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From: em
Date: Sat Aug 15 12:04:55 EDT 2009 Subject: Last night

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Hi, this is Emily Lewis. I was bummed I couldn't go last night to the Drumming Circle, and I REALLY want to hear all about it--I REALLY want to hear all of your stories about what happened to you, what you saw and heard, what was meaningful for you. PLEASE PLEASE blog. Thanks heaps. Em

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From: Laelia
Date: Wed Aug 19 18:02:00 EDT 2009 Subject:

There were a lot of things that stood out to me, challenged me, were a blessing about the drumming circle. For one, I just really loved hearing people share their hearts and two, I loved the ten minutes we spent in quiet praying. The one major thing that I took away from it was this:

During the prayer time we were supposed to pray that God would help us use our spiritual gifts and "come upon us with power" to use them in the Body and in the world around us. I had never prayed that before! Actually it surprised me that I had never been encouraged to pray for that before. All my life in the church we would learn about Spiritual gifts and sort of be taught to use them in the church, but in a limited, "safe" manner. SO, when I started praying for God to come upon me in power and to SHOW me how He wants me to use the gifts he gave me, it suddenly dawned on me that this is not a "safe" prayer to pray! Usually when I think of the gifts, I was taught to think...use your gifts in the nursery, or going door to door evangelizing, or working in the office, write an encouraging letter to a friend etc. While those are areas to use our gifts, I remembered that in scripture, God worked through his people in some mighty strange, terrifying ways! David faced Goliath, Moses led a whole mob of cranky people through a desert to freedom, Elijah stood up in front of the most evil king/queen, Samuel advised, annointed and warned kings, Esther saved her entire people, etc- in other words, when you ask God something like, "Come upon me in power and show me how you want me to use the gifts you gave me," expect some unexpected results! The idea scared me and I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to pray it, until God reminded me of this verse: "Isaiah 41:10- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
That totally gave me peace so I was able to continue praying and I was suddenly excited to see what God has planned for me/us as a result of our prayers! No more playing it safe!

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From: rodhugen
Date: Thu Aug 20 12:00:29 EDT 2009 Subject: Wow

Thanks Laelia,

This is among one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever read on our website. It makes my heart leap, both for what God might do with us yet and for the courage you show in praying that prayer. God's will be done. Praying that the Spirit would come on me in power to accomplish the tasks that God gives me was among the most amazing prayers I have ever prayed and it completely changed my life. The Wind blows. We do not know where and when. I so wish I could have been there. It is easy, in the aftermath, to think that maybe nothing really changed. Just wait and watch and remember...

It will be the ride of a lifetime. :)

Rod

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