Sunday, December 4, 2011

In FOCUS, we try to have every student in our ministry go through a foundational Bible study one-on-one called Focus on Jesus (many of you already know that but just in case you don’t…). God has given me the opportunity this year to study the Bible with two different students.  Every time I get to study the Bible with someone I am amazed at how much he teaches me through that.  I have gone through the lesson called The Character of Christ 2 times in the last month so I have really spent a lot of time thinking about Jesus’ character.  When I compare Jesus to me, I just realize how short I fall but then reading about his mercy, grace, and forgiveness I am so encouraged.  He continues to work on me and I pray that my character can be more and more like his.  Both women I am studying with want to be their best for God and that really challenges me to be my best.  I have been so blessed to get to study one-on-one with them, to mentor the corefa’s, and to work with the women interns we have this year. 
 God is so good and he is so faithful.  I continue to be amazed at all he is doing all around me.  By this time in the semester, the small groups are established and one on one’s are really going.  Through the one on one’s especially, God really starts to change people’s hearts. This year has been no exception.  We have women who are really struggling with who they are going to live for.   The word of God really is living and active, sharper than a double edged sword.  I am so thankful that we have so many disciples in our ministry who are studying the Word with people. 
I am so proud of the women small group leaders (Corefas) for putting in the time to really invest in people.  By this time in the semester, the corefas are so busy with school and with all their other commitments.  This is also when they want to spend more and more time with people in their core, pouring into them.  Please pray that the women corefas  are able to learn to balance their lives between ministry, school, work, friends, family and purposeful rest time.  Also, pray for the people that are in our cores that they will really continue to grow in their relationship with God.  Pray that people will turn their lives completely over to God and make Him Lord.
We continue to have very large women’s cores at UTD.  So far God has given us what we need to minister to each woman one on one.  I am so thankful for that.  Please be praying for our students as they are ending the semester and about to be away from the community for a month.  This can be a very difficult time for people.