WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE about Vermont? Old New England charm, brilliant fall foliage, quaint covered bridges, and the best ski resorts the Northeast has to offer. And don't forget the maple syrup and the many varieties of artisanal cheese.
During Tracey Turner's second year at Rhema Bible Training College USA, the 2011 graduate was asked by two of her classmates to consider moving to Vermont with them. The couple planned on taking over a pastorate and wanted her to be their children's minister.
"Southern girls don't do 52 inches of snow!" she told them. "Be warm, be filled, but no way! After graduation, I'm going to Jacksonville, Florida, to preach a conference, and then I'm going back home to Virginia."
Before heading south, Tracey had an opportunity to attend Rhema's Prayer School. That day the entire hour was spent worshipping the Lord. Before long, Tracey was stuck to the floor, sobbing profusely. To others, it may have looked like she was being blessed by the Lord. Actually, she was getting busted!
In between sobs, Tracey clearly heard God say, "You need to leave that dock. That isn't your home port any longer." While she was a student at Rhema, the Lord showed her that her call included encouraging, empowering, and equipping leaders. She envisioned itinerating out of her home church in Virginia to do this.
// Denise Hagin Burns
THE WORLD TELLS US as women that we can have it all. We can have a thriving social life, an amazing career, a happy marriage, kids that are involved in every activity, a Pinterest-decorated home, and an inspiring social media presence. But that's a lie. We can't. We can try to do all those things, but we'll sacrifice our happiness.
I know. I thought I could be superwoman. I was trying to give 100 percent to my job, my husband, my children, my family, my friends, and my social media status. Until one day, I was just worn out. I was stressed out and unhappy. I realized I couldn't give 100 percent in every area of my life and still survive!
I cried out, "God, I admit it. I'm not superwoman!" The Lord said, "Who's asking you to be?" And I didn't know. I said, "I just want to be me and I want to be OK with that." The Lord told me, "To just be you, you have to love yourself. You have to love yourself like I love you." And I realized that I didn't love myself.
Somehow, I don't think I'm alone. I feel like there are women who feel the same way I did. No matter how much we do, how early we wake up, or how late we stay awake, we just can't fit it all in. God began to show me how to love myself as He loves me.
// Kenneth E. Hagin
In Acts 27:10 Paul wrote, "Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives."
Paul did not say, "The Lord told me" that this voyage will be with much hurt and damage. He simply said, "I perceive" that it will. In his spirit, Paul had an inward perception, an inward premonition, an inward witness that the voyage would be dangerous. This is the primary way God leads all of us.
Paul did not perceive it mentally. He did not have some kind of "vibration" or psychic experience. I don't like this "vibration" business. Spiritual perceptions are not in the psychic realm. You do not find psychic phenomena in the Bible. Also, Paul did not perceive this physically. In his spirit he had a witness.
That belongs to all of us. The Holy Spirit abiding in our spirits must communicate with us through our spirits—not through our minds. That is why your spirit knows things your head doesn't know. But we have not been taught to listen to our spirits. And sometimes we are reluctant to do so.
// Lynette Hagin
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
—Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
Last month I began writing about the days we are living in. I believe that we are in the last days. Jesus could return at any moment. Paul admonished Timothy concerning the last days, "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred"
(2 Tim. 3:1–2 NLT). Certainly all of us have experienced difficult times in this day.
Life for many seems to be "all about me." People ask, "What can satisfy me? How is this going to benefit me?" Jesus commanded His disciples concerning the last day, "You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected" (Matt. 24:44 NLT). In the last issue I said that the first step we need to take to be ready for the Lord's return is to present ourselves entirely to him.