Monday, May 20, 2013

Prayer Request...



Two years ago when Mike and I felt lead to step into ministry it was so big we had no idea what it would look like.  Through the journey God has revealed little steps along the way.  We learned quickly that God's thoughts and ways were not our thoughts and ways.  I put God in a box and limited what he was willing to do for us as my insecurities and fears  crippled me.  Neither Mike nor I had any background experience in the camping ministry but God has used that to get our feet planted.  We have been diligently working; gaining the knowledge and experience that we would need to further the kingdom of God in the camping ministry and to bring His name glory.  One of our passions and desires is to see marriages restored and to give them tools that they can utilize. To teach couples that in their brokenness comes many blessings if we only allow God to mend us. We can not be effective parents if we are not prioritizing our marriages and putting our spouses first.  And first and foremost if we are not putting God in the center or our own lives then we will continually live unbalanced.
 WE spend so much of our lives on a schedule. We give our best to our jobs, careers, sports, activities, friends and others things; that we seldom give our best to our spouses and families.  This leaves an ache in each of us that causes us to act out in bitterness and resentment. We then jump on a crazy cycle that seems to never end.  We try to mask our hurts by filling our schedules with more things to do, working harder, serving more: or simply put, running from the problem.   
We should know.. because about three years ago our marriage was falling apart.  We spent a lot of days screaming, yelling & fighting.  I was so lonely within my marriage.  My heart ached, I longed to be loved and Mike desired to be respected. It was our lack of knowledge that drove us to the point of wanting to separate.  In that season we were so busy.  I filled up my schedule the best I could with activites, sports, volunteer positions, lunch dates and any other things I could think of.  I neglected my responsibilities at home because I simply didn't care. At one point Mike asked me to choose what was more important: him or the kids and their involvements.  At the time I was hurting and I didn't care how he felt so I choose the busy schedule.  I was so busy sowing a harvest of busyness that I failed to see, that as a result, what I was reaping was a bigger wedge between our marriage.  Meanwhile, Mike worked, drank, and tried to keep busy in his own ways. When our eyes were open to the fact that we were not putting each other first; we were selfishly thinking of our own needs, our hearts started to change. 
First, Mike gave his life to the Lord.  I didn't realize how much of a difference that would make. I realized that he couldn't love me the way I needed him to.  He couldn't love me the way God had designed because it is through him that he puts the love and compassion & understanding that comes from Christ alone in our hearts.  We are only capable of loving so little when we love through our own strengths
Second, Once we were provided the resources to help us understand why were hurting, it was then that the healing could start.  I was unaware of how much disrespect I had given Mike. He was unaware of how little he loved.  We were on a vicious cycle and didn't know how to get off.
Third,  As we began to see the rippling effects of aligning our priorities with the word of God and how he originally designed it to be, it was amazing to see the change in our lives.. Then came the realization that not only did God save Mike but he RESTORED our marriage.  We began to see that the challenge didn't stop there. Our eyes were open to see the hurt and pain not only in our lives but in others.  Watching the same ugly patterns repeat itself.  What could we do to change it? How could we use our brokenness, our ugliness, our lack of knowledge to bring God's name glory?
Forth, Mike began to feel called shortly before I did. He knew he wanted to step in ministry but didn't know what it was to look like.  We prayed for spiritual discernment and wisdom.  After what seem to be a long time, God open a door for us to move to Nebraska.. God was calling us to walk on water.  Not only did we walk on water but we had to go so far away from the boat that we weren't to rely on the boat as a life preserver.  We had to fully trust God and his provision for us.  It was overwhelming at times to think that God wanted to use us.  (It still is @ times!)  Our journey thus far as been one of many trials which was to be expected.  Our deepest desire and passion is finally going to happen this weekend.  Part of our training, learning and working is to develop a family camp where families have the opportunity to hang up their busy schedules for one weekend  to prioritize, relax and remember!!
Both Mike and I are doing our first workshop teaching a few concepts that we have learned while sharing pieces of our testimony.
Mike and I know that we have been given this task to coordinate, implement & direct a family camp.  We have done so under great leadership. We would love to see Rivercrest adopt this retreat for many many years.  In order for a retreat to be successful the camp needs to see the interest behind the retreat. However, the turn out just simply isn't what they would like it to be.  Everyone involved knows that each and every time we start a program it takes time to successfully build a reputation. We have been praying for families to attend camp this weekend, not for "numbers" but for the opportunity to share in the hope of what God can do!! To have the chance to share in the passion of what God is doing in our hearts!! To see another piece of the path God has laid before us!! To see the glory of God revealed in a camp ministry!!  I know God is faithful...
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Will you please join with us TONIGHT in prayer that God will provide for those families that need to be at Family CAMP that they will make the decision to register.
Pray that schedules will not be a distraction that this weekend becomes free for them...
Pray that if your family can not attend that you would consider "adopting a family" this weekend and financially providing for them who otherwise would not be able to afford it...
For those families that are already coming: Please pray that this weekend will be a weekend filled with memories worth making.. Pray for hearts to be receptive....
 Pray that hearts will be soften and changed....
Pray for Mike and I that God will use us and speak through us....
 Pray for STRENGTH for our family as we serve this weekend....
Pray that during this weekend as we pour out into the lives of each family that we will give Gods name the glory in everything we do this weekend!!!

Thank you in advance to all my prayer partners!!! You are a blessing to us in more ways than you can imagine....

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FYI... we are in our 11 hour for God to provide the families for us this weekend....
registration closes on WEDNESDAY... PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!!


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