Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Steps of Faith - Believing God

Steps of Faith

I join my sweet friend LISA today in her pursuit of what we are believing God for in our lives.

We had the most fabulous VBS this week and had 6 children give their lives to the Lord! That, my friends, is what VBS is all about. It's about reaching out to the children who need Jesus in a BIG way. Children that won't have a chance if someone doesn't take that first step and invite them to church. Children that my husband spent 2 hours each day picking up and dropping off in the church van so that they could come and learn about their wonderful Savior. Praise His Holy Name and shout Hallelujah!! Oh, yes, God is so good. He is so faithful. He is so mighty. There's nothing my God can't do.

This coming week, we are having a parish-wide (county for you other 49 states!) Festival of Hope crusade. It is like a big revival that is non-denominational and it involves the whole parish and all the churches regardless of the name on the door.

The churches that are 'heading' it up, have divided the parish into sections and we have been going door to door and leaving tracts and other information and even praying for each house - each family. Every house in West Carroll Parish has been prayed for individually. That is 12,000 people. Our parish is about 37 miles long and 18 miles wide. Besides the main town of Oak Grove (about 3,000 people), there are 7 communities that make up this parish. We are really like one big family. We do alot of things that encompass that whole parish and we know people from all over.

I am believing God, that in the 6 nights of this crusade, that He is going to do mighty things in this parish. I pray that eyes will be opened. I pray that hearts will be humbled. I pray that people will see their need for a Savior. I pray that boundaries will be erased. I pray that bondages will be broken. I pray that we might be consumed with the love of and the love for our Precious Lord.

Oh, yes, my friends. I am believing God for MIGHTY things in the lives of this wonderful little parish that I live in.

Thank you Lord for what you are going to do in this place this coming week. Be with Scotty McDowell as he brings our message each night. Be with those of us who are playing in the orchestra and those that are singing, that we do it all for Your Glory. I praise you for the lives that will be changed and the hearts that will get right. I praise you for the wonderful opportunity you have given us to reach out and spread the gospel.



Lisa said...

Oh Beth, your post has touched my heart. I LOVE VBS! I praise God for the 6 who trusted Jesus this week.

I was saved at the age of 9 in the only "city-wide crusade" my home town has ever had.

I am believing God for BIG things in your parish-wide crusade. I can't wait to hear the great things He has done and the lives that have been impacted for eternity!

Believing & praying ~ Lisa

Loren said...

How exciting Beth! I am rejoicing with you for those little lives and I am coming in agreement for all of Gods people that you have prayed for!

I can't wait to see what God has in store!

Brook said... exciting to see lives turned to Christ. Praying bold prayers for your crusade this week. Can't wait to hear how it goes!


Oh, how wonderful!!! All of it!

You wrote:
"It is like a big revival that is non-denominational and it involves the whole parish and all the churches regardless of the name on the door."

That's what IS the BODY of CHRIST = His Church! That's us if we are fully devoted to following our Savior allowing Him to lead us as our Master, Teacher, and Lord! - no matter what name is on the door of the church we attend.

Today I am believing God for:

* My complete physical HEALING
* the salvation of my brother, Rick [who lives in Boston]
* the fulfilling work of Shepherd's Walk [my prayer walk]
* a personal promise from God's heart [unspoken]

Also - I am excited to be leading my 8th Believing God Bible Study [Beth Moore] beginning in just a few weeks! I will be teaching that study til the day I meet Jesus in glory!!!

Let's BELIEVE HIM for ALL that He has promised - right now - on earth as it is in heaven!

Choosing GREAT JOY this day,
[JESUS - the One I THIRST For]
PS: I'm joining in the prayer for your hope crusade! God will do great things!

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Anonymous said...

Amen. I am touched.
I am joining you in prayer and praise this day. ~ linda

3 Blessings said...

What a blessing that 6 have dedicated their lives to the Lord from VBS!

much2ponder said...

Praying lives are touched in ways only the Lord can fulfill. God is good and will be faithful to his Word! Glory to God! Hope all goes well for all involved and I pray for an anointing on the speaker, the music and all involved to touch, teach, minister to, but most of all love those who show up.

Nancy M. said...

How awesome that you had a great VBS! I hope your parish crusade is a great success and that a lot of people are lead to the Lord!

petrii said...

I just love VBS!! I used to show enjoy working in it. We go to a much larger church now that doesn't have VBS, and I miss it. I am thankful for the outreaches our church has they are many and wonderful, but there is something dear and sweet to my heart about VBS. Oh yeah, I love it that your husband spent two hours everyday picking up those youngin's ~~ that so touched my heart.

Oh and this outreach sounds amazing!! Do you live in New Orleans? What an awesome way to reach the communities you live in for Jesus!!!

Have a Blessed week,

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LisaShaw said...

I have to get on board with precious Lisa's Saturday Steps of Faith. I love reading them but must do a post.

I so enjoyed yours Beth and I pray in agreement with you.

Love you.