Time to love some gypsies!!

13 Jun

Here is a brief update! More info to come. I leave Sunday! THANK YOU THANK YOU to all who helped!

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If you would like to be praying please click here to pick a day to cover!

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Another fun worship clip…

30 Apr

Now I’ve remembered my blog exists…haha I keep thinking of things to post.

LOVING this five minute worship clip right now!

Sharing is caring. Worship I can’t seem to stop listening to right now…

30 Apr

Especially good at full volume… everything comes into perspective when you give him glory 🙂

Click here to see it!

A New Adventure…

29 Apr

For those of you that have been wondering what I am doing next…
that is not the subject of this post!

I am flying from Redding CA to London in early June, having finished my third year at Bethel, but what I do next is yet to be decided. However I am excited about venturing into the unknown adventure ahead of me!

The first stage of that, is that I have, slight randomly but excitingly, been given the opportunity to go to Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey on a missions trip with Georgian and Winnie Banov in June. This is something that I honestly have never considered before now, and I have a pretty fun and bizarre story of how God led me to the trip, and why I feel that I am supposed to go. It is a surprise to me probably more than anyone else! I feel excited about what God is going to teach me on the trip, and more so about serving what the Banov’s are doing in this region – this looks like a lot of ministry to and feeding the poor and street outreach, primarily in the gypsy areas and sharing the grace and love of God as we go. This is somewhere they have been ministering for 20 years, so I am excited to see what the fruit of that looks like and add in my own energy to support that.

So, please could you pray for me? For the radical release of the love of God and also for the release of the finances necessary for this trip. I am asking if you would pray about supporting me in this venture – I am absolutely unconcerned if you cannot give, so please feel free to choose and listen to God as you personally hear, and do whatever he says. I trust Him not any person, and I will not take it personally in any way! This is simply my response to where I feel him leading me and so this is my step of faith.

The first thing I have to cover is a $450 deposit as soon as possible. (about 267GBP, not much!)

If you feel led to support this – I would be so thankful! You can click here to give online https://globalcelebration.wufoo.com/forms/bulgariaturkeyromania-l-2014-invoice-40702937/ and click to give by card, and write in my name ‘Philippa Udy’ in the ‘Name of Trip Participant’ section.

(If you do this, please could you also send me an email to philippa.udy@gmail.com letting me know as I am not sure if I will be notified, and it would be good to know what is still due.)

Thank you so much for your prayers. Any support, great or small, will enable me to share the love of Christ in an otherwise spiritually dark past of the world. I pray your heart will be moved to pray for the people of Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

And that you will be mightily blessed by our good father today in whatever you are doing! 🙂

I look forward to sharing with you the testimony of what God does with me there and how He radically provides all the finances to get me there! EEEEE (aka excited face!)

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The Power of Perseverance.

2 Feb

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Anyone who has ever attempted to write a book will definitely relate to me when I say it requires, and teaches, whoever chooses to undertake the task, a large amount of perseverance. I have taken this week off school, as I felt God told me to give time to getting my book done. Now is the time! So I am on day 10 of writing, and its been intense! Not just physically or mentally tiring, but it has also felt like it has taken some spiritual perseverance to continue and make progress. (for those of you who don’t know, I’m writing a revival history book about an awakening in Russia in the 1870s/1880s 🙂 )

I have had a feeling, at the same time, that this is a bigger theme, relevant to more people than just me, tucked away with my iPad, on my writing journey. I have heard stories from friends, and words shared in many different church services, that all seem to connect and it seems like a bunch of other people are on the same road together, learning to be over-comers, and to strengthen our faith.

I have been reading James, which is totally relevant:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:2-5

… the idea of being mature and complete? Yes please! Perseverance… um… maybe not my first choice, because you have to persevere through something, don’t you? Doesn’t sound fun, but it is good!

