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5 Ways To Get the Most out of Your DTS

Apr 1, 2019 4:39:22 PM

So you're preparing to come to DTS. We have 5 things that will totally help you arrive ready to go and ready to get the most out of your experience. 

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If you’re preparing to do a YWAM DTS, it’s hard to know what to expect much less how to prepare. It’s not so much about our expectations or need for further provision that we need when it comes to DTS, but rather learning how to put on a new mindset and be open to  embracing all that God has for us in this season. Here are our 5 suggestions...

1. Learn to Listen

DTS will be a different culture than you might be used to. It’s designed to bring intimacy with God through everything and everyone you meet. YWAM is motivated by how God speaks to us, individually and together as a community. I’ve noticed that often in my life I desire to “hear” God, yet I don’t take the time to listen. DTS is the time and place to learn how to listen. God speaks in many different ways: through friends, through speakers, through Scripture, and in our individual quiet times. When we adopt the posture of listening, the understanding we seek can begin to be heard.

2. Have an Open Mind

Sometimes when we step out of our comfort zone we feel the need to overprotect ourselves in how we think, or in the things we do. I know it can be exhausting to keep doing things I’m not used to or prepared for, but when I surrender my desires and control, God often surprises me. Whether that be trying a new food or praying out loud, I find myself more encouraged because I see that God is strengthening my way of thinking.

3. Document your process through journaling

I know that not everyone is a writer, but you’ll want to remember DTS—the friends you make, the places you go, and the transformation Jesus brings. Bring a journal and try to write about your experience every few days. Not only will the practice help you remember, but it’s something you can return to in your life. I still have my DTS journal, and every so often I open it back up. Rereading how God partnered with me in my life during those six months to show me His love encourages me. Throughout the Old Testament, we see God remembering his promise to Abraham and in return the people of Israel remembering what God had done for them; this is because remembering is an important practice. I never want to forget the places I have been, but more importantly, I don’t want to forget how God has transformed my life.

4. Keep Going Even When It Gets Hard

DTS is meant for helping us break through, whether that be in our spiritual life or in our ministry work. God wants to show up in our lives, redeem more and more of them, and use that transformation to pour into the nations. Sometimes for God to knock down the walls in our lives, it takes getting our hands a little dirty. If we want to see change in our lives and in the world around us, we must be people who persevere, trusting that God will "fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

5. Prepare for the Unexpected

There’s really no such thing as an ordinary day when we live expectant of Jesus showing up. That’s the amazing thing about doing a DTS, it may start out a little slow but when you start seeking Jesus and making space for him in your life, he’ll start surprising you. Sometimes we adopt this mindset that God isn’t really present in our lives, or he’s only present for special people. That’s not the case at all. God is relational. He listens, he acts, and he loves. When we learn to live from that mindset, we will become more aware of God’s presence in every aspect of our lives.

For me, DTS was walking into the unknown: I was nervous, fearful, and really excited. I anticipated that God would show up in my life and that the growth I longed for would finally come. God exceeded my expectations in every way!


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