Celebrating Five Years of Ministry!

​Today marks a new day. Totally unchartered waters. Am I qualified for this? Am I ready for this? We will soon find out. Yes, I am a little afraid, but fear is good...especially when I know that I am not on the ledge by myself. I chuckle as I write this. The song by dcTalk Jesus Freak is playing in my head. Love that song. Anyway, my heart is skipping for joy as I sense a stirring in this nation and in the world. Christians are positioning to take back what is theirs....Jesus....completely. Man has done a great job of putting Jesus everywhere but where he belongs and like the daddy said in Dirty Dancing, "Nobody puts Baby (Jesus) in the corner!"
 
Jesus is the source. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In 1 Peter 2:21 we are told that, "We must follow in His steps." Be like Jesus. Serve like Jesus. Love like Jesus. Believe in Jesus.
 
The Spirit has me here. I do not know why. All I know is that I have committed myself to being obedient to the prompting of the Spirit...doing things a lot differently than I ever have before. I am all in and I know without a doubt that it is going to be a very interesting ride. Buckle up!
 
                                                                                               - January 23, 2012
 Sandalfeet Ministries
​Those were the words I wrote five years ago on my very first blog. I can’t believe five years have passed! Honestly, when I launched the website and wrote this first blog, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, no idea if anyone would read what I wrote, or if I would have anything to write past a few blogs swirling in my head. Some days, I still think the same thing.
 
So much has happened over these past five years. I’ve had mountaintop moments, and I’ve had some extremely low, dark, and lonely valley moments. I’ve received words of affirmation, but I’ve also received words that hurt. I’ve wanted to give up on many occasions, but it is in those moments that the Lord has lifted me up and given me the strength to go on.
 
I’m doing the part God has asked me to do. Imagine if the Israelites had never left their tents and collected their daily manna. They would have died. They had to get out and go after the provision the Lord had sent.
 
As I sit at my computer typing this morning, I’m gathering the words given to me to write. This “manna” sustains me because it keeps me close to, and reliant upon, God. I can’t write these words on my own. This manna also benefits others around me. I’m still actively moving forward as the Lord has called me to do. If I stop, I give the enemy a win. It’s a choice we all need to make—either do the thing you know the Lord has gifted you to do (even if it doesn’t always feel that way and it isn’t easy) or give up and waste the time God has given you here on earth.
 
If we move, we get to partake in His provision. We get to be a witness to miracles. We get to help the needy, and we in turn, receive help from people when we need it, too. God is a God of more, and we are a blessed people to be invited into His more.
 
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
 
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”
(Ephesians 3:20, The Message Translation)

 
As I look back over the past five years and all the things the Lord has allowed me to be a part of, I’m also looking forward with expectant hope because of His more. I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey, and also pray for me that I would stay the course.

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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