“Be still in My Presence, inviting Me to control your thoughts”
“I am involved in each moment of your life. Stay conscious of Me as you go through this day, remembering that I never leave your side.”
“Be still, while I transform your heart and mind. Let go of cares and worries, so that you can receive My Peace. Cease striving and know that I am God.
“Welcome challenging times as opportunities to trust Me. You have Me beside you and My Spirit within you, so no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle. The way to walk through demanding days is to grip My hand tightly and stay in close communication with Me.”
“Seek My Face and you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings.”
Just a few sections of my daily devotions while I’ve been away…that seem to capture so much of this trip for me. A daily reminder of my total dependence on the Lord in all things, which leads to wanting to know Him even more. In a land of idols, shrines and false religions, what a privilege and blessing it is to be able receive the love of God and a transformed life solely based on grace and nothing else.
This week, we were able to see and experience how the Gospel changes hearts, minds and souls…even when there are language and cultural differences. I think the biggest surprise was to hear the principal at this Buddhist school say that he looks forward to us coming back next year! Yes, a definite God moment that none of us could have imagined.
I’m thankful for Dr. Doug and Cheryl for their 20 years of service to the Lord in this ministry and their perseverance. The stories they shared of their time here, inspired us to keep pressing on in the faith, no matter where we are. Along with Doug and Cheryl, our team is thankful for Rob and Lori…also missionaries here. They planned the activities at the school for students and teachers, picked us up each morning, exposed us to a variety of delicious Thai food and answered our never-ending series of questions about life and ministry here,
So, as we spend our last night in the country, I’m finding it difficult to leave….just like my previous mission trips. Even with language and cultural barriers, I feel the urgency to reach out to those who are lost…both here and at home. I’m sure my thoughts are similar to many on our team.
Pray for our safe travels, our reentry and adjustment to being back home, and for our MFFs..missionary friends forever :). Doug, Cheryl, Rob and Lori…we love you and you’re in our prayers always.