Perserverence and Favor

What a year!

As 2011 comes to an end I want to reflect and share the faithfulness of God and also encourage you to persevere and never give up!

I have been a Christian for over 20 years and in that time have sought the Lord on what my “calling” is. I would look at the Christian community and observe so many who specifically knew what God had called them to do. Whether packing up their entire home and moving to do missionary work, planting a new church, writing new books or going on amazing ministry trips as I found myself comparing my life to others it seemed like God had skipped me (at least that is how I felt). I know what it means to wait on God, and to trust, to have faith and believe that He is working all things out for my good. After all we hear it preached, and that is the message of hope that is taught over and over again. But… at times what I know in my head does not always line up with what I am feeling in my heart and that is where the struggle lies.

Then comes 2011… I was on my way to completing a degree in biblical counseling. Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to do next, I just knew that the Lord had opened the door for me to go back to school, but beyond that I had no clue as to what the next step would be. It came time for me to do my internship, and I had nothing arranged. God knew, as usual He was going to show His amazing love and allow me to witness His faithfulness. At the start of 2011, I went through a formal training seminar for an inner healing model of ministry, known as “sozo”. I had been exposed to Sozo about a year before and had taken the time to listen and watch the training materials and sensed that God was leading me in that direction. After the formal training in March, that was IT!

The next thing I knew my internship turned into a 40 day Sozo training and I spent part of the summer up at Bethel Church in Redding, California. While there I connected with the founders of Bethel Sozo, became an assistant to the team there and was launched into full-time ministry at my church, Vineyard Community located in Laguna Niguel, CA. The favor from God was incredible and He was showing me that all of the times that I had waited on Him, stayed disciplined with my studies and trusted Him with my life had led to this new season in my life. Have there been challenges? Absolutely! What keeps me going? Honestly, seeing the freedom that comes every time I do a Sozo session makes every single challenge worth it!

This year it has become more clear to me how many people are hurting, are emotionally wounded, and are living in spiritual prisons. Sadly, no one wants to talk about it because of fear of judgment or fear of rejection. Many remain in a place that is so isolated and confusing that they cannot find it within themselves to reach out for help. Well guess what, I’m here to TALK ABOUT IT! It is time to expose the lies, deal with the deep emotional wounds and then allow God to present the truth, in order to bring freedom!

So, this blog is encourage anyone who feels “stuck”, hopeless, frustrated, depressed, alone, isolated, sad, angry (I could go on and on)… God has something to say to you and it is GOOD, it is HEALING and it is the TRUTH!

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