I have been wanting to blog about our past year on the mission field, but trying to think of a way that could completely describe it. Then I heard this song called Never Been a Moment on the radio this morning and thought THAT IS IT!! Here are some of the verses that really hit home with me.
There’s never been a moment
I was not held inside your arms
And there’s never been a day when
You were not who you say you are…..
You see, this year has been a roller-coaster of ups and downs, highs and lows. But, looking back, I can honestly say there has not been a single moment without the love of Christ.
I think this is one of the biggest things people miss out on when talking about Jesus and who he is and who he can be to them. We forget to say how wonderful the relationship is. How blessed we are to know that even when times are tough, Jesus is right there with us (and he knows a few things about tough times on Earth as well.)
Jesus has been with us over this entire year…..there is not a day that He did not have in his hands. He has equipped us to do things we never even imagined possible! With the power of Christ, we have led others to Him, preached His Word to others, been brave in scary situations, and learned to entrust EVERY area of our lives to him. We have literally watched God move through his people and take care of ALL our basic needs and some of our wants as well.
One of the reasons that I have not blogged in a while (other than being EXTREMELY busy) is that Jesus has been teaching me some things about this. Sometimes, when we are in that learning place we cannot talk about it yet. We have to just be still and LEARN. I needed to learn things like I cannot control the events or people around me here. I cannot offer the people here financial freedom or freedom from addiction or even be the perfect friend to them. I can’t be the fixer. But, I can point them to a Savior. I can be there to pray with them and intercede for them as well.
I will admit, sometimes that feels like it’s not enough. So many times this year, I have felt defeated because I thought there was nothing else I could do. At times, I thought that I absolutely could not give one more ounce of myself to this neighborhood. I became weary of it all…. the knocks at the door, the constant people around all the time, the way that it seemed there was heartache around every corner….believe me, it is a lot to take in. But, as part of my walk with the Lord, I needed him to show me that I CAN’T deal with all of that. Some of it is just HIS!!!!
How freeing is that ???? I don’t have to deal with all of it…. and you don’t either……so , in the New Year, I plan on doing just that….dealing with my parts, and letting Jesus deal with the rest!!! I will rejoice in who HE is….the Almighty, the Everlasting, and most of all my father who loves ME!!! I will trust in His perfect plan for my life and know that in ALL circumstances, whether good or bad, I am HIS!!!!
Once again, I want to thank all of you who continue to support us, love us and be excited about what God is doing here in a little mobile home park in Lancaster. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to minister here. Pray for energy and strength, and that we will rest for the next month as we prepare for our busy summer months ahead. Pray for our children as they serve right alongside of us.
Here is a link to that song I was telling you about too!!