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A Life Changing Friendship

A LIFE CHANGING FRIENDSHIP

“I think I was born at 6 feet [tall]” Asha joked as she shifted uncomfortably in the twin bed just a bit too short and narrow for her tired body. This seemed to be an interesting beginning for a life story but “interesting” doesn’t justly describe the narrative to follow.

Asha was born in West Harlem, NYC to a mother that worked two full time jobs and a into a community knit as tight as family. As she described her home life, Asha mentioned very little about her father. He was in and out of their home until she was in her mid-teens, when he left for good. Her mother never kept her or her younger sister from enjoying a relationship with their father. Asha recounts that her mother constantly filled their home with the smell of food cooked from scratch and that, “The house was always full of her singing.” In the years between her childhood and meeting the team from the Dream Center NYC, Asha’s life was full of adventure.

At 17, Asha began to work for the New York State Attorney General’s office which led to an education and a career in justice. Her pursuit of education uprooted her from the comforts of her West Harlem family and drew her to California.

In her second year of law school Asha was forced to take on one of the largest battles of her life - Cancer. She continued to pursue her education during the 4 months she lived in the hospital. “If I ever wanted to die, that was when I wanted to die,” Asha admitted as she recounted the pains of her battle. 24 surgeries later Asha was cancer free and determined to finish law school.

Shortly after walking the stage to receive her diploma, Asha moved to Atlanta in search of more education. She spent the following years adventuring throughout Africa and Europe, but always called the United States home. Asha later moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked as a hospital chaplain. This position was not long lived.

In 2000, Asha received the phone call from her mother that brought her back to New York for good. For the next 5 years, Asha worked to provide and care for her mother. This time was marked by her mother's slow decline in health. Asha recalled, “I came into her room and she was [breathing heavily] and I finally looked at her and said ‘Ma I know you have waited for this a long time and you can let go’ but when it happened I wanted to take it back… and I was right there when she took her final breath.” For the next 9 years Asha lived alone.

In 2014, Asha became connected with the Dream Center NYC through a referral for our Residential Assistance program. Residential Assistance connects volunteers to clients throughout the city and facilitates weekly visits to the client’s home. This allows us to serve a predominantly elderly community, at no cost to them, in whatever way they need. Asha began receiving visits from volunteers weekly.

“They came every Saturday… We would laugh and cook and eat, you know… it’s just like family,” she beamed. Asha’s countenance shifted as she began to list the different states she received volunteers from and how Residential Assistance visits were always a highlight of her week.

One particular volunteer named Shavon, who was in the Dream Center Leadership Program at the time, connected with Asha in a unique way. “... And we were just talking like I knew her a thousand years,” Asha said as she remembered her first visit from Shavon. For months Shavon visited Asha during Residential Assistance and eventually even started seeing her on her days off. “The time would just fly,” Asha said with a level of surprise in her voice. After living independently for so long, she was finally able to enjoy the fullness of family through the Dream Center.

In the summer of 2015 Shavon moved home to Arizona, but constantly kept in touch with Asha. We continued to send volunteers to visit Asha weekly, until she had a sharp downturn in health and moved from her home to a rehab facility. “I’ve always had arthritis, I’ve always had bad spine, I’ve always had stenosis, I’ve always had blah blah blah... But one day I noticed that I had trouble moving my feet.” Asha, who would walk all around her neighborhood with the help of a walker, now could no longer move about her home. She could no longer live alone.

“I went in [to physical therapy] the first part of June and I just got out January 18th,” Asha said as she again shifted uncomfortably in her bed. “I didn’t get out any better. It was the worst experience of my life. It’s horrible. For 2 months I was from the bed to the chair.” Asha had made some progress in the beginning of her stay in the rehab facility, but she fell ill and lost her momentum.

