“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; in the city of our God, His holy mountain.” -Psalm 48:1
Wow, I hope each and every one of you had a blessed and beautiful holiday season, spent with those you love. I don’t know about anybody else, but Christmas really snuck up on me this year!! It came so fast, and when it did, I didn’t slow down again until after New Years! It was absolutely wonderful though; and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I spent precious time with family, got some much-needed rest, and made tons of memories in this new place I call home. I also got to support one of my greatest friends in her wedding down in Florida! The whole day was magical; I’m honored I got to be there, and I had a blast!!
For new news, HAPPY 2018!! This year is off to a running start already, and so much has happened. For starters, our class began the year of school by going into a 21-day fast together. We got to choose what each of us was going to be fasting for the month, and along with giving up all social media; a majority of us actually decided to do a partial or complete Daniel fast. To those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is a fast based out of the story of Daniel and his men in the Bible- when they were prisoners of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. They didn’t want to eat the king’s food, but instead asked that they would be given only vegetables and water in order to stay holy before their God. (This story can be found in Daniel chapter 1) After this, and because of their obedience, the Lord blessed Daniel and his friends with “knowledge and understanding of all kinds… and Daniel could understand visions and dreams.” (v. 17) I would love to have greater anointing like this in my life- who wouldn’t!? Most Daniel fasts today include all vegetables, all fruits, and also many grains that grow straight from the ground and are unprocessed. So for 3 weeks, we’re eating nothing but salads, smoothies, and a little bit of rice. Haha, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still. This is my first time doing a full Daniel fast, and it definitely hasn’t been easy. Not only have do I have to do extra cooking, but I also have to go shopping more often and spend way more money. And when we aren’t home, finding places to accommodate for a worse-than-vegan diet are no easy task, either. But, we are now one week in and I am confident that dying to my flesh in this way is going to be extremely effective for this year- and beyond. The start of the second week hasn’t been much better: I’m starting to lose an appetite for vegetables and today ended up being almost a complete fast because I just couldn’t find anything that looked good enough to eat. I think my stomach is shrinking and I may be losing weight… It’s a struggle. But that’s how I know this is effective. It reminds me to pray and worship and seek the Lord in a way I wouldn’t normally do; and that’s the important part.
Last Thursday, I actually hosted a dinner at our house for any of the students to come to; and everyone brought Daniel-approved dishes that we ate together. Surprisingly, we had a lot of fun and even got full! (Praise the Lamb) With so many options and different foods, it made fasting so much easier- and with everyone supporting each other, we were reminded why we are doing this and could encourage each other through it. One guy made tofu but in an Asian rice dish with teriyaki sauce and vegetables that actually tasted good! Another girl brought chocolate granola (coco powder and honey) that satisfied the sweet craving we all had. And I made some homemade guacamole that went perfectly in a quinoa veggie bowl. Community really does make everything better, and that’s what we’re made for!
Through this I have really been praying into some things, and I’m going to share some of them with you so that you can intercede for me as well! Mainly, I’m asking God to provide housing up here. As some of you know, me and Leigh Anne are actually planning on staying in Pennsylvania for awhile! Right now we live with our grandparents which has been such a blessing, but soon we will be done with school and are hoping to have our own place! We are praying for something in a good area at an affordable price. A few options have come up and I’m just continuing to seek the Lord in finding which one would be best for us. Also for continued guidance in what I should do after this year of school. I know God has called me to several things in the future and I want to start preparing now for all that He has planned. This week, He has even laid other people on my heart to pray over; friends and family that have sickness, depression, struggles, anxiety, and financial pain that I believe God is really wanting to touch. I’m so excited to see breakthrough not just in my own life but in others as well!!!
Another exciting opportunity arose last Saturday when I got the chance to go with Gateway, our prayer house, down to Washington D.C. We took a team to run a set in David’s Tent for the day! This is a 24/7 prayer house located in the National Mall. About 20 of us all went together with a common goal: to worship Jesus and bring honor to His name. We were in charge of the tent for the whole time we were there; so from 10 am to 6 pm, we ran the set. We had several worship leaders in our group that had a few songs planned, and the rest of us were going for support and general tent maintenance. As soon as we got there- this guy named Scott was about to play his set, and I had just casually mentioned that if anyone needed an extra vocalist I could jump on wherever. Well, Scott said that he actually did need someone, because all he had was his acoustic guitar and a drummer. So, I ended up hopping onto a 3-hour worship set with this guy I had just met. No practices, no warm-up, and no set list in mind. And let me tell you, that was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in worship. We just went from song to song, flowing in spontaneous worship and choruses of praise. So many times I just laughed from the platform; because the joy of the Lord was so evident in the band and all throughout the room. After a while, I got to lead a couple songs as well, and the whole team was having so much fun worshipping with us! That whole trip was just so anointed. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. By the end- I was exhausted, cold, hungry, and without a voice, but I would do it all over again. Worshipping in a tent all day with 20-degree windy weather that chilled us to the bone; was one of the best days of my life! I’m so thankful I got to go! It hit me so hard at one point that I was sitting in our nation’s CAPITOL, with the ability to stand out in public and declare the name of God; inviting others to come in too. The freedom in this nation is truly incredible. Also, every week this year, one state takes responsibility of the tent: From Sunday at midnight to Sunday at midnight- each of the 50 states provide teams to do live worship and nonstop prayer. People are coming from all over the country to take part in this. I love this idea, and seeing the support that David’s Tent has gotten from all over the nation. I never would have even found out about this if I hadn’t moved up here; and now I got the opportunity to sing praises from the capital of our country!! I love living only 2 hours away from some of the most important cities in the nation, possibly even the world. Gosh, God works in some mysterious ways.
I am working on another blog that I will post soon with more exciting news about what we have coming up! I’m so blessed by each one of you, and love to have people following me on this journey. I can’t even believe all that has happened in my short time here! Eager to see what more is to come as God continues to work.