3 Promises for 2012

As we are closing in on starting a new year of Attic After School, my worst nightmare had been staring me in the face. “I am not excited.” Nothing worse could happen, Why am I not excited? I searched my heart and discovered several things.

First, I had poured my heart out and was vulnerable to the students at Attic After School, and ended up feeling betrayed, useless, and not effective as a leader. Second, I was burned out. And third, I was not trusting God.

When I realized all of this this afternoon with 4 days before we start our 3 days of Attic After School for 2012, I opened my bible and turned to the Psalms. I have spent the past semester reading and meditating on the Psalms each night, but this afternoon, my heart and mind was hungry and looking for God’s promises to me to restore my spirit.

There are 10 truths that God has given me that have restored my soul and my passion for Attic After School, and I wanted to share them with you and I hope you feel encouraged by God’s words to us.

1. Psalm 13:5-6 “But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he is good to me.” God loves me, unfailingly. Not for a moment does he forget about me or love me less. It is all the time. It is so much more than I could ever love. And, the reason we do Attic After School, the reason that I live in peace, the reason that I make any decision in life is because of the salvation I have in Christ. And that brings me joy. Not whether or not the students like me. Not whether or not they respond to me. But, that Christ died for Katie, and that he loves me unfailingly. That is what gives me joy. And, I do not need to be afraid or weary for this semester, because he loves me. He died for me.  And, he is good. A song I often quote, Forever Reign by Kristian Stanfill “You are good, you are good, when there is nothing good in me” is such an amazing reminder of the God we serve.
2. Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD: be strong and take heart and wait on the LORD” Something else that is so obvious, but I often forget so quickly. This is the LORD’s ministry. In it, it is under his power, control, and his timing. Remembering that if my only purpose in a student’s life is to share the gospel and have them reject it, I need to be satisfied with that. It is his ministry. And his timing. As I look back on my personal walk with Christ, there has been several times when others shared with me, I heard but did not listen, but now, I look back and see God’s hand in my life. I may never see it grow in these student’s lives, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try.
3. Psalm 30:2 “O LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me” I can always depend on him and seek him. He will not abandon me. I am not going into this next semester alone. The creator of the universe, the God that breathes stars, the son of man that gave his life on a cross for me, he is going with me. It is so simple and so obvious, but so often I shy away, I get afraid, and I do not trust him. But, he never backs down; he will always be there, with arms open wide.


Though these truths are simple and obvious, they have given me much hope and joy this afternoon, and I am so excited for this semester and what God is going to do in not only the student’s lives, but in my life as well.

Comments:

Timothy Bos said:

Excited leaders have often bothered me. Leaders yielded to God & openly trusting Him encourage me & allow me to see God’s strength in my own weaknesses.

01/06/12 at 2:36 pm

Pat Meurs said:

I read this recently: “In the midst of noise and confusion, we (can be) settled into a deep inner silence, a portable sanctuary of the heart” It sounds like God has done this for you! Blessings, Pat

01/07/12 at 6:24 pm

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