Shortly after, her insurance would no longer cover her stay in the rehab facility, and she was forced to move back into her home, alone. “I don't want to live like this,” Asha stated as she recounted the fear she experienced in her transition back home. It wasn’t until Asha returned home that Shavon was able to reach her again. Shavon explained, “That’s when she shared with me her months of pain and struggle, and I don’t know. It was really heartbreaking to me… Not only because I was hearing someone else’s story and realizing that it [was awful], but as a friend, it broke my heart and as she was talking to me I felt compelled to come.” Shavon immediately put her work on hold and within two weeks she was fully moved into Asha’s apartment.

Shavon plans to live with Asha for at least two months, and she has committed to care for Asha’s health during her entire stay. Asha no longer has to worry about living alone in a home that she cannot navigate because of the friendship that began with Residential Assistance.

Each week we visit with and serve people all over the city, and we have had the chance to watch so many strangers become family. The best part about it is that there is a place for you on our team. Come join us and volunteer to befriend those who can offer nothing, but will give you more than you can imagine. When you choose to serve and give, you are investing in an opportunity to change a life. Partner with us to change our city one story and one friendship at a time.

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He is our Treasure

 

Psalms 84:5-12

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! 

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”

He is Our Treasure

I have always loved Psalm 84:10, "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere".  The Sons of Korah tap into a pivotal shift in the life of a believer and worshipper.  They have come to realize that God is the great end of our hopes and desires.  He is the treasure we have been looking for our entire lives!  

If we are honest, worship is inspired in most of us as God does something for us; the birth of a child, new job, clean bill of health, etc.  It is fitting to give God worship at such events; however, most of life is lived between those great days.  Just like a married couple that needs to rekindle the passion and love between each other, we need to consistently check the awe meter in our lives.  When worship is given only when we get what we want, the focus is really on temporary things that will rust and decay.   This sets us up for disappointment and discontentment all throughout our lives.   It is vital for us to realize that everything we love in this life, it's perfect form came from the heart of God and to know Him is to get in touch with the thing behind the object of our awe.  When knowing God becomes the focus of our desire and seeking, we position ourselves on a solid foundation that no job loss, sickness, and yes, even death can not ultimately destroy us.  

Consider:

What today is going to let you down tomorrow?  Spend some time today reflecting on how God was the creator of all life that we enjoy.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for these last ten days that we have been given to seek you.  We repent of the thought that temporary things could give lasting joy.  Move in our church and our hearts like never before.  We stand in awe of you. Make us on in Jesus name.  Amen

Creating an Atmosphere of Worship

 

Romans 12:1 ( MSG) 

“Take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life- and place it before God as an offering.

Creating an Atmosphere of Worship

One day in our home near dinner time, our two oldest kiddos were arguing with one another ( who knows why-ha!), our 3 year old was throwing a tantrum, and our newborn just wanted to be held, so dinner was taking longer than usual to get completed. It was one of those chaotic moments where Brad and I looked at each other and said “See you on the other side."  I could feel the frustration of the present situation starting to get me riled up and I would begin to respond to my family in anger.  So I went and grabbed my phone, connected it to a speaker and just started to blast worship music in our kitchen. Brad and I started to sing and worship loudly. Within a few minutes our kids stopped arguing, Chelsea was wondering what in the world was going on, and Caleb just started to laugh as one of my hands were raised high in the air just taking to Jesus and worshiping. The atmosphere in our home changed instantly. Now did the problem the kids were fighting about change. No. Was my 3 year old any less of a 3 year old? No. Did our clinging newborn's growth spurt change?  No.  Was dinner done yet?  No. But one thing did change. The ATMOSPHERE CHANGED. You see, worship changes the atmosphere! It creates an environment for God to change our perspectives. Setting an atmosphere is critical to all environments of our life. For example, when planning a special date you think atmosphere. Planning a fun birthday party, you think atmosphere. We far underestimate the power of a great atmosphere. Life can be challenging and difficult for all of us, intentionally setting an atmosphere of worship in our daily lives creates space for God to empower us to live above our problems. Jesus never said we would not have problems, but he did promise us to take heart in him, for He has overcome the world!

