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.
I met this amazing couple as a new staff girl coming to serve w/ CRU at Texas A & M. Ken and Ann Cochrum poured time, love, guidance, truth & kindness into our team. Then, as now, their walk with Jesus & their loving marriage impacted many! Ken & Ann were the first couple I’d ever seen willing to leave life here to share the gospel with those who’d never, ever heard of Jesus! Those early years of ministry with Ken & Ann taught me how to build teams, disciple women, & endure in trials. They saw my weaknesses yet graciously gave me room to grow up! Brian knew & loved these great friends even before we got married. Now, 2 decades later, it’s always a huge blessing when we can see each other! So grateful for their example of loving Jesus well! (I still want to be Ann Cochrum when I grow up! 😉) #WinBuildSend #2Timothy2:2 #kingdomfriends — with Brian G. Fisher, Ann Cochrum and Ken Cochrum.
You may know this, but if Jesus Christ lives in you-you are a missionary. GULP. Surprising? If we truly consider the fact that Jesus designed us to move outward toward the hurting world, we are grasping His heart for His created world. I appreciate how Jesus calls us in Matthew 28:18-20 to share His gospel-He assumes we understand the absolute magnitude of this calling. Something happens when we ask ourselves an honest question, “Do I really believe this is the best thing in the history of the world?”
Is evangelism a spiritual gift? Yes! Is it a calling for each of us? Yes! For me, evangelism is an primary calling… yet, He still calls me to allow Him to grow the spiritual gift of mercy through me. When Jesus calls me to be a person of mercy in Matthew 5, He doesn’t add, “But, Tristie ,only if it’s your gift.” Don’t you love that about Him?! He loves to call us into new territory with new power to see a new side of God!
Friend, you radiate the kindness and joy of Jesus to the world. So, be ready because -I promise-THEY WILL ASK YOU ABOUT IT! “Hey, why are you so nice?” “Why do make those kinds of decisions?” “Why do you say “thank you” to people?” and a favorite…”Why are you so happy?”
What do you say now?
I explain that I was a very different person who looked at the person of Christ and asked myself “Who is this?” Through the book of John , I discovered that knowing Jesus as not a religious act as much as a realization moment. I needed His forgiveness to experience His life! Then-praying the WHOLE time-I try to share 4 truths:
1. God loves each person.(Jn. 3:16)
2. All have sinned and need a Savior. (Rom. 3:23)
3. Jesus Christ is that Savior.(Jn. 3:16, Jn. 10:30)
4. All you have to do is BELIEVE! (Jn. 1:12)
This is it. THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS EVER! Forever freedom from sin’s prison and the absolute joy of possessing an everlasting kingdom destiny. You are made for this. Let Him use you in this way! Look up and lean out.