We have been in Mexico 2 ½ years now. It is amazing to think about this. We have faced challenges, grieved and rejoiced in our time here, and God continues to work. Even with all this there are times I let my fears creep in (the “I can’t do this” thoughts), yet God meets me in this, encourages me and challenges me. Sometimes the challenges and encouragements come with the people who stay with us.
As I share what I’m learning, I pray you’ll be blessed and encouraged in your faith-walk as well.
The days here at the clinic are filling to the brim with swollen bellies, laboring women, the arrival of long awaited bundles and checking in on those little bundles as they begin the uncertain journey toward realizing their potential. I guess you could say that things are going pretty well.
With the clinic currently running smoothly and efficiently, I could easily feel comfortable and content… but I don’t. I remain uneasy; aware of a coming storm that has been steadily brewing in my spirit for some time.
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Focus scripture: Eph. 6:18-22
Effective public speakers, and your freshman English teacher, teach that when attempting to communicate an important point, start by “telling the audience what you are going to tell them”. Then, as you are wrapping up, always finish by “reminding the audience of what you have told them”. Paul clearly understood and applied this wisdom. Continue reading
What is the will of God? I know most if not all of us have asked this at one time or another. We have definitely asked it many times being on the mission field. Most often, seeing so much need, you don’t even know what to do.
If you have eyes to see when you are here, you will see poverty and injustice all around you. And right next to it, you can see wealth and privilege. This condition is hard to reconcile within your mind. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 6:14-17 “…”
One of the wisest men I know once said, “You must prepare for the battle you are not yet in.” The combat sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of my biggest passions in life, making this quote ring very true to me. When I have a tournament approaching, I spend hours training, drilling technique, and conditioning my body for the physical battle to come. I want to make sure that I am prepared for the physical battle that I will face. However, I’ve found that when it comes to spiritual battles (temptation, trial, anxiety, etc.), we tend to frantically scramble and panic because we have not prepared for it. The time to prepare for war is not when the first bomb drops or first gunshot is fired… we must prepare ourselves for the battle long before the battle rages.
Focus verse: Eph. 6:10-12 “…Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Do you ever feel weak and powerless? Beat up and discouraged? Many people go through life losing battle after battle, never really experiencing victory. Many battles are lost simply because we have failed to put on the armor of God.
Have you ever heard of a soldier going into war without their weapons and armor? Police officers never leave home without their bulletproof vests and their duty weapon, yet Christians often leave go out into the hostile world without the armor of God.
Focus passage: Eph. 6:5
‘Servants, be obedient — in sincerity of heart, as to Christ’
As followers of Christ we must realize that our life is not our own. The essence of the Christian life and discipleship is self-denial and cross-bearing. Even when it hurts; and it sometimes will.
We are blood-bought bondservants of the Most High God and everything we do should be an act of worship and service to our King! God’s glory must be our only motivation!
Our devotion to the Lord directly affects how we perform our everyday duties. Continue reading