As much as we try to keep things positive here, we must admit that these two crazy matchmakers can get a little down sometimes and need some encouragement. Let's just say we're ready to break loose and see Cache' Connections become a big deal! We've been pouring our lives and finances into this business/ministry for about 3 years now and we are VERY thankful for the growth we have experienced, although we've designed this business for much more.
If you've been around a bit, you know that we start our morning in prayer for the business and our members, single leaders and special prayer requests. One day this week was a little different - we had one of those days we were crying out to God for some answers and direction - and can we hurry things up a bit? We feel we have been obedient and conducted ourselves in a God-pleasing manner, not to say we're perfect, but we are intent on following biblical principles and God's calling. But, if we're holding things back by something we are doing, we ask for enlightenment on what it might be.
So, even though we haven't seen a miracle yet, little by little, our answer has come, and it's been a simple message of HOPE. It's pretty awesome that the message at Northwoods this weekend was about finding hope when the situation seems hopeless. Linda and I, even though we were not together or aware of each others presence, felt compelled to stand when Pastor Cal asked everyone to stand who was feeling this way. I had been concerned about an ongoing issue with a family member who is very important to me along with our dreams and desires for Cache' to continue to grow and expand. We were surprised out of a thousand people or so, we were one of the few people who stood. I was taken off guard when people around us came and laid hands on us and and prayed with the congregation. I'm not the type that typically makes my distress public knowledge, but this was an act of obedience because God has been showing me that we need to share our pain with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It was so heartwarming to know that others care and are willing to share in our distress. Many around me were weeping as they were so in tune with my pain. We left the service knowing we had been touched by the Holy Spirit and he had provided hope through others who care.
And then Monday...even though I'm usually the one that is always giving Linda the faith lecture, I had to admit to her this morning that I just couldn't do it. We then stopped what we were doing and prayed and then all afternoon the hope blessings continued - through a caring email from a friend who didn't know anything about the situation, a message of hope and special blessing from a Facebook friend, a much need positive phone call from a difficult relationship, a new event booking we've been working on for quite a while, and last, but not least, a dinner date with a couple who told us they are getting married after meeting through Cache' and how God has been working in that relationship. That story will be told in its entirety in a few days. It's amazing!
Oh, and I don't want to forget the scripture that I posted on my Facebook wall that was emailed to me over the weekend and I posted it on Sunday, but wasn't really sure why...
"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."So onward we go full of hope for tomorrow in anticipation of God's wonderful plan for Cache' Connections!
Spread some hope and encouragement to someone you know this week:) It might be just what they need.