Archives for the month of: February, 2013

Loving God and loving missions have always gone hand in hand in my heart. When I became a Christian 14 years ago I didn’t know that it would mean falling in love with the whole world…but it did and I’m glad.

So, I’ve spent the last 14 years supporting missionaries prayerfully and financially. I’ve read about missionaries (Gladys Aylward is one of my favorites.), served on the church mission board and spent a few years teaching kids about God’s work all over the world.

And now…God has given me the opportunity to go to Ghana, Africa on a short term mission trip. Here’s a photo my husband shared on facebook with the caption, “My wife is going to Ghana!”
my wife is going to Ghana
This was such a long shot. I had less than 8 weeks to raise the money needed, get my passport, get my shots and get my visa, but God has provided every step of the way.

For example, I found out about the trip January 11 and was required to raise the first $1500 needed by January 31st. So of course I started fundraising right away. I was worried because 2 days before the deadline I woke up still needing to raise over a thousand dollars! The next morning I woke up needing $650 and the morning of the deadline I still needed $461. But the money kept pouring in little bits at a time. While I slept the night of the 31st God met that first goal.

I could tell you several more stories along the same lines. God has been so faithful in every detail.

Psalm 37:4 says
Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

That verse tells my story. God puts the desires in our hearts and then He is generous enough to grant them! Like my friend Alicia said to me, “Your heart has always been in missions, now your body gets to go too!” Thank you God!

According to Eric Liddell,  “We are all missionaries wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ.”

I am praying that I will be a blessing and bring God glory wherever I am and wherever I go. And I am praising Him and doing a happy dance in appreciation of His generosity.

I’m going to Ghana!

I wake this morning with melancholy in my heart. My youngest is sick so we canceled dinner plans that I’d been looking forward to. I’m way behind on my homework and my house could use a good cleaning. My dad is not well and I don’t know how to help him. And I’m secretly terrified of the mission trip to Ghana, Africa that  I’m going on in 4 weeks.

My laundry list of worries and fears seems long today.

I know what my real problem is. None of the above. Not that those aren’t real problems. They are. But my real problem, my underlying problem, is that I’ve been neglecting my morning quiet time with God.  And I miss Him.

A friend once told me, “It’s a predictable pattern.” And he’s right. When I stop soaking in God’s Word and living and breathing prayer…I forget who I am and I forget whom I serve. And I begin to take on all these problems on my own. They pile up fast. Life can be overwhelming. It happens every time.

We’re not meant to live like this.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
John 15:4

It’s time to stop the pity party.

Today I chose Christ. Today I remember. Today I will not be anxious.  Today I will rest in Him. Today I will remain in Him.