Monthly Archives: August 2010

Meeting Jesus

Honduras_2010-Monday_Work_007In a hurry to meet us, Honduran, Stephanie grabbed one wrong flip-flop.

I know that because the next day, she had on one of the same ones, and it’s mate.

This brought a question to my heart.  Are we in that big of a rush to meet with Jesus?  So hurried that we scramble each morning, hoping not to miss an opportunity to show Him how much we love Him?

Probably not—for most of us.  I know I like things orderly.  Timely.  Even though I have found I work best under pressure—I like to take my time, plan things out—cross all the “t’s” and dot all the “i’s”.  Sometimes I even get distracted on my way to meet with Him in my morning devotion.  I spy some laundry in front of the machine, decide now is a good time to put on a load to wash—you know—while I read and pray.

Then, my feet feel the grainy remnants of yesterday on the floor.  I grab the broom. 

And as I step on the sidetracks of the morning, I remind myself of my purpose.

Spend time with Jesus.  Meet with Him.  Go to Him.  First.  While the day is yet fresh—without the beads of perspiration.

One of many things I have taken away from our Mission Trip to Honduras is the way the children ran to meet us every single morning.  Who knows how long they waited at the top of the hill.  My roommate, Marcella, and I rose very early every morning in anticipation of what the day would bring.  Knowing we needed to tuck into our hearts every single fragment of the day—tie it securely and never forget what God has done—where He brought us from—and where the journey would lead us all—as we take His hand and grip it fiercely. 

All the way home.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place.  And He was praying there.”  Mark 1:35 NIV

We don’t have much more of the journey ahead.  Meet with Jesus in the quiet place.  The early place.  Give Him your day—before it takes over your mind….let Him have it all.

There have been many times—my quiet time was when the house was still again—after the ravages of the day had taken it’s toll.  That was when He refreshed my soul, refueled my mind—and it was needed.  So necessary.

Whatever your time—whatever works best for you and Jesus—meet with Him.

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Breakfast with Jesus!

Come on over to the Cafe` today–grab a seat–I’ve poured you a hot cup!  We are having “Breakfast with Jesus!”
Today you will find me here:

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Thursday at Laced with Grace!

Her name is Allison. I spotted her the day we arrived, sitting on the craggy rocks with her sisters. Her face the reflection of innocence. Untarnished by the hardships she doesn’t realize she is living.

…for the rest of the story, click over and visit me at Laced with Grace!

Laced With Grace

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Interview with Krystal Zepp!

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Krystal, it was so nice getting to know you on this trip!  I know that even though these questions are the same as the ones I asked everyone else, all the answers have varied according to the individual personality.  The heart of each one expressed what the eyes experienced.

What was the first thing that made an impression on you?

As our bus drove up, we had children running up the hill to meet us.  Wow.  The sight of little children running to meet you! Such a wonderful sight! Don’t you know our heavenly Father loves to see us running to meet Him?

Krystal, I so agree!  That is the vision I get when I read the story of the Prodigal son.  Especially with my own experience as a prodigal, and then having a prodigal.

What did you experience on the mission trip that has been life changing for you?

Carlos.  Carlos has really touched every one of us.  On our last day at the center, when we could not get there due to the bus strike, Carlos was running to our bus to let us know.  He was telling our bus driver how we could go around another way.  He really wanted us there.  (Even though that route was impossible too)  One thing I know Carlos has felt the love from all of us and we have felt the love from Carlos—and as Carlos says, “I la you!”

Do you feel God speaking specifically to any area of your life?

I feel a strong stirring in my heart for missions.  But that is a hard question to answer.

What would you say to someone undecided about a mission trip?

No doubt about it! Everyone needs to experience a missions trip!

How will this affect your missions giving and how has this affected your perception of a missionary? 

I am already  trying to sponsor the sister of my sponsored child.  As for missionaries, great is their reward!  I have always respected a missionary’s work, but even more now.

Would you do it again?

Yes!  I already want to come back—and with God’s help—I will!

Krystal, is there anything you want to say to your fellow laborers?

Y’all.  This is going to be hard to believe, but I am at a loss for words!

Krystal, thank you…or “gracias!”  You are right, with God’s help, we will return!  And I believe Carlos will be the leader of the Praise Band!  On his way to becoming the Pastor!!!


Back to Normal?

What does that mean? 

Does that mean that I will no longer have little brown faces flashing before my eyes, especially when they are closed?

Does that mean that I will drink straight from the faucet without thinking of Puri and Stephanie who can’t?

Does that mean that I will “flush” my toilet, several times a day without remembering that “they” don’t?

I don’t know that there is a normal.

