Word: God Did Not Give Us a Spirit of Fear But of Love… 2 Timothy 1:7

6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

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At times God may ask us to step out when we feel we’re not ready and the spirit of fear bombards us with worry on every side. God speaks to us in a voice of peace, and it may not always make sense to us, but His is the voice of Truth – His truth stands forever.

Editor’s Journal: Grow Your Dream While Nurturing Another’s

Some say if you don’t build your dreams than you’ll be hired help, but building others’ Kingdom dreams is building God’s as well…

I’ve heard it said that when you don’t build your dreams, somebody else will hire you to build theirs. This may be true in ways, that when we’re lackadaisical about our purpose we can end up in unfulfilling jobs, but what’s so wrong with helping someone else build their dreams if it is for a greater purpose that will benefit the lives of others? Look at Joseph who was a slave for years and helped to bring clarity to others’ dreams before he saw his own come to reality. His position in the prison led him to the very place in the palace where he would save the lives of many…

One of my life mantras is that their is greatness in service and often before seeing our dreams come to fruition we may be called to help someone else’s vision. It’s important for us to have discernment on when it’s time for us to move on our own dreams, but faithfully serving in a greater mission can sow seeds of character, wisdom and relationships that make you richer than when you began.

Over the past year I’ve been a part of an amazing internship at my church where I was able to be a small part of something big in God’s Kingdom. The journey was difficult and and I sowed much time and energy, but I come out all the richer because of being able to build others’ dreams, going deeper in my pursuit of God and meeting some of the most amazing people that have forever changed my life.

Below meet some of those people and see a glimpse of our journey of finding purpose:

Are you in a place right now where you can sow your time and glean unlikely fruit even in places that seem like the prison?
Ask God to help you reflect on how He want you to grow and serve others in the season you are in while growing closer to Him and gaining greater clarity on your purpose. There is always something to reap in each season – even if it is the deepening of your knowledge and intimacy with God; that in itself is well worth anything you will endure. – Julene

Creative Inspiration Pick: The Fall – Preston Perry & Jackie Hill Perry at P4CM’s RHETORIC 2014

Adam and Eve let sin change the history of the world. At first their inclination was to accuse one another. In this moving piece from the Passion for Christ Movement’s (P4CM) recent spoken word event RHETORIC 2014 hear Preston and Jackie take us into the fall and how through humility and forgiveness, no sin is too great to reconcile.

If you’d like to get an official copy of this video, you can download it at: http://p4cm.info/TheFall-officalcopy
To book Preston Perry: http://prestonnperry.com
To book Jackie Hill Perry: jackiehillbooking@gmail.com

Jackie and Preston are a wife and husband duo who spread the word creatively together and who’ve also shared the story of their union to help other singles and couples in their journeys. Watch below for the P4CM series The Journey to Covenant featuring their story and Preston’s romantic, poetic proposal to Jackie at a previous year’s RHETORIC:

Truth and Love: It All Begins with Trust

Trust is where it all began…

It was 2009 during a dry, lonely season in my life when I had an unexpected encounter that rocked my paradigm. During the experience I had a vivid vision of being in a white dress in what seemed to be a grand forest. My first inkling was, “Is this The Garden?”

There was a calmness, a brilliance, a presence of Love there. Like a little girl I was full of questions- “Father, why…?” I asked. He revealed his heart and love for people from the Beginning, in imagery and passion, an intimate experience I will never forget and could never have imagined on my own…

These words I remember my Father saying there were the most striking to my heart: “Do you trust me?”

Yes. I do. I will follow His way, always. Even when I don’t understand, I will choose Him. Forever… #IamMyBeloveds #HeisMine #trusttheAuthor #theLovestoryofalltime

God is calling you to go deeper into His Love! Your past may have been difficult but it doesn’t eclipse His everlasting Love or plans for your life…He’s been giving me visions of a garden and speaking and singing Song of Songs into my spirit – I believe its a true reflection of His heart for us – we are His Beloved and He is ours, forever and ever…

My Beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away…

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Word: Deep Calls Unto Deep Psalm 42

Painting above by Ashley Leal for the Flourish Conference 2014

Psalm 42 NIV

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
8 By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.