Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You Are Mine!

As I sat, seeking rest, waiting, an empty page. Longing for soul rest, a song came to mind - a song I have sung many times since January. A song that the youth chorus sings and today that song ministered to me. A whisper that this was for me.

You Are Mine - David Haas
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

Finding soul rest today!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Compiled List of Nicaraguan Updates

Many of you who I have met since returning from Nicaragua have asked about the work that was done there and the time that I spent there. I have recently added all my emails, that were sent during my time there, to my blog to allow you see what was done at the missions there. I also decided to create one post with the links to all the posts to give make it easier accessible for those who would like to read more about it. If at anytime you have questions about anything, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them. 

Nicaraguan Updates

The reason to put all these updates up is in no way to bring glory to myself, but rather to show you the work of God that was done in Nicaragua - a work that would have not been possible had it not been for the love that God extended to all of us by first sending His Son for you and I. This love that  was shown to us was given to us when we accepted Christ and took on this form of love in our hearts following our spiritual re-birth. This love allows us to serve Him and portray His love to those around us. 

May God receive all the glory!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Mother's Touch

The temperature of the day seemed to be 110 degrees in the shade. Animals could be found under the trees and the people of the town did not stray far from the comfort of their shaded hammocks. But the heat of the day did not stop us from driving through the little town of La Palmerita to spend time with our Nicaraguan friends and hold a few Bible studies....

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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Beauty of Whitespace

Whitespace - a term I had heard only a few times before. What was it? 

This week I began a journey in learning of Spiritual Whitespace as I started reading a book by Bonnie Gray - the author of Faith Barista

So what is whitespace? Untouched, unmarked space, but not blank. It has beauty! A canvas longing for quiet, beauty, rest. We have been instructed to rest.

[Earnestly] remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (withdrawn from common employment and dedicated to God). Six days you shall labor and do all your work, But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your domestic animals, or the sojourner within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it [set it apart for His purposes]. Exodus 20:8-11 AMP
Even God in all His holiness rested after He created the earth. He, who was all-knowing, all-powerful, Supreme, needed to rest. How much more do we as fallen creatures saved by grace need to rest? We even find Jesus, amidst His calling here on earth, stepping away from His task at hand and retreating to the mountains for some time alone. He, who came to earth as an individual to die for our sins when He himself was sinless, recognized the need to step back and find that spiritual whitespace - that place of beautiful rest.
And He said to them, [[a]As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while—for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat. Mark 6:31 AMP.
I encourage you to find your place of rest - your spiritual whitespace. A place where you can lay aside the daily weight and find God, as He waits for you. As He desires for you to rest in Him.
I have just began my journey through this book. Join us as we take this journey of finding Spiritual Whitespace.
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The beauty of whitespace!

Friday, May 16, 2014

WHY? a heart's cry

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The question continued to tumble through my head this week. Various recent happenings played over and over:

The list went on and on. But as the question continues to tumble, there is a sense of peace that God gives. True peace that this world cannot give. The peace that only one can find in God and God alone. 

Why we ask? We don't understand. We question what happened. We are not at fault for questioning what has happened. We remain at fault when we allow our questions to turn to bitterness. The bitterness is what the devil uses to trip us and have us doubting God and His goodness.

But God is GOOD! We are reminded that these happenings have happened so that God might be glorified. The following Scriptures affirm this:

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. John 9:3

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11

We wonder why? but we see in the verses above that the works happen for the glory of God and that God might be glorified. These experiences and the individuals affected by the experiences display the peace that only God gives. The peace that comes from accepting the circumstances and acknowledging that God is glorified through it all...