Posts Tagged ‘christian’

On a Mission!

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Literally…I’m going on a mission trip to Macedonia. Macedonia?! Where is THAT!? Macedonia is a country in Europe (see map). The fact that I’m going on a mission trip isn’t really what I wanted to write about today. What I want to write about is how God is using me there. I’ve been on an international mission trips twice – both times to Guatemala. In Guatemala we fed the poor, loved on the orphans and rescued babies, worked on constructing a new hospital, and just generally lent a helping hand.

So when the opportunity came about to go to Macedonia, I was super excited…thinking I’d be doing some of the same things. (Because that is what you think about when you hear mission trip, right?) Before jumping on the “yes” wagon though, I prayed thoughtfully about it…wanting to make sure that God wanted me to go and that it wasn’t just me selfishly wanting to go. So, I asked God to please make it very clear to me that He wanted me to go.

When the call came to give me information on the trip, I listened intently to what we’d be doing. About two minutes in to the call, I heard the words that were meant specifically for me. “We’ll be helping a local church with marketing and technology.”

Now…most of you reading this know me…but I know some of you do not. For those of you who don’t….my passion is….marketing with technology. So there it was. Clear as a bell. I smiled, looked up and thanked God. He, as always, was directing my path.

So this trip will be A LOT different than the others. But, I’m ready for it and I know God will show up in amazing ways. Because, He always does.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come anad pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Begin with the end in mind.

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Faith
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The other day as I was walking in to a building with my son, he said randomly, “would you have ever thought at my age that you’d end up being a christian leading your own women’s ministry?”  He is 16.

Talk about “deer in the headlights”…no doubt that was what I looked like.  A million thoughts (and some  horrors as I remember how I lived at 16!) went throught my mind.  But I knew I only had a few seconds before his curious mind went on to another subject, so I answered him quickly and honestly, “no way!” I said.  “But I’m sure glad I ended up here.”

And sure enough, that was the end of that conversation as he moved on to something else.  I’m not sure where he was going with that question, or what his mind was thinking when he asked it.  I am overjoyed that he is even thinking about “ending up” somewhere and I hope he thinks being a christian is a good place to be.

Beginning with the end in mind is a great strategy for life!  And my job is to keep pointing him in the right direction.

 

Pray on.

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Faith
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It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives.  We worry about all the little details, trying to make everything perfect.  Trying to please everyone. We sometimes end up upset or even worse mad when things don’t turn out the way we think they should.  Why do we do these things to ourselves?

The bible says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever had the peace of God warm over you?  It’s like the sun rising and warming your face.  It’s the feeling of snuggling up to a newborn baby.  Or holding a loved one’s hand.

There have been many times in my life where I could have chosen to break down.  Yet, I chose to ask God for help.  My anxious moments became peaceful moments.  Of course, there have also been times I was so caught up in emotion that I didn’t stop and pray, and I let the situation control me.  I ended up feeling like I’d been beaten up.  It’s hard, I know, when you are deep in a situation to just stop and pray.  But it really, really works.

If you are dealing with any type of frustration today, I encourage you to ask God for His help….ask Him for peace.  He will not dissapoint you!