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Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 18

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Today I got the privilege to meet with my prayer partner Annie! I love our meetings together(: She has been praying for me all week at camp and was excited to hear all about it once I returned. I was able to tell her all the ways that God had moved over the past week and she shared in my praise and excitement. She has been encouraging me to become a life group leader since we began meeting at the end of May and now that I have decided to do it she has been the most helpful and offered me all kinds of resources and advice. We talked about the challenge and how we have been seeing God move through it. It’s neat to be able to share this time of praise together!

Today was also the day that I scheduled for my prayer walk, so I went outside and began walking and talking to God. I spent most of the time praying for my life group girls, the people who I have encouraged to join the challenge, and for the person on my prayer calendar for today. I also prayed that God would open my eyes to the persons of peace around me and lead me to the 5 people he would like me to share my testimony with.

After praying throughout my day I nailed down 4 of the 5 and began making plans with them, I’m continuing to pray that God would reveal the 5th to me over the next few days.

Day 18: 1 Down, 4 to Go

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My appointment came today!  I read the assignment this morning, actually I cheated, and peaked the night before 🙂  I love that we need to try schedule times to share our testimony with 5 other people.  We schedule so many different things in our life but hope spiritual things “just happen.”

 

 I had to give my oldest foster son who is 21 a ride to and from an appointment he had.  On the way back an opportunity presented itself for me to share what God has been teaching me this past year.  I used the theme of comparison in my life through my testimony to him.  And as I gave him my testimony I asked him questions to relate the story to him.  Usually when we have our conversations they are tough and go in circles but this one had a direction and started with me being honest about my struggles in life and how God is changing me.  He gave me some great feedback and we really connected.  The time together was great!  At the end of my testimony I told him how hard it was to stop this comparison habit.   To stop comparing myself with others I had to get in the word and be who Jesus wants me to be.  I told him the only way to find that out is through his word.  I felt God wanted me to give him my “The Voice” Bible with all of my great markings so I reluctantly did.  I dropped him off at work and now as I am writing this I am realizing I should have prayed for him.  This reminds of one of my friends favorite sayings:

 

“Experience + Reflection = Transformation”

 

I also have not been doing very good on praying for my 30 people.  And after reading another blogger say she liked what I was doing to put the people on my calendar to pray for.  I did just that today first thing in the morning.  I entered all of the people in my google calendar and had it repeat that day every month.  That way it makes it harder for me not to pray for my person of the day and easier to do it.  I might even set up the reminders to text me every morning.  

 

This challenge has really emboldened me.  I have realized how many times I have held back my faith for fear of offending others.  At work we send out a weekly email to our customers and I have been writing a column in it about our theme for the year “Growing Together.”  This week I laid out that my wife and I along with many of our friends have been doing the discipleship challenge on this site and it has been great!  
So many cool conversations are happening between many people and the 30 people prayer challenging has really been amazing.

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 18

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Day 18.  Practice Telling Your Story.  Whew!  I joked today with the student intern that is with me right now that she came just at the right time to observe lots of IEP meetings, because it is meeting season! There are 3 1/2 weeks of school left (can I get a woot! woot!) and we are up to our eyeballs in paperwork and meetings that need to be done, on top of regular speech therapy sessions.  Today I got to work early to prepare for a meeting before work, completed a meeting during my lunch, and then rushed home to meet with our foster boys’ caseworker after work.  When my husband asked what was for dinner I joked “chips and ice cream!”  Luckily, he is amazing and made dinner for us 🙂

I did take time this morning, however, to sort through my list of 25 people.  I have decided on 4 that I would like to practice my testimony with.  I wanted some “safe” practices (insert people who have been a part of bible studies with me in the past) and at least 1 to be someone who doesn’t follow Jesus.  I did get 2 meetings scheduled, though one is with my sister during a skype date we already set, so I’m not sure whether that counts.  I am planning to spend more time tomorrow delving into who my last person could be and getting appointments set up with the other people.  I do really appreciate this challenge though, because it forces you to go out of your comfort zone and share your story.

Share Your Testimony

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Stop and ask yourself — when’s the last time you told someone else the story of your faith… How you came to know Christ, how He changed your life, and what kind of impact He has had. Far too many people have no clue how to get started with that story. For many of us, the first step in sharing our story is to to create it. In this video, Jon Ralls shares with us one strategy for preparing our story.

"Share Your Testimony," by Jon Ralls