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"God, Today I'm Ready for You to Blow My Socks Off!"

Tas Philas

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10-12

 
     recently attended a Beth Moore Simulcast Event at my church.  I was excited because I enjoy Beth Moore's teaching,  and I needed a time of refreshment and spiritual growth.  I had no clue just what the day would have in store for me.
 
     Beth taught us the ancient Greek word “tas philas” which means “her friends” or in Beth's words “girlfriends”.  This is something I have struggled with all my life.  I grew up a “tomboy” who hung out with her daddy on the farm.  I loved it!  I've always had more guys for friends than girls.  They seemed to have less drama and were more accepting of me.  Guys do not require much conversation (not my specialty) and I felt at ease around them.  I actually met my best “guy friend” in high school.  We dated for three years and then got married when we were 19.  He remains my best friend to this day.
 
     God had something amazing in mind for me though.  He has gifted me with “tas philas” in ministry.  I work with three very amazing women of God at New Life.  They encourage me, pray for me, love on me and hold me accountable when my attitude is sliding downward.  Part of the reason I love my job so much is that I get to work with them. 
 
     What follows is piece from one of my board reports that described the importance of these ladies in my life.
 
     We start each work day with a praise song and a Bible passage.  God uses this in a mighty way.  Sometimes we sing with the song, sometimes we cry together, and we always come in to our time of prayer with a strong power and leading by the Spirit.  I’m reduced to such a state of pure awe at the passionate prayers that are raised on behalf of this ministry and everyone who walks through this door seeking service from us.  God has put all of us here for a great purpose.  Each of us brings a different gift set to the table.  God takes that and puts it together just like an orchestra puts out a beautiful sound.  Each instrument played bringing one very important piece to the song, masterfully blended, beautifully done.  That is ministry at New Life.  Here and there we play a wrong note, but God re-tunes us until we are once again playing the tune that He desires from our lives.  Each of us thanks God for inviting us into His ministry and for gifting us for His purposes.  Each of us is aware and in awe of the awesome responsibility entrusted to us.

     I’m always amazed at how God orchestrates everything in life, and especially in ministry.  God puts people together in ministry at certain times and always with great purpose.  What a huge blessing it is to have my “tas philas” to do ministry at New Life with me.
Julie



































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Diane on Friday, September 19, 2014 2:34 PM
It is I who am blessed to be working alongside of my " Tas Philas " at New Life ! So thankful to God that He led me to your doorstep and this Ministry ! I maybe one of those "wrong notes" at times but I am happy to make a joyful noise with my friends
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Rachel on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:57 PM
Julie, I love this blog post. Well done. And Mary, Kim, Diane - you gals, alongside Julie, make the Center a loving, giving, respectful, non-judgmental, open arms ministry. I'm happy to work in support of all you do.
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