Friday, February 19, 2016

Leaning in.

The tensions are high. And tempers flare. The ugliness of the human heart splashed across our days. I am speaking of our home- not the elections currently taking place in Uganda. And it makes me want to run away. But we are sheltering in place. Nowhere to go. I've got to stay. Lean into the hard. 

Facing the demons within is way scarier than whatever may be raging in the world around me. And He says: fear not. I am with you.

I know this intense season of littles wont last forever. Fear not- this too shall pass. 

We are confined to our hill at least until Saturday as the election unfolds. Fear not- nothing will touch you that does not pass through My hand. 

I lived ugly today. The overflow of my weary heart gushing from my lips. Fear not- tomorrow is another day. My mercies are new each morning.

Ive been walking in lack... Not in love this week. I am so tired. But this is not reason to sin; this is reason to lean in. 

So grateful for this quote from Elisabeth Elliot encouraging me to stay in the game, to lean in and not give up: 

"The very cracks and crannies of my life... He wants to fill with Himself, His joy, His life. The more unsatisfactory my "performance" the more He calls me to share His yoke. I should know by now that mine makes me tired and overburdened. He urges me to learn of Him: 'I am gentle and humble in heart.'" -Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Loved greatly

“Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.” -Ephesians 1:4 AMP

He chose me. Me! And not only did He choose me, He chose me in Christ before the foundation of the world. Before I was able to perform. Before I was able to please. Before I was able to disappoint. 

He picked me out for His very own because He loves me. And yet my worthiness has absolutely nothing to do with me. My worthiness is bound up with Christ- so I can't boast, can't lose it, can't do anything but say thank you. Talk about freedom. Makes me want to whirl around with arms out wide and sing at the top of my lungs- and live grateful- love bold.

Into the Desert

"living, rather than preaching, the presence of Christ in the world" -Charles de Foucald

"...their life is more or less hidden from the world..."

"It is inseparable in so many respects from that of their neighbors; but the life of prayer and devotion finds practical expression in their availability and hospitality to others..."

"The search for God- and God alone..."

these are the words that are guiding me as I ask God what He wants of me this lent.

After the winter holidays, festivity and feasting what my soul needs is fasting. And I could not be more excited about the book that will guide me this year. The Desert. I have always loved the wisdom of the desert fathers. This book is speaking my heart language.

And my word for the year, lean in, is also guiding my lenten practices. I am leaning out of facebook, so I can lean in to the relationships around me. I am leaning into the hiddenness of this season. I am not just seeking God in solitude, but also in availability and hospitality to others. I am leaning in to small, everyday moments via my instagram: #monochromaticlent. My goal this lenten season isn't to give up all kinds of crazy things, but to truly and intentionally live out my highest priorities on a daily basis.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Spur One Another On

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10:24-25

Comparing. Competition. Discontent. Pride. Jealousy. These are a few of the dangers of life in community. As a team we have been wrestling with these issues and God is beginning to bring light and freedom and health. We are so grateful. We have a long road ahead, as teammates come and go. But we are doing the work- and the Spirit is honored. 

Whether you are a missionary on a team, a member of a church, a supporter of a missionary, a part of a family, or just person who has friends- the threats of comparison and competition are real. So what can we do about it? A few steps we are taking as a team:

  • Share someone else's successes or victories- at prayer meeting let someone else tell about your most recent God-story. You will be encouraged and there is no temptation to brag. God gets all the glory.
  • Encourage one another. 
  • Serve together. Even if you are involved in very different ministries- take time to invite someone else to join you on a project. They get to see the nitty-gritty details, failures and successes, and you get support!
  • Celebrate together.
  • Focus on who God is- everything else will be put in proper perspective.
How do you fight the temptation to compete?
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