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Giving Tuesday: Support Prayer Counseling at FHI

Giving Tuesday Supports Prayer Counseling at FHI

Today is Giving Tuesday, an exciting opportunity for Finding Home Institute to offer prayer counseling and healing for so many more people. FHI is a unique prayer counseling ministry that looks at the roots of life problems, and makes real freedom possible. By getting in touch with God’s truth, a heart can be transformed; a life, changed for the better.

This Giving Tuesday, the ministry is featuring testimonies about how the prayer counseling and classes at Finding Home Institute can lead to true healing.

Start with Felicia’s story on being part of an Elijah House class:

Next is Jessie, FHI founder & director, talking about her own healing experience:

On Giving Tuesday, Help Set Someone Free

Donations to Finding Home Institute are powerful and meaningful. They provide scholarships for powerful prayer counseling, help support staff members, and make it possible to offer classes for communities in need of healing.

Here’s what your gift can do:

  • $50 covers one person’s registration fee for a life-changing class.
  • $75 gives one individual session of powerful prayer counseling.
  • $100 donates five students’ art therapy kits.
  • $200 covers one person’s registration and workbook costs for an introductory Elijah House class.

There are so many possibilities, and your help makes them possible!

To make a one-time or recurring donation, click here.

The Prodigal Journey

The Prodigal Journey

“The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.”
Luke 15:16 NLT

journey like the prodigal sonThis is the predicament the prodigal son found himself in after turning away from his father to make a way for himself.  I have been in this place so many times for so many different reasons: lost and hungry for something, and not always sure exactly what. But whatever it was, I was sure I wasn’t getting it.

Hunger is produced in so many ways. It can be the result of broken relationships, absent parents, lack of self-care, or abuse. It is what causes an aching in our souls, an insatiable emptiness that nags to be filled. It is because of our hurts, our pains, our fears, our disappointments. It is the lack of all that we deem good and essential for life. This world provides myriad opportunities for these things to be robbed from us. And it hurts!

This is where I imagine the prodigal son to have found himself in this scripture: lost, alone, and brokenhearted because things did not turn out the way he thought they would. But that is also where I imagine his heart was before he ever left home.

We look back on the story, and because we know the ending, we can see that he indeed had a good, good father. He was lacking nothing. He had everything he needed for his present everyday life, as well as the promise of a future inheritance. But something had to be missing in order for him to turn his back completely on his father and brother and take his inheritance with no plans of looking back. The story doesn’t tell us exactly what this thing was that the son so desperately thought he needed but was not getting at home. But there is an obvious level of resentment.

When You are Like the Prodigal Son

I completely relate. God has proven to me, time and time again, that He is God and He is good. But I am no stranger to this place. I’m not sure if it is pride or fear that causes it, but we have a tendency to focus on the one thing we didn’t get or feel we will never have. A wall of anger builds toward to God around this hurt and we refuse to let him touch it. Maybe life has gone out of its way to prove to you that no man will ever really be there for you. Or circumstances seem to reveal that you will never really be able to communicate with the people in your family. Maybe it seems no one understands you or really knows you and no one ever will. Maybe your childhood was so traumatic and dysfunctional that, even though you somehow are able to see the goodness of God in others, you just can’t begin to believe He will ever be truly good to you.

And then you find yourself in the Father’s house, labeled a son, with access to everything He has, but you don’t really know Him. And frankly, you don’t care to. Like the young man in this story, you want out! You would prefer to make your own way and you are pretty sure you can figure out a better way to do it.  You love God on some level, or at least know you should, but you don’t trust Him.

Can you relate? Are there places in your heart where you have packed up and left God? I am just recently coming out of one of these seasons. Like the prodigal son in verse 17, I’ve recently come to my senses. I’ve looked around and come to grips with the fact that I was better off in my Father’s house. Life and circumstances have humbled me and I realize I am not nearly as smart as I thought I was.

But what really struck me, this most recent time hearing the famous parable, was that I, like the prodigal son, was coming home not because I missed my dad, but because I was at my wit’s end.