Consider this: 

What’s the tone or atmosphere at home, at work, and social gatherings? How can an atmosphere of worship change the experience in these areas? 

Prayer: 

Lord, help us to see and recognize a need for an atmosphere of worship in our daily lives. We realize when you show up, everything has the possibility of changing; most importantly our perspectives. Lord we pray for all those in our community struggling to catch their breath in their daily lives. We pray for a breath of fresh air to breathe over them this day! Amen. 

Faithfulness

 

Psalm 100:1-5

Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

When I lived in Maryland, I would stop my car off of the side of the road to watch the sunset. There is a big tree just a few minutes from my parents' house that I would sit by so often that friends would send me a message every time they passed by "my tree." Living in the City has been the opportunity of a lifetime, but I do often miss those sweet moments on the back roads in my hometown. Sometimes I get to moving around and working on so much that I forget to even look up at the sky before the sun goes down at night. Sometimes I forget to stop and acknowledge the things that once brought me so much joy, and even worse, I find myself blaming the city for not allowing me to enjoy them.

Early on in my time in New York, I learned about life lived well. I learned about the importance of setting priorities and boundaries, the necessity of self-discipline and study, and the significance of putting Christ first. Unfortunately, I also learned just how distracted I am. I learned how easy it is for me get so stuck in the everyday that I forget to take a moment for rest, let alone take a moment for God.

For someone who is so easily filled by the quiet moments in sunsets and back roads, the city can be a tough place to find rest, but it doesn't mean that it isn't there. Just because it isn't always easy to see the sun beyond the buildings doesn't mean it isn't there. A simple walk to riverside gives me a great view of the water and the sky - if only I am willing to seek it out.

My relationship with God has been like this so often. Life seems restful and full when it's obvious He's there, but busy and full of frustration when it's not. See, it's not a matter of whether or not the Lord is present, it's just a matter of whether or not I'm willing to pursue Him. 

Psalm 100 is full of actions that David charges the believer to pursue. We must: Shout, Worship, Come Before, Acknowledge, Enter, and Give Thanks. David understood that the Lord was meant to be pursued - an ever present Being longing to be found and yearning for our affection.

It may be a little more difficult to find the sun between the buildings here in the city, but I know that it's always worth the effort. And I'm learning that God is the same way - although it may be hard to feel Him at times, I know that when I worship Him, He will always be there.

Consider:

What are the things in your life that you go the extra mile to enjoy? 

Have you ever felt discouraged or far from God? 

When can you take a break from your schedule this week to spend time in worship of God? 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for the things that you've put in my life for me to enjoy. Thank you for the opportunities I have to seek joy and rest. Help me to find those things in You. Change my perspective when I'm discouraged about seeking Your face. Draw close to me as I yearn to draw close to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Disordered Loves

 

Colossians 3:1-4 

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Disordered Love

This verse seems fairly straight forward. The instructions are simple enough. God should be the #1 desire in our lives. He should sit in the highest place of worship in our hearts. Unfortunately because of our human nature we want something we can see and physically touch to comfort us. This causes is us to have disordered loves and worship the wrong thing. We value a person or a job over a relationship with God. We tell ourselves if I can only get this one thing or get to this place then I will be truly happy. The truth is when we follow Colossians 3 and hide our lives in Christ and set our eyes on things above we will be truly satisfied. 

Before this fast started I didn't think my loves were disordered that badly. It was only until I tried to give up things that I enjoy daily that I realized how disordered my heart truly was. I had my eyes at earth level not on the glory of God. This time of fasting and praying has showed me what I have valued higher than God. Don't hear me wrong, these things aren't always evil or bad things. When you place them above God is when they become a problem. 

Luke 11:25-26 says, “When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

This scripture tells us that it is of no use to just remove the idol from the highest spot in your heart because it will just return stronger. The key is to remove the idol and fill the space with God. 

