The Stand

We’ve just had a big week in my husband’s working life.  We are in fulltime Christian ministry – in the area of Christian media.  Our whole salary comes from the donations that come into the company.  This week was their Fall Appeal – when they talk about their needs for the ministry and ask for people to partner with them.  It is humbling.  So humbling.  The miracle is that people do give.  And give generously.  With a happy heart.  Sometimes at great sacrifice to themselves.

With the economy being what it is, it is hard to ask people to give.  Very hard.  But the ministry needs money, to be able to do what they do.  And if people don’t know the need – how can they help?  And so, we are humbled.  God’s will = God’s bill.  We have learnt.

There are times when we look at what we’re doing and we say, ‘this is hard.  This is very hard’.  Spiritual challenges.  Financial challenges.  But we believe in what we’re doing.  We’re determined to run our race.  We have a message to share..  We have Good News.  We have taken a stand.

The Stand – Hillsong

You stood before creation
Eternity in your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand
You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul, now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

So I’ll walk upon salvation
Your spirit alive in me
This life to declare your promise
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart oh God
Completely to you

I’ll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
I’ll stand
My soul longs to you surrender it all
I am is yours

I love those words – ‘This life to declare Your Promise, My Soul now to stand’.  That’s what it’s about.  This is our stand.  This is what we can do. Even if it humbling beyond words at times. And there is ALWAYS more that I know I could do, opportunities missed all the time.

We’re all called to different things. What may be right for us may be completely different for you.  What is your stand?  How are you sharing your Good News?

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