Today I was reading a friend’s Facebook status & the comments written about it. They are joining our mission. The status was about how they came to this decision and what their current plans are. And of course the comments are in response to this news.
This status, along with others (pics of crazy things like spiders, snakes or weird food) often causes (some) people to say things like, “I could never do that!” Here’s the funny thing…neither can I!!!! I
don’t like HATE spiders & snakes. And just to be honest, I’m kind-of a picky eater….no weird foods for me thank you! But the truth is, God still uses me/us here. And He loves us so much that we even have ‘perks’. Granted, there is a great deal of sacrifice. We give up being close to our family & friends. We have to learn to adjust to a new language & culture. We may not get to enjoy some everyday things like AC & fast food. But it’s not all sacrifice.
Here’s one perk that I have. Please ignore the crazy make-up & costumes…these are the best pictures I have could find (without wasting a TON of time!) that shows a good view of my kinky, wild, crazy hair.
We just want to recognize how BLESSED we are. God has provided for us in ways that we know & ways that I’m sure we don’t have a clue about. Just wanted to share a few ways the Lord is blessing us….
- We have a house to live in this summer.
- We have a vehicle to drive.
- We were given gifts to take some family vacation time.
- We are going to get to see/spend time with family.
- We are going to get to see/spend time with close friends.
- We are going to get to worship & fellowship at our home church.
These are just a few of the many blessings the Lord is showering upon us. We are overwhelmed by His loving care & the the love and care of our brothers and sisters in Christ! Thank you!!
Sometimes I let this question get the best of me. “What if”….
my kids get sick & need medical attention?
the river floods our house?
our support level drops below what we need to live?
I can’t fit back into my clothes after home assignment? (This could be a real problem…I am SO TOTALLY EXCITED about the foods I have been missing! Which means I
might am going to get fatter.)
we don’t have enough staff for PQQ next year?
my kids don’t like being MKs (missionary kids)?
my MKs are weird?
I don’t get to eat twizzlers for 4 YEARS? (No twizzlers here.)
my kids are not ‘with it’ on using technology (tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc.)? (Ummm, this is true.)
I’m not ‘with it’ on using technology either? (Stink, this is true too!)
we seriously STINK when we get back? (Everything has a musty/moldy smell here.)
a cockroach hides/dies in our luggage? (I would be SO EMBARASSED!)Okay, you get the idea. There are just so many ‘what ifs’. I really could go on. And in life, we often have plans laid out for some of the ‘what ifs’…wills, insurance, etc. But the truth is, we can only do so much. Then we just have to TRUST the Lord to guide us & be with us
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”