The prodigal son was so empty, so broken, that he desired what he knew was not good for him. The scripture doesn’t say he was willing to resort to the pods that the pigs were eating. It says they looked good to him. Ever been in that place? Have you ever strongly desired what you knew in your heart of hearts was not at all good for you? This is the deception that comes along with turning your back on God to fulfill your own needs. We often have to learn this hard way.

But thankfully, just like the prodigal son, God, in His sovereignty and mercy did not allow me access to the pods. The scripture says because no one would give him anything, he came to his senses. I can now sit and rejoice at all the things God didn’t let me have in order to give me what He knew I needed. But in the process, I was actually upset. I was upset that God did not give me what I needed growing up and now, I thought,  He won’t even let me get it myself. I was upset that I had to settle for doing things God’s way in order to be able to at least eat. Isn’t that just how the enemy makes things look. So many us have settled with sitting in the house of God as His servants because at least the servants eat better than the pigs. But deep down we are still hurt, resentful, and afraid and like the older son in the story, we may not be running off with our inheritance but we still don’t know Him.

I really did not know God until I started making my way back home. I had squandered all that He had given me, and rebelled against Him because of all I thought He didn’t give me, yet He welcomed me home with open arms. I received the exact opposite of what I expected from Him. Because of that, I’m finally coming to the understanding that there is truly  no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

But what do I do with this sadness that lingers because of the disappointment that is still very real? How do I reconcile the hunger that still exists in those broken, wounded places?

The way I should have all along, I give them to my Daddy. I don’t just will myself to believe that He is a good, good Father, I grant Him opportunity to prove it. And beyond my wildest dreams, He has!

He Will Withhold No Good Thing

I have learned that when I experience aching and emptiness, I am to let it push me towards God, and not away from Him. There will always be questions that I can’t answer and longings that I am unable to fill. But I am confident that my Father sees me, He hears me and He understands. He will withhold no good thing from me (Psalms 84:11).  I have decided that if it seems like He is withholding something that because of the depravity of my heart it just looks good but most likely isn’t or He wants to provide that need through different means. But He will provide! And I will lack no good thing! (Psalms 34:10)  Plain and simple, and I refuse to believe anything else!

Will you believe?

He wants to be the Father you didn’t have. He wants to provide the love you didn’t get. He is the only one who can truly fill the emptiness. I recognize that this is definitely a process and I don’t claim to have come anywhere near the end of it. I am not completely sure whether I ever will, this side of eternity. But I do know this: I have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord and it is far better than anything I could manufacture on my own. Now, I can see how desperately hungry I really was, and I don’t plan on ever letting myself get there again.

Regardless of where you find yourself on this journey, whether you still have quite a bit of inheritance left to blow, or you’re finding yourself desiring slop, or you are at home still but mad at your Father, find comfort in this:

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35

And when you find yourself hungry, draw closer. Make sure it’s not because you don’t know Him or because you have shut Him out. The enemy will try to use this emptiness to prove to you that God doesn’t care. But given the opportunity, God will use it to prove how much He really, really does!

So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him”
Luke 15:20


Article by Sherika Chew, Prayer Ministry Intern. You can learn more about Sherika and support her work at FHI here!

Strategies for Freedom: Giving Thanks in All Things

Giving Thanks in All Things

prayer with thanksgivingThe difficult circumstances we often face prompt some people to wonder where God is, and what He is doing. Others view such trying times as perilous, finding the reality hard to reconcile with a loving and gracious God.

The Apostles lived in equally perilous times—and many of them literally gave their lives for their beliefs. And yet, what was their exhortation? Be thankful.

They understood that living with thanksgiving was the key to faith and peace. They knew, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that their God was in control, even in the midst of their circumstances. Therefore, they had no trouble encouraging God’s people to demonstrate their confidence in the goodness of their Heavenly Father by offering praise and thanksgiving.

