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Friday, March 19, 2010

we choose to serve..

"The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:28 (ESV)

There is nothing like the precious fellowship between Christian women. There is a spoken as well as an unspoken bond that we all share. The connection that we have with one another is unlike any other relationship we have. Whether we are young or old, single or married,  mothers, grandmothers or childless, women just have a unique and wonderful kinship that defies explanation.

As I am typing this, there are 23 women from the conference room walking through our halls singing and praying for us. I am filled with such love and joy as the precious spirit that they are exuding is just flowing in our dormitory. Even now, I feel His presence.

The other 20 women that are serving with me have been the biggest blessing and the biggest blast these past 3 days.  As we serve together, serving others, our heart are joined by the sweet love of our Savior. Even though our days begin at 6 and don't end until past midnight, we are full of energy that is unexplainable outside the power of our precious Lord.

We are all here to show true agape love to 25 women on this 'walk'. Agape love is the love that comes only from God. It is a love that is sacrificial. A love that is poured out to us from Him through the Holy Spirit, that we in turn pour out to others. As we drench them in the sweet agape love He affords us, we are splashed by blessings immeasurable.

We choose to serve and we serve with joy. We serve because that is what Christ desires of us. We serve because we want to love like He loves.

As I hear the sweet voices of all my precious friends gathered together in the meeting room, I hear the love in their laughter. I hear the love in their conversation. I feel the sweet agape love of Jesus. Oh, indeed His presence is here.

We came to serve and minister to others. In doing so, we in turn have been ministered to in such a powerful way. God's love is echoed in the smiles on faces, the gratitude in hearts, and the knowledge in our spirits that we are following the example of Christ.

"He who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4:8)

I count it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve with the awesome love of God. My heart is full. My spirit is filled with joy. My mind is renewed and my eyes opened to the true love that only comes from a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Precious Father, thank you for the awesome opportunity to serve others. As I go forth to be your hands and feet, help me to minister mightily. Help me to love deeply. Help me to pour out from within, that others might experience the wonderful, agape love of Christ. You are powerful and magnificent and I give you all praise and honor. In the saving name of your Son, Amen.

In Him,
Beth

10 comments:

Every Day Blessings said...

Isn't it amazing, when we give God gives back abundantly. Have a great weekend and enjoy all the sweet fellowship!

WalkingwithHIM said...

Oh Beth what a blessing to be used and blessed in such a mighty way. I am in the sin of envy as I read your blog, to have a an joyous time in HIM is something I long for these days.

Blessings,
Sherri

GrammyGoo said...

Wow Beth .......I love when the Lord does that ....
1Co:8:6: But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Eph:4:4: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph:4:5: One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph:4:6: One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Heart2Heart said...

Beth,

I can only imagine how much love, joy and warmth is coming from being surrounded by such souls that are passionate about Jesus. It's quite hard to contain as I imagine and I can almost see His light shining forth, bursting through the seams in the roof and the walls. His love is spreading, it's reaching out and each person it touches will find a smile across their face, and warmth in their soul.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Nancy M. said...

It sounds like such a wonderful time with inspiring women!

Yolanda said...

You have such a servants heart and what a fun place to be, watching God working in those ladies hearts.

Love YOU!

Patrina said...

"He who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4:8)

Simple TRUTH.

You are such a blessing to many because of your love - and God's TRUTH in you.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

TRUTH SHARER said...

I want to know everything about this BUT I'll wait until perhaps I can participate in it soon!!! I love surprises so I'm still praying if this is something the Lord desires me to participate in next time! Can't wait to know His answer!

You sound soooo blessed!

Choosing JOY,
Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010

Steph T. said...

WOW! Sounds like an amazing time. Love my time worshiping with other women of Faith. Thanks for sharing this time with us.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

There's nothing like washing the feet of someone else simply because of the love of Christ that compels the service. I need to practice this more. The constant prayer of my heart is that God infuses me with his love for his people, as my love is more self-focused and selfish. As I ministered this past weekend, I felt the love of Christ for the women in attendance. I felt your prayers as well.

Many thanks.

Emotionally draining weekend to say the least, but this week has started well and has me full of hope for the season to come.

peace~elaine