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Friday, August 19, 2011

Good Things

WOW! This has been way to long... 1 WHOLE MONTH OF NO BLOGGING! Sorry :o).

Let me fill you in on some details... We closed and moved into our new house August 1 and we absolutely love it here! I am still unpacking but hoping to get most of it completed this weekend. There has been so much going on in between... Water day with our Co-Op, meeting with the head of Lifegroups (which I will go into more), finishing up Hailee's reading/phonics curriculum, trying to entertain a 6 year old and 3 year old while trying to get the house unpacked, Hailee's gymnastics classes, a visit to Splashway water park, dentist appointments, birthday parties, leadership conference with our church, and all the other little things not mentioned. I am amazed at how much junk we have accumulated in 4 years... ridiculous!

The Lord has really been stirring in my heart to get out of my comfort zone and I began to contemplate that... then came across Lifegroups that our church has for the youth. I usually just work with 3-6 year olds... that is comfortable for me. I knew this new school year I needed a break, but still wanted to serve and be part of our church leadership. I started to check into Lifegroups and met with the woman who is in charge of them and we got to meet and talk a little about Lifegroups. I signed up! I knew this was something different that would push me and help me grow. I know I will have to depend on the Lord through this time... I will abide in him.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:1-8

Beautiful picture of the branch and the vine as I remember back in Israel when we read this very passage and were looking at grape vines and discussing how it all worked. God is so wonderful! Tonight our church had their kick off Leadership meeting and I am all signed up to teach 10th grade girls on Sunday evenings. I am so excited!!! I can't wait to be part of God's might and power.

Now as I feel over blessed by this house and how God is leading me to these wonderful opportunities to be fruitful and disciple these young girls to be dangerous for their Lord and Savior. I can't help but wonder "What else God?"... "Is this it for right now?". About a month ago I was on Facebook and saw one of my friends mention a mission trip to India that was being scheduled again for January 2012. This trip has constantly been on my mind ever since. I finally emailed the lady leading it and found out a little more details. So, now I am just praying if the Lord wants me to go on this trip to continue to lead me, but if he doesn't to shut the doors. This evening I had the privilege to see Marty (my Rabbi), who lead me (and the group) through Israel for 10 days. I got to talk to him on what the Lord is doing in my life and I shared with him the opportunity to go to India and told him I was praying for the Lord's will and if he wants me to go on this trip to let me know. Marty said "Why?". He meant, why am I praying this. Doesn't he call us all to go out and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything God has commanded? Why am I praying "God if you want me to go..."? He wants me to go... I am now to walk by faith... walk and follow the green lights... and stop if I see a red one (like Paul in Acts when the red light came up for him not to go to Mesopotamia).

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

On our way home tonight I spoke to Bob about this... I told him about the conversation Marty and I had and I how I felt very strongly I should walk this path and continue. I told him we are ALL called to go to the nations and spread the good news (I do understand this looks different for everybody) and I really feel this is how the Lord wants me to do my part for his glory. Bob agreed, so I will be pursuing this mission trip and begin to plan and pray for the future.

So, if you would like to pray for me and Bob... Pray my heart would begin to prepare for what I will see and hear, pray for my quiet/Bible time to become increased, pray the Lord would provide in every way possible for this India trip, pray I would bring him glory through all I say and do, pray for Bob as he will be caring for the girls again, and pray my mom that she would be able to take time off work to come and help out like she did when I was in Israel. He has great and wonderful things planned out for all of our lives, but we have to be willing to say "Yes, Lord!" before we even know what he wants of us (this is something else Marty reminded me of this eveing). I heart that man.

I will be posting pictures very soon of everything that has been going on. Shalom!

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