passion: the prayer.

i know that i probably shouldn’t be surprised in God’s faithfulness since He is always faithful, but it will forever astound me that He is always there when i call. always.

these last few weeks i’ve been praying over this passion conference in atlanta. for those of you who aren’t familiar, the passion conference is basically a week long conference of worship (which is probably a huge understatement, so i can’t wait to reflect on what that week teaches me) and i am absolutely beside myself with excitement that i’m going to be trekking down there in a couple weeks.

three weeks ago i was given the opportunity to lead worship with a dear friend of mine in durham for a triangle fca huddle leaders gathering (not really sure what else to call it…sorry my words are currently failing me, friends!) at summit. i hadn’t led worship at all since senior year of high school four years ago, so i was pretty pumped to help him out. dad told me that once i did it, i wouldn’t be able to stop and i was going to go nuts, and of course i didn’t really believe him.

i don’t know why i don’t believe my dad when he says stuff like that. the man is always right.

after leading worship that night something in me snapped again. i had this huge realization after i got home that night that i haven’t been leveraging all of my talents for Christ like i know i should. that broke my heart and i just started praying about this conference, asking God to send me to georgia if it was His will.

a day or two later i called my dad and just told him that i needed to go to passion. it had been put on my heart that i needed to go and have a mind-blowing experience and get even deeper in worship — dad agreed. i started praying that i could find a way to get to georgia and that i could find somewhere to stay. a group of my friends were going, but their rooms were full and my church group already had everthing in order and they were maxed out with their capacity.

i was still praying about it and was kind of almost giving up trying to find somewhere to stay — i started thinking about what i’d do that first week of january — maybe i would stop in a teacher friend’s classroom for a day or two or something along those lines.

the other night a friend of mine texted me, asking me if i wanted to go in their group since a girl had just dropped out and they had a bed space open up.

praise. God.

i think it’s the coolest thing to see God working and answering prayers, especially so visibly. to say i’m excited about what God has in store for me at this conference is such an understatement. i know He has great things planned for that week for not only myself and the friends that i am going with, but for everyone there. so many lives will be changed and i am ecstatic about that.

just want to share a little scripture that’s been on my heart lately. i’ve been going through 1 and 2 peter a lot lately, probably because my pastor is working through a sermon series in 1 peter and i’ve been led to continue on into 2 peter. anyway, be encouraged and know that your prayers do not fall on deaf ears, friends!

2 peter 1:3-11

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you  may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. fort his very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. but if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. for if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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