Friday, April 22, 2011

I count it all JOY

My greatest joy is telling people what Jesus has done for me. Some days I feel like I am about to burst. I want to tell every person I encounter about the truth, hope, love, and joy that can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. You can be redeemed! Set free! Made new! How incredible is that!? It blows my mind.

So why don't I always feel this way? Sometimes I think about my salvation and I don't "feel" anything. I get frustrated with myself for being ungrateful, for not being excited about sharing the good news. Even when I am excited about it, most of the time I hesitate to tell my friends about Jesus, for fear of what they might think. I get too caught up in my own desires and the focus becomes about me, not Him.

That's why it's so important to constantly remember what He has rescued us from. He has saved us from ourselves, from our self destructive sin. When we become blind to our own brokenness we can't understand why we need Him. When I take the focus off of myself, and onto what Jesus has done for me on the cross that's when my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and adoration. When I get to share my testimony, when I get to see Him transform a girls life, when I get to see Him rescue broken people....that's when I get excited! This uncontainable excitement and JOY is the only appropriate response to His amazing love. Joy, pure joy. My deepest desire is to never let this fire for Him burn out. He will be my first love, always.

His glory is what I'm living for. There is so much PURPOSE found in living for Jesus. It just doesn't get any better. I know the Lord is calling me to ministry after college. I know that it will be hard and I'm not going to make much money, and that's okay. I'm going to gain joy that has far greater value than any material thing. If you love Jesus, you understand where I'm coming from. If you don't, its okay if you don't quite get it. Some of my friends and family don't really understand, but its not about what they think. It's about pursuing my passion and using the gifts that God has given me for His glory to further His kingdom. So that is what I'm going to do. I know persecution and struggles will come, but I also know that He is faithful and that following Jesus is worth it all.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Redeemed Girl Ministries Internship: Support Raising


Dear Friends,
I would like to share with you an incredible ministry opportunity that the Lord has called me to for this summer. I applied and was chosen to intern with Redeemed Girl Ministries under the direction of author and speaker Marian Jordan.
The vision of Redeemed Girl (RGM) is to see a generation of young women redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ, transformed by His truth, and who live for the glory of His name. RGM sponsors evangelistic events for college-aged women and provides resources that address the specific issues and struggles that they face. My own life has been greatly influenced by this ministry, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be used by God to impact others. (To learn more about the ministry visit www.redeemedgirl.org )
            My heart breaks for the young women of my generation. Did you know ….
  • Only 4% of those born after 1984 are committed followers of Jesus Christ.
  • 1 out of 4 college women has a sexually transmitted disease.
  • 40% of children growing up in America today are fatherless. As a result, this fatherless generation often struggles with promiscuity, identity issues, substance abuse and destructive eating disorders. These girls desperately need to know and experience the love of God.
  • 65% of college students agreed that “what’s right or wrong is a matter of personal opinion.”
  • 1700 college students die each year from alcohol related injuries.
I long for young women to know Jesus and to find life, love, and liberty in a relationship with Him. Since coming to college, God has set my heart on fire for Him. Being a college student and joining a sorority was so exciting, but it still felt like something was missing in my life. I’ve experienced and witnessed first-hand the heartbreak that young women face when they pursue the world instead of Jesus. After hearing Marian Jordan speak about how God is the only thing that can fulfill you, I realized that I will never find fulfillment in anything the world has to offer and that He has so much more planned for my life than I had ever planned for myself. After that realization, God completely changed my heart and gave me a new desire to seek Him. Many friends supported me last year in my trip to Greek Summit where I was equipped with ministry tools to lead my sorority, and I am now leading my sisters spiritually as Alpha Chi Omega’s Chaplain. I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for me with such an incredible opportunity to join RGM in reaching out to this broken generation of young women and offering them the hope and life that is found in a relationship with Jesus.


I am so excited about this opportunity to intern with Redeemed Girl! First and foremost, please pray for me as I follow God’s calling for me to be equipped and led by Him in all that He puts before me this summer.  Secondly, would you consider helping to sponsor me financially?  I need to raise $1500 by May 1st to cover my travel, food, and housing while I serve with Redeemed Girl in Houston, TX. Thank you for prayerfully considering partnering with me this summer to reach my generation with the grace and love of Jesus. If you choose to financially support me you may donate by credit card, just visit www.redeemedgirl.org/donate (please put my name in the memo.) For more information check on my internship click here: RGM Blog. Your support is greatly appreciated.

For His Glory,
Kelsey

Redeemed Girl Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you..."

Jesus is so good to me. I'm always blown away by the perfection of His plans for me. He knows us so intimately that He can provide perfectly down to the very last detail. I love how Psalm 139 describes God's intimate knowledge of us as individuals:

 1 You have searched me, Lord,
   and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
   you, Lord, know it completely.

God's love for us is mind-boggling. He recently blew me away with a summer internship that seems to have been handpicked for me. This summer I will be working with Redeemed Girl Ministries (redeeemedgirl.org) and Marian Jordan, my favorite Christian author & speaker. I first heard Marian speak September of my freshman year, and her message of God's fulfilling love and redemption spoke to my heart and sparked an incredible journey of life change.

I've been in awe of how perfectly the Lord arranges things to work for the good of those who love Him. You see, my original plan was to go on Summer Project with Campus Crusade for Christ. I've always wanted to travel and here was the perfect opportunity to grow in my faith, enjoy Christian community,and share the gospel overseas. The only thing standing in my way was my back pain and I prayed and believed that I would be healed, that He would open that door for me if He wanted me to go.When I went to the doctor and found out I might have to have surgery this summer, I was devastated. No missions project for me. I cried and was so frustrated. I knew that the Lord must have better plans, but I didn't understand what they could be.

Luckily, there was still one more day for me to apply to the RGM internship. When Marian called me to tell me that I had gotten the internship, I was over-joyed and overwhelmed with excitement! After I have back surgery in May, in June I will be moving to Houston, Texas for about two months. The more I find out about the internship the more perfect it seems.  My job includes contacting sorority Chaplains throughout the country. It is our hope to put together resource packets with tools that will equip these girls more fully when they begin Bible studies within their chapters. I will also be assisting in planning the Redeemed Girl Institute, a summer women's conference, in beautiful Destin, Florida! For more information check out redeemedgirl.org/institute. I know this experience is going to be challenging and rewarding in ways that I can't imagine. I can't wait to see how God is going to stretch my faith and teach me to trust Him more fully.