Psalm 146:2 "I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Perfect Start For Thanksgiving This Week

I've had the perfect start to Thanksgiving this week!

I learned that a good friend of mine, who I had been praying for got away from some false teachings and is now walking in the truth!

Praise the Lord! I am so thankful! I feel like doing the victory dance and crying tears of joy! There is no greater joy to know that those we love are walking in the truth!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Headed to Durango

Hi Everyone,

Two days ago I got the best surprise ever. One of my co-workers asked if I would consider going on the Amigos Sin Frontera trip which is November 10th-17th in order to supervise two short term workers who are at camp ministry.

I called Amigos Sin Frontera and they confirmed that they had space for the trip. I got permission from my supervisor, so I am confirmed to go! Very excited as it has been almost five years since I have gone on a ministry trip with my dentist and doctor friends!

I have to hit the ground running Monday morning the 18th with a short term orientation week which I will be helping with for a family and another individual who are heading out to other countries.

Please pray for.......

Health for all of us.

Pray that God would use us on the trip for His glory.

Safety for all of us as we travel-it is a 12 hour drive there.

That I will gel well with the short-termers on the trip. We don't know one another.

For everything that needs to get done before I leave, for everything that will need to get caught up on when I get back, and for the class I need to prepare to teach for the orientation week.

Thanks everyone.

More details once things slow down when I get back!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Squeezing Of the Lemon

 This year has been challenging in many ways. Since about March it seems like one thing has happened after another-I feel like I am a lemon being squeezed. I know God is definitely with me, but there have been many times where it honestly hasn't been easy.

My reaction to the squeezing in various situations has not always been the best. I've reacted in ways that I shouldn't have. And it is easy for me to think that how I sometimes react when the lemon is squeezed "isn't really me"-I mean it's easy to think that under "normal" circumstances I wouldn't react in such a way.

But you know what? How I react when the lemon is squeezed is so just like me-it is me. When a lemon is squeezed it can only release the juice that is already there. What is produced by the squeezing is a reflection of my heart, of areas that still need to be transformed to be more like Christ-and those areas instead of what they reflect now, need to reflect other things like His patience, love that bears all things, gentle answers, and perfect trust.

The result of the squeezing, even though I don't enjoy it, is truly for my good--to sanctify me and make me more like Christ day by day. And being transformed into His likeness is worth it-no matter what I have to go through, no matter how many tears, heartbreaks, disappointments, or things that just don't make sense.

God is perfectly good-nothing has touched my life apart from what He has allowed for His greater purposes. So I trust Him as He in perfect wisdom squeezes the lemon----that these momentary trials will produce the testing of my faith and that in the end I will shine as gold.