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Monday
Jun272016

When Your Dream Seems Forgotten 

My lazy eyes roamed over the view I had from the top of the bluff I hiked that evening. While taking in the grand splendor that is Colorado Springs, I let my thoughts wander to the central issue of my life at the time: What exactly am I doing here?

As someone who has loved media her entire life, making the decision to go to Charis Bible College to pursue God and leave behind all dreams of a future in media was no small feat. My dream was to attend the University of Georgia and study broadcast journalism. My plan was to become a sport’s broadcaster. But as my high school graduation day drew closer, it became obvious to me that God had other plans. I shared a little more about this in my previous blog post Dreaming Big with God.

Moving to Colorado seemed like the death of every dream I ever had for myself. And yet, because I had been pursuing God so strongly, I knew in my heart that this was the right thing to do. So, sitting on the bluff that day, even though I felt like the setting sun was taking all of my dreams along with it as it disappeared behind Pikes Peak, I knew I was where God wanted me.

In Andrew’s teaching Lessons from Elijah, he explains,

“I really believe that God doesn’t show you His perfect, total will for you all at one time. He does it in steps and in stages…. So, God is going to show you things one step at a time, and if you want step number two or step number ten, you’ve got to start doing step number one.”

A lot of people thought I was crazy for moving to Colorado without a solid plan. I thought I was crazy. But it wasn’t until I made the decision and took the first step that I began to see God’s plan unfold in my life.

Andrew continues,

“[Elijah] didn’t get the second word from God about how God would protect him and sustain him through the drought. He didn’t get that until he had delivered the first word. Step out in the direction that God is calling you to go, and then God can direct you and confirm. But you have to take the word that God has given you and act on it.”

Taking my seat in the first-year classroom the next day, a special announcement was made. Charis would be starting a Third-Year program featuring several different schools, including a Media School! I don’t think I heard anything else after that.

It wasn’t even the school that impacted me the most; it was the fact that God was speaking directly to me. In that moment, He showed me how all of the dreams that had been in my heart since I was a little girl were in fact from Him and that they mattered. I didn’t have to give them up to serve God. Rather, in using them, I would bring glory to Him in a way that only I was created to do.

Andrew concludes,

“Are you doing what God called you to do? Are you obeying everything? Is there any leading that God has put into your heart that you haven’t yet stepped out on? If that’s true of you, well then you know what, God’s provision is going to where He told you to go. There is supernatural anointing, peace, rest, finances, and people that are going to help you. Everything that you need is there. Are you there?”

Nothing in my original plan could have brought me to where I am today. God knew what He was doing all along. I just needed to trust Him and take my first step.

If this has inspired you, post a comment below.

Monday
Jun202016

A Time to Give

As I was taking an empty jar out to the garbage, a neighbor stopped me and gave me several reasons I should keep the jar: “You can use it to store your facial cotton in there. At Christmas time, you can use it to give away cookies.” At her insistence, I decided to keep the jar. It sat on my kitchen counter for months. One day while I was emptying the dishwasher, I noticed the jar, and the Holy Spirit said to me, “I let go of things; I don’t cling to them.”

Suddenly, I remembered my neighbor. It was as if she had felt compelled to intervene on the jar’s behalf. Later, I found out that the advice she passed on to me has caused problems in her own life. She’s a hoarder. Hoarders take extreme measures to keep their belongings. It doesn’t matter if the belonging is an old brochure or $100 bill—the goal is to keep it.

The reasons she gave me that day for keeping the jar were all good. But the Lord was showing me that keeping something or tossing it isn’t the problem—the real problem is an issue of the heart. Am I keeping the jar or the $100 bill because I’m afraid that I won’t have it later? If so, that’s not faith.

I believe that God is resourceful. When Jesus fed the multitudes, the disciples took up twelve baskets full of leftovers (Matt. 14:20). So, where’s the balance between keeping something and giving something?

In The Power of Partnership, Andrew really goes to the heart of this matter:

“You need to live to give. Your real treasure ought to be in heaven. Anything in this natural realm is subject to problems. But when you lay up treasures in heaven, nothing can affect that.”

Everything we have comes from God. We are stewards of His blessings. But we need to seek first the kingdom of God with our giving (Matt. 6:33). After we give to God, we should ask the Holy Spirit to help us manage the rest. Then we will know when to give or when to keep it. When we put Him first, He will supernaturally take care of our needs. It’s the perfect partnership!

Giving is a grace that Christians must learn by God’s Spirit (Deut. 8:18). However, most of us have been taught wrong ideas. In some cases, we’ve learned unhealthy behaviors about how and why to give. Jeremiah 16:19 says, “Our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things” (New King James Version). The things that we learned and saw growing up—selfishness, covetousness, fear of lack, greed, hoarding, self-reliance, etc.—became a part of us, but God wants us to renew our minds with His Word.

