I am about to get on an airplane and fly to Arkansas to do a show tonight. We are performing in White Hall, AR. I think it will be a fun night!
I've had a nice, relaxing time here at my parents' house. One day, I began watching a made-for-TV movie. After I had been watching it for almost two hours, I thought that it did not seem like it was going to wrap up any time soon. However, I was already so invested in it that I wanted to finish it. That movie was 4 hours long! Oh well! I had the time.
The weather was amazing. It was good to see some old friends. It's been great, but I'm ready to see Brock and get back into the swing of things. Pray that the show goes well tonight.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I am about to get on an airplane and fly to Arkansas to do a show tonight. We are performing in White Hall, AR. I think it will be a fun night!
Posted by AUNY at 7:30 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I got a letter from my sister the other day. I was so excited to hear from her again. At the end of the letter, she said that she loved my stationey but asked if I knew that it was upside down. I immediately went to look at it. I thought that there was some kind of design on the bottom of the page. When I flipped it up to the other side, I realized that it was a bird on the top of the page. I've been writing her for months on this stationery and never realized it!
I'm not the most observant person on the planet. Brock gets annoyed when he is gawking at something he sees while he's driving, and I've simply missed it. He wonders how I could miss something that blatant.
If you get a completely different haircut, I may or may not notice. Often, I tell girls that I like their hair because I cannot remember if it looked different the last time I saw them. This is an easy way to be safe, because by simply saying, "I like your hair," it could mean that it looks extra good today.
I think that this might contribute to my clumsiness. I don't notice that board that is sticking up or the step, so I trip over it. In the room our small group met in at church, there was a hole in the floor. I found that hole two or three times every time we met!
I love to watch CSI on TV, but a CSI, I will never be. I think that being observant is a requirement for that job!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Today, I'm taking a day of rest. We got to my parents' house late Saturday night and woke up early yesterday morning to take Brock to the airport. Last night, I helped my parents with a big Fall Festival at their church. It was fun! Now, I need to take advantage of this time while mom and dad are at work to rest. That's exactly what I'm going to do.
I'm sure in any job, but particularly ministry, you could work as much as you want to. It's almost like cleaning your house. There is always something you could be doing. My dad does a good job of setting boundaries. He's able to do affective ministry without neglecting his family or himself. He knows how to set some limits and how to tactfully say "no" when necessary.
I'm trying to learn how to do this myself. It's impossible for me to control my schedule. However, I can control my days that I'm not on the road. What I've decided to do recently is to give myself a break. Whenever I'm home, I don't talk with people in the office about work stuff unless it's absolutely necessary. Also, even if I should do the laundry and clean the bathrooms, I don't do it if I don't feel like it that day. I can do that the next day. If I wake up on a morning in which I intended to rest but am feeling productive instead, I go ahead and get some things done. Basically, I take cues from how I feel.
Maybe some of you should give yourselves a break. Even if you are planning to take some extra work home this weekend to "get ahead," you may want to hang out with friends or family instead. If some of you moms are planning on getting some housework done while your child is napping, maybe you need a nap too! Unless you're a heart surgean, nobody is going to die if you let something slide until tomorrow.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Our show went great last night! The place was full, and many people gave their lives to Christ. The people at the church who hosted the event were so nice and helpful.
The cool thing about last night was that there were a lot of people that came who had never come to that church before. The pastor and his wife talked with us after the show and said that some that they'd been inviting to come for a while finally came last night. There were other young teens in the audience who they'd never seen before not even in all the years of Vacation Bible School they'd done.
The pastor's daughter had been praying for one of her friends from school to get saved. He would never come to their church until last night. Guess what? He responded to the invitation to follow Jesus and her prayers were answered.
My parents came to the show, so that was fun. I'm at their house right now. Brock flies back home today and I'll stay here until Wednesday. We fly and meet in Arkansas on Wednesday to do another show. Gotta go take Brock to the airport!
Posted by AUNY at 7:09 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
We have a show tonight in Joaquin, TX. We've been so relaxed here at the Gills' house that I didn't know if it would be difficult to get motivated to do a show today. However, I had dreams about tearing down after a show and other parts of the job last night. Then, I woke up this morning ready to go! I'm not in that lazy state that I was in yesterday. Therefore, I think I'm ready to do this show NOW...it's still 12 hours away. Pray that everything goes great tonight.
