Hi, my name is Cris Goodfellow. I’m married to an amazing man, Andy, I have two wonderful kids, and I have been on the adventure of a lifetime with God in the past year. Let me tell you about it.
It began, just over a year ago as the heat of summer was waning and the sun rose in the sky. I stepped into our library which most would consider their living room. Nearby the display case lined an entire wall. Among the chairs, the couch and the Tiffany style lamp sat a favorite of mine, my grandma’s old Queen Anne style secretary desk. It sat in the open position with my Bible, pens and journal inviting me to enter in and enjoy my time with the Lord. I decided to dive into Second Timothy 1:17.
As I studied there among the two stacks of books piled close by, I read again the familiar verse “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” I pulled out keywords and researched the original language. On this particular day God revealed this verse in a brand new light. I had always thought this verse was for someone who is a worry wart or a Nervous Nellie. The word “fear” in this verse is only used once in the entire Bible and the root of it translates into coward. So I reread the verse as “For God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
And while this was all stirring in my heart I attended the Swordgirl Conference where one of the speakers showed us a video of a famous tightrope walker, Nik Wallenda. In the video the tightrope walker is met by some turbulence. What the speaker shared with us was that the safest place on that entire line is the very center. I was challenged by this. God had started a stirring in my heart about how I was a coward and I had repented of that with him. God was speaking to my heart saying Cris you’ve made your life safe, come out onto the tightrope with me. True safety is in my will; I will take you on an adventure. And I took him up on it. I started by taking steps to going back to Trinity for a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. During that process opportunities with Kindred Life fell into my lap and I accepted the position as Program Director serving families in and around the Antioch area.
How about you? What adventure is God calling you to? At Kindred Life Ministries we need over 200 volunteers to pour into the lives of young families.
Is God is calling you to participate in a new way this year?
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