Plentiful

 

harvest field

 

Matthew 9: 36-38  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Eastside Mission had it’s kick-off community block party outreach yesterday.  I must say it was absolutely amazing to be back on the streets after 8 months of “being still” and waiting on God.  During the 8 months God was growing, stretching and preparing us as He was about to expand our borders.  After 4 years of inner city street ministry on Main Street in Hamilton we thought God had really given us a HUGE mission field.  Now, reflecting back we realize that was our time of preparation.  

Back to yesterday, we had all kinds of fun activities for our introduction into the neighborhood. Pastor Felix and I spent the time by getting to know our neighbors, meeting their families and talking about their needs and the community needs.  At one point, I remember standing a midst all the busyness of serving and lovin’ on people I had a count of 175 people that we were blessed to serve this day.  We have approximately 1700 people within immediate radius, we passed out 560 total flyers and served 175 men, women and children.   As I’m standing there and process all of the conversations I was having, watching the kids playing I am feeling overwhelmed with all the needs.  Trust me, the needs in this area are many!  As we suspected there is a lot of heroin and addicted mommies and daddies.  Many generations living together in small houses and not being able to make the ends meet.  

For some time leading up to the kick-off and even more today we have been posting pictures, sharing needs, asking for volunteers and I’m starting to feel myself getting stressed about how in the world are we going to accomplish this.  This is 4x what we did and served over on Main Street.  God what in the world are you thinking?  So as I’m starting into that familiar tailspin I pick up my bible and I start reading about Jesus going into a city and Him telling the disciples that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few.  Man God is so awesome 2,000 years ago He knew that there would be a great need for workers in the harvest field.  God knows we are facing many needs financial, volunteers, supplies, etc. but God ALSO knows that the laborers are few; therefore, as He is guiding me in His word to ask Him to send out workers into His harvest field.  Because bottom line – He has given Pastor Felix and I the charge of stewardship over this mission and building His church among these un-reached people and whether He sends us 2 or 20 we are going to praise Him, serve others and glorify our God as we pray for God to send the laborers.  Won’t you take a minute and join us in praying for this harvest field and the workers to serve in it!!  God might also be calling you to take a step out, he may be calling you to step outside of the church you are comfortable in with the friends and family you love and do some water walking!

Praise Him!!

Receive God’s Mercy

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Psalm 90:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

The buzzing of the alarm clock slowly coaches your eyes to open and your senses to gear up for your day.  As you stretch your arm over toward the alarm clock do you press the off button or hit the snooze?

How is your attitude when you wake up each morning?  Now, I understand that some people are not morning people but your attitude upon waking can set the mood for your entire day.  I used to sleep until the last possible moment then I would jump out of bed and hit the ground running.  Sometimes dragging about in the morning to the point of procrastination that I would rush to get out of the shower, get dressed, put my face on and hit the door already 15 minutes behind.  When I arrived at the café I would be rushing around trying to get it together before customers start arriving.  What a stressful start.

I have made a choice that I do not want the devil to guide my daily footsteps with his hurry sickness.  And I truly believe that our hurried days and lives are an attempt from the devil to steal our time and joy.  So we grouch when we get up because we’ve got another day of work, another day of running the kids all around, another day of groceries, cooking, cleaning, yada yada yada.  I will tell you there had better not be traffic in my way today.  I have made a choice to wake up every morning and thank God for HIS gift to me of another day.  I have made a choice to thank him for HIS mercy and loving-kindness of another day. Then I speak my Faith in God’s Word by proclaiming Psalm 118:24.

Psalm 118:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

 I WILL – yes that is right I WILL; you have a choice.  You can allow Satan to have you today or you can accept God’s gift and proclaim that you will rejoice and be glad in it.  God I am expecting something good today.  I know your favor is upon me.  I am your child and I was purchased at a great cost by the blood of Jesus Christ and I will honor my Savior and His sacrifice in my day.

As you begin your day think about it.  You are you going to allow someone to control your day. You do have a choice. Your footsteps, actions and thoughts will be influenced by either God or Satan; it’s your choice.  Will you allow God to have your morning so that you can wake up, seek Him first then slow down and enjoy all the beauty that is around you.

I encourage you today before you hit the ground running about that you accept God’s gift and mercy for today.  You dedicate some time this morning to being alone with God and building your relationship.  Kiss and hug your kids and your spouse.  Give thanks for your warm house, the car that you drive, the clothes on your back, the crisp cold morning air.

Make it a great day!  Praise Him!  Amen.