“Making disciples is not an easy process. It is trying. It is messy. It is slow, tedious, even painful at times. It is all these things because it is relational. Jesus has not given us an effortless step-by-step formula for impacting the nations for his glory. He has given us people, and he has said, “Live for them. Love them, and serve them and lead them. Lead them to follow me, and lead them to lead others to follow me. In this process you will multiply the gospel to the ends of the earth.” -David Platt
This quote has given me perspective so many times this year already. I wrote it in my journal over the summer knowing God would use it and this week I shared it with my staff. Whether you are in a ministry like mine where you are overtly discipling students or not, the difficulties and mess of working with people exists. But take heart, we are all flawed and all tired at times but we are still called to love on one another and guide each other towards the Lord... and we can so it! Despite the difficulty of the process. =)
Friday, September 28, 2012
“Satan hindered us.” -1 Thessalonians 2:18
“Since the first hour in which goodness came into conflict with evil, it has never ceased to be true in spiritual experience, that Satan hinders us. From all points of the compass, all along the the line of battle, in the vanguard and in the rear, at the dawn of the day and in the midnight hour, Satan hinders us. If we toil in the field, he seeks to break the ploughshare; if we build the wall, he labours to cast down the stones; if we would serve God in suffering or in conflict -- everywhere Satan hinders us. He hinders us when we first looked to the cross and lived. Now that we are saved, he endeavors to hinder the completeness of our personal character. You may be congratulating yourself, “I have hitherto walked consistently; no man can challenge my integrity.” Beware of boasting, for your virtue will yet be tried; Satan will direct his engines against that very virtue for which you are the most famous. If you have hitherto been a firm believer, your faith will ere long be attacked; if you have been meek as Moses, expect to be tempted to speak unadvisedly with your lips. The birds will peck at your ripest fruit, and the wild boar will dash his tusks at your choicest vines.
Satan is sure to hinder us when we are earnest in prayer. He checks our importunity, and weakens our faith in order that, if possible, we may miss the blessing. Nor is Satan less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort. There was never a revival of religion without a revival of his opposition. As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labor, Sanballat and Tobiah are stirred up to hinder them. What then? We are not alarmed because Satan hindereth us, for it is a proof that we are on the Lord’s side, and are doing the Lord’s work, and in His strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over our adversary.”
Monday, September 10, 2012
I carry my iPod with me everywhere now since I can document so many things and write so many lists on it. =) I love my lists! So here are some more pictures I have taken so far.
Sunset at the beach our first day on the way down.
Awesome Tiki Tiki Room-esque resturaunt in El Sauzal.
Sunrise in Porvenir.
David and Tim... twins at the Taco Shop.
Sushi and Tempura plantains in Ensenada with the staff.
Painting our kitchen with a vibrant yellow. =)
Creepy Parrot at the Second Hand stores... For Kimbo.
We bought a purple (wine) colored couch! Go remodeling!
Dr. Suess Tree. =)
This will have a post all to itself later.
We need this couch. haha
I love watching a movie and seeing logos for companies and products pop up. It makes me laugh to think of how much money those companies spent to have their car or drink in the movie and I like finding details like that in movies. Well, here is my very own, very blatant, product placement.
I blog about this stuff not just because the color is so in style right now (highlighter yellow) and not because it is so citrusy and nice but because I think everyone should have it to make their lives easier. I am telling you about this because here at Ventana we have some really set in gooey, nasty stains sometimes that we can’t get out. Seven years in already used trailers will lead to that. So when we whipped this Mr. Clean stuff out for the first time and I went to town on a horridly disgusting white board I had little hope of recovering it to a useable state. But this stuff was a miracle!!! Calling all moms to the cleaning isle! This cleaning solution is incredible. Try it. =)
God has been so faithful these past two weeks to show me the healing, strengthening, and encouraging power of his Word and Spirit. I find a new gem everyday it seems in my reading and he constantly is reminding me of places I can grow and places I can pour out on others. I already see him using my experience from the last year to make this year more effective, whether that means setting better boundaries in my life, using my time differently or seeking him for more things. I have so many things I could share with you but I know you are each on your own journey where God is showing you things that are pertinent to your walk. So I will just share some quotes and verses that will be encouraging to anyone seeking after the Lord. =)
“Redemption is a solid base for confidence.” -Charles Spurgeon
“His eyes never slumber, and His hands never rest; His heart never ceases to beat with love, and His shoulders are never weary of carrying His people’s burdens.” -Charles Spurgeon
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
These are not all true “firsts”, since I have already been here for a year, but for this new year they are the first of many experiences like them:
First Group-Bear-Hug from the Vomsteegs upon arrival (kids and all).
First experience with the septic tank truck and it’s wonderful array of smells.
First “Porvenir complement” when Blanca asked me why I wasn’t fatter after a whole summer vacation. (I think that meant I looked good? I told her it was because my mom was white (gringa) and not Mexican (Mexicana) so she doesn’t cook as much food.)
First smile that I couldn’t wipe off my face when we drove into town and I saw all the places I knew.
First smile that I couldn’t remove from my heart when we were worshipping in Spanish at church on Wednesday.
First feeling of belonging here when I got back on the soccer court.
First soccer game on a Mexican team. I played center (another first) and got to play for half the game!!!
First realization that I have a heart for Mexico when I was speaking Spanish with friends and when running around our town.
First soccer practice on my new team. It was so incredibly fun!
First tears when we had Missions Sunday at church and one man prayed for missionaries in Haiti, one in his indigenous language, and one in Hebrew. More strongly than I can ever remember feeling before, I felt my heart breaking for the lost in the world and I never want to lose that again.
First bruise from boogie boarding and attempting to surf at the beach.
First sope (corn matza bowl filled with beans, meat, lettuce, cheese, and salsa) at church on Sunday. I love eating with church.
First quail and quail egg! The quail literally tasted like chicken and the egg was pretty disgusting but I was so proud of my adventurous spirit for once with food. Turning over a new leaf?
First good (real) conversation with a local friend since coming back. It was so good to catch up on a deeper level.
First class at the beach because we can. (we got to spend two days in the water this week and the temperature was absolutely perfect!)