So again, I am choosing to be thankful for the chance to grow some muscle in the spirit, and asking God a lot for wisdom for the process! One thing that has surprised me is how God has been speaking to me and showing me about how there is a rhythm to balancing perseverance and rest. I can’t just continue forever without a break, and I need to love myself in the process. So I have been asking him, again, for wisdom about how to do each day, and learning to listen to myself about what I need, when to push forward, and when to love myself and go and have fun!

I have also been thinking a lot about what it means for me to lean into God, rather than try to fight and fix everything myself. He is teaching me it’s ok to just ‘be’ and trust Him; rather than to try to find a solution, or to get everything fixed, complete or perfect.

Some days it just takes me posturing my heart to lean into Him, find His love, or let His love find me, and continue from that place, rooted and established in love. It makes a big difference!

So for those of you who may relate to this journey – I came across this Bobby Conner word on facebook yesterday, and it was really encouraging for me! So if you have been in a position where you feel like you need to press on and overcome… take five minutes and have a read. 🙂

Become An Overcomer

by Bobby Conner
February 01, 2014

This is a season of confrontation and contending to overcome every pitfall that our foe the devil puts in our pathway. With bold, brave determination, we must be relentless in our pursuit of God’s holy Presence!

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your Presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:20)

Hold back nothing—none of your hidden agendas, selfish ambitions, old grudges, and unforgiveness. Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit brings to your awareness and continue to ask Him for a spirit of repentance. Do not take lightly the urgency of the hour: put your very best effort into a passionate, unrelenting, moment-by-moment, pursuit of God. Establishing the Kingdom of God in your life must be your top priority.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

A key focus in drawing ever closer to God, is seeking to extract out of your life, absolutely everything, that hinders you from drawing near:

Therefore, since these great promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring our consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Pray fervently for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any and all filthiness of your flesh or your spirit. Have you come into agreement with devilish spirits of accusation and rejection? With spirits of bitterness and unforgiveness? Have you given in to an unloving spirit? Have you given into a spirit of anger or fear? Do you live with a burden of shame, guilt, or regret concerning the past? Beloved, recognize these emotions for what they are: works of the enemy to destroy your soul and keep you from your inheritance, the manifest Presence of God! Renounce your agreement with these evil works of darkness and repent from your sins, receiving the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness by the Blood of His Cross.

Only then will you be free to abide in Christ and enjoy God’s magnificent Presence.

How do we cast off this filthiness of the flesh and spirit? Spend time worshiping God and confessing His Word over your life. Renew your mind by meditating on the Word of God, especially Scriptures calling us to walk in holiness and the fear of the Lord. Pull down “every thought to the obedience of Christ”:

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Fear exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ— pull it down! It is disobedience. Unforgiveness exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ—pull it down! It is disobedience. Accusations, bitterness, rejection—pull them all down! Coming into agreement with the lies of the enemy is no less than rebellion and disobedience. Take hold of your thoughts and be vigilant. Let no unholy thought take root in your mind or heart. The enemy may make suggestions and whisper lies that may sound like your own inner voice, but know that these are the temptations of hell. Resist temptation, open your heart to the love of God, and turn your mind back to the Word of God.

Magnificent and transforming results will transpire for us when we cleanse ourselves “from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit” and enter into God’s Presence. As we, with an open heart, behold Him, we will be transformed more and more into His image.

You will show me the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

As we learn to walk in holiness and the fear of the Lord, the Spirit of God will release light for our pathway and peace and joy for our life. Be certain of this: only in Christ’s Presence will we find overwhelming joy, which endures through any circumstance.

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

And also be certain of this: only in Christ’s Presence can we experience victorious life, instruction, and illumination. No believer needs to stumble about in darkness. Simply lift your eyes and follow the Lord.

For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)

The revealed Word of God states:

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)

As we yield to and abide in Christ, His radiant love and light literally beam outward from our life. Let your light shine bright during these days!

Beloved, this is the time to arise and shine. Boldly becoming the victorious overcomer you are destined to be (see Roman 8:37).

