Sunday, June 19, 2011

Helloooo Houston!

I'm finally here! Houston is finally a reality! Rebecca and I arrived Tuesday evening and went straight to a prayer service for As Our Own ministries at Second Baptist Houston (my new church for the summer). We went out to dinner and then Rebecca and I got settled in at Kristen's. I'm living in a gorgeous house with my own room, although its unfurnished so it's just me and my bed and a little nightstand. Kristen is our host and she is absolutely the most welcoming, sweet, hospitable woman ever! I'm looking forward to getting to know her better this summer.

The first few days were a whirlwind of activity. After our first full day of work Wednesday, that night we went to Studio Movie Grille where we watched Super 8 which was great (think ET meets Independence Day). I'd definitely see it again! Then after work Thursday Marian hosted a BBQ dinner at her house for all of the RGM supporters. Marian introduced us to everyone and shared the Isaiah 61 vision of Redeemed Girl Ministries. This weekend we've been able to relax. Rebecca and I went to the pool where I got suuuuper sunburnt.... who puts on sunscreen in 102 degree weather?? not this girl..! Sometimes I think I'm invincible to sunburn, but my itchy red skin says otherwise. Lesson learned.

This morning we went to Second Baptist where Marian teaches a Bible study class on the book of John. She spoke about the facts of the Resurrection of Jesus and how it's a historical fact with tons of evidence to back it up. Our faith means nothing if Jesus didn't defeat death by rising from the grave. The resurrection proved His divinity and that His blood was enough to cleanse us from our sin. Christianity isn't a blind faith, there is a mountain of historical evidence that proves Jesus is God. It's so hard for us to wrap our minds around a man rising from the dead, but it really happened. There were 500 eyewitnesses to back up the disciples stories. Jesus went from death to life, which is exactly what a relationship with Him can do for you.  He brings us out of death and darkness and gives us new life in Him.

While teaching this morning Marian said, "Do you even realize WHO you serve?!"  and I so needed to hear that. Honestly, I've been feeling really apathetic ever since we got here, and I just needed to be reminded of who I'm serving. I've been feeling scared and insecure, as if God doesn't know what He's doing with me here. But I know that I serve the living God who raised Jesus from the dead. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives within me. He's called me here for His purpose. And yes, I'm unworthy and under equipped, but He wants to use me anyways. Most importantly, it's not about me. I know I'll grow and learn so much this summer, but it's not about me. It's for His purpose and His glory so that young women can come to know Him. So, this morning gave me some great eternal perspective and a reminder of who God is. I'm so blessed with this opportunity to serve Him and get to know Him better throughout the journey.

On a side note, it looks like my internship will also include WEDDING PLANNING! Yay! Marianne Henry, the wonderful woman who does the business side of RGM, got engaged on Friday night! We went to an engagement party for her today and tomorrow will be a fun day at the office with wedding excitement in the air! Marianne is truly radiant and I'm so looking forward to spending the summer with her! Praise the Lord for the incredible women He has surrounded me with. I am so blessed.