S U N D A Y   A D V E N T U R E S   |   p a r t   t w o

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Three days until I board a plane bound for the beautiful island of Maui!! Holy cow, somebody pinch me! This week has been a crazy combination of packing and trying to squeeze in every last goodbye. Michaela and I managed to get one more countryside adventure in before I left. I often take advantage of the fact that I can drive ten minutes out of the city and be met with seemingly endless fields of wheat and the most beautiful of skies. I love Alberta. Another thing I love? This gorgeous lady! She has taught me so much about Jesus and what it means to be His hands and feet. Her love for Christ overflows into every area of her life- what a blessing she has been to me!  


S E E K   M Y   F A C E .   K N O W   M Y   H E A R T .

SEEK MY FACE. KNOW MY HEART. 

This has been the anthem, the song, the desire of my heart for this season of my life. Back in January I attended a worship night at a local church. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but hey, its hard for me to pass up a good night of worship! That evening I had such a beautifully powerful and unexpected encounter with the Lord. I could feel the Holy Spirit alive in me. A yearning to worship Him with every ounce of my being, with every bone in my body. It was a time in my life when I was almost half way done grade twelve- full of questions and anxious thoughts about how i should spend the following year. Overwhelming possibilities and endless choices. For many months, I had been asking God to reveal to me my future and what it would/should look like. And in my mind, I was expecting Him to tell me every detail and decision i should make- from where i should go to school and what career i should pursue, to who i should marry and how many kids i should have. haha ok, maybe i didn't go that far but, being the impatient person i am, i selfishly wanted answers. As i sat in the presence of God on that January evening, He whispered these six simple words to me: Seek My face, know My heart. 

Seek His face. God was calling me to pursue Him, to press into Him. And no, not just when it was convenient for me or when I was feeling lost and needed guidance. But to truly pursue Him, truly desire Him to be Lord over my entire life- in every season and every circumstance. Psalm 105:4 says, "Look to the Lord and His strength, SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS." This goes hand-in-hand with the second part- knowing His heart. This is the part that I think we all tend to over complicate, myself included! I had spent so much time sitting around wondering what God's plan was for my life and what He desired of me- waiting for an audible, booming voice or a grand sign or gesture. I felt like i was getting nothing from the big guy upstairs and it was incredibly frustrating. But i knew what He meant when He said "know My heart". He was clearly saying, 'Rachel, get in the Word!' "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God, our powerful Maker, breathed His every desire into those pages- His very essence entwined in every word, every chapter, every verse. Teaching us, guiding us, convicting us and giving us wisdom- revealing His heart for His children. As I began to dwell on His Word, it became so clear to me what he calls us to do. Not just what he asks of us, but what he instructs and demands from our lives. Through scripture He softened my heart and revealed to me what the framework of my life should be. He revealed His heart for the nations and for the lost- that we would go and share the gospel. He revealed characteristics that He calls us to exude- love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. It's funny because since sunday school as a kid I've always known the fruits of the Spirit but never really took them to heart. When I actually examined each one in relation to my life, I found myself so deeply convicted. God's Word breathed new life into my heart. I have come to realize that while time spent in the presence of Jesus is oh so wonderful and refreshing, it isn't always easy. Being convicted of the darkness in my heart and realizing that I have fallen short of His standards time and time again is a real sucky feeling. But His mercies are new everyday. His grace overflows in abundance. And because of that, I rejoice in the freedom that Christ has given me.

I am learning that when we seek to know Him, He reveals His character. When we hunger for truth, He fills our empty cup. When we are eager to serve, He provides opportunity. When we long to make Him known, the Holy Spirit moves in powerful ways. 

Thank you Jesus for desiring an intimate, relationship with us. Thank you for revealing your heart to your children. May we thirst for nothing, apart from You. I pray that Your desires would be the desires of our hearts. You are beautiful in all your ways.


"May we never lose our wonder. Wide eyed and mystified, may we be just like a child staring at the beauty of our King."
Listen to Wonder by Bethel here.

Much love,
Rachel

M Y   N E W   H O M E

I have set before you life + death, blessing + curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offsprng may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days. 
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Aloha, from the beautiful island of Maui! It's crazy to think that i've only been here for only 3 weeks- so much has happened in this short period of time! I could probably sit here and type all day about everything that I have done and experienced but that would carry on for days. So I'll try to give you a quick glimpse into our everyday happenings and the things that the Lord has been teaching me. 

I continue to fall more and more in love with this island and the people here at YWAM each and every day. I have come to realize what an amazing group of people, both staff + students, that the Lord has brought together for my DTS. We have so quickly become a family, or Ohana as they call it here in Maui. This island is such a testament to the beauty + intricacy of God's incredible creation- I feel soo blessed to get to learn more about Jesus + His heart for the nations in this place! Our base is in the little town of Haiku which is located on the north side of Maui. The property is super sweet- with a huge front yard and a pool. Oh and I'm living in a room with eighteen other girls. Yes, eighteen. haha. It sounds crazy but somehow we make it work! It has definitely been a lesson in how to live in community but I love it! A five minute walk will bring you to the Cannery which has a collection of small shops, including a video store and a coffee shop that serves some killer iced coffee. Then we often hitch a ride, (yes, hitch hiking is totally normal & safe here haha), into the quaint surfing town of Paia where the beach is and all the hippies + surfers congregate. The beaches here are seriously out of this world- the salty ocean water feels so nice in contrast to the hot + humid weather. The only thing I have not enjoyed at all are the bugs- I don't think centipedes, cockroaches and cane spiders are something I'll get used to anytime soon! 

After a week of camping, bonding and exploring the island, we settled into our regular schedule which consists of lectures, worship, intercession, quiet time with the Lord, work blessings, community outreach, growth groups + an abundance of other things. Whether it's chill time in fellowship with one another or pressing into the Word, the Lord's presence is so heavily saturated in this place- I love it so much! The first week of lecture was on the basics + fundamentals of Christianity and this past week was on the Father heart of God. Both were very different emotionally but both weeks were so good.  God has been revealing so much about His heart + His character. It's been crazy to realize that, because of the Holy Spirit, we can have such an intimate relationship with the Lord. He is not silent, He speaks. The Lord has huge plans for the coming months. I am so pumped to spend this time dwelling in His presence and soaking up His promises for His children. 


But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who dwells in you. 
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much love,
rach