Thursday, February 10, 2011

God so loved the world that he gave..

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." Isaiah 61:1-3

I got a new job that I'm pretty stoked about!! Freedom for Youth recently hired as the new "house mom" for the girls transitional housing. I will get the opportunity to live with the young women, be a vessel that Christ can use to love and teach them through me.

If you think about it, I ask that you pray for this ministry. Pray in advance that God softens these girls hearts, that they have a willingness to change their lives. The girls will be from 18-22 years old. They will come from a variety of different ways.. whether they are homeless, recommended by a school counsel or youth pastor, from prison, aged out of the foster care program but not ready to live on their own.. ect. I'm sure these girls have been beaten up by the world, they will have experienced things that I haven't even dreamed about, been lied to their entire lives. Pray that God would radically change their lives. Pray that they will understand the truth and that the truth will set them free!

Pray also that my heart and my emotions will be in sync with what Gods heart is like. To break my heart for what break His heart. The heart of God is for sinners, for the broken-hearted, for the outcasts of society. I pray that God would give me his heart for his people. To open my eyes to things that I don't see. To be a vessel that He can mold and shape to be used for his glory. Here I am, Lord, send me!

"For God so loved the world that he gave..." John 3:16

As we continue to grow in our love for Christ, that should be our response to His love. That his love would compel us to give. To give ourselves completely. To who? To the world.

If you want, you can read up on what God is doing through Freedom for Youth.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats Lauren, my family and I will definitely pray for you! We have supported Freedom for Youth for awhile now but I have never been out to their campus personally. I know the director, Mark Nelson. I grew up, graduated, went to church, and was friends with his daughter Kelsey. They are a really great family. I know you are in good hands; I hope you really enjoy it there!

    <3 Gabe