Consider: 

Ask yourself, Have my loves become disordered? What do I worship more than God? 

Prayer: 

Dear God, I recognize that my loves have become disordered and I am worshipping other things before you. Please show me what I have in the place that you desire in my heart. Please come and fill that place. I invite you into my heart to illuminate the areas that I need to change. Amen

Worth-Ship

 

PHILIPPIANS 1:20-21

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

 

 

Worth-Ship

The word is derived from the Old English weorþscipe, meaning worship, honour shown to an object, which has been etymologised as "worthiness or worth-ship"—to give, at its simplest, worth to something.

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Philippians 1:20-21 NIV

Think about something you deem worthy of your thoughts, time, energy, resources. Maybe its your relationship with your spouse, your career, or a hobby.

These are things you ascribe worth to. "It's worth it" is the phrase we would say about whatever the thing might be. But we don't just stop at giving things worth in our lives, we give them a certain amount of worth. These varying amounts of worth determine the amount of thoughts, time, energy, and resources we will spend on that thing. To complicate it further, we may only exert the commodities above on this particular thing at a particular point in time!

For example, when I was in high school, basketball was my favorite thing. I spent countless hours practicing dribbling and putting up shots in my driveway. I would day dream about scenarios I might face during a game and how I would respond in some crazy athletic way to make a great play. I spent money on training camps and gear that I thought would make me a better player. Today, I'm happy if I play pickup ball a couple times a year. I certainly don't day dream about plays my body DOES NOT have the athleticism to make and I still use sneakers from years ago (not worrying about having the latest equipment). Basketball had a large amount of worth at a particular point in time in my life. 

Some things maintain similar amounts of value with little fluctuation throughout our lives. The worth we ascribe our relationship with God cannot be like the worth I ascribed basketball. A relationship with God is far greater than anything we enjoy on earth and it is a continual pursuit to know Him more. At the end of the day, nothing we ascribe worth to can bring us fulfillment at a maximum capacity for the entirety of our lives except for a relationship with God our Father through His son Jesus Christ. Notice I didn't say simply believing in Jesus brings us this fulfillment, but rather assigning ultimate, unrivaled worth to a relationship with Him. Thats what brings fulfillment and purpose in ways unexplainable. It's the reason Paul went through numerous beatings, stonings, and imprisonments and at the end continued to live His life sold out for Jesus.

 

CONSIDER:

So I ask you, what has worth-ship in your life? Is the worth-ship you ascribe God unmatched and unparalleled? 


 

PRAYER:

God, You alone have ultimate worth. You don't need anything to make you worthy but rather give all things created their worth. Help us to realize this each and everyday so we can respond with unparalleled worship and devotion to you. Thank you for your patience and unfailing love for us. In Jesus' Name. Amen

We are here to Worship

 

John 17:15, 20

15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one …20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message

Romans 12:1 shows us that worship came about as a response to God’s mercy and stems from a desire to please God who has given us the free gift of salvation that we could never earn or do anything to pay Him for.

 

In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 that tells us “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

The salvation we have is a free gift from God, it is not earned or given in response to anything we do. It is freely given by a gracious and merciful God to anyone who receives Jesus.

It is to God’s glory that He saved us apart from anything we could do.

So He saves us freely and then ….What? Why are we still here? I mean if His hope is to save people, then once we are in that relationship with Him, why doesn’t he just take us out of this sin filled world to be in heaven with Him where there is no more suffering or pain?

John 17:15, 20

15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one …20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message…”

What message is he talking about? It is the message of the gospel that we are to proclaim, the word of God we are to teach. That is what worship is - it’s not solely about us. Worship is a service to a Lord that is waiting as long as possible, for US!

In John 17, Jesus was praying for His disciples and for those who followed as part of the church to preach the message of the gospel and see to it that others came to know and trust Christ and follow Him.

