Tuesday, March 6, 2012

more than myself

I cannot believe it is already March. 

I am going to HAITI in 3 days. I can hardly believe it. I am above and beyond excited and expectant for all the Lord is going to do on this trip. I haven't been in the "missions setting" since Africa about 3 years ago. I've been so challenged to live a "missions lifestyle". To see each and every day, right here where I am, as my mission field. Of course that sounds cheesy and you've heard it said. But really. Whether I'm walking to class or sitting in class... there are so many people who need to hear that Jesus loves them. I take that secret for granted. And I want to share it with the world- and news flash, the world consists of the girl who sits next to me in English. Missions mindset now. Sounds pretty straight forward, but I've realized I need the boldness, favor, and grace of God to really live it out. I know this mission trip will realign my purpose and focus of reaching God's people and I cannot wait for my eyes to be opened to the heart of the Father. I can't wait to share our team's stories.

As of life right now, I am digging into 1 Corinthians. I'm really carrying the Lord's word throughout my day and doing exactly what Joshua 1:8 says: "Keep the Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Meditating on the Lord's word has realigned my focus and aided my memorization of scripture so that I can do what Ephesians 6:10-11 says: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." I'm praying that I will fall more in love with the Lord each day. 

Reveal yourself to your daughter. Open up my eyes to see You, God. 

I am blessed to serve with the amazing SWITCH team at Highland's Tuscaloosa. I have never been more encouraged with this ministry than these past two weeks. Again, I'm reading through 1 Corinthians and was unexpectedly encouraged this morning. I'll share 1 Corinthians 3:6-9--

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who water is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building." 

As leaders, we have the responsibility to pray and share the love of Christ, but ultimately He makes it flourish. He sees our work and we will be rewarded for our dedication to this ministry- which is honestly just a bonus! Because ministry is joy and life. While, yes, it can be frustrating... how can you not be encouraged after reading those verses? Knowing that it really is all in the Lord's hands. He will make it grow in His time. And His time never seems appropriate to us. But that's why He's God and we're not. Trusting that He'll make it grow. And we'll be faithful to the call... planting the seeds and watering.

Jesus, open up the eyes of this generation. Draw them to the loving kindness of the Father. Let your children be a light for the lost. Wake us up from our slumber. 

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