February 2017 Newsletter
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” -1 Peter 5:5-6
The Lord has been challenging us to grow in humility lately. Humility is probably one of the hardest and rarest things to walk in. We are born into a world where the very air we breathe is selfish ambition and self-centeredness. The more I try to be humble the more I realize how prideful I am. But for those who embrace it, meekness will transform our heart and conform us into the image of Jesus like nothing else. With all the political hostility in our nation and mean comments being spoken, Jesus wants His church to be filled with kindness and gentleness. He wants us to put others before ourselves.
Something that really helped me understand what humility is is understanding what its not. Humility isn’t a personality trait. It’s not being a quiet person or having a less outgoing personality. There’s a vast difference between having humility and having a quiet demeanor. Humility isn’t timidity. We’re called to be bold as lions and be confident in who we are in Jesus. Humility isn’t weakness. Jesus had all authority in heaven and earth and He is the most humble Person in history. So what is humility? Simply put, I think it’s power under control. It’s being content to live before God’s eyes alone. It’s putting others before ourselves and being a servant with a joyful heart. Jesus didn’t come to be served. He came to serve!
I’ve been trying to do this at school with my unbelieving classmates. It seems strange to unbelievers when someone goes out of their way to help them. “Why did you do that?” “You didn’t have to do that,” and “Wow” are responses we’ll hear when we try to be like Jesus. Humility isn’t just something we do in public either. The primary place it’s really worked out is with our family. Loretta is an awesome example. The last couple months, she has continued to make meals, stay up late, get up early, and clean the house with a joyful heart. She’s amazing!
We are loving watching little Haven grow. She can lift her head now for longer periods of time, smiles really big when we tickle her tummy, and is becoming more expressive. Being a parent continues to be amazing. I started my second semester of the physical therapy program in mid January and am going full-steam ahead. It’s a lot of learning but it’s enjoyable. My favorite class is Kinesiology, studying how the body moves and how all our muscles work. I’m also still in the same service position on staff at the IHOPKC missions base, working in the Financial Services department at the Bible school. This means that almost all of my hours every week (besides my time in the prayer room) are dedicated to school! Loretta will be returning to her Nanny job for two days a week and is able to take Haven with her, which we’re very grateful for. One thing we’re looking forward to is bringing Haven to the prayer room. We haven’t taken her yet but we’re excited to spend time in the prayer room together as a family. We’re even going to buy little baby ear muffs to minimize the sound because it can get pretty loud at times. Thank you so much for your continued interest and support in our ministry here at IHOPKC. God is doing amazing things and we are so grateful to be a part of it.