I am on a lunch break at work, though I am not eating lunch (long story but to sum up, I am in Atascadero because of a "sick" client and my lunch is in Morro Bay). Sad, I know. I am hungry. But that is not why I write. There are a lot of good things happening in my life...I am kept quite busy! I have picked up my old habit of reading, and have read like 12-13 books since the beginning of the year! I am currently reading "Real Christianity" by William Wilberforce (the movie Amazing Grace was based on his life). I am being worked by this book! It talks about how Christians (today, although this was written in the late 1700s) do not know how to back up their faith because they do not read the Word, but rather hide behind a lifestyle loosely based on Christian morality. It goes on to talk about how that affects society, and I am only starting the 2nd chapter...ouch. It is so true. And this morning I was listening to Focus on the Family, and the speaker was talking about how nice people do go to hell...works do not get us to heaven. It is only by the grace of God, which we receive through repentance and a relationship with Him. Oooh.
Tonight I am graduating from "School of Leaders", which ultimately comes down to the fact that I am committing to do the works of Christ in my life and to a life dedicated to Him. It is going to be a fancy dinner and event, a wonderful time of celebration of what God is doing in our lives. If I take any pictures, I'll post them. I am also trying to launch a women's group. I had invited co-workers to a free lunch, to which no one showed, but I know God is giving me the faith to believe that I am meant to lead women to Christ. This is not because of me, it is not about me. It is because I am God's workmanship, created to do the works of God, which He has prepared in advance for me to do, that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:9 summed up). These works are to spread His gospel, and bring people to Christ, particularly women. It is such a blessing to share God with willing souls. My struggle has been to overcome the fear and doubt that holds me back. I keep persevering though, and God willing, will see friends and family come to know Christ in a powerful way.
In work news, I am almost caught up on paperwork! You have no idea what a burden this has been over the past six months. I had a lot of circumstances come up that took a lot of my attention, and I am grateful that things are smoothing out. If you want to know more about what I do, here is the link: www.optionsfs.org -I think if you look hard enough you might find a picture of me! I really do enjoy my job and the people I work with.
Well, lunch time is over, and so ends my update. I will hopefully get to eat my lunch around 2:30!