Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wow, how time passes!

I am amazed how time gets away from me! I feel like I have not neglected this blog as completely as I have - oops! God will do something amazing and I fall into the trap of thinking I will write that in my update so I don't want to blog about it. But in truth, I do want to blog about it. When it comes time for my update, I do not have enough space so I fail to write about all the amazing things! What a waster I am, I should be openly passing God! SO, today's praises

1. I am at 46%!!! Now, I would like to say that I do not believe that is really an accurate number because I was in two amazing churches on Sunday and 5 or 6 people talked with me about the possibility of taking out monthly support in the ministry in Ukraine. I really believe I am going to be pushed over 50% very soon and I am so EXTREMELY happy, excited, blessed, overwhelmed... but overall praising God for all He is doing!

2. The van was fixed! After about 25 days and a new transmission, axle, and radiator. Sadly, it did not remained fixed, but it is in the shop again and I am sure the leak will be quickly fixed. In the mean time, God has provided a way for me to get everywhere I need to be. The place that I am "stranded" without transportation is really sweet! People I love, chapel and revival services, a place to sleep. I really have need of nothing and God has used this time. He has fed me and filled me up! Truly, I feel almost like I have been on a retreat and I am so thankful.

3. Spiritual growth - God has been helping me with an area of my life that I don't like to focus on. During this time, He has been showing me places that I am weak that He wants to make me strong. It has been difficult, but truly I feel He is giving me victory - I promise more information about this in my update for September.

Well, truly lots of reasons to praise and I promise more info soon.
In Him,

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a quick update

I had such an amazing weekend and I am loving Home Ministry Assignment. It is an amazing time of drawing closer to God, which has been such a rich experience. When I was in Ukraine, I was so reliant on God, often because I had no idea what to expect or often how things worked. When I had a regular schedule and life was pretty settled, I lost sight of some of that need to be completely dependant on God. Now, in HMA, I am back to just a state of uncertainty and the realization that so much is beyond my control. Again, God is teaching me to rely on Him.

Also, HMA is a time to really focus on other people. I have had just some amazing conversations and met so many just wonderful people, it has been so delightful. I have so many stories to share, but no time now. Please continue to pray for me.

In Him,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

a camera

I really need to get a camera. None of the pictures on my facebook were posted by me. Sort of ridiculous. I was looking at other people's blogs today and I decided that I really need to post pictures too! So, that is my next goal - get a camera. Of course, then I will need to take pictures. Something I admit that I am not really great at doing. I usually forget to take them when I want to or I forget my camera. The honest truth is that could take them with my phone, but I don't know how to get the photos off my phone once I have taken them. Admittedly, a silly problem. maybe I should invite one of my "photo happy" friends along with me on all my adventures and then the problem would be solved.

OH Well. Not a problem to be solved today!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I love this blog

Last night I was talking with a friend about this blog - we went to the blog site and as I started reading the post (specifically the ones from Ukraine) I was right back in those moments - it was wonderful! I could feel how I felt and remember what God was doing and teaching me in those times! I thought to myself - I need to remember this and when I get back to Ukraine, I need to blog again.

This morning, I was thinking about the blog and I thought, it would be good to have that kind of experience when reading back over my time of HMA. So, I am going to attempt to start keeping up with my blog again. Now, I have just admitted that it is mostly for myself, a journal of sorts, but if you are not me and you are reading this right now, I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.

Last night, I was part of a service at the EKCC (Eastern Kentucky Correctional Center). It was a really great service! One of my friends mentioned that she has been reading the book of Job and I thought I love that book. So, this morning I read some of it. Now I admit, I cheated and skipped to the end. I love when God responds to all that has been said and reminds Job of who he (God) is and what he has done. It is also a reminder of who Job is. Such an amazing picture, just God speaking in the midst of what appears to Job as chaos and just the ultimate of despair. Then I was struck by the fact that to get to this revelation of God, I skipped to the end of the book, Job did not have that option. He had to go through all the difficulties to get to that place.

I pray that God will reveal himself to me, I am pray that God will help me to be faithful and true to Him, no matter what I need to go through. That I will not seek short-cuts or skip out on what He has for me as I long for comfort and ease. I want to go deep, to really know Him.