Sunday, July 31, 2011

1 week til Redeemed Girl Institute!

I cannot contain my excitement for Destin & the Redeemed Girl Institute! But it's also my last week in Houston, which I have mixed feelings about. On one hand I'm SO excited to be back in Columbia with my family & best friends, but on the other, I'm definitely going to miss the friends I've made here. Everyone has been beyond welcoming. Getting to know these women has been absolutely wonderful. They all love Jesus so much and have so much wisdom and compassion. They have each been a blessing to me. 

I haven't really been able to post a lot, because I've had so many thoughts that I can't seem to put them into a coherent blog. I think I'm going to have a lot of processing to do when I get home, so I can really think about everything that I've learned. I don't know when I'm going to have time to process though. I literally have one day to spend with family, one day to move into AXO and then rush starts & school starts. It's going to be hectic but I can't wait to get back into the swing of things. I'm looking forward to starting Bible study with my sisters again. I can't wait to see how the Lord moves and changes hearts. B-stud is always the highlight of my week, I love love love those girls! 

Speaking of girls, please be praying for the 28 girls that will be joining us at the Institute on August 7th. We're going to have 2 morning sessions where Marian and other women will teach, then a lunch break with a small group time to discuss questions. After lunch we're going to have beach time! And then we'll get together for dinner, another session, and worship! We also have activities planned for the nights so hopefully we'll have enough energy for it all. It's going to be so much fun! Please pray that the girls' hearts would catch fire for Jesus and that they would go back to campus radiant Christ's love. 

Isaiah 61
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
   because the Lord has anointed me
   to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
   to proclaim freedom for the captives
   and release from darkness for the prisoners,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
   and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
   instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
   instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
   instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   a planting of the LORD
   for the display of his splendor.