Tuesday night was really an incredible evening. One of the things that I have learned, and am learning, is that now that I am doing the preaching week and week out, being there for everyone, which I love doing, but I am finding myself tired and drained. That's not a problem when you regularly keep yourself in a place to be refreshed. Well, I'm still learning how to do that. See, before, I would, in addition to my daily quiet times with God, be able to sit in on a Sunday morning service and hear the pastor preach. Now, I'm the one they have to listen, too (I say that with lots of humor...yes, probably bad humor, but hopefully you're smiling at least a little).
Tueday night, Maria and I joined an event with MCM, a powerful network of church pastors in our area, for a time of intense worship, prayer, and being challenged and encouraged through the Word of God. I got to hear the unique ministry of Johannes something or another. I can't pronounce his name, have no idea how to spell it, but will forever be impacted by his ministry.
One of his main points, was just to remember that our reliance is to be upon the Holy Spirit, NOT ourselves. When we do whatever it is that God has called us to do...it's HE that does and it will be to HIS credit...not our own. What a great reminder. The Holy Spirit is a GOOD Holy Spirit. I thank God for His Spirit...His refreshing, His renewal, His "always there with you no matter what to give you what you need exactly when you need it." Yeah...that's good.