Day Eighteen - Loving what Jesus loves, well.

Tuesday’s and Wednesdays are big, big church/planning/strategy/coaching and it usually begins at 8am and doesn’t finish until after 10pm or 11pm by the time I follow up and email and (sometimes... not very well .. follow through). I have gifts that are NOT administrational.

Then my other days I am sermon prepping, preaching, recording, planning and of course all the normal family, lots of it!

And I work my coaching hours around this and some volunteer hours with a national movement.

Like many of us, it’s a full life!

Let me speak to the Christ-following woman today. I am going to be honest. It's been a really different experience pastoring here in Quebec. I have seen people open to Jesus but super anti-church. They are also anti-leadership. Sceptical about trusting. Reluctant to commit. Cynical about giving. And certainly not in love with the idea that the local church can be the hope of the world.

Don‘t get me wrong, we have stunning team who build and serve and lean in and give their heart and soul (And we celebrated them last night for all that they carry ... they are phenomenal!!)

It’s just not the norm. Everything else takes precedence. Sports, study, work, leisure. That makes it super challenging to build with.

I looked back over my life and looked again at the ‘daughters of Z’ and found a common thread that may just be a key to accessing promises and legacy and breakthrough.

The daughters of Z held such a deep respect for the way God had ordained His laws, the leadership over the people and the way the people of God gathered. Although they changed the course of history with their boldness, gained an inheritance and liberated women through the law from that day forth.. they did it all within the God-given institutions there already.

I too have realised that, amongst all the desperate need across the earth, the causes that pull on my heart and the desire to really make a difference… there is still nothing Jesus has asked clearer of