Posted by AUNY at 7:08 AM
Friday, October 26, 2007
The other day, some of my friends and I had a discussion about being on time. Brock thinks that if you are late, you are disrespecting the other people involved. In other words, if you have a meeting with someone and you are late, you are saying that your time is more valuable than their time. Therefore, it's disrespectful.
I happen to agree, so we are rarely late for anything. Most of the time, we are early. I think that it helps us to be more laid back that way. We are never frantically trying to make it before the plane door closes for good. We don't have to speed in order to get somewhere on time. In short, we are never in a hurry. We give ourselves extra time in all of our planning. We still get plenty done in a day. If you are always running around trying to make things on time, either your schedule is too tight or maybe you've made it a habit of being late.
One of the girls in the discussion had been to Africa for a while. There, they don't see time like we do here in the U.S. We feel like we own time. That's why, I think, here in this country that Brock's statement about being late is correct. It is disrespectful. What do you think?
Posted by AUNY at 6:37 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We have a show in East Texas this weekend, so we flew into Houston yesterday. Dad came and picked us up. We are at mom and dad's right now, but later on in the morning, we are going to drive over to Brock's parents' house to stay for a few days. They only live a couple of hours away, so it works out.
We are so excited to see them. I cannot wait to have some good food, and sit on their back porch and talk all day.
Pray for us right now. I cannot go into a lot of detail, but some bad things are going on in the lives of people around us. From Saturday until yesterday, we have been working nonstop on some really heavy stuff with our friends. It's so good to get a little break right now at our parents' houses. We need some time to decompress.
Posted by AUNY at 6:57 AM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We would walk to the venue on the railroad tracks. It was the quickest way!
Brock presented all of the tickets we had every time we entered.
There is Alex in the striped shirt waiting his turn to ride.
We took Alex out to eat after his big competition.
There was a beautiful sunset during the freestyle motocross competition.
We found some friends there...Jeremiah and his family
Posted by AUNY at 7:33 PM
We had a good time at our favorite restaurant...Barbara Jean's
We stopped by Daytona Beach on our way to Orlando
One night, we drove over to Celebration near Disney World and ate at the Columbia...cuban food
On our way home, we met Kristin at Pappasitos
Posted by AUNY at 8:10 AM
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We have eaten some great food! Of course we began it all with Barbara Jean's. Then, we ate Greek, sushi, Thai, Mexican, Chinese, and more Greek. (Can you tell that I am over American food?)
Tonight, we ate at one of our favorite places ever called The Columbia. It is Cuban food and it's great.
Tomorrow night, we are meeting our friend, Kristin a.k.a. Crackhead, at Pappasitos on our way home! Yummy, more great food!
Posted by AUNY at 7:47 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007
We are sitting in the stands at the Dew Tour watching the freestyle motocross. It is amazing! You cannot imagine how high these guys go.
One of our bmx riders competed this afternoon. He did not make it to the finals, but we are so proud of him for making it this far!
Some of the Dew Tour is going to be on NBC tomorrow from 3pm to 6pm EST. You should watch it. If you want to look it up, go to astdewtour.com. It is exciting!
Posted by AUNY at 7:25 PM
Friday, October 19, 2007
Yesterday was so fun! We began our day with a run. Then, we jumped in the pool at our hotel. There, we met Robert. Robert was probably about 19, but mentally he was about 8. He was funny! At one point, he screamed and said that a lobster had got him (even though there were no such kind of things in the swimming pool). We hung out with him while in the pool. He simply wanted someone to play with.
Then, we met a couple of friends that we know from camp for lunch. We happened to meet them at our favorite restaurant...Barbara Jean's. They have a few on the east coast and Jacksonville is one of the locations. It was fabulous, as usual.
After lunch, we drove to Daytona Beach. They happened to be having another bike week called Biketoberfest. This was a nice surprise for Brock! We drove down onto the beach because Lucas had not been to the beach in a while and we can always go to the beach. We noticed that nobody was on the beach. Soon, we figured out why. All three of us began to have some kind of allergic attack. We were sneezing and coughing. We could barely breathe. So, we left. We found out later that Red Tide was causing that kind of reaction.
From there, we drove to Orlando, checked into our hotel, and went to dinner. It was a great day!
Posted by AUNY at 7:26 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Did you know that Jacksonville is the largest city in the country. It's huge! As far as land mass, it's the largest. I think that the whole county is within the Jacksonville city limits.
