So....here's the news I've been waiting to tell you....I am going on a trip to Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators! I will be gone for five weeks (July15-August 20) and will be learning about the translation work there as well as getting an in-depth picture about what missionary life is really like.
Here is a video describing why Bible translation and getting the word into a language every person can understand is so important.
I hope you will prayerfully and financially join with me as I go on this journey. Thank you!
O God, who are the giver of all good gifts, I your unworthy servant entirely desire to praise your name for all the expressions of your bounty torward me. Blessed be your love for giving your son to die for our sins, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. Blessed be your love for all the temporal benefits which you have with a liberal hand poured out upon me; for my health and strength, food and raiment, and all other necessities with which you have provided your sinful servant. I also bless you, that after all my refusals of your grace , you still have patienve with me and have given me yet another day to renew and perfect my repentance.
Make yourself always present to my mind, and let your love fill and rule my soul, in all those places, and companies, and employments to which you call me this day. O you who are good and do good, who extend your loving kindness to all mankind, the work of your hands ,your image, capable of knowing and loving you eternally:suffer me to exclude none, O Lord, from my charity, who are the objects of your mercy; but let me treat all my neighbors with that tender love which is due to your servants and to your children. Let your love to me, O blessed Savior, be the pattern of my love to them.
I know what you're thinking...."wait, what? What is this crazy lady talking about?" Yeah, I know. We're not supposed to talk about the good news like that....it's blasphemous! Let me clarify.
The gospel of Jesus has ruined my self-absorbed, red blooded American, commercialized life.
After honestly and prayerfully reading my Bible and such books as The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, Seven: an experimental mutiny against excess by Jen Hatmaker and Radical by David Platt....my heart is being changed. I am learning so much about what it really means to take Jesus's words to heart and actually live them.
I grew up in church, so I've heard the words of Jesus my entire life. I went to Sunday School, I was in the church choir, I went to youth group. I know the Lords prayer and Psalm 23 by heart and all the words to all the hymns and worship songs we sing in church. I was a good Christian girl and I thought I had it all together. Well....I don't. Following Jesus is so much more than knowing what to say, or what to do. It's the attitude and the reason behind what you do, the love that propels you to give and to go. It's not about bigger and better but about becoming smaller, becoming more real.
Shane Claiborne puts it well in his book The Irresistible Revolution......"But we live in a world that has lost it's appreciation for small things. We live in a world that wants things bigger and bigger. We want to supersize our fries, sodas, and church buildings. But amid all the supersizing, many of us feel God doing something new, something small and subtle. This thing Jesus called the kingdom of God is emerging across the globe in the most unexpected places, a gentle whisper amid the chaos. Little people with big dreams are reamagining the world. Little movements of communities of ordinary radicals are committed to doing small things with great love."
If that is true, call me a radical. An ordinary radical who wants to get at the root of what it means to love, and to get at the root of what had made such a mess of our world. It is a contagious revolution that dances, laughs and loves.
"Conversion is not an event but a process, a process of slowly tearing ourselves from the clutches of the culture" Shane Claiborne
"For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things."
Longing- strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: "filled with longing for home."
Do you ever at some time in your day get the feeling of longing, of desire for, something you can't quite name or describe? I often do. You go through your life, your work and activities and then out of nowhere...there it is. The nagging feeling that you're missing something, that there is a piece of your soul that has been misplaced. That desire for something to make you're life have meaning. So, we seek out things to fill that raging, incessant desire.
If only I could have some chocolate cake right now.....that sounds good.
The iPhone 6 is on sale! Maybe I can get it next week....
Only have to save a little more, then I can get that new mustang!
If only I had someone to love me, then I would be happy.
We try and we try, but it never goes away. Always seeking to fill that longing, and always coming up short. Well...I learned something today.
There is nothing on earth that can take that longing away. There is only Jesus.
I cannot depend on anything, any person to give my life meaning. My Creator is the only one that can. Who better to fill my heart than He who made it, and knows it intimately. All these years, this truth was right in front of me but I never saw this longing for what it was. It was HIM.
For my entire life my God, my Father, was calling me to Himself and I could not hear. I filled my head and heart with things that spoil, with things that moths can eat and thieves can break in and steal. My treasure was on earth, and not in heaven.
Speak now, Lord. Your servant is listening. This world has blinded me, but your love is now breaking through. Praise be to you, the God who breaks down walls and opens the eyes of the blind.
The God who fills the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with GOOD things.
If there ever was a song that I could sing every day as a hymn of thankfulness to The Lord, this would be it. Such richness of meaning is included in it's lyrics that touches my soul.
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions fail not, As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed thy hand hath provided Great is thy faithfulness, LOrd unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above; Join with all nature in manifold witness, To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own great precence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow Blessings all mine and ten thousand beside.
I love the refrain the most. For it is so true, each morning there are new mercies that He provides. From family and food, to my job and my church. Not to mention the knowing and feeling of his very presence that touches my own spirit. All I have needed, his hand has provided. I lack nothing that I need, he has seen fit to give me all. And that which I do not have, He knows why I don't need it at this time.
I also love the reminder that the Lord never changes. As he has been, as I have learned him, so he shall ever be. His grace, His mercy will never run out. His compassions never fail. What a promise!
"Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation. And as you do it, you’ll say, “Give thanks to God . Call out his name. Ask him anything! Shout to the nations, tell them what he’s done, spread the news of his great reputation! “Sing praise-songs to God . He’s done it all! Let the whole earth know what he’s done! Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion! The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.”