and has spoken sweet identity over me. God knows the deep ways her investment in my life has marked me!

Also, I'm honored to be a part of the legacy she's leaving. She has sought God's heart for this place and these people and has invested in many. Excited to come behind her and continue to press-in for what God has for Lawrence. I really feel the ground is so tender and ripe for harvest because of the many who have plowed before me, some for a long time. I am honored to step into what other's have sowed.

Here's to Julie and the powerful legacy and impact she is leaving on this city!

World Mandate 2012