Ya’ll-every time I look at this pic, tears fill my eyes! These 3 beauties (insert pic of Lori Sorrel & Jeni Dillingham!) were a powerhouse discipleship group of college women who deeply desired to handle God’s word, grow (without reservation!) in Christ, disciple other women & leave a huge eternal impact. 2 Timothy 2:2 (“these things which u have heard in presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”) was always our gang’s (from 1993-2016!) bedrock verse. Can I tell u a secret? Discipleship always starts out mentor & students. There are years of pouring out your very life-sharing what God has taught you, interceding in prayer over “your girls” & seeing the initial vision of how God wants to use them. You love first. But, THEN, years later your “girls” become your closest life friends-they cover you with love, faithfulness, & wisdom. They are the women I turn to for prayer, mercy, & courage. I respect their marriages & appreciate how they love their kids. They know my weaknesses, they know my pain, & they know my heart. We’ve been forever knit together-my girls are my sisters. Now, I look to them & follow their lead as they impact this generation! Now, these are my verses for themI Thessalonians 2:19-20 “For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our joy and crown.” Thank u for teaching me how @sandi.ireland and Pam Hurt!! THIS PIC REPRESENTS YOUR INVESTMENT! #2Timothy2:2 #DiscipleshipGroupForLife #GodwantstogivethistoU — with Stacey Tuttle, Sarah Bouldin, Paige Gerdes Smith and 33 others at Grace Bible Church.
For the Fishers, the Holy Spirit and Coffee are perhaps the 2 greatest components to achieving the Great Commission.
Please notice the order in which I write this… you must walk with the Lord (in the power of the Holy Spirit) FIRST.
Reading His Word, Obeying Him, Praying, Confessing sin one to another, Love and forgive… you know the drill.
If these things are present in your life, then you can greatly expand the SCOPE of your ministry by caffeinating your people.
First, invite them to your house… casually ask them if they drink coffee. If they do not, feign SHOCK. Then, make them their first cup and sweeten it up good. (Chocolate works great!)
Somehow, over about a 1-2 year period they begin to drink this most blessed beverage.
Second, you begin to serve coffee and only coffee all the time….your church interns and staff will figure this out.
“Well, it’s this or nothing!”
Brian and I are “coffee snobs”… not that we meant to be. I never cleaned the coffee pot, we drank Folger’s, and we drank OLD coffee. THEN, we tasted real true Columbian bean…and our lives are never the same. Somewhat of a conversion experience.
Now, we must have filtered water, only drink Starbuck’s (according to specific proportions) and if it’s over 20 minutes old, forget about it.
Friends, you will not believe the productivity of your staff, interns, church, or even lawn mowing teenagers when you begin this process. Truly, it can change production and thereby change lives.
Do you know how many you can share the gospel with after having a triple expresso?!
Thankful God gave us this blessing,