Hosea 2:14-16

Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came out of Egypt. "In that day," declares the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Oh boy....

Hello again from Eutaw.
I feel like I have been here for weeks, and it's only been 6 days. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that we have full days and I am taking in so much. So we have been given 6 books that we will be reading from, and there are more to come! We are reading The Divine Romance out loud together. We can never wait to start reading again. My goodness, please go buy that book. It's written by Gene Edwards. I will buy you a copy myself if you don't! :) It is the most beautiful book I have ever read. It brings tears. I was going to try to explain some of it, but I think you should check it out for yourself. Wednesday night was so great. We broke bread together on the huge wooden table in the barn. It was beautiful. All we had was bread and juice, but we were fed and full. Both with the actual food and with the Spirit. The thing that was so great was that when I listened to various conversations around the table, all I heard was talk of the Lord. Things centered around Christ. And at first you might think that it would be hard to not talk about our pasts, but it has actually been so refreshing. Because it's not about our success, our accomplishments, or even our failures or our weaknesses. Our identity based on our personalities and experiences is being thrown out the door. We are not football players, Ultimate players, musicians, singers, artists, etc. We aren't concerned right now about our past addictions or struggles. However, the thing that matters most is that we are new creations! We have NOTHING to boast in except the power of the Holy Spirit in us! We are learning to speak things that give LIFE! Wednesday night after communion we sang songs to the Lord. I have never felt like I have really actually sung in the Spirit until that night. We just sang as the Spirit led us. I sang my own song to the Lord. Words of love for my God just kept pouring out. I found myself singing over and over, "Your love is enough, Your love is enough." I felt like the Lord was telling me in those moments, "Let me be your husband. Let me love you. Let me be the lover of your soul." My God wants to romance me!! My heart was about to beat out of my chest, so I stood in front of the group and shared. Tonight we are dressing up a little more than usual and are going to feast together and just fellowship and bless each other. Goodness gracious, I wish I could explain more about what is going on with me, but it is so difficult right now. I don't think I should really try to explain it just yet. But I am just being broken. Stripped of everything I thought I knew. I thought I knew how to pray. I thought I knew about the Spirit. Oh the Lord is just breaking me and I don't even understand it myself. I am trying to just "be" without trying to understand or "do" anything. I am hoping I will be able to explain more soon. I am going to go get some photography lessons from a friend and get ready for dinner with my brothers and sisters, but thank you all so much for your prayers. May the Spirit overwhelm you with grace and love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

few words

Hello, friends and family.
Let's see....wow.....honestly, I have few words. I guess I will start off by saying that I know with out a shadow of a doubt that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this very moment. I love my sisters. And I love my brothers. We are still learning to be comfortable with each other. But I love how we all have a common bond: Jesus Christ. My good friend and I are sharing a tiny room that used to be the prayer room. We had no idea we would be sharing a room, just the two of us. Everything is built with such beautiful wood. I love this simple, rustic look. I often have to pick splinters of wood off of my pillow and blanket! haha. Anyway, lights have to be out at 10:30 and we have to be up by 7. Except, on Mondays, we have a mandatory group run/workout at 6 AM! Yep, I am on a very different schedule. The mornings are set aside for ourselves and our Lord. We eat breakfast at our leisure and read whatever is assigned for the day. At 8:40, as a group in the den, we start our day by blessing our Father. Oh, it is so sweet. Then we are free to talk and have conversation. Wednesdays are our "simple" days. It's not really a day of fasting, but just of eating simply. We had rice for lunch today, and for dinner we will have homemade bread and wine.....just kidding. Grape juice :) Oh, and I helped make the bread earlier. Actually have to go put it in the oven soon. Tonight is our Celebration night, where we will just love on the Lord for a couple of hours. These are the nights that are open to any visitors. We have already had many hours of "class." I am being challenged, broken-down, and amazed. When I said that I have few words, this is the part that I am talking about. I honestly don't know what to say right now about what I am learning. It is SO much. And we are only in the introduction. But I am still processing a lot. I am rather overwhelmed, as are most of us. Sometimes, when I feel all this emotion, there are no tears. Then other times, at the most random moments, when I don't think that I "feel" anything, tears begin to flow. I know it's not about my feelings. It's not about goose bumps. Or tears. The Spirit of the Lord is MUCH more. Oh, I have so many words, and yet I have none. Right now, I am trying to just be, and accept that I don't know what to do. Accept that my God is doing something in me, even if it is slow and I don't even really know what it is or what to think. So, I think for now I will leave it at that. I love and miss you all, but I am so glad I am here. I can't imagine being anywhere else. I will get back to y'all this weekend probably, maybe with more words, but maybe not. The Lord is good.

p.s. Just want to let you all know that you can join us in class via livestream by going to the website, legacyencounter.org. This week has been a little different, but usually it will be from 9 am to 12 pm central time, and 10 to 1 eastern time, and y'all can figure out the rest of the time zones :)