God doesn’t want you to give what you don’t have. He wants you to
prosper first:

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come
to you.”

Job 22:21, New International Version

True prosperity comes from peace in our relationship with God. That’s our real treasure. When our real treasure is the Lord, we are free to give. And when we are free to give, we are free from fear. We have a partnership with heaven.

If you want to activate your faith in the area of giving, a great way to do so is by becoming a Grace Partner. Let God know that He’s your real treasure! For more information, go to www.awmi.net/give. Andrew’s The Power of Partnership teaching will help renew your mind. You can get this teaching as a CD or DVD series. Go to our online store to order.

Share below if this has blessed you.

Monday
Jun132016

Can a Vacation Save Your Family’s Lives?

Recently Eileen Quinn, a writer for Andrew Wommack Ministries, sat down with Carlie Terradez, the AWM conference manager, to talk about the upcoming Summer Family Bible Conference, July 4-8, in Woodland
Park, Colorado.

Eileen Quinn: Themes always say a lot about the conference. What’s the theme for this year’s Summer Family Bible Conference?

Carlie Terradez: Well, the theme is “Celebrating Our Faith, Freedom, and Dependence on God.” It starts this year on the Fourth of July, so the Declaration of Dependence was on our minds.

EQ: How many years have they been doing this event?

CT: Forever? [laughs] Probably over a decade. They’ve been doing it since we [she and her husband, Ashley] came eight years ago, and it wasn’t new when we came. I don’t know…. But it’s one of Andrew’s original ones. And the thing that makes this conference unique is that it’s the only one that has children’s ministry. So, I don’t know if this is relevant, but when we were in England and we went to the conference—

EQ: Is that the Grace and Faith Conference that is held in England
[in] May?

CT: Well, it is now. It wasn’t even called that then. It was significant to us. It was the first conference we ever attended, and it was the conference that Hannah [Carlie and Ashley’s daughter] was healed at.

EQ: May I ask what year that was in?

CT: That was in 2006. But we never would have made that move if children’s ministry hadn’t been a big part of that.

We had toddlers—a three-, four-, and five-year-old—and we were traveling by ourselves. When we phoned up the Helpline over there, we asked, “What kind of provision do you have for children?” We were just desperate and hurting to get some help. They said, “Oh, we have childcare. We’ll take good care of
your boys.”

Just the fact that there was provision for childcare made us feel like we could make the journey. We felt like, This is possible. It was the start of something that we were going to be supported in. It was going to be a safe place to come, and we were going to be refreshed. We were going to be built up. It made us feel like we could do it. That’s why I’m a big believer in
children’s ministry.

People come globally for this event [in England]. It’s the only [event] that ministers to the whole family. They minister to our kids as much as to us. And in the end, because we felt like we could make the move, Hannah was healed. It was life-changing for us. If it wasn’t for the fact that children’s ministry was offered to us, we probably wouldn’t have felt like we [could] ever do it.

[Hannah] wouldn’t be here today. It was life and death for us.

When I read this title—“[Celebrating Our] Faith, Freedom, and Dependence on God”it brings back all those memories. It was the start of something new for us as a family. It was a memorable vacation in that sense, but we didn’t know then just how life-changing it would be.

EQ: Wow, I can tell that this kind of conference is close to your heart. Thank you, Carlie. I think that your testimony sort of says it all.

 

It was back in 2006 that the Terradez family vacation resulted in the amazing healing testimony of their then three-year-old daughter, Hannah. Hannah received healing from a rare autoimmune disease called eosinophilic enteropathy. This disorder caused her body to reject every type of food. A miracle for one member of a family changed every generation of their family, as well as the community where they lived.

But Hannah’s healing had even further impact on the Terradez family. As they partnered with Andrew Wommack Ministries, they heard the call to come to Charis Bible College in Colorado. Carlie and Ashley both now work at the ministry and also serve as adjunct instructors at the college. Their lives were truly changed during the vacation that saved their daughter’s life and then sent them across an ocean to be taught about how much God loved them and wanted them well.

Consider joining us at the Summer Family Bible Conference here in Colorado. For five days, you will be surrounded by more than a thousand like-minded believers. The worship will cause your hope to rise, and the teaching will strengthen you. And if you have children, they will receive the same grace-filled ministry that you do—but geared to their hearts and minds. It may just save your
family’s lives!

If you would like to have a vacation that will impact your family while you celebrate your faith and dependence on God, go here to register for this year’s Summer Family Bible Conference!