I’m sure my age will show on this post…it’s testimony time!!
When I was a little girl, at some time during the Sunday evening service (do people go to church on Sunday evenings anymore?), we would sing “Victory” songs and then commence with the testimonies. Being the “talker” I am known to be, most often I had something to say.
At our annual church camp, one evangelist explained that each time we stand up and give a testimony, it’s like building a brick wall against the devil – each time another brick is added. I took him at his word and started right in…giving testimony of the awesome, powerful, burning within. I now understand this burning as the God-given fire (read: Holy Spirit) which causes us to move in His power, to do the works He marked out beforehand for us to accomplish.
Anyone who has a desire to share what the Lord is doing in your life, speak right up. Let’s bring glory to our God!!!
My passion…People, people, and people. Saved, unsaved, old, new, dirty, clean, past, no past, doesn’t matter people and praise…that’s me!
My greatest passion is for my community to realize how to be a community…It’s my life’s goal to see this endeavor furthered and also to become someone that aids people (offering grace) instead of someone that burdens them…This is my passion – to see true revitalization of a broken people(s) – and I spend my time where the healing is needed…I guess I just couldn’t ignore it anymore. I also enjoy it…so I thank God for this.
The water within? I want that to spring from the centre of who i am, come up flooding through me, washing me clean of my flotsam and bringing eternal life and then overflowing out to flood (spread out over) the entire world.
drew and i are facing these questions as we face the final 20 months of seminary…. yeah. what burns in us? we’re chewing on that.
…and I’m praying, Mandy…
I long to know Him, learn from Him, write about Him, and tell stories about Him. I want to sing about what he’s done in my life. I’m learning to sing. I’m stepping up to the blog and the mic.
My passion is to help people who are lost and suffering without hope. I worked in domestic violence for 4 years and then became the ED to my local homeless coalition…I also have a passion to help Christian marriages. I am going to grad school to get my license in Marriage and Family Therapy and want to be a Christian-based marriage counselor at some point. I don’t know when that will manifest but God has confirmed that as a calling and so I press on until He tells me I’m ready for it.
Gothique Fae praises:
The fire that consumes me is writing…it is actually very hard for me to accurately describe how it consumes my heart. I almost feel like I need to say something grand and profound but with things like this that are close to my heart I lose the words. The same thing happens when I try to describe what God has done for me and how He has changed me, I become unarticulate. And I get all choked up. It seems impossible to me to describe the fire that burns in me for writing…
Dan (Born4Battle) synergizes:
“And I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: but it was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I became wearied with holding in, and I could not.” Jeremiah 20:9…Does that sound like you, Michelle? I have been praying that for my life, that His word would become that to me more and more each day. Specifically the gospel as Paul preached, the crucified and risen Lord!
Lately, aside from writing, my passion can be summed up in this song, “She’s All Heart” by Daniel Amos…especially the part:
Not to be a god or hero, but to change
Into a tree that grows for ages
Hurting no one
I love people (most of the time) and I love to take care of them. Cook for them, help them, anything like that. Make them a cup of coffee…Right now though, my babies are my fire.
Great testimonies, everyone! What an amazing community of believers we have in the blogosphere, if you didn’t get a chance to share your testimony, or have anymore to say, let the Spirit lead in the comments below. Let’s pray for those who are in need and for those who willingly try and meet those needs…What great work He is doing in and through you!!
And all the people said…AMEN!!