I don’t think I want to go back to normal.  If I forget all that God has shown me in the eyes of a child—I don’t want to go back to normal.  If I forget the way the bell hops acted when given all our left over pizza—I ‘d rather stay the way I am today, thank you.

“No one has ever done anything for us before”, they said.

Who in our lives—that we pass every single day do we neglect to do things for?  You know what?  Sometimes they live in our very own houses.  Sometimes their toothbrush sits right next to ours.  Any little thing you can do for someone, no matter how small you may think it is, It’s not to them.  I promise. 

It’s the moon to them.  It’s the stars and the sunshine.

For your devotion today, read Matthew 25:31-46.  It’s not long…but it will help us see. (NIV)

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Even though everyone is not called to go, we are called to act.  By giving of our time and heart felt efforts, we are obeying His Word.  When we can’t go, we can give.  If we can’t give financially, we can act.  We can do.  We can pray.

Ask Him today, “What would he have you do?”

Giving Him All,

Angie


Cafe Post-Help from the Hill

My week in Honduras forever changed my life.

Every morning I experienced the same overwhelming feeling to touch each smiling face. Many of us held on to these little ones. My friend, Krystal made a lasting impression on one young boy named, Carlos.

Every morning Carlos, and a few others met the bus carrying a load of excited missionaries, with set minds to work for Christ with all we had–with every breath that we would breathe that day. 

Every morning we smiled big smiles, knowing only a smattering of words in the Spanish language, but knowing a smile says muchos!

Every morning we prayed for our protection, as well as theirs.  Some traveled further–some stayed longer.  All dug their lives into our hearts.

For a week, my “every morning” routine was altered.  Forever it seems.  Waiting at the top of the hill, ready to carry our burdens were the children.  When it should have been the opposite.  We were the ones there to work.  We were the one there to make a lasting impact.  However, the lessons they taught us penetrated at such depth of soul, they will never be forgotten.  At the top of the hill.

At the top of another hill, much further back in time stood One among three.  Only the One could carry your burdens and mine.  1 Peter 5:7 says to “cast all your cares anxieties and worries on Him for He cares for you.” (my paraphrase)

The children were fulfilling the Word without even knowing it, simply by caring for us.  They wanted to help us every day–in every way.  They had not even known us but 2 days and already they had the desire to “help”. 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2 NIV

At the cross, at the top of the hill hung the One who gave all to carry your burdens, heartaches and troubles once and for all.  You never have to stoop to pick them up again. 

Will you travel with me?  Up to the top of the hill to lay them down?  Once and for all.

I invite you to pray this prayer with me today.

“Dear Lord Jesus, my heart is so heavy, feeling so broken with all the burdens of life that I have tried to carry so long by myself.  Thank you for showing me today that we both don’t have to carry this load…when one of us is You.  You are my burden bearer.  I realize that now.  Thank you for giving your Life for mine.  Thank you for forgiving me of my sins as I realize I am lost without You in my life.  As I shift this load of heaviness on to You, help me not try to reclaim any of my past by my thoughts or deeds.  Show me the freedom You have just given me!  Help me to have a desire to learn of Your ways by reading Your Word.  Help me to follow Your path and not try to make my own.  I want Your desires to be my desires.  I love You Jesus.  Thank You for this gift of new life in You!  I give You my all.  In Your holy name I pray, Amen.”

Friend, if you prayed that prayer today, let me know.  We want to lift you up daily in prayer.  May the Word illuminate your life as you dig in to know Him more!

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They Are Not Forgotten

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God knows YOUR name….He knows MY name….and we are not forgotten.

As you listen to the music, and look at these little faces looking back at you, know that there are children that are not sponsored yet.  Children that are on the outside looking in, but not forgotten.
I have already decided what I can do to sponsor a child each month. 
  • What can you do? 
  • Do you want to make a lasting impact in someone’s life?
  • Do you want to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
  • Do you have an extra $34 each month?
  • What can you give up so that someone could be touched?  
I felt a strong stirring in my spirit and God dropped in my heart the very thing I could do–and even things I could live without to be a blessing to someone else.  There are also needs right in front of your eyes every time you step out into your neighborhood.  Begin to ask God to give you His vision and to place in your heart the action He would have you take to further the Gospel!
Have a blessed Sunday!  You will be hearing more from me on this!  My heart is burning with a purpose and desire to be the hands and feet of Christ—and whatever He calls on me to do–I want to do–whatever He asks me to give up—I want to give it up.  I release all that I thought I was, to be all that He wants me to be. 
If you are interested, go to Mission of Mercy today and find out how you can touch a life.  (I am not on staff with Mission of Mercy, nor did they ask me to do this, nor do they know that I have done this.) 
Who knows, one day God may give you the blessing of being able to wrap your physical arms around the very child you have wrapped up in prayer in support!

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