The show was at a high school. This was tricky because we had to use their production in the auditorium. All of you that have ever gone to high school know that production is usually not their specialty. Who knows when the sound system was placed in the building? Also, the church who was bringing us in had to bring in a lot of stuff, so it was a tough set up. It would have been so much easier to have it at their church. However, if we did, this would not have happened...
Most of the crowd was entirely unchurched. They were so rowdy. I was standing up in the sound booth at the very back of the auditorium for most of the night. At one point, I came out and looked on the crowd. They weren't paying much attention and were disrespectful to Brock. At that moment, something happened in my heart. I know what the scripture talked about when Jesus looked at the crowd and had compassion on them. The Holy Spirit gave me an unnatural compassion. They were indeed like "sheep without a Shepherd." Of course lost people are going to act lost.
The crowd was like little ants moving around everywhere and talking with each other. When Brock began the invitation to become a follower of Jesus, all across the theater it began to still. It was like a wave of calmness swept from one side to the other. I've seen it happen several times before when Brock was speaking. A pastor at one of the previous churches we've been to termed it the "Holy Hush." It was amazing! You knew that it was an act of God to quiet this group!
Then, when it was time to respond, so many people stood up and said that they were giving their lives to Christ. It was worth it to work harder on the production. It was worth having a difficult show with a rough crowd. It was all worth it!
Posted by AUNY at 7:22 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tonight, we are performing in Jacksonville, FL. Pray that the show goes well. We are staying at our friends' house in Atlanta right now. We have a five hour drive today and then the show tonight.
On Thursday after the show, we are going over to Orlando to watch one of our guys on our bmx team compete at the Dew Tour. It was perfect timing to have a show in Jacksonville and then the Dew Tour in Orlando beginning the next day through the weekend. It will be a fun getaway for us. Plus, it's great to be able to support Alex (the bmx rider competing).
Lucas, who is living at our house right now and is the head of Outcast BMX Team, is going with us to support Alex. Pray for Alex as he competes this weekend. If he does well, he may be a part of the Dew Tour. That's huge!
Posted by AUNY at 8:39 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The weather right now is incredible. It's that time where you can wear long sleeves or shorts and be completely comfortable. The sky is an amazing blue, and there is a gentle wind that blows autumn leaves all around. During the day, we spend most of our time sitting out on the hammock or taking a walk.
At night, it gets chilly enough to have a light jacket. We build fires in our outdoor fireplace every night on our back deck.
I'm sitting outside right now and two deer are grazing by. It's difficult for me to be inside these days. You want to be outside, too, because inside public buildings like restaurants, the temperature isn't comfortable. They don't know what to do. If they turn on the heater, it would simply be too hot. If they don't turn on anything, it gets stuffy. Therefore, they are forced to run the air conditioning which is too chilly for my taste. I choose to be outside!
Posted by AUNY at 6:59 AM
Monday, October 15, 2007
We performed an illusion with an illustration at the end of the service at our church yesterday. It was good. You can go to pclive.org and click on 10-17-07 to watch it. Brock also did his famous "Brockwalking" at the beginning of the service.
Posted by AUNY at 7:06 AM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
Pray for us this morning. We are performing one illusion at the end of the services at our church. It is an illusion concerning the Living Water.
Posted by AUNY at 7:20 AM
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This past week, we had a couple come to visit us. He's been a traveling speaker for years. She goes with him as much as possible (even with 4 kids!). It was so good to talk with her and hear about how she handles this unique way of life. It is different. Nobody quite knows how to handle someone who spends most of their time on the road except others who do the same.
On Thursday morning, we had breakfast with girls whom we hadn't seen in a long time. They are in a band and have been doing this for ten years just like us. I told them that someone had said that people don't usually make it that long on the road. My answer to that was: "I feel like after ten years, we finally have it half way figured out. I don't want to stop now." The girls said that they feel the same way. It took those ten years of experience to learn how to handle this life.
Then, we began to talk about taking care of ourselves out on the road, because we all want to do this for another ten years. How do you spend months at a time away from your own bed, food, and community and survive? One of the girls said that we need to brainstorm how to do this. It was so good to hear of their struggles and totally being able to relate. The victories are numerous, but they are easy to handle. The struggles that can be numerous are not so easy.
Posted by AUNY at 7:36 AM
Friday, October 12, 2007
All last week and this week, we've been playing catch up. We've hung out with people that we haven't seen in months. We've had meetings with people that we've had to put off since May due to being out of town so much. Basically, these last two weeks were the first two weeks that we've had at home since May.