In light of changing, confusing times, and with Thanksgiving approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share an excerpt from my book that reminds us how God can change our perspectives—and our hearts—when we choose to give thanks in all things.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Knowing (not hoping) that God really is good has caused me to see Romans 8:28 from a whole new light. Previously I had believed that verse from the perspective of the past. As I lived through difficult and unpleasant situations I would declare, while I worried and fretted, that God would work all things together for good. I would wait, sometimes for years, to see the good that He would bring from the bad things that happened to me. When I finally saw the good He brought out of the bad, then, and only then, would I give Him the praise He was due. But now I had a new response. If God really works all things together for good, then that means that I can praise Him in the midst of the bad things that are happening and look expectantly for the good that He will bring out of it. When I started to do that, the most amazing thing happened. I no longer had to wait weeks, months, or years to see the good that God could bring out of the bad. He would often show me instantaneously what He was accomplishing in allowing me to go through hardship (real or perceived).

Thanking God in all things has made life a lot more pleasant. I no longer have to get upset about the numerous things that used to annoy me and take away my happiness. When I am forced to slow down because the driver in front of me is barely moving at the speed limit but I remember to thank God in advance, I praise God a few minutes later when I see the police car on the side of the road with his speed gun. When my flight is delayed but I remember to thank God in advance and just arrange to take another flight, I praise God when I find out later that day that the flight I was originally waiting for was cancelled. When the seating section on my eight-hour flight from Europe is the only one that cannot show videos but I remember to thank God in advance, I praise God when the flight attendant comes around and offers us $200 vouchers for our “inconvenience.” I could go on and on with examples of things that used to disturb my peace that no longer bother me and how the Lord takes those situations and turns them around.

Romans 8:28 has become a way of life for me now. Although there are times when what is happening seems so bad that it is extremely hard to thank Him for it, those are the times when my choice becomes a true sacrifice of praise. God is a gentleman and He waits to be invited into the situations of our lives. I know from experience that when I am thanking Him, I am involving Him in my life. In response, He springs into action on my behalf. The solutions are not all the same. Sometimes He will change a situation completely; sometimes He will redeem it somehow by causing me to go in another direction that was better than the first. Other times He will not change the situation or lead me in another direction: He will change me in the situation. When I start to thank God for EVERYTHING, He can give me His perspective on life and that changes me.

Excerpted from my book Leaving Home—Finding Home: My Journey from Shame to Sonship through Journaling, XLibris Corporation, ©2010, pages 365-366.

Pray With Thanksgiving

Here are some steps to thanking God even when circumstances are, at best, not ideal—or, at worst, downright awful:

  1. Be honest with God about how you feel about what is going on. Let Him know how unhappy you are with the situation. He can handle it.
  2. Acknowledge that He can work out even the worst situation for good somehow.
  3. Choose to make the sacrifice of praise (Job 13:15) and thank Him now for working even this situation out for good.
  4. If necessary, use Philippians 4:6-7 as you would a prescription.

Be anxious for nothing…

Recognize your anxiety and confess your fears to God.

…but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…

Offer up:

  • Prayer – bringing your case before God
  • Supplication – telling God what you need
  • Requests – telling God what you want
  • Thanksgiving – thanking Him in advance for the answer to your prayer

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus…

Then, you will experience His peace.


To read more about finding freedom, you can order Jessie’s book Leaving Home, Finding Home.

All “Strategies for Freedom”

To help you on your journey:
1: Letting Go
2: Giving Thanks
3: Stop Comparing

Strategies for Freedom: Letting Go

Strategies for Freedom

Letting Go

dandelionFears. Anger. Shame. These are some of the burdens that weigh us down, and that we carry with seemingly no way of finding relief.

As a prayer minister, it is my privilege to come alongside people and help them accurately pinpoint what is keeping them stuck in a bad place. I often encounter clients who are having trouble getting in touch with the underlying feelings that are the real problems. They are unable to connect with the lies that they may have bought into, and tend to believe that what they are going through is too hard even for God.

One way I help them identify and let go of what is weighing them down is coaching them to use their eyes of their hearts. This allows them to see Jesus’ heart and intentions for them, and what He wants to give to them in return.

