Tuesday, November 29, 2011

River of Hope

Like the river's rushing water,
my hope flows from You. 
You've always loved Your daughter, 
from Your love, my love grew. 

Thirsty, my soul cried out to You.
Searching, I drank from posion cups.
This perfect joy I never knew,
til' Your water of life filled me up. 

River of hope, You spur on new life. 
my once broken heart was dark as night. 
Now I no longer live in blinding strife, 
Your gift of grace ushered in the Light.

As Your love beckons me deeper, 
my heart responds to Your call.
The rapids seem to get steeper, 
but You carry me through it all.

River of hope, giving purpose, freedom;
rushing water of life in my veins.
Now my passion is Your Kingdom,
You've washed away all of my stains. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In AWE of an AWESOME God.

I can't even describe the variety of emotions I'm feeling right now. I'm just in awe. I'm speechless and overwhelmed by my God's goodness and faithfulness. I can hardly articulate it. Girls' Night Out was a HUGE success... there were about 500 girls packed into the Capstone room and Marian spoke passionately and powerfully. But thats not what made the night a success. 

The night was successful because the purpose was to see young women surrender their hearts to Jesus. An unbelievable 105 women gave their hearts to Jesus tonight. ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE girls said "Yes" to starting a relationship with God tonight. That is nothing short of a miracle! That is 105 changed lives. 105 souls who were rescued from the darkness of sin and a life without God. Thats about a fifth of the girls who were in attendance tonight. Thats the size of a USC sorority pledge class. Only God can move hearts to surrender like that, not a speaker, not a well marketed event. Only the one true God of the universe, Jesus, can turn hardened hearts to Himself. 

105. And that's not counting the girl who messaged a friend of mine saying, "I'm ready, I know I need to do this, but I don't know how. I need to talk to you tomorrow!" That makes it 105.5 haha. Thats not counting the 7 freshman girls that my friend who is a RM got to explain the gospel to for over an hour after the event. Thats not counting the girl who told me "I know I need Jesus so badly" or the girl who called tonight "an eye opener and a total wakeup call". Thats not counting the girls who already consider themselves Christians but said "Yes" to wanting to know more about growing in their faith. Thats not counting the conversations that are sure to follow in the days and weeks to come. 

Praise my God who is FAITHFUL! People keep thanking me for orchestrating the event tonight, but I just want you all to know that the only thing I've done is be obedient to His calling. I promise if you surrender in obedience to the plans that God has for you, He will BLOW YOUR MIND with His faithfulness. 

If you are one of the 105 girls that began a relationship with Jesus tonight, please get in touch with me. I would love to walk alongside you as you start your new life with Jesus. Transformation comes with revelation of who God is, it doesn't happen overnight. 

If you are one of the girls tonight who left with questions about what it means to follow Jesus, please don't be afraid to ask. Even if you're an athiest or agnostic... bring on the hard questions. I'd love to chat! 

If you are one of the girls who wants to grow in your relationship with Jesus, again, please don't hesitate to talk to me! I would be delighted to help you pursue a deeper relationship with God. 

To all of you who prayed in support of this event, thank you immensely. The Lord heard and answered those prayers in a big way. Please continue to pray as we follow up with girls who made decisions tonight. I'm so thankful that I get to be a part of what God is doing at USC. It's humbling and absolutely incredible. 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen!"- Ephesians 3:20

Friday, November 11, 2011

The excitement just hit!

The excitement for Girl’s Night Out just hit me!!! It’s been slowly building all week, but tonight its here in full force! I’ve been incredibly focused on all the things I need to get done beforehand, and in the process it’s easy to forget the entire purpose: for young women's lives to be transformed by the love of Jesus.

If you’re reading this and you don’t know what Girl’s Night Out is, let me explain….GNO is the name of the event where author, Marian Jordan, comes to speak on her book, Sex and the City Uncovered (Buy it here.). Sex and the City Uncovered is an incredible book that refutes the lies of the “Sex and the City” lifestyle with truth about finding our fulfillment solely in a relationship with our Creator, God.

