Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Whispers from Heaven

168 million needy children in this world

147 million orphans

11 million children starve to death or die from preventable, treatable illnesses every year

8.5 million work as child slaves, prostitutes, or in other horrific conditions

2.3 million children worldwide are living with HIV

I have tried to wrap my head around these numbers in the past, tried to understand the reasons why. I have sat in the quietness of my home, with tears rolling down my cheeks, crying out to God to show me why this kind of suffering is happening. I have come to realize that the "why" is not important, the "how" doesn't matter. What matters is what I am going to do about it. I cannot save the world, I know that, but I can make a difference.

In the short time that I have been blogging, the Lord has directed me to many, many wonderful blogs, written by amazing women. Women who love Jesus and are striving to live their lives in accordance to His words and instructions. Women who are unashamedly sharing the love of Christ, and in the words of Lysa Terkeurst becoming the "yes women" we need to be. I came across a blog today that spoke directly to my heart. This young woman lives in Uganda, she is from Tennessee. She is only 20 years old. This beautiful girl has given up the life of a "regular" 20 year old, the Starbucks, the designer jeans, the fancy car, everything that most 20 year old girls, most women who live in the western world for that matter, hold dear. WOW! Inspiring, truly inspiring., check out her website, her blog can be found here too. Read some of her posts, be inspired, be changed, I know I was.

In the book "What happens when women say yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst she talks about the fact that sometimes the God of this universe pauses for one person. When I sat back after reading some of Katies blog posts this quotation came to my mind, it struck me, that if He could pause for me, why shouldn't or why couldn't I pause for Him? What I mean by this is, why can't I put my life here in Brockville Ontario on pause for a while? Why shouldn't I let God use me? Why is it so hard to say "yes" to Him in the call to the mission field? Sometimes I ask, "why me?". I don't know why God has spoken to me in this way, or why He has called me to go, I am an ordinary girl, with no special talents. I am an ordinary girl who has allowed fear to penetrate the very depths of her soul when it comes to moving away from her cushy life here. Some people in my life may think that I have no fear, that I am courageous enough to take on this calling, but to be honest, I am terrified. Katie says "Courage is not about knowing the path, it is about taking the first step", so true. I can no longer ignore the gentle whispers of my Father, I can no longer be afraid. What is the Lord whispering in your ears today?

What does all of his mean in my life? I will let you know. I am certainly on a journey of listening, of hearing, