In This Issue...
- A Theology of Humor by Cheryl Taylor
- Ministering With Humor by Stephanie Nance
- Christian Leaders Having Fun? by Pam Morton with Kathy Jingling
- The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter by Dwenda Gjerdingen, MD, MS
Believing God for ...
Interview with Deanna Shrodes
WIM: What have you had to "believe God for" in your ministry?
Shrodes: Everything! I need to believe God every second, for every breath, and not just for my ministry. I believe Him for power, strength, provision, wisdom, protection, success, miracles, and the list goes on. Ministry is not easy at times, and we are not exempt from the normal storms of life aside from ministry. I have had to believe God for healing as well.
WIM: How do you personally distinguish between "a good idea" and "a call" to do something in ministry?
Shrodes: There are many great ideas, and usually I have no shortage of people telling me what they are. I have always had to seek the Lord for His wisdom on what I am supposed to do in the current season, and be confident in walking in that direction or I could be easily swayed by what people are telling me I should do. Usually a call is something I can't get away from, even if I wait on it for a while and give it some time to percolate. I find a call is relentless in my spirit while a good idea can be forgotten.
If you're doing what He wants you to do, despite outcomes that you're not comfortable with, it's still not a failure. At that point it's simply a season of discomfort.
WIM: What hopes sustain you over the long haul?
Shrodes: That it's going to be worth it, even if I don't understand why things go a certain way in a given season. When I get to the future, things are made clear as to why some things in the past went the way they did although I didn't understand it at the time. The hope I have is that God knows everything and my part is to trust Him.
WIM: How have you responded (emotionally and practically) when your God-given hopes are thwarted or dashed?
Shrodes: I have responded poorly at times and with excellence in other times. I consider both responses positive in the long run, because I learned from both. When you learn from your mistakes, there's no failure, only learning. I have come to realize there is no failure in a surrendered life. How can you fail when you surrender everything to God? If you're doing what He wants you to do, despite outcomes that you're not comfortable with, it's still not a failure. At that point it's simply a season of discomfort. I do find I grow the most in those, although I don't like them.
WIM: What practical strategies do you use to "dream God's dreams?"
Shrodes: I get quiet. I get alone. Aside from quiet times, I immerse myself in music that takes me to a place that inspires. And I don't include "dream killers" in my inner circle.