Our closet had become so cluttered and haphazard that we couldn't even get in the door. So, last week, I cleaned out two closets while listening to a book by Henry Blackaby on cd. I felt doubly productive! We also took 8 big garbage sacks of clothes to Goodwill! We threw away another two bags because it was stuff that nobody would want!
We had some friends come and stay with us this week. That's been fun! The guys would work on things like the trailer and brainstorming our new show. The girl, whose kids were with Grandma at the time, and I went and played and talked about everything under the sun. It's been a good couple of weeks!
Posted by AUNY at 8:14 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Yesterday, we ate lunch with some friends who were visiting us from Atlanta and some friends that we work with. After lunch, we were standing outside talking and enjoying the beautiful weather. Before we all began to disperse, someone handed me an envelop. I opened it up to see two tickets to Phantom of the Opera that would be performed in Birmingham on October 10th. I was trying to figure out when that was only to find out that it was that day! I looked over at Shannon and told her to tell everyone in the village meeting that I said hi. She said that everyone already knew that I was going. Then, I looked over at the people who were visiting us and they had grins on their faces. Brock got the tickets back in May and everyone knew but me!
We ran home, threw on a dress...well, Brock put on a jacket and dress shirt over some jeans. Then, we hopped in the truck and drove to Birmingham (about 2 hours away).
I went to see Phantom when I was in high school. My parents had given me two tickets as a Christmas gift. I wanted to take a guy, but I didn't know any cool guys to go with me. Therefore, I took this college girl with me. She was nice, but a little scatter brained, so we missed the first 30 minutes of the show. Last night, my boy took me to see it, and we didn't miss one minute of it! It was beautiful and an absolute surprise.
Posted by AUNY at 8:18 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The main thing about prayer is just to do it! It's so vital to the Christian life. Intercessory prayer is so necessary in the lives of the people in whom you are praying for. Those of you that read this blog everyday and pray for us, (you know who you are) I consider you just as much a part of our ministry as our manager. Without your prayers, there would be no ministry. I truly believe that.
Paul says in Romans 15:30: "I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me." Paul, who was like Super-Christian, is basically saying that people could join him in ministry through prayer. Although we don't know the names of the people who prayed for Paul, they helped change the world!
You cannot come with us to every show, although I wish that you could. You cannot go to the jungles of Peru and help my sister and brother-in-law share the gospel with people who have never heard of the name Jesus. However, you can be an integral part of these ministries through the ministry of intercessory prayer.
Posted by AUNY at 7:40 AM
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
In December of 2005, I went to lunch with my friends, Heather and Susan. As Heather was talking, the Lord whispered a prophecy in my ear. Half of it was good. The other half was the beginning of the longest stint of personal prayer that I’d ever done for someone.
The pregnant Heather was telling us that her doctor said that her body was trying to have her baby now. She was only a few months along. As she continued to share her concern, I heard very clearly “Heather’s baby is fine, but Susan is not.” I didn’t know what to do with that. It was so strong that I actually got nauseous.
Right after Christmas, I saw Heather and she had just been to another doctor to get a second opinion. With a look of elation in her eyes, she said, “The baby’s fine!” At that point, I was excited for Heather, but my heart sunk for Susan because half of the words that I had received had been true. Did that mean that Susan was in danger of dying or not being able to have a baby or what?
That weekend, I went into my room and pleaded with the Lord to change His mind. I’d heard of a few instances in scripture where He changed His mind. I fervently prayed for Susan to the point of tears and crying out to God.
About a month later, Susan told us that she was pregnant. I thought that maybe the Lord had decided to change His mind. Maybe everything would be okay! However, deep in my heart, I knew that something bad was still awaiting Susan and her baby.
In May, we went on vacation together with Susan and her husband, Rod. The day we flew out was the same day that they were going to the doctor to find out if they were having a boy or a girl. It would also be the day that they would find out if there were any physical problems with the baby. I was praying that everything would be just fine, and it was. We then found out that the baby was a girl who would be named Anna. So, from then on, my prayers were for Susan and Anna.
On Thursday, September 21st, I called Susan, who wasn’t due for another two weeks, to see if they wanted to eat dinner with us the following night. Susan did not answer and I just knew that she was going into labor. I also felt the urgency to pray. I prayed for her all day and night. The next morning, she and Anna were the first people on my mind. I told Brock to call Rod because I thought that Susan was having her baby. Brock called and Rod said that yes, she was about to give birth in the next couple of hours. We later received news that everything was fine.
