Wednesday, December 3, 2014

30

I've been thinking a lot this month of the past 30 years of my life and the things I have learned. I can't wait to see a new list when I'm 60 :) As I've realized all that the Lord has taught me, I've come to see the beauty of each of them (albeit the difficulties) and how related to truth and God's word they are. He is in the business of redemption, and I'm grateful He's showing me that in my own life. So, here goes.

Thirty things I learned before turning thirty:

  1. Laughter is good for the heart (Proverbs 17:22)
  2. The Lord truly is so near to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)
  3. Deep friendship is hard to find, but when found, invaluable (Proverbs 18:24; Proverbs 27:17)
  4. On this side of eternity, family is one of God's greatest blessings (Proverbs 23:22, 26; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
  5. In His love, the Lord will strip idols, often painfully (Hosea 6:1)
  6. Early mornings are my favorite time (Psalm 5:3)
  7. Prayer is essential (Ephesians 6:18-20)
  8. Grief, when dealt with the Lord, is not in any way sinful (2 Corinthians 7:10)
  9. God doesn't waste anything (Romans 8:28)
  10. Oftentimes, the most loving thing you can do is be silent (Proverbs 17:27-28)
  11. Sharing the gospel is not suggested, but commanded- and it brings about the greatest of joys (2 Corinthians 5:11-19; 1 Peter 3:15)
  12. Although confession of sin is difficult, it's where freedom is found (James 5:16)
  13. Releasing the grip of false control is difficult (Job 42:1-6)
  14. I never regret sacrificing time to spend it with those I hold dear (Romans 12:9-21;
  15. Sleepless nights are seen by the Lord, and redeemed for good (Psalm 63:6-7)
  16. Pursuing sexual purity is one of the most sanctifying and difficult acts of obedience (1 Thessalonians 4:3-12)
  17. Words can either speak life, hope, and healing- or they can breathe death and destruction (James 3)
  18. Healing takes time (Psalm 6, Psalm 42)
  19. A Christian should be the happiest of all people (Psalm 13:5-6)
  20. Studying the Word is studying God (Psalm 119)
  21. Every circumstance in life is used by God to sharpen and bring about holiness (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:6-11)
  22. Jesus understands every last bit of me- in struggle, in pain, in joy. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  23. I love traveling and diving into other cultures and communities (Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
  24. God's "no" isn't Him withholding to spite me, but to love me (Proverbs 16)
  25. When I take my eyes off Christ, I quickly sink into selfishness and fear (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 12:1-2)
  26. Flawless physical beauty is unattainable (Proverbs 31:30)
  27. I am never truly alone (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Psalm 73:23-26)
  28. The deepest of pain can lead to the greatest of joy (Psalm 126)
  29. Life isn’t about me (Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  30. There’s no sweeter place to be than in the Lord’s presence- it’s in knowing Him that I am alive and full. (Psalm 34:5; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Isaiah 54-55)



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just a little update!

You are faithful, God.

It has been a challenging few months, for several reasons. I think we can all admit that change can be hard at times, primarily because it messes with the false belief that we have control over our lives. There has been an onslaught of change in my life. Some of it has been so wonderful, and others of it just the opposite. The truth about the Lord that He keeps reminding me of is that He is faithful. 
His care for His children never wanes and His love never falters. That is great hope for us. He truly is my greatest joy, and it’s been in the restless nights and difficult days that I have come to understand the reality of that. It’s my prayer that His faithfulness would be so evident to all of us who are His children; that His glory would be our greatest desire.


When you cannot trace His hand, you can always trust His heart. 
Charles Spurgeon


Time flies!


I have now been on staff at NEXT Worldwide for over a month now, and boy does time fly! I feel like I don't even know where September went. My first day on the job, I was given tasks and projects. If you know me, you know the “gotta go, gotta do!” in me was so happy. It was decided before I started, that I would be placed on the mobilization team during “non trip” season. At mobilization, we do just that: mobilize. We are the front door for the churches, colleges, and ministries partnering with us for mission trips. It has been so fun working with the guys on my team as we seek to mobilize and get youth, and men and women, out on the mission field!
I can’t thank each of you enough for the myriad of ways you have supported me, prayed for me, encouraged me, and loved me. I am truly so grateful.

First day on the new job! I sent this photo to my mom :) 

Travel

Trips for 2015 have been "set" (with the realization that things can change!) Right now, I am set to lead 5 trips. I can't begin to explain how excited I am about this! When I think about the people I will meet, the cultures I will enter into, the changes I will see, and the love I will have- my heart just wants to burst. I feel so designed for this, and it's the grace of God that I can say that. I would love to have your continued prayers!


Ecuador // March


Guatemala // June

Costa Rica // June

Romania // July


Kenya // July