To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Aug 27, 2018 by Caleb Lester, Worship Arts Minister


“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100 

These words out of Psalm 100 have never rang so true in my life as in the past month. These among many other verses both memorized and those "stumbled upon" in my personal reading time.  To put it bluntly the Word of God has come alive in my life more so than it ever has before.  You, my Heritage family, have also had a huge part in the scripture coming alive for me, those of you who have sent cards, food, come by to check on my family and I, helped take care of the daily chores I have not been able to do and those who have prayed for my family and I!  Wow! The Lord has used you in a powerful way! You have truly been the hands and the feet of Christ! Thank You!   

Some have already heard some of the testimony from my accident and I look forward to sharing it with everyone because of what the Lord has done in my life and how He has shown and is still showing Himself true and faithful.  I have had and continue to have the distinct privilege of experiencing the Lord being my strength in weakness and the very tangible joy of the Lord being my strength. When I was in the trauma unit in Little Rock, there was a time when I was laying on the table, unable to have anymore pain medicine because my blood pressure was too low, the doctors were trying to get me in to surgery and I felt all alone. I was calling out for someone to come and talk to me but nobody was there, the only thing that I could think of was "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", so I sang, and I sang, and I sang some more until I fell asleep for a little while.  All I knew to do was praise Him and give Him glory and He heard me and allowed a little sleep.  Now I don't pray that everyone lose a foot to experience His Word coming alive, rather I pray that in our daily lives we can see how He is sustaining us and guiding us. Even and maybe especially when we feel like we are going through a spiritual wilderness and are all alone. So my encouragement is this, when you are in the wilderness or in a time when you don't feel like anyone can hear you, or that nobody is listening, Praise Him! If it is only a line or two that you can remember sing those lines or make up your own song to sing to Him.  He hears us when we cry out to Him, His joy is our strength and He loves us!

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