24 October 2009

how is arin doing in kansas city? what is he up to

Its hard to believe I am already 4 weeks into my 3 month internship at IHOP-KC. thats crazy! Im really enjoying it so far. The saying around here when speaking of the internship, is often compared to drinking from a fire hose. Im finding that to be very true, but Ive also been receiving alot of grace to take it in and really enjoy these weeks. The environment for the internship is very condusive for people to learn and grow no matter what stage of life or maturity. we have class 5 days a week, about 20+ hours in the prayer room, as well as small groups and fri/sat night service and service hours. (i get to usher the prayer room, its cool!)
I am pressing hard into God with 80 others. some grandparents, some young married couples, some wet behind the ear in the Lord, some seasoned intercessors and many in my own stage of life, young people who love the Lord, are in a new season, wondering why they are here and have just made some crazy sacrifices and are searching out their identities in God. We are learning how to push into God and to keep going after the deep things of God with endurance, working out the muscles of our spirit. All the while receiving lots of grace, joy, empowerment, confidence and other great rewards in the spirit.
I have to say that it took me a little bit to settle into learning how to engage with God in the prayer room. After the first week or so I was so spiritually exhausted, i didn't know what to do. It was wierd, I was like Lord, I dont feel like worshipping, I have nothing else to give, my spirit is tired. I think it was the next day that I began to feel the newness of His grace. I literally think i woke up the next morning with joy, strength and excitement. I love my time in the prayer room now and lately am desiring more of it. I started scheduling my time in the prayer room, that has been extremely benficial. I find that i have alot more freedom and get alot more accomplished. amazing, huh?

Its been a crazy journey over the last 5 months. Jenn and I haven't lived in the same place for more than a couple weeks at a time and I miss her. There has been alot of grace for us though and we are both excited for life to settle down a little bit. She moves up to Kc in mid November and that will be good for both of us. Pray for her to have strength and grace in this new season. She has a wicked cool and a pretty demanding job at IHOP-KC, serving as an admin to Kirk Bennett, and taking on the Justice division here (which is doing AWESOME things). She is also raising her budget to live the lifestyle of a prayer missionary, so pray for her and if you are led to do so, she has a link on the right side of her blog where you can donate quickly and securely http://whatintheworldisawinnie.blogspot.com

pray for me that I would make friends here, I would have even more endurance to keep going hard after the deep things of God and that I would see what the Lord wants me to do after the internship. I am hoping to get back into T-Mobile and continue working there, so pray that there would be a door open for me.

write me a note and let me know how you are doing. I miss having friends that know and understand me. I miss springfield and will come see you soon. promise!