I would just like to post a ministry (Mexico) update. My Team is having a mini conference in August and I bought tickets less than 24 hours ago for a little more than $700 bucks round trip. (I was praying it would not be over $1000 dollars.) God is GOOD! Praise Him for the opportunity that I will have to be with my team. The actual conference is the 15th thru the 19th, I will be flying down to Mexico on Thursday the 12th of August and returning on Monday the 23rd of August! I am stil not ready to set a long-term departure date to the field, as I sense this is a continued time for healing as I am working through things yet and growing spiritually in my relationship with God. But that date will be set at the right time. Please pray for my time at the mini-conference and for the Lord's timing for my return I am NOT WORRIED about it at all. Thank you for everything!
So for my first post of July 15th, I just wanted to say that as I look at my life, I really have no regrets now. I used to literally regret constantly, but when the Holy Spirit comes into your life the moment you trust Christ, something happens----the shame, the guilt, and the other junk--it just doesn't matter like it did before. When I shared my testimony at the mentor facilitator appreciation dinner, there was something that I said-a quote from it that I wanted to share.
Excerpt from "My Testimony House of Hope Mentor/Facilitator Appreciation Dinner July 8th 2010"
"About seven weeks ago, He (God) brought me to the place of repentance and trust in Him. The spiritual turmoil that I had experienced for years has been replaced with a sweet assurance that I am truly His that nothing else will ever take away.
The last seven weeks of my life alone have already made up for the nearly 32 years of life that I hated. Life isn’t perfect there are challenges. But it is different now-Jesus Christ is WITH me. NOTHING will ever change that-NOTHING!!....The life that I once hated so much I now see as an intricately designed life by God-the good with the hard things together are woven into a wonderful tapestry of His choosing, even before I truly knew Him. God knew what it would take to bring me to Himself—and it is incredible after all of these years to have finally known that God had not only made me ready to receive the right kind of help that I needed, but to also realize He led me to the right place to receive it—and Ultimately, and most importantly receive Him. All the glory is His-it is all His doing!"
It is so strange because we tend to think that living for ourselves is going to satisfy, but it many times leads to a life of sin and regret. It is only when we live for Christ that we find we will never regret doing so!
I will just echo by saying this
WE CAN LIVE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS WHEN WE SEE HIS INTRICATE PERSONAL HAND INVOLVED---EVERYTHING--ALL OF OUR CHOICES AND OTHER'S SIN AGAINST US, AND EVEN OUR OWN SIN WORKED OUT TO AN INTRICATE PLAN--WHICH HE KNEW BEFOREHAND---AN UNMISTAKABLE TAPESTRY REFLECTING HIS GLORY AND POWER.
Our sin hurts Him, yet He died for us, and He takes EVERYTHING all of it and works it to His glory and our good and growth. Does that mean we keep living a lifestyle of sin? NOPE. But Wow! HOW AWESOME IS OUR GOD!!!!
1 Corinthians 2:8-10 "None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God."
AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!