A week ago, my friend Michael, posted on Facebook that he wanted to do intercessory prayer. He asked his Facebook friends to send him messages of their prayer requests. When I see things like, I usually take people up on their offers because - well why not. But I usually don't expect much from them. But I still sent Michael a request asking to pray for my leaders to grow in their understanding of leadership and incarnational ministry.
I had forgotten that I had shared this with him when I get a message from him later in the evening.
What was crazy is that Michael had no idea that two years ago, when we sat down to make some long term goals for our fellowship we had come up with the number of students leaders we wanted to see over the next five years. We wanted to see 30 students rise up as a leaders on campus by 2017.
(that's been posted in my apartment for the past 2 years)
I stared at his message in disbelief, knowing I had not told him that story or had told him about those goals. In fact they've been placed up in my apartment for so long that I almost forgot about them. It wasn't until I received Michael's message that I remembered we wanted to see 30 student leaders reaching CSUN and being witnesses in their communities on campus.
I was challenged by Michael to be obedient to God's calling to intercede for my friends and for the campus. I had been avoiding taking this call seriously but last week I decided it was time to set aside time to prayer in intercession. It's more than getting a cool story but it's about being obedient to the Lord and praying consistently. I'm reminded of Nehemiah and when heard about the description of Israel this was his response,
My best friend and I go on a "twin" trip every year. The last three years we've visited Portland and Seattle. This year we decided to switch things up and visit the music city - Nashville. It was an amazing trip and here are six highlights:
1. The food. The food was amazing - some of the best Southern comfort food ever. Of course after every meal I needed a nap.
2. The slower pace. This was not LA. Things moved slower here. Partly because you had to. It was too hot and sticky to walk really fast. But the first night we played a checkers game that lasted about 30 minutes.
3. The country lifestyle. Everyone here is so friendly. At the bars downtown they have people outside trying to get you to come into their establishment. We also loved all the boots so much that Sol and I each bought a pair.
And yes this hat! Kind of wish we would have actually bought it.
4. The city itself. This city is influenced by music, by country living, and by artistry. We saw Hatch Show Printing which has had a huge impact on the music industry and the city. The design nerd in me was loving every moment of it. I love all the architecture because we don't get to see a lot of brick buildings in CA - because of you know, the earthquakes and stuff.
We even made our own Hatch Show Printing poster.
Batman building watches over the Music City.
5. The music. There was so much music. Music everywhere, all the time. We saw 9 live show and almost 20 different performers during the 5 days that we were there. Country music has so many different styles from classic, to bluegrass, to modern, and so on. But we heard a lot of talented musicians and country music is really growing on me. It was wonderful.
Seeing the a live show at the Grand Ole Opry was one of my favorite moments.
We met a lot of different bands and musicians.
6. The friendship. We met a lot of new people during our trip. From the serving staff at our hotel bar, to local musicians, to even seeing one of my family group members from ONS. Lots of friendship happened on this trip.