Consider:

Ask yourself, if I’m here for a purpose, how can I live that out where I work and where I live? Who do I have a relationship with who might not have a relationship with my Father?

 

Prayer:

Lord, My desire is to Worship you  in the way that I steward the time you’ve blessed me with here on earth. I want to see your kingdom come here on earth. Holy Spirit, would you show me the people and opportunities in my life that I could share you with? Thank you for the free gift of salvation. I love you and worship you. Amen.

The Lens Of Familiarity

 

Psalm 65:8 

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.”

The Lens Of Familiarity 

Moving to New York City a little over two years ago opened the most thrilling chapter of my life. I had a lot of fun as a teenager growing up in suburban Texas, but nothing compared to this. My late night drives with friends became late night subway rides under the Big Apple. My circle of friends grew from a handful of Texans to a myriad of individuals from across the country and the world. My one story home became a six story walk up. My favorite hangout spots became coffee shops at the feet of skyscrapers. Everything was amazing and grand beyond belief. I was in awe. Why me? There's nothing that I could have done to earn the privilege of living in such a beautiful city. My gaze, for the first few months, was constantly fixed to the sky. "I could never get tired of this view or these buildings" I thought. But sure enough, within a few months my lifted eyes slowly drifted downward. I stopped living in a city of big beautiful buildings and started living in a series of broken sidewalks. I lost my wonder and my pleasure went with it.

I think our walk with God often looks the same. When we first have an encounter with him we can't help but be filled with awe. Worship comes naturally and freely. But just as in all things, time can give us a lens of familiarity. We begin to have rehearsed conversation with the creator of the universe when we sit down for meals. We rush through our Bible plans to check it off our list and we go to church because "that's what good Christians do." The God that moved mountains for us years ago seems all but silent. Our lives were being changed but now growth seems hard to come by. We start to look down at our current situation and stop peering up in hopes for something beautiful. 

But Jesus came to give us much more than a life of silence and half realized dreams. In John he tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 As time goes on I get to know the city and God more closely by walking with Him through new experiences. I still have a lot of bad days mixed with the good, but I am coming to realize that God does have a full life for me and just wants me to look up in hope.

Consider:

What areas has familiarity with God kept you from worshiping him? What hopes have you stopped holding onto? What are some small everyday ways that you can see the beauty of God?

Prayer:

Lord forgive me for the times that I have treated you like you are ordinary. Help me find your beauty in every single day. Fill me with wonder towards the small things you do as well as the big. Please help me remove the lens of familiarity in my life. I want to worship you in a new way.

A Great Anticipation

 

Psalm 130:5
"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope" 
 

A Great Anticipation

I'm hours, away from becoming an auntie. When my sister first told me she was expecting, I cried. And cried. And cried some more. You can ask her, I've basically spent her pregnancy crying with love and joy for this little girl I've yet to meet. At 5:33am today my phone rang in NYC with the news, "her water broke!" You can imagine that as I drove (trying REALLY hard to break the speed laws as little as possible) to Boston for the big day I was bursting with anticipation. 

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Now, watching the contractions ebb and flow the anticipation has somehow increased. I'm reminded of times when I've felt this way with the Lord. Maybe it was an expectancy of new life, like now. Maybe it was a hope for healing, or just a simple know-in-my-gut feeling that God was going to move. 

As we read, Psalms says "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope." There is an anticipation there. I wait with a hope, an expectation, an anticipation in His word and his promises. 

So often when it comes to God we quickly lose hope, stop planning (or worse, make our own plans without Him), give up the dream, and sort of shrug our shoulders with the notion that He isn't going to come through. We've set our sights wrong and we need to reset them. We are God's children! The creator of the universe is in community with us! It's time for us to wake up with an anticipation that God IS going to speak to us, He IS going to bless us, He IS going to be there with us through the worst of times, He IS going to deliver us! 

Consider: 
Ask yourself: Have I lost that sense of anticipation with God? What are two ways I can actively begin to reignite that expectation that God IS going to move? 