Girl’s Night Out will be this coming Wednesday, November 16th at 7:45 and about 500 girls will pack into the Capstone ballroom to hear Marian speak. For the past two months I’ve been planning every detail with the hope that God would use this night to change lives for His glory. This night is near and dear to my heart, because two years ago God used this very same event to change me from the inside out. I remember sitting in the Capstone ballroom... I don’t even know how I got there. I think my roommate and I decided to come on a whim because it was at the bottom of our dorm. So I went and was blown away by how this woman knew everything I was thinking and feeling about life. She knew my emptiness and she seemed to know the answer as well. I won the raffle for a Tsunami gift card that night and was super excited because I never win anything. After the event I read Sex and the City Uncovered from front to back in less than two days. I remember thinking about Marian’s prayer where she asks God to change her heart to love Him. I don’t know what my own prayer was exactly but I do remember thinking, “Lord I’ve tried everything else and I’m still not satisfied… I guess I’ll try it your way.”

I guess that’s all He needed to hear. Just give God an open invite to your heart and I promise you He will completely transform you. That’s why I’m excited! Right now at this very moment there are young women all over this campus who are hurting, broken, searching, dissatisfied, bitter, angry, depressed, hopeless. You name it. They need to know Jesus. And little do they know that on Wednesday night their entire LIVES will change. Their eternity is about to change because on Nov. 16th they will surrender their lives to Jesus. The girls who are searching will recognize that they have finally found what they are looking for. The ones who are hopeless will have found unfailing hope! The ones who believe they are unlovable will finally realize that they are deeply loved by the One who created them.

In 6 short days lives will be transformed. It’s not a matter of if, but when and who. God is faithful. He is ultimately in charge of this event, not me. He is ultimately the one speaking to these girl’s hearts, not Marian. He’s got this. I’m ready to see Him do work! I can't wait to see young women come from death to new LIFE in Jesus!

Please, join me in praying for this Girls Night Out!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

LifeGroup & other random thoughts.

I just got back from LifeGroup where I got to experience a beautiful picture of confession, community, and grace.  I was super close to skipping out on them tonight, I have two tests this week and a million other excuses, but I went and am so glad I did. I am so thankful for those women. In case you don't know what Life Group is... its just another name for Midtown's small groups where we live life together and try to love each other as family, as Jesus loves us. 

Being apart of LifeGroup has taught me so much and grown me in so many ways. Even when it's hard to see God doing work in my own life it is so incredible and clear that He is doing work in my best friends' lives. And that is SO encouraging. Hearing about what God is doing in other people's lives just gives me a reality check on who God is. Can I just confess something.... I am so selfish. I'm so easily focused on what God is doing (or isn't doing) in my life. I know we all are, but lately I've just been annoying myself with my selfishness. Hearing what God is doing outside of my own little world just reminds me that my God is BIG. Like really, really big. Sovereign and in control of everything. And He loves us all SO much. Enough to be intimately involved in every single one of our lives. Enough to pursue us and invite us to be apart of His family. 

That's just crazy! It's crazy because its so true. I loved Midtown's sermon tonight on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (yes, I had to google the spelling of their names). The point isn't that they stood up for God, so God saved them from the fiery furnace. The point is that we serve the only God who came down to walk amongst us, to take part in our suffering. No other God can save in this way. Thats how much He cares. At the end of the story King Neb gets saved and Jesus completely changes his heart! In the beginning of the story his heart was so hardened that it seemed impossible for him to ever love God. I'm definitely guilty of giving up on some people in my life, because they seem to have absolutely no interest in anything spiritual. Tonight was a great reminder that my friends and family didn't give up on me so I won't give up on anyone either. We should never underestimate the ability of an all powerful, gracious, and loving God to transform hearts and heal brokenness. There are no exceptions to His rule. No one is too far from Him. Ephesians 2:13 says But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Sorry this post is a little scattered. My thoughts/ emotions have been a little scattered lately. On another note, please please join me in praying for the Girl's Night Out event. Jesus used this event to begin a radical transformation in my life (read about it here) and I'm praying that He will use this night to transform other girl's lives too!