This can look similar to dream interpretation. It is easy enough for us to understand that, when we dream, we are seeing symbols of the way we may feel. For instance, if you were to see yourself behind the wheel of your car, it would likely mean that your heart sees you as the “driver,” and in control, of your life.

In the same way, in our waking hours, we can identify and pray through symbols our hearts hold onto that are just as potent as the metaphors in our dreams.

I learned how to pray this way early on in my own healing experience. As my minister was helping me process a certain painful memory, I saw myself as young pioneer girl, à la Little House on the Prairie, carrying a yoke with two heavy buckets of water on my shoulders. The counselor gently asked me if I could put down that burden. I wanted to but found that I could not – the burden seemed so heavy (and so real!) that I couldn’t lift it up to take it off of my shoulders. She asked if I needed the Lord’s help to do so, and I said yes. As soon as we prayed for His help, the thought popped into my mind to tip over the water buckets so that the water would drain out and the buckets would be much lighter. I did so and was able to then remove the yoke and set it down on the ground. I then saw myself walking peacefully by a river with Him.

It has been my joy and privilege to see many letting go of their burdens in a similar fashion. This is easy and effective and can be done on your own.

Take Steps Towards Letting Go

Here are 5 key steps to letting go:

  1. Pray, and present the eyes of your heart to the Holy Spirit to be filled with only the True Lord Jesus Christ and His truth.
  2. Ask yourself: What am I holding onto? What kinds of pictures, visuals, or images may represent what I am holding onto?
  3. Allow yourself to picture the symbols of what you are holding onto. The range of possibilities is endless, from pebbles held in your hand to enormous black blobs of goo smothering your heart! I cannot emphasize enough that the number of pictures or symbols that our hearts can see is truly infinite. When I am helping someone let go using this method, I rarely have to do more than explain what a metaphor is before the person begins seeing pictures that resonate with them.
  4. Once you have identified those objects, picture yourself letting them go. You might see yourself giving them to Jesus, laying them down at the foot of the cross, or physically releasing them in some other way. At this point, if you find you are having a hard time letting go, realize that you may need to forgive someone (an offender, God or yourself); or you may simply need to ask Jesus to help you.
  5. Finally, let Jesus show you what He wants to give you in return. He may replace it with another object that is meaningful to you or He may simply replace it with His presence and His peace. The governing principle here is that nature abhors a vacuum, and in my experience, Jesus does not take anything from us without replacing it with something new to fill the void. Just as death was followed by resurrection, lies are replaced with truth, wounds are replaced with comfort, and rejection is replaced with full acceptance.

If you find it difficult to do this on your own you may need to set up a session with a skillful prayer minister. An FHI minister is available to help you. Click here to contact us.

If you have been able to use this method successfully, with or without a prayer minister, we would love to hear your story! Please email it to us at info@findinghomeinstitute.org and we will publish it on our website.


All “Strategies for Freedom” Posts

To help you on your journey:

1: Letting Go
2: Giving Thanks
3: Stop Comparing

Dream Interpretation Workshop – Weekly Online Class

Dream Interpretation Workshop – Weekly Online Class

dreamFinding Home Institute’s Dream Interpretation Workshop began last week, but you can still sign up for sessions 2, 3, and 4 – or choose one that is convenient for you!

Read on for further information or click here to register!

Class Description

Are dreams just an interesting byproduct of our sleeping hours, or could God be speaking to us through them? What does the Bible have to say about dreams? How can we decipher the meaning of our dreams? This teaching gives practical keys to biblical dream interpretation and how to hear God’s voice through dreams.

This 4-week workshop will present principles of Christian dream interpretation from the book Dream Dreams by Steve and Dianne Bydeley and Principles of Christian Dream Interpretation by Dr. Mark Virkler. Students will be asked to record and bring at least one dream for interpretation each week. Participants will learn how to interpret dreams through a hands-on approach and by asking key questions as the class works through several actual dreams each week.

Format for each session: Live teaching online* followed by hands-on dream interpretation using the Dream Interpretation Worksheet. Students may register for 1 session or all!

*Students will be given instructions and access after registration.

