Thursday, January 13, 2011

so go tell your friends.

emotional devotional

jennifer harper led us tonight in our devotional:

she mentioned how the times that she has heard most from God was when she was on missions trips or at conferences or during revivals. those aren't the only times God is speaking to us though; however, they're times where we are attuned most to His heart.


She read this passage from Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
-Mark 5:19


God has done some incredible things through us for HIS glory through the Abraham Project. He is strengthening us in every way. we are called to go home and SHARE HIS GLORY with our friends and with our spheres of influence. let this missions trip be a spiritual awakening for all of us and let us be filled with His glory and His Spirit all the days of our lives!
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this week has been incredible-beyond-words.

we went around and shared some things that have inspired or touched us or meant something special to us. a few of the ones mentioned were the kids, the worship; bonding and getting to know other team members; Ron mentioned how he was blessed that he didn't have to be "the pastor" of the group; he was truly able to serve with us and he was thankful for our willingness to allow him to just be a member. we also discussed the amount of prayer and providence that God has shown to us throughout this entire mission: be it money, rest, patience, etc.; getting to see each other grow in Christ and be pushed outside their comfort zones.

for me, several things have impacted me greatly.

1. the worship: we went to a Spanish-speaking church on Sunday. it was totally culture shock for me. i don't speak very much spanish and i was really overwhelmed just because of the new environment, new country, new language; it was all so overwhelming! but to hear the worship and to know that we were praising the same God was absolutely phenomenal!! the sermon that Ron preached was a universal feeling: being the "lost" person. no matter who we are or where we're from or where we're going, being apart from God and having that sense of lostness is something we can all relate to. but when it all comes down to it, we were created to praise Him in every aspect of our lives: no matter what language we speak.

2. servant's heart: tonight, Kerby wrote on my facebook wall that she was inspired by my servant's heart (and Ron chimed in, too). i've been so excited and so enthusiastic about serving at the Project. but do i really do that at home? how consumed do i get with my "own" thing that prevents me from serving others?? i know that in my heart, i have to WORK to be a servant. when i'm away from home and on a "missions trip", it's easy to know my role; but when i'm at home, i know that i need to be more intentional about my relationships. intentional about serving. intentional about portraying a true servant sold out to Christ.

3. providence: God has provided SOOOO much! from the money, to the Spirit, to the strength to carry posts and dig holes, to the willingness to step out of my comfort zone and lead a devotional, to the patience to pull nails, to the courage to ask for help (which is a huge pride thing for me. i don't like to ask for help. i like knowing i can do something myself).

we closed with Pat reading Psalm 103 tonight giving praise to GOD for everything.
it's easy to see all the pictures and see everyone doing all the work and say "WE did a great job!"
but it's GOD's will that has been done through us.
it's GOD's strength that gives us the power to do immeasurably more than we've imagined.
it's GOD's face that the Costa Rican's will see when they hear "Abraham Project".

i truly have a lot to be thankful for.
i truly have a lot to take away from this experience.
i truly do serve a God that can and WILL provide for those He calls.

so, friends, i'm writing this for the glory of Christ.
He truly will always provide. we must simply follow when we are called and to worship with everything we have. he will provide the way. he will provide Himself to us when we need Him.

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