Posting a quick “hello, hope you are doing well” since I’ve been off my usual update sending in the last month. 🙂
Between moving, planning an outreach, working with the School of Ministry Development and stepping in as an interim leader of the school the last two weeks, I realized a bit of time has gone by since I’ve filled you in on life at YWAM Orlando!
I have some exciting things to share. God has been truly faithful to answer prayers. The past season has been one of seeing the Lord answer some specific prayers and resurrect things that I had let die in some ways.
I am particularly reflecting on God’s faithfulness and kindness as this last weekend marked one year of my move to Orlando to join staff with YWAM! Crazy how quickly a year can go by. I have a sense we’re all feeling that way with the last year of unprecedented craziness. In some ways, I feel like a new person compared to where I was when I joined staff a year ago. The YWAM Orlando community quickly became a family to me and I have made some of the sweetest friendships. I feel privileged to work under Godly leadership and alongside those who spur me on to love and serve Jesus. I love living in a warm climate, near the city, and a short drive to a small lake with a beach. I love that we get new students every three months and there is a fresh excitement and buzz on our campus.
However, in the midst of all the absolutely incredible things I’ve experience this last year on staff with YWAM, I have also been pruned. Pruned from insecurities, pride, and comfort zones like never before. While being one of the sweetest years for me, and feeling like I’m stepping into a greater call of God on my life, this last year has also been one of the hardest years. I’ve become a lot more tender and humbler than one-year ago Cassie. But despite the hardship and brokenness that it took to get to this place, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I want to encourage you, if you have gone through disappointment, loss, giving up something valuable, or wrestled with God in any way this past year – I have too, and there’s something special that is built in that place. When we wrestle with God we build a muscle that wouldn’t have been there before, and we realize just how weak in fact we actually are. We grow in our understanding of Jesus’ words to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9,
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.”
I have come to learn that maturing in leadership looks a lot like that – boasting in our weaknesses, realizing our need for God to work in us even more than through us. And praise Him, He is faithful to do that.
Before I get too carried away with that, because I told you this was a quick hello…stay tuned for a few more updates coming – one sharing the day to day ins and outs of what’s been going on the past few months, and second part with a recap of the past year!