Class Schedule

Session 1:

  • Defining Dreams and Visions
  • Rebuilding Our Regard for Dreams
  • Hands on Dream Interpretation – Using the Worksheet

Session 2:

  • Types and Purposes of Dreams
  • Approaches to Symbols
  • Hands on Dream Interpretation – Using the Worksheet

Session 3:

  • Basic Dream Language
  • Context of the Dream
  • Hands on Dream Interpretation – Using the Worksheet

Session 4:

  • Responding to Dreams
  • Interpretation Pitfalls
  • Hands on Dream Interpretation – Using the Worksheet

Date & Time: Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; August 11, 2016 through September 1, 2016

Cost: $15 per session or $40 for all sessions

Instructor: Jessie Mejias, Director, Finding Home Institute.

For more information about this class, contact info@findinghomeinstitute.org.

Registration

Click below to register via PayPal!




Trust vs. Faith

Pathways to Life
Summer 2016

trust fallTrust vs. Faith

As often as I can, I attend a monthly day retreat that always starts with a time of centering prayer. Centering prayer is essentially a time to just be in God’s presence. In centering prayer, you are to choose a sacred word that you return to every time your thoughts crowd in and begin to distract you from this time of intimacy and openness to our Heavenly Father.

During a recent time of centering prayer, I felt like the sacred word that was given to me was “trust.” Before I could even get to being silently in God’s presence, I found it necessary to let go of the things that preoccupied me and to put them in the Lord’s lap. I pictured myself giving Him symbols of my cares: pieces of paper that represented this ministry, unpaid bills, unopened emails, and pictures of my family, among other things. In return, I was given a card to hold in my hand that had the one word “trust” on it. As I held tightly onto that card, I could see in my mind’s eye the rising and then the setting of the sun. I began to think about how the one who trusts knows that the sun will rise again after the darkness. Then my thoughts wandered to the fact that while the sun remains stationary, it’s the earth that moves. I realized that, at times, it is my own movement away from the light that causes darkness, but that I can always move back into the light. Then I felt like the Lord was saying that, like a baby who is sleeping peacefully while her parent takes care of the necessities of life, He will take care of food, shelter, clothes and paying the bills.

Some verses floated to the surface of my mind:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5,6

Is there anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27

Perfect love casts out all fear.
1 John 4:18

This last verse reminded me that if I know that He loves me perfectly, I don’t have to fear. I can trust.

Over the next few days I meditated upon trust and began to wonder: what is the difference between trust and faith? If faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, what is trust?

Naturally, I went first to the dictionary.

Trust[1]

  1. Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
  2. One in which confidence is placed

Then I went to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance[2] to see exactly how that word was used in the Bible. The Hebrew word “batach” (pronounced ba-takh) means “to trust, trust in, to have confidence, be confident, to be bold, to be secure, to cause to trust, make secure, to feel safe, be careless.”

I was completely taken with the last meaning of trust—to be care-less. That seemed to be the exact state of that little baby asleep while her parent is bustling around the house getting things done.

However, Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon really caught my imagination with its illustration of the meaning of this word: “to throw one down on his back…”2

Free fall! This made me think of the trust exercises that are often done at team training seminars.

When we trust God, we are letting go, putting our confidence in Him, allowing ourselves to fall backwards and expecting Him to catch us.

trust mountain

Faith, on the other hand, according to Strong’s[3], is the Hebrew word “pístis” and means “persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

So what do I believe is the difference between trust and faith?

Trust is the test of faith.

Faith is about what you believe, and trust is how you walk out that belief. If I believe that God is good, then I will allow myself to throw myself down on my back.

What is trust except the action of faith, the outworking of faith? How would you know what you truly believed if you were never in a position that causes you to trust in order to test your faith? That is when the rubber hits the road: What do I really believe about God?

Although Abraham believed God, it was not until he had to follow God’s instructions and take Isaac to the altar that his faith was tested, and trust in God was the result.

Mary believed that the Messiah would come, but it was not until she was told that she would be the unwed mother of the Savior that her faith was tested, and trust in God was the result.

