Friday, July 15, 2011

Update 5: Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

This last week one of the speakers, David Wagner, was crazy enough to voluntarily pray for/prophecy over every student here.  All 258 of us.  He did it in small groups over the course of the week and to me, it was like Christmas.  When he was wrapping up his prayer for us, he said that God has supernatural surprises for us and that in the next few weeks God would give us the next steps.  Hey-oh! Can I get a witness?!?  We already knew that God was going to be clear with us and that one of the things God wanted to do here was give us those next steps, but there's nothing like a guy you don't know telling you that very thing.  I feel like for the first half our time here I have been gripping the handle of a roller coaster car, white-knuckling my way up the steepest and highest track imaginable.   I know that we are in the right place and the right time and that God wouldn't have sent us (and made other people pay for it) half way around the world just for kicks and giggles.  And I have been reminding myself not to panic; God hasn't forgotten me, He knows where to find me (in House 4), and His timing is perfect.  But, I was as successful at playing it cool as I am at keeping a beach ball submerged.  And then, Christmas in July.  I feel like I've crested the highest peak and instead of short breaths and tense muscles, my arms are flung wildly in the air and I'm enjoying the ride.  Are you as excited as I am for the next couple updates?

Even though we don't have any specifics yet, like what to do with our trailer full of stuff (Sorry, Dad.  It's going to be there for a bit longer) or if I should inform the school Judah is enrolled in that he won't be attending, there are so many things God is depositing and confirming in our hearts.  One of the biggest things for me is the need to be in the presence of God.  To live in and from that place and to be fully dependent on God.  I wanted to be so completely lost in His presence that I can't find my way out.  One morning, Heidi Baker was teaching and she started out by saying she was the least of these - like when Paul said he was the lowest of the low.  At first, I though, "Ah, man.  If she is the least I'm leaster than the least."  But, then I understood the truth.  Heidi Baker is an amazing woman of God who is doing crazy awesome things with and for God. And it is precisely that awesomeness that makes her need the presence God even more - to be so dependent on Him.  In the Kingdom of Heaven there is an inverse relationship between your outward greatness and your inward posture.  As you accomplish more and more things for the Kingdom your spirit must bend lower and lower and very humble before God.  That feels like freedom to me.

Oh, the voice of God is so sweet.  I pray that you hear His voice and know that He is for you, that you are the one He loves with an everlasting love.  

On a final and most important note, we have become friends with a certain Dr. Johan from South Africa and I promise I'm being discrete, but I have been scheming ways to get him to Columbus, Ohio.   You're welcome. 


  1. What a fantastic post, Joy! Sounds like things are turning in your world. Isn't it amazing when the words of another can speak to the deepest places in our hearts? LOVE IT!

    And I'll be waiting for my, AHEM, "delivery". Only you, my sweet friend. Only you. :o)


  2. Brittany Harty (Love from House Church)July 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    I have to say that i miss you (oh and your family too) like mad!
    While i was reading these posts, the presence of God came so thick i had to stop. I was laughing, i was crying and praying. YOU are seriously one tough and amazing woman/mother/lady/part-time blogger.
    I love you!

  3. Joy,
    Your heart is SO apparent in this update - so full, so loving, and so courageous! More and more... more and more... more and more full of God!