It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that I heard otherwise. I happened to see one of Susan’s friends at the park one day. She told me what an ordeal that Susan went through during the birth of Anna. She told me how touch and go it was for a while. Anna was placed in ICU for the first four hours of her life and Susan almost died. Susan's dad was already talking about arrangements if Susan did not make it. However, they were both fine now. A peace from heaven came over me because I knew that this was what the Lord had warned me about 10 months before. I knew that my part in all of this in prayer was over and it was a happy ending and beginning!
I know that Susan went through a lot, but it could have been worse. The Lord has plans for Susan and Anna. There is a reason that He had me pray for them so far in advance even before Anna existed. He knows all. He sees all. He loves all.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or even imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever!” Ephesians 3:20-21
Posted by AUNY at 9:13 AM
Monday, October 08, 2007
Prayer is supernatural. "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3. Those times when the Lord places someone on your heart at just the right time...that's supernatural. The Lord is giving you information that can only be found in Him. He is stirring within your heart.
Because prayer is supernatural, the Lord will ask you to do things or say things that seem unnatural...a little weird at the time. For example, one time I was praying out loud over a pregnant lady in front of a group of ladies at a baby shower. I always feel awkward praying out loud anyway because it's not how I normally pray. I never say "Dear Lord" or "Amen" when I pray to the Lord...I just talk. One time, when I prayed out loud, I said "See ya!" at the end instead of "Amen." It was embarrassing.
So, anyway, as I was praying at this shower, I felt as if the Lord wanted me to pray that the baby would not be rebellious. This was slightly odd. The baby wasn't even born yet. We didn't know what his personality was going to be. Plus, his parents were wonderful Christian parents. Their other two daughters are just adorable and well mannered. I was afraid that everyone would misunderstand me to be saying that she was not a good enough mother to handle a boy or something. That's not what I was saying at all. In fact, I didn't know what I was saying. The Holy Spirit simply wanted that said out loud. I did it, and nobody said anything about it to me. Still to this day, I don't know why the Lord had me pray that. The baby is only a year and a half old now, so who knows?
I have another experience involving intercessory prayer and an unborn baby. This story taught me the most about intercessory prayer so far. It's too long though, so I will share about it tomorrow.
Posted by AUNY at 8:52 AM
Sunday, October 07, 2007
You must pray with faith. Most of you know the scripture in Matthew 21:22 that says:
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." I just found this verse the other day: "And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." Jesus is simply saying to ask Him.
Faith about intercessory prayer is more tricky. God is always faithful, people are not. Sometimes I will be praying that a certain thing will happen in the life of another. It does, but the person does not respond in the way in which I wanted her/him to. You still must have faith in the Lord...He is still faithful amongst our human frailty. He is sovereign.
Many times, the Lord does not answer our prayers in the way we thought He was going to. In fact, often we miss the answer because we've confined it to such a narrow version of it. If it doesn't fit in our box, it's not right. Let me tell you, the Lord rarely fits inside our boxes that we've built. He can be almost weird to us sometimes. He does things differently than we would do things because He is GOD. "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" If you truly want to pray with faith, you must LOOK for the Lord's answers...sometimes, it's even better than you imagined...almost every time, it's outside the box.
Posted by AUNY at 7:33 AM
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I've said this before, but we take prayer too lightly. It is so powerful!
"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." Acts 4:31
Read Acts 12:5-14. This is what it looked like: A group was gathered praying. They were praying for Peter who was in jail and about to go to trial with Herod. I'm sure that they were praying for his freedom. A few minutes later, Peter comes through the door! Their prayers were answered immediately.
I've found that many times when the Lord asks me to pray for others that He allows me to see an outcome. Either I will be there when the very thing that I'd been praying for happens, or the person whom I'm praying for will come and talk with me about what I'd been praying about for them. This is not always the case, but it often happens.
Posted by AUNY at 7:20 AM
Friday, October 05, 2007
The Lord is looking for people to pray. He's looking for people that He can call upon to "stand in the gap" for others:
"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them." Ezekiel 22:30-31
It's not easy to seriously be an intercessor. Some of you that read this blog know all about it. It's draining at times. Sometimes it cuts into your schedule and plans. However, it's worth it!