Job believed that God was sovereign, but it wasn’t until all his riches and family were taken away from him that that faith was tested. God gave him a greater revelation of who He was, and Job’s trust became solid.

We can believe or say that we believe all we want, but in the day of testing, what do we really do?

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4

When you go to school, the only way that the teacher can find out if you have actually learned the lesson is to test you. When you have passed the test, the knowledge of the material becomes part of you – tucked away sometimes in the recesses of your brain, but there nonetheless.

God is the God of experiential knowledge. He knows that what we don’t experience we don’t really know in our hearts. Head knowledge has never done anyone any good when the time of testing came. When times of testing come (and they will) it is the deep and firm belief that is in your heart that comes out.

Do you believe that God is good and wants good for you? Do you believe that He is on your team and won’t let you down? Do you believe that He is strong enough to catch you? Do you believe that He cares enough to be there to catch you?

If you said yes to any of those questions, I would encourage you to trust—test your faith.

Are you ready to free fall?

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Jessie Mejias - President & Director of FHI

Jessie Mejias – President & Director, FHI

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Retrieved 6/18/16 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trust

[2] Retrieved on 6/18/16 from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H982&t=KJV

[3] Retrieved 6/18/16 from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G4102&t=KJV

Summer News and Updates

Summer News and Updates

finding joy sunriseAs summer approaches and warmer temperatures take center stage, we find ourselves taking a step back here at FHI with our training and events. Two online classes are on our calendar for July and August, and we’ve recently postponed a seminar for September. Continue reading for more information on these classes that cover Christian dream interpretation and spiritual gifts!

Understanding God’s Design for You – Weekly Online Class Starts July 7

We all know that everyone has a unique way of looking at life, but did you know that God has designed each one of us to look at and encounter life primarily through one of the seven spiritual or redemptive gifts, described in Romans 12?

God intended for you to find rich fulfillment in life when you are walking in the righteous expression of your redemptive gift. An integral part of your birthright as a child of God is to be able to recognize, understand, and develop that gift.

This 2-week class integrates teachings from Bill Gothard and Arthur Burk and will help participants learn the characteristics of each of the gifts and how to identify their own dominant gift.

To find out more and register, click here: Understanding God’s Design for You

Dream Interpretation Workshop – Weekly Online Class Starts August 11

Are dreams just an interesting byproduct of our sleeping hours, or could God be speaking to us through them? What does the Bible have to say about dreams? How can we decipher their meanings?

This 4-week workshop will present principles of Christian dream interpretation from the book Dream Dreams by Steve and Dianne Bydeley and Principles of Christian Dream Interpretation by Dr. Mark Virkler. Students will learn how to interpret dreams through a hands-on approach and by asking key questions as the class works through several actual dreams each week.

For this weekly class, participants can register for one or all sessions.

To find out more and register, click here: Dream Interpretation Workshop

Healing the Hearts of Our Children Seminar and Kids’ Camp Postponed

Please note that the “Healing the Hearts of Our Children” seminar originally scheduled for June 17-18 at the CHAT Resurrection House will be postponed until September. The kids’ camp, scheduled for June 18 at the East End Fellowship Office, will be postponed as well. New dates and registration information will be available soon!

Spring Events and Updates

spring flowers

Spring Events and Updates

At Finding Home Institute, we are providing new opportunities over the coming weeks for others to embrace growth and change. Among other classes and small group offerings, for example, we will be holding the seminar “Healing the Hearts of Our Children” in June. Trials in our families can be deeply rooted, but healing with God’s help and in His time is truly the best salve. So let’s find new ways blossom together this spring.

Some updates on upcoming events:

  • Please note that, due to a lack of participants, FHI will be postponing the seminar “Developing a Prophetic Ministry” originally scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2016, until further notice. We will post an update as soon as a new date is chosen. If you have any further questions or interest in this topic, please feel free to contact FHI!

New Spring Classes and Events!

New Spring Classes and Events!

bright sunrise hopeThis spring, join Finding Home Institute for a variety of new classes and events designed to help you start living the abundant life! Register today to secure your spot and get the best rates.

