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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Better to lose sleep.

Yes, it's 2:23 AM right now, and I have to be up at 7 to get ready for the next person to take over for me after this shift so I can go get ready for work. I am actually delighted to be up this late knowing the anguish that I'll be experiencing tomorrow at my other job because of the reason that I'm still up. The reason is because I've been having a Gospel conversation.

I recently posted my status on Facebook as me being ecstatic about being in the world rather than secluded from it in The Middle of Nowhere, WI. I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be than in the city, working 2 jobs with a bunch of complete unbelievers and a Jehovah's Witness (whom I just got through witnessing to). I have had so many opportunities to witness to just about everyone that I work with, and the ones I haven't been able to witness to have heard me talking to others. God is bringing the Good News to my Jerusalem through me.

I just wanted to take the time to praise God publicly while at the same time adding to my blog since it's been suffering since I've been working. And while I'm here, I want to ask for prayer for those to whom I've been able to share my faith with. Please take a second right now to pray that God will save Jacob, Leonard, Brad, Carla, Rashaun, Doug, Dennis, and Steven. Also pray that I will be able to speak specifically with Steven since I haven't yet been able to directly. Pray, as Paul asked, "that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel...that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak." (Eph. 6:19-20).

To God alone be the glory!


Audrius Bieksa said...

cool Mike
i am so glad for you taht you can live a real life righ now. being away from Northland in a real world must be great. they say here is a real life - but i am laughting at that - becouse it is not a real life at all(it is like to say to a prisoner - that this is a real life in Prison). life outside Northland is so much different! ther are people around, unsaved people that you can witness to, you can be a living example to (i saw this at our trip to New York). there are real chalanges of life (not just failiong a class) - real life striving and living for God.
i believe that true Christians must go through trials in their lives (that is wthat makes them a strong believer in Christ) but here at Northland i do not experience that. Church has to shine like a light in the dark world, bet here we are -hiding form the world being sheltered somewhere in the woods (like in some monasterie). it is not a real life at all. it is not how i will live the rest of my life outside Northland. i am so waiting to get out...
i am glad for you Mike. i am glad that you can truly live, see the real life abnd be a real testimony. i believe it si not easy - but that is all the point _Christ never promised for us an easy life (just as we are having here at school), but the life of suffereing and trials. life- where you are the real portret of Christ to the real lost world and not as just less spiritual brother to someone else.
i will be praying for you Mike...
so glad that you are in a real life now...

Michael.Gabriel said...

It's good to be here, Audrius, and I know that you're yearning to get out here too. I'll keep you in prayers too, my brother. You should send me some emails to keep me up to date on how I can best spend the time I have to pray for you when I do.

You actually make it sound as though I'm belittling everyone out there. I didn't mean to come off like that, but I do hope that people won't get used to keeping themselves cooped up around believers all the time when they need to be a witness to those who don't already know our Lord.

It was such a relief for me to get out of there. It was a release. I felt like my spiritual life suffered while I was there, and now I feel so...unshackled. Hard to explain.

Anyways, thanks for the prayers. And keep reading. You'd like some of the other articles on here. And I know that you'll read them because I know how much you care about me as your brother in the Lord (that didn't come across too guilt-trippy did it?). haha

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