My excitement has me nearly jumping out of my skin! Meeting with three of the girls at Applebees the other day, I told them that if I start floating toward the heavenlies every now and then, to just reach out and pull me back down to keep me grounded. I was talking ninety-to-nothing and grinning from ear to ear. Boasting in this miracle. Basking in where this could lead to. Soaring at this opportunity that our Savior has given. Awe-ing at the door that's been opened. Grate-FULL for the invitation!
Woot! Woot!... might I say that by next week (starting on MONDAY!): Let the parties begin!!!
I've thanked God for their excitement, their enthusiasm, their selflessness, their willingness to use what God has given them to sacrifice their time and talents in order to serve another,... their want and their desire and their determination to be about their Father's business wherever He wants them just as Jesus was when in human flesh He walked this earth over 2000 years ago. I loved the fire inside them that burned to high blazes with the same fire that burned high and hot within my own heart. Let me tell you, I felt us all so ablazed with God's Glory as we sat together, huddled in that booth, stuffing our faces, while discussing exercising in that corner where we'd been led to and told to sit in that restaurant... I wouldn't at all have been surprised had the fire alarm gone off!
Those sweet thangs are the answer to my prayers! I have been seeking the "who"s that God has called to this new ministry. It's not been an easy "seek"! Mostly because I was seeking the "who"s from my own acquaintances instead of seeking outside my realm of knowing. And yet, the moment it was placed in our church's "classifieds" email (which I thought NO ONE would respond to).... I got bombarded immediately by these very girls... and a few others also very much interested. I can't begin to convey my thrill!
The warden from one of the prisons that I volunteer in decided she wants to start an exercise program. She asked the man I assist if he knew anyone that might be interested? He told her he didn't, but he knew exactly who would! And then, he turned right around to call and give me the assignment. That conversation spurred many another between the warden and myself. She'd like to fill every spot open (each morning and evening every week day at 5:00).... As of today, I've filled four of those times! And beginning on Monday... and all next week, we will be offering aerobics, and Zumba, and kick-boxing classes.... with the goal to work on both their physical, but mostly, spiritual bodies while we're at it. Woo... my Lord can use anything to ride Himself into a village! He once used a donkey.... and next week, He'll use some exercise instructors!
Have I said I'm excited???!!!!!!
I'll close this post with my newest faved verse. It's found in 2 Corinthians 10:13. When I read it, it was as if for the very first time. I NEVER remember seeing it before! UNTIL, that is, I realized how I had underlined and dated and highlighted it.... and when I saw the note that I'd penciled beside it to the who that I once gave it to. I actually gave this verse to a friend of mine years ago. The verse reads, "We, however, will not boast beyond our proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to YOU" (emphasis mine). Another version, "... but will boast only with regard to the areas of influence God ASSIGNED to us, to reach even to YOU."!! Another, "... but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as YOU." One more, "... Instead, we will only brag about what God has given us to do - coming to where YOU live"!!!
I absolutely LOVE this verse! It so very much encourages me! Even though I knew it before, it lets me know it even more: We've all been "assigned a field"!!!... And my "field" is in the prisons. And the "you"s, that I've been called to, are the girls that at this time are residing there! And even a lot of those "you"s, once they get out and walk now freely on this outside of the fence.
The whole time (almost two months) that I was seeking instructors I KNEW that GOD KNEW His "who"s.. that He wanted to be there! I knew that this "field" had already been "assigned" to the very "who"s that He'd already planned and prepared it for. And now that He's let me in on those that He's sending... I can't help but be thrilled for the "you"s that He is sending them to! How incredibly and wonderfully blessed we ALL are in this process!
I doubt there are many people reading this... but those that find themselves still stuck here and reading this post... I can't help but wonder where YOUR "assigned field" is? And if you're working it? WHO are the "you"s that God wants YOU to reach? Who are the "you"s that He's assigned to you?
For lest we forget, let Him remind us: "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus TO DO good works, which God PREPARED IN ADVANCE for us TO DO" ~ Ephesians 2:10.