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3 Ways an Introvert Can Thrive in a DTS

3 Ways to Thrive

3 ways an introvert can thrive in dts

Committing to a 5-6 month experience with an unknown community & location is daunting for anyone… but for an introvert it feels especially intimidating. The excitement and adventure of a DTS is paired angst of meeting new people and being pushed out of your comfort zone.

The good news is that God calls people of all personality types to missions.

If he calls you to it, he’ll equip you for it! Here are 3 things I’ve picked up along the way that will help introverts thrive in a DTS:

1. Have Quiet Time

There’s time built into the day to spend alone with the Lord, and as an introvert, you recharge with time alone. Take advantage of this! DTS is busy, filled with people; however, the scheduled quiet times in the day provide the perfect opportunity to maximize your recharge time. Also, take all of the free time you have to focus on healthy habits that give you life. Instead of reaching for your phone or Netflix, go for a walk, exercise, or spend time in the Word or prayer! 

2. Embrace Your Uniqueness

“Shy. Quiet. Doesn’t talk much. Didn’t notice you were here”.….. Many of us introverts have heard this. They are usually made with no negative intent, but they still promote the idea that we live in an extrovert’s world. The good news is that there are things introverts bring to the table that no one else can! Your unique personality is essential and is made in the image of God. Jesus needed alone time just like we do. Don’t force yourself into a personality that isn’t you. DTS is the perfect time to really experiment, figure out how you best operate, and how God has uniquely equipped you to share his love. You are needed. Be who you were created to be – don’t try to be someone else. In her blog, Anisha Hopkinson says, “I’ve learned that while I’m busy agonizing and feeling ashamed over who I’m not God is right there waiting and wanting to use who I am.”

 

3. get out of your comfort zone

Everybody has one, and DTS pushes EVERYONE out of it. When you develop healthy identity and become comfortable with who God made you to be, your comfort zone is no longer a limitation. You can do things you would never naturally do when you’re walking in the Spirit. Even if it’s tiring, you will get recharged – so commit to pushing through for the kingdom. The secret is that extroverts face the same issues. They have just as many things to overcome to get out of their comfort zone – it just looks differently than introverts. In this Psychology Today article, a psychiatrist describes the incredible mental benefits of getting out of your comfort zone. It’s science, people.

The Discipleship Training School at YWAM Asheville is a cross cultural, life changing experience. And as an introvert myself, I invite you to use your personality as a tool for missions, not a barrier.  You are wanted. You are needed.

If You’re Ready

to get out of your comfort zone and chase after Jesus with a community of like minded people, come do a DTS at YWAM Asheville.

All personality types welcome.

Do Something Hard

do something hard

do something hard

In a world with devastation, heartache, tragedy and darkness in every news cycle, I often feel the temptation to withdraw…to become complacent, like much of my generation.

It seems easier to get lost in my gym routines, my toddler’s newest word or bruise, career hopes, family dreams. But my heart yearns for more. As a Christ follower, I know the decree He gives us to GO. I know I am blessed in order to be a blessing. I know I am made to roar, and fight injustice, and battle against principalities and powers. But when will it stop? What good will this one good work do? Will this one act make any difference what so ever? It is in these moments, when we are asking these questions, that we must choose to continue to lean into the chaos, push into the conflict, address the tension. When we find ourselves begin to withdraw into our personal world, it is time to say “yes” to the fight.

God’s specialty is bringing wholeness in the midst of the brokenness.  In the right-here-and-now of what seems like this hopeless reality, He sits in authority and calls each of us into action for His glory and our good.   When the brokenness of the world seems like too much to handle, and like our work won’t make a difference, that is when we MUST take action.  

These are the times to suck it up, and do something hard. 

I have received some inspiration lately from this poem:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa

It would be easy to sit back and choose to be indifferent towards the seemingly never ending cycle of evil. This choice would not cost me anything, except an occasional guilty conscience.  The hard thing is to lay down our lives in the hope that we will indeed find true life as we lean into the chaos, not away from it, and do something hard.

This choice will cost us everything, but it’s a fair price.

Are you ready to do something hard? Want to shake off the passivity of our generation and FIGHT the darkness?

Join us for a Discipleship Training School and watch the Lord use you in incredible ways!

Why I believe in the DTS

Why I Believe In DTS

WHy I believe in the dts

I believe in the DTS. The Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED.

Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Indeed, our goal as an organization is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace.

In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

https://www.ywamasheville.org/ywam-dts/In my DTS, I learned that my answers to to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

Join us for the next Discipleship Training School! You’ll never be the same.

How DTS Changed My Life

How DTS Changed My Life

how dts changed my life

A black hole is what I saw in my future. As a 21 year old young man, it’s absolutely depressing to not know what your future holds. It was even more shattering to see a black hole, a future without any light.

I desperately needed someone to interrupt my journey into this black hole. I needed help! Out of nowhere I kept hearing about an organization I had never heard about, YWAM. I took a leap of faith and signed up to do a DTS to see if somehow I could reconcile the predicament I was in.

