The joy of the Lord is my strength….

Oh how I love that reassurance.  He will be our strength. 

Honestly ladies… every day I see God moving and working.  Yesterday on my blog (www.simplygracejen.blogspot.com) I wrote about the significance of “He Knows My Name” to me personally.  For those of you that were at the conference last year, you may or may not remember my Mary Banks story (it’s on the blog above…)  Anyway… I blogged about her and some other significant things and how God uses things to come FULL CIRCLE. 
Without knowing what I had written, Mary posts this on her wall like ten minutes after I posted my blog…

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.” ~ Jeremiah 17:7

So, I shouted out to her and let her know how her timing was so incredible and that God was still using her, and got this as a response. 

‎”Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands…” ~ (Isaiah 49:15-16 ) Yes indeed, HE KNOWS YOUR NAME! (Loved your blog. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Again, I am blessed by the Lord by his ability to weave his plan out perfectly.  Perhaps that is what he will reveal to you at COMPEL 2012!  Now onto our prayers for today…
Strength, Stamina, Ability and wisdom for staff and leadership.  Pray for the staff at the Marina Inn.  God has given us favor for several years with the Marina as they work so well with us and make it so easy for us to be there.  We always pray for each of their staff.  From the Janitor to the kitchen worker to the maids.  Our prayer is that they see an authentic love in the Lord from us.  Give them ears to hear Lord, even as they serve us, bless them!  The leadership team is thick in registration and in decision making.  Please pray that God would make this what he wants it, and not what we expect it to be by human standards.  Pray that we can make decisions quickly and precisely.  Please pray for Shawn as she works on the prayer room and Saturday morning prayer time.  Pray for Sherry as she works through ambiance.  AND especially for Barb as she handles the registrations coming in (btw – have you registered yet?)  And for Michelle, who is our money gal…  Jen (that’s me) asks for prayers for vision for the remainder of this year, and also for choosing next years speaker.  God always chooses and we try to listen carefully.  WISDOM in that process would be great!  ALSO, please pray that we would get individuals interested in signing up for our first ever Praise Choir…  (An email is coming shortly!) 
It is so fun to know that each of you is able to see and pray with us.  THANKS for your faithful hearts!