Letting Go of Your Past – Part 3

Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM, April 26 through June 14

Friday mornings from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, April 29 through June 17

Your past contains a wealth of relationships, experiences, lessons, and hurts. You can learn from them and use them as a foundation for a victorious future. Or you can let them use you, and hinder your ability to be the person you were created to be.

This is the conclusion of a 3-part series of Elijah House teachings designed to help you learn how your past affects your life today, and how to move on and find healing in Christ.

Classes will be offered on Tuesday evenings starting on April 26, and Friday mornings starting on April 29. Evening sessions will be at the home of Michael and Kristen Wind, and daytime sessions will be at the FHI Office.

Learn more & register: Letting Go of Your Past – Evening session

Letting Go of Your Past – Daytime session

Boundaries Small Group

Wednesday evenings from 7-9 PM, April 28 through June 29

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which are responsible. They define who we are and who we are not. Christians often focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limitations.

In this 8-week class, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based instructions on how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

This small group will be held on Wednesday evenings starting on April 28 at the FHI Office.

Learn more & register: Boundaries Small Group – Richmond, VA

Questions?

Find out more by emailing info@findinghomeinstitute.org!

Understanding Our Spirit

Understanding Our Spirit

We are created spirit, soul, and body—in that order. God intended from the beginning of time that we should live by our spirit, in close fellowship with Him. Above all, He desires intimacy with us. This intimacy cannot be replaced by works that we do, not even works of ministry. When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to reside in our hearts—our spirits—so that God can bring us into that close relationship, that intimacy, with Him.

When I think of intimacy, I think of the phrase “into-me-see.” Recently, I invited the Lord to see into me and show me what He saw. I saw myself as a transparent being with clock workings moving inside of me. I felt that the “oil” of the Holy Spirit is what makes these parts work best, and also what makes them bright and shiny. Then I sensed the Lord inviting me to see into Him. I was reminded that intimacy is a two-way street. I heard the words,“I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with bands of lovingkindness I have drawn you to me.” I could see myself as a timepiece: the Lord had me on a wristband that He wrapped tightly around His arm so that I could be ever so close to Him. He also began to show me how the mechanical parts in my clock work with the mechanical parts of the Body of Christ to cause the whole to work better. I thought of Jesus’ prayer for the disciples in John, chapter 17, when He asked this of the Father:

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23 (NKJV)

A week later, the Lord continued to speak to me about my spirit:

Remember what I showed you last week? How I shine the light on your inward mechanism and it shines brightly in return? That is my glory that I have given you. My glory is the light. The light of my Holy Spirit. That light shines in the darkness and dispels the darkness. Your spirit is light. The light that shines within you is bright and it dispels darkness. It is the light of life, true life, a light and a life that cannot be extinguished.

These words only served to drive home to me how much more I need to learn about my spirit and how it works so that I can let that light shine brightly. Do you know how your spirit works? Like me, you can seek to get a picture from the Word and from God about the glory that He wants to spread to the world through you.

We cannot underestimate the importance of understanding our spirit so that we can cooperate with God in His work, being led by His Holy Spirit as it joined to ours. Our light needs to shine brightly so that His presence in us will dispel the darkness of the world that we encounter every day. However, many of us have not been taught how to sense our spirit; all too often our spirit is weak, and our soul is in the dominant position instead. Our job is to develop our spirit and tap into its great potential. We need to become aware of the Holy Spirit’s movements within us, learn how to walk by the Spirit, and find out what our spirit needs in order to take its proper place. As we learn to understand and live by our spirit—allowing His light to shine through us and radiate to the world—we will experience fullness of life.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)

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This topic is presented in “Understanding and Living by Your Spirit,” which is one of FHI’s core curriculum courses. This two-part course, which combines teachings from Mark Virkler and Arthur Burk, helps us learn how to properly live by our spirit that is filled with the Spirit of God. Check our website for upcoming class dates, or contact us at info@findinghomeinstitute.org to arrange for a class for your church or small group.