Please forgive me for sending out so little of my Good News Daily Devotional over the past few months during this incredibly challenging, totally unexpected, and wildly beautiful season of my life.
Long story short, I spent about 6 weeks doing streets ministry in New York City, spent the next 2 months mostly in my New Jersey hotel room quite sick with COVID and facing an unbelievable battle physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and undergoing God’s enormous work in me as He taught, tested, transformed, grew, refined, pruned, purified, cleansed, and prepared me for the next season of my life and ministry.
The devil tried to convince me my life and ministry were over, but God in His amazing love, mercy, kindness, and goodness brought me through and got me not totally healed but well enough to go to Virginia to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary with them, to spend some amazing time with them and my Aunt, to do more resting and healing, and to get ready for what is coming next.
The big news is God has called me to forsake New York City which is my favorite place to be and do ministry, to forsake being with my beloved family I so dearly love, to no longer be on the road for ministry which I have so much loved doing for about 6 years now, and to return to Florida to settle down to focus much more on my writing and to do local ministry along with it.
I confess I am extremely worn down from decades of personal challenges, 6 years on the road for ministry, several months of being sick along with ongoing health issues, ongoing personal challenges and the devil’s attacks, and not sleeping well in the midst of it all.
But praise the Lord I am more on fire and excited than ever to love and serve the Lord with all my heart and to fulfill my ministry calling for Him!
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love & blessings, Lara
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:7-14 NKJV