These are the top 3 ways DTS changed my life, forever.

I MET THE “I AM”

In the six months of my DTS I saw God in a new paradigm, saw Him up close. It was a moment of enlightenment of who He was and how He sees me. I saw Him as a father. I saw Him as a shepherd. I saw Him as a friend with whom I could communicate my heart with, who is willing to listen and talk to me.

 

I MET MYSELF

 

I found myself for the very first time. I always lived according to other’s expectations, and let situations and my past define me and where I was headed in life. I began seeing a version of me that I never saw before. I saw the original design that God had in mind when he created me. I was set free! I saw the world in a new light, saw opportunities to make a difference, to live, not just to exist.

I MET FRIENDS FOR LIFE

All of this happened in the context of a community. I had people who did not see me for who I was in the moment but rather who I could be. They knew my story and believed in me, which helped propel me towards what God had for me. It was no longer me fighting alone, I had an army behind me.

I didn’t know what my future was holding, but I knew Who was holding my future. I saw Jesus in my future. That is all I needed.

Psalms 119: 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

In the time that the psalms were written, the lamps only had enough light for one step at a time.

That’s all they could see. The next step.

All I need to know is the next step, and to be faithful to obey Him in that next step.

What’s your next step?

Join us for a Discipleship Training School and let God transform you as you learn to follow Him.

Fear & Jesus

Fear & Jesus

Fear & Jesus

Fear. Four simple letters. By definition, fear as a verb means to be afraid of something as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. As a noun, fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion derived from fear as a verb.

This unpleasant emotion, at one point in my life, almost took over who I was. Fear of the unknown, fear of the what if’s, fear of the unpredictable outcome. All of which stopped me dead in my tracks. Preventing me from moving forward. Preventing me from experiencing joy. Preventing me from being able to see, detect, be consciously aware of God’s ability to take care of me. Always.

Then one day, out of nowhere, God spoke in his still, small, commanding voice. As I looked into my daughter’s eyes, my heart within whispered,

“All I want to do is take care of you.”

God whispered into this fearful heart, “Consider the lilies.” And a chunk of fear vanished that day. If he can take care of the lilies of the field, how much more can he take care of me?

A few months later, still in a fearful place, not completely free, I listened to a spiritual father as he taught on God’s nature and character. The words that dug their way deep into my soul were, “God’s got an infinite imagination to solve every situation you find yourself in.” He doesn’t run out of ideas. He has more than plan A or plan B or plan Z. He’s got plan A to plan Infinity to choose from.

Another chunk of fear melted away that day.

God never created me to live in fear. He has given me power, love and a sound mind to combat fear. He has loved me with his perfect love, which casts out all fear. When I choose fear over love, I am telling God he is unable, he is not loving, he doesn’t see all the details. He’s not enough.

I now look at that four letter word that tried to take me out and say, not today. Not this time. Not this situation. God is enough. He takes care of lilies. His creative imagination will work this out for my good.

When you do a Discipleship Training School at YWAM Asheville, you are taking a step of faith: a statement that God’s provision surrounds His direction. Join us for the upcoming DTS and learn more about living fearlessly, rooted in the knowledge of who GOD is and what He’s really like.

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

3 Signs You Should Do a dts

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

1. Are you thirsty?

“He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” John 7:37b-28 (The Message)

Jesus has revealed to His Creation that He alone truly satisfies, and He alone will serve us never ending cups of cool living water. The DTS is for the thirsty, those who have begun to realize that the world around us can not quench the ever present yearning for purity, for rest, and for truth.

2. Are you burning?

“But if I say, “I will not remember Him

           Or speak anymore in His name,”

           Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire

           Shut up in my bones;

           And I am weary of holding it in,

           And I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah 20:9 (NAS)

 

The truth of the gospel is a flame within us. It is meant to be a light by which we lead others to the cross of Christ. But if we keep our mouths shut, if we remain motionless in our comfort and refuse to speak out in faith, we will burn from the inside out. The DTS is for those who ache to share truth, for those who long to be trained on how to release this light into the world, and for those who can keep silent no longer.

3. Are you willing?

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

We live in a world that is obsessed with comfort and personal rights. We’ve been told our whole lives to prioritize our own personal welfare above all else. But what if this is a false safety? What if true comfort lies not in an unending bank account, a relationship, a status? What if true comfort lies, instead, in the hands of a sacrificial Savior? The DTS is for anyone who realizes that life is too short to take another step without the leadership of Jesus, for those who have a voice crying out in their heart, “Here I am, Jesus, send me!”, and for those who desire to lay aside their personal agenda in order to follow in His footsteps, no matter the cost.

The Discipleship Training School offers a place and space to explore, to wrestle, to seek, to find, to ask, to dream, to ponder, and to chase.

The DTS is for anyone with a thirst for the extraordinary, a hunger for the eternal, an aching to see oneself and one’s generation transformed for the glory of God’s love, and a willingness that says, “take me anywhere, Lord, I’ll do anything”.