Believe it or not, I do miss all of you and I'm excited that I get the chance to post a little update about what's happening out here at Ellerslie :) I've already learned so much in these past five weeks, every minute here is purposefully used to study, read, pray, learn, or share sweet fellowship with other students. Our homework assignments are great for teaching us how to focus on priorities and manage our time wisely. This past week I've been trying to remember that regardless of my list of "to do's" for the day, pursuing the presence of Jesus first is more important. If I put Him first in my day He gives me the grace to accomplish whatever other assignments need finished. Making Jesus the focus of all my thoughts and activities is a faltering, new habit that I want to make my lifestyle.
I've been trying to think of how to describe our schedule without making it confusing, let's see.......Oh, I've got just the thing! I'll include a picture so if you're interested in seeing how our days are spent, you can read till all your curiosity is satisfied :)
I was also wanting to share a least piece of something interesting we're learning, if I could share the whole pie I would, but that would take more time than either you or I have. For each session we're assigned to write a brief recap, I'll share one of mine from a session titled "Overcoming Sin":
This class was taught from II Kings 18-19 and the story of King Hezekiah defying Sennacherib, the great King of Assyria. Eric was our teacher for this session and shared with us the power of God to overcome the power of sin in our lives. As weak, helpless sinners we are kept in bondage to sin by our own fear and unbelief in the Saviour's power. Yet, when we cry out to Jesus, just as Hezekiah cried out to Jehovah, our enemies are slain by the Lord who works powerfully on our behalf. There was one verse from this story that was so awe inspiring, II Kings 19:35 "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning there were the corpses-all dead." That same God, in all of His terrible power, has destroyed the power of sin in my life just as he wiped out the army of Sennacherib King of Assyria. Praise the Lord!
This session was a great encouragement from the Old Testament displaying the awesome power of God. Hearing the story of Hezekiah is exciting! I love the way that Scripture says he took the letter from Sennacherib and spread it before the Lord. In total desperation and utter lack of resources, Hezekiah turned to the Lord, pouring out all of his troubles before Him, and God answered Hezekiah in a supernatural, miraculous way. God has done the same on my behalf, through His Son He has totally wiped out the power the Enemy once held over me. I have been declared free from the power of sin and death. I am a new creation in Christ, set free from bondages and fear. Praise God! -Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
To wrap this up I'd like to give just a couple prayer requests:
1. Please pray that I would continue to walk in the victory through the grace given to me through Christ. Specifically that all of my thought habits, and daily activities would be totally centered on Christ and glorifying to Him.
2. Join me in praying for Caleb, Harlee, and David, they've really been on my heart. I so want for them to find victory.
Well, I think that's plenty for now. I hope everyone is doing well back at home. Thank you so much for your prayers!