Prayer: 
Jesus, I can't do this alone, would you reignite that excitement and anticipation in my life? I want to jump out of bed each morning expectant that you will speak me to me and that you will be with me! 
 

Outward Expression of an Inward Affection

 

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

Outward Expression of an Inward Affection

I remember clearly the night my husband and I told one another we loved each other for the first time. It was magical! We couldn't stop saying it. It felt so amazing to hear and to vocalize those words. It was just gushing out of us. Everyone around could sense and see the love. AHHH such a special time in our lives. But what if that was the only time we thought we needed to say it or express our love toward each other? That it’s just something we feel inward and it’s kept there. That we didn't need to express it anymore. Well lets just say I don't think we would have made it to 12 years of marriage. Ha! I don’t think we would have even made it to the wedding date with that mind set. 

Friends, if we are not careful it’s easy to treat the Lord that way. We give him the last of our day, the crumbs of our finances, and a "don't you dare cause me to look silly in expressing my love” mindset for the Lord. When it all boils down, LOVE IS EXPRESSED. I used to say every week when I was a youth pastor, “worship is an outward expression of an inward affection.” When you truly LOVE you can’t help but express it. You want to scream it from the rooftops!!! 

What better example of that than God? According to John 3:16, God so loved the world he gave His only son for all man kind. Then Jesus expressed His love for us by dying on the cross for our sins. 

I am very thankful the Lord didn't just say He loved us in His heart. He expressed it on the cross!! 

Consider: 

What are some ways that you can express your love to the Lord? 

Prayer: 

Lord, thank you for not just saying you love us but expressing it. Reveal to us the ways we can express your love to a world that is in desperate need of you. 

AWEsome God

 

Psalm 145:1-6

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.

AWEsome God

My family and I are getting used to life with 4 children. My son Caleb is only 6 months old. He is in that super adorable stage right now where everything he encounters is the first; it is not very hard to inspire a great sense of awe in him. The glass with ice cubes is a Disney World experience. I was watching him one day and a great sense of conviction fell on me. When was the last time that I was blown away by something? When was the last time the Lord left me speechless? I know, I am a pastor. I should be overflowing with worshipful awe for the Almighty; however, there is a big difference between disciplined devotion and passionate awe for God and all He has given me to enjoy.

As a pastor, I have the unbelievable privilege to see first hand how God changes lives and works miracles, but this familiarity could produce an awe"less"ness if I get my eyes off of God and onto myself and my problems. We have a saying on our street teams, "One homeless individual will break your heart, a thousand will numb it". If we are not careful this numbness could also effect the awe factor of our lives. We have to guard our hearts from becoming grace graduates or professional Christians who no longer see themselves in desperate need of God's grace and mercy in our lives. Only by allowing the grace of God to wreck us will we have a hope of regaining the tearful awe of our first few days after we were rescued by Jesus. 

The Psalmist makes it very clear in his writing that he is going to take in the AWEsomeness of our God and share it with anyone willing to hear. "One generation shares with another" is how he put it. Paul Tripp wrote a book all about Awe and in it he talks about how this one line saved his life, “We are not only responsible for carrying the awe of God in our hearts, we have a responsibility to the next generation to see it as well.” My son Caleb is a 6 month old sinner. He was born into a war for his heart and I must help him see how AWEsome our God is everyday.


Consider:

Have you lost your awe? Do you once again need to be wrecked by grace? Over the next 10 days, the Dream Center NYC family will be praying and fasting for God to wreck us again and that we would spend 2017 declaring His mighty works to others. 

Prayer: 

Lord, we confess our need for grace. We are so quick to fall into the trap of awe replacement and allow other things to be our ultimate treasure. We are declaring that these next ten days are dedicated to you. May you wreck our hearts once again and give us fresh eyes to see Your AWEsome power, compassion, character, and works. In Jesus name, Amen.