Wednesday, September 22, 2010

“The Lord bless you and keep you;…

the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

I have been blessed to have so many people praying for me while here in Glasgow. Even more blessed to know that the Spirit is showing them specific things to pray for and then actually doing them through me and the team at Strathclyde University. The verse above is one that was shared with me at least five different times this week. What a reminder that it is the Lord doing all this in me.

If I sit here long enough, I will have quite an essay or book written so instead, I will continue as I did from my last post with sharing a prayer with you and asking you to be lifting this work up as He shows you. (*pictures below)

Dear Heavenly Father,

What beautiful work you are doing through these students. God, I look around and into each set of eyes I have been serving with and I see passion. I see conviction, light, joy, peace…I see these young students on fire for the Lord and not willing to step down or be quiet about the Truth that they know to be Real and Awesome. You.

You, LORD, are the reason that each student is out here this week and You, LORD, are not just the impetus but the Life that is propelling them forth to share your ageless gospel of redemption.

My God, I thank you for the ways you have chosen to use me. Thank you, too, for keeping me humble and keeping me out of the spotlight. Even in those times that I have thought that I had anything to do with what happened, you remind me that I “have been crucified in Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20). You keep me out of the way and, for that, I am thankful.

Lord, I want to lift up those that I spoke with last night at Toasty Bar:

  • Chris: I pray that he would come back, as he said he would. I pray, Lord, that the preconceptions of church and God that he has would be blasted out of the way as You show him who You want to be in his life.
  • Jenn: I pray, Lord, that as she starts her first year here at Uni that she would be active in finding a church. I pray that You would impress it upon her heart to come to “church search” on Sunday and find a place where she will hear of Your gospel weekly. Lord, You know if she is saved or not. I pray that You would do the work in her to bring fruit out of her life.
  • Aidan: Lord, I am so confident that You desire him to know you. Last night, he agreed with a prayer that, if You were real, You would make yourself known to him. I believe 110% that You are trying to get his attention and, if he were to truly seek after Truth, he would find You. Lord, open his eyes to Your Truth and give him ears to hear your calling for him.
  • For the many other people who heard truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ last night. You tell us that we are without excuse and that all of creation proclaims Your Name. They heard Your Name last night, Father, and I pray that as those seeds are looking for fertile soil, God, that it would be found and that You would allow them to sprout and grow.

and, with that, Lord, I want to thank You. I want to praise You. I want to continue to share You with those that I meet here and ask that You would continue to give me strength and wisdom to know when to talk and when to stay quiet.

Father, please be preparing the other speakers and event coordinators this week as well. May Your Spirit compel them to speak only truth—and boldly.

I pray, too, for preparation for what You would have for me in Motherwell starting Saturday.

In Your amazing and awesome name,


DSC01084My first view of Scotland…but when I saw it, it was at night with an epically gothic yellow glow to it. I knew I had arrived…=)


My ride…haha, kidding!!


Setting up for a day of outreach near the Student Union


This long queue is for getting into the student union on Tuesday nights…its called “Twelve Hour Tuesday” when the (4 or more?) bars withIN the student union (I didn’t type that wrong) give drinks for really cheap. The CU sets up their free toastie bar just to the left of this picture from 10pm-2am every week.


I could get used to seeing buildings like this every day…=)


George said...

Erika! Thank you for the updates. I am really blessed to hear how the Lord is using you. I was especially moved by your prayer for Aidan. I love how it is not that a miracle would just appear in front of him that he would believe, but that he would truly seek out truth. It's funny how people will say they would just believe if there was a miracle demonstrated in front of them, but have neglected the miracle right before them...the Lord bringing you from America to Scotland to speak directly to him about how much his Creator adores him! I am so blessed by you sister!

Anonymous said...

loving all of this. praying for you & those that you are having a chance to come into contact with... those who know Jesus and those who don't. you're amazing friend. love you.

Jana said...

Prayed for you at 3:30-4:30 am God woke me up and I prayer for all the missionaries abroad and you were in those prayers...a lot! Loving how the LORD is working through you!