By Kathy Nichols
After reading Amanda’s blog, it challenged me to think a bit more about the valuable lessons I have learned and obviously continue to learn having been in YWAM for twenty years and now out of YWAM for the same amount of time.
Upon returning home from my school, I remember rewriting all my notes (to make them neater, but also to review what I had heard). It helped keep the material I had received fresh in my mind, so more ready to apply. I also found remembering the miracles that God did during my time in YWAM, which have frequently inspired faith and perseverance in my heart. (It's easier perhaps to remember our challenges, failures, etc., but I wouldn’t advise going there except to get them healed and forgiven!)
However, as time went by while outside YWAM, two key areas for me to grow in my personal relationship with the Lord in an ongoing way, are doing personal Bible studies on various topics and also having personal worship times. In these two things I have found and continue to find times of immense fellowship and closeness to the Lord, joy, clarity of direction or a boost of faith. I think the Lord knows each of us well enough to know what we need, I think it’s a matter of finding a few specific things that work for you in terms of recognising in which particular things you find a good connection to the Lord.
As Amanda said good friends are a true gift at any time, but particularly when one is seemingly living out on a limb. My best friend here where I live has a husband who prayed for a woman friend for her and I am glad he did!