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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  - Jeremiah 29:11

“…we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”  - I Corinthians 2:7

We have no doubt: The Lord has asked us to devote our lives to the Word, prayer, the Gospel, worship, and the local church.  We knew for certian that the Lord asked us to quit our secular employment and pursue a deeper revelation of who He is and how He longs to be involved in our lives and region by effectual fervent prayer - despite the reservations and counsel of a few friends and family who thought it was just plain crazy (and even wrong) to have went to school for 4 years just to quit your nice paying job when you have three small children and a beautiful bride to support.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men…

…we chose to follow the direction of the Lord, in conjunction with the counsel of many we knew to be spiritually discerning - and here we are, in all of our foolishness at the EXACT time the Lord has arranged for us, since even before time began.

Unless we hear an audible voice, we are moving back to Arkansas at the end of August and will begin devoting ourselves to prayer, worship, the public reading of scriptures (via prayer, worship, spoken word), and to equipping saints to do the same - and to live victorious lives that hunger for the knowledge of God.  We know that part of that will be establishing a facility to, uh, facilitate these things (make note of that).

I haven’t posted my “May Day” article, yet, because many of you heard our testimony directly (and it’s long), but, Robin and I knew that when we quit our jobs and started down this road, that we needed some time to get into unity, to get some very clear direction from the Lord, and to humble ourselves and seek more counsel and equipping by people who have been doing similar things with great fruit (as in results, not, well, fruit).  With all of our relationships at IHOP it seemed like the perfect choice - but I did have a lot of reservations.

Well, as you will see in the “May Day” article, the Lord drastically confirmed that we needed to go to IHOP for a summer internship in May.  Now, unknown to anyone (except internal leadership I’m sure) until just a few days ago, IHOP is opening a second prayer room a few miles from the current one.  The crazy part… our internship is going to staff it.  That’s right.  Apparently, from day one, we will be the intercessors and musicians.  We will be the sound techs.  We will be the ushers.

Wow - just think - after eight years of doing this 24/7, there has been a lot of lessons learned, and they’ve realized a lot of the things they could have done better - facility-wise, sound-wise, lighting-wise - all of those lovely logistical things that we now get the full benefit of seeing built, literally.  Imagine that - just in time to go back home and put all of this very practical and very spiritual wisdom into full use.

If we would have come in January… we wouldn’t have seen it.
If we would have come in August… we wouldn’t have done it.

The Lord plugged us in - called us out - at the EXACT time that He ordained.  Man.

I was chatting with one of the IHOP staff today about this and he said, “Man, I’m glad you guys listened, ’cause if you wouldn’t have walked down such a clearly paved way, there would have been a major price to pay.”  And, although the price we will (and our) paying is high, and a life devoted to something the world (and even many in the church) think is foolishness will be difficult, the cost of disobedience would have been much greater - even if that “cost” is just the reward we’ll miss in the end, when the Lord’s “wisdom is justified by all her children”.

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