Intercessory prayer is so important that sometimes it's the difference between life and death. Just as death happened in the scripture above because of the lack of an intercessor, so has the presence of one allowed people to avoid destruction:
"So He said He would destroy them---had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before Him to keep His wrath from destroying them." Psalm 106:23
The cool thing about becoming a prayer warrior is that you don't need any kind of seminary degree. You don't even need to take a class about it. You simply need to be willing. The Lord does the rest. I don't know everything there is to know about it, but what I do know is that when the Lord chooses YOU to pray for someone...when He personally asks you to, there is nothing else like it!
Feel free to share some things you have learned about intercessory prayer through scriptures or experience. As I began studying it in preparation for my village group the other night, I found myself wanting to know more and more.
Posted by AUNY at 6:57 AM
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Last night went really well. Thank you for your prayers. Before I told them ALL about Kay and Trent, I spoke to them about intercessory prayer. I think that we take prayer too lightly. I've always loved praying to the Lord and conversing with Him. However, my intercessory prayer didn't really develop until I asked the Lord to use me. After the Lord woke Gin up in the middle of the night to pray for me (if you don't know this story, read my blog from December 2, 2005), I asked the Lord to wake me up in the middle of the night...use ME! He did! I'm still learning and don't have it all figured out yet, but things did change at that point.
After that, praying for others took on a whole new meaning. One major difference is that I don't just simply say a prayer for another, but I am burdened for that person. It becomes my burden while I am in prayer. (I'm still learning how to leave that burden at the throne and not carry it with me throughout the day where my flesh might intervene.) Intercessory prayer may begin as a discipline, but it becomes something more.
"Arise, cry out in the night: pour out your heart like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children who faint from hunger at every street corner." Lamentations 2:19
I am memorizing this verse this week. I think of "arise" as almost like when He wakes you up in the night. Of course "children" doesn't literally mean your child, or for some of you, maybe it does. People are hungry for a lot of things...not just food!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Pray for me tonight. I'm leading my village group. Last week, I felt like the Lord was telling me that our group should pray for Kay and Trent (my sister and brother-in-law who are missionaries in South America). I began thinking about talking to my girls about intercessory prayer.
I was telling my parents how awesome it is when the Lord asks you to pray for someone...like when He lays someone on your heart. At that moment, one of my prayer partners, Tiffany, called me. She said that the Lord had "laid me on her heart" for the last 15 minutes. I told her about possibly sharing with my group (a plan which I had been formulating for the last 15 minutes). She said that she thought the Lord was calling us to pray.
Later on in the week, I read an e-mail from one of the girls in the group. She sent us an e-mail about prayer. I texted another girl in our group about going to dinner Monday. She texted back and said that the Lord had just laid me on her heart. She was about to text me and tell me that she loved me and was thinking about me. When she opened her phone to do that, there was a text from AUNY GILL.
I think that the Lord is trying to tell us to pray. Like Tiffany said, I think that He is CALLING us to prayer. I don't want us to take this lightly. It's an honor and a privilege to pray especially when the Lord is personally asking you to!
Posted by AUNY at 7:42 AM
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
This is an encouraging e-mail we received this week:
Tonight I could not sleep so turned on the Discovery Channel and watched the documentary about Jesus. I am 59 years old and have not been to church in a while - I've become discouraged and depressed because of the circumstances in my life. I woke up again at 4 a.m. thinking about the documentary. All I could remember was the name Brock, the fact that you were a Christian and a magician so I typed those things into my search engine and found your site.
Just wanted you to know that my doubts about Jesus being the ONLY way are gone and I have renewed my relationship with Jesus Christ - I've ordered ALL your video's to share with my family, especially my two sons who are lost in addictions. I have hope and look forward to a good nights sleep as I have been forgiven and restored to living Jesus Christ.
Posted by AUNY at 7:11 AM
Monday, October 01, 2007
Last night, we were actually filling in for someone who could not do this show in Nebraska. Therefore, the people bringing us in didn't know too much about us. I wondered how many people would show up since we were not very well known in this area. The place was packed out! Everyone was so nice, and the show was wonderful!
Our new dvd is entitled "Standing Room Only." Now, that's not only a theme. We've made it our prayer. You see, if the place is packed out, there is so much energy in the room. We love that! The best part is that more people get to hear the powerful message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Everywhere we are going is packing out even in a place in which we've never been. This is the Lord! He's answering our prayers of "standing room only."
Posted by AUNY at 7:21 AM