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Pick me up like a paintbrush! (sharing a song)

24 Jan

I am sitting writing, and being thankful for so much that God has been teaching me. (And for some of you, beautiful friends, who have been encouraging, praying and supporting me these last few days).

Above all the thoughts that have been swirling around my head, so many of my friends and I here are on the same theme together of sensing a fresh desire and call to devote ourselves to The Lord. To surrender the pieces and moments of our lives and days and hearts. That is ultimately all we are born for.

He is so worthy, and I just want Him to pick me up, use me, enjoy me and to lay my life as a fragrant offering at His feet.

So as I am sitting working today, I am listening to this song on repeat. And wanted to share it with all of you.

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It is written by Julie Meyer for Heidi Baker – someone who is such a crazy beautiful example of a devoted laid down life to The Lord.

Enjoy!

You can also find in a link under that video, a reference to a full version of the song, live on http://www.ibethel.tv

I have also been stuck listening to Tim Hughes seriously powerful worship set at Bethel this last Sunday – which also had a theme of surrender and being set apart for God. I really recommend if you have more time (its over an hour long, and SO worth the time) you take a look at that. Click here to find it. Powerful stuff.

Take a moment to remember

22 Jan

Today I am taking a moment to remember! His goodness never ceases and His mercies are new every morning! And it’s the morning, and I’m remembering.

Sometimes the fuel to move forwards is found in taking a step, or a look back, and remembering who He has been to you, what He has done for you and where He has met you, brought you, saved you, blessed you…

I love this topic. I can’t right now remember if I have blogged about this before, but I am remembering, again, and pondering things He has done with me these last few years.

At the end of our second year at school here we took some time to remember what He had done for us that year – we took stones, and wrote on them with markers the things He had done in the previous two years. We then took a silent walk to an area of the campus where we laid our stones in a pile, to build a place of remembrance like the Israelites did so often, to lay our memorial stones as a permanent statement of where He had brought us.

At the beginning of this year, my third year, I took a walk down there and was surprised to find myself weeping as I remembered His overriding faithfulness that defeated every obstacle, His ability to position me in the lessons and heart journeys He knew I needed that I would never have taken of my own accord, how He taught me aspects of His nature and heart that have changed my life and outlook forever.

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On a recent trip to Omaha (which I mentioned in a previous blog), I was able to (thanks to airmiles and gifts from a few friends), take some more physical steps to remember the most significant week I had with The Lord last year, visiting an outpouring of Holy Spirit which was happening in a prayer centre there. Something about walking in the same steps that I had walked in before both brought me into new waves of thankfulness for His past workings in my life, but also brought me into a new encounter with Him. A good friend of mine often says, ‘whatever you are thankful for, is going to increase’ and I could certainly feel new waves of Holy Spirit pouring in as I took time to remember how He has met me before.

This week is also a week when many of us are remembering with thankfulness, on the 20th anniversary of the outpouring of Holy Spirit which began in Toronto in 1994 and has changed so many thousands of lives and drawn so many people closer to God. Remembering is causing me to hunger for so much more in the next twenty years!

And then this morning, I sat in a prayer meeting and we were remembering again the faithfulness of The Lord. We asked Him to remind us of significant past moments with Him, which we could then thank Him for. I found myself remembering nine years ago, when I stood in a room in an old (slightly mouldy) cold warehouse in Toronto and learnt to love the presence of God, and so many seeds of what I now live were planted in me as I spent time there pursuing God. So many situations in just the following year came to mind, situations that were different because of that moment, but I can’t imagine how many more there have been since then! He positions us so perfectly for increase, for our destiny, for where we are headed! Hindsight is such a beautiful gift, and what it shows us of His ability to piece together the puzzle pieces of our lives is mindblowing!

Take a moment today to remember – who He is, what He has done, and what He has been to you.
Sometimes looking back can be our greatest weapon to moving forward.

And for those who may like a song to go with that – this is one that is circling around my head and has been so significant to me at different moments of my journey this year – take some time, click this link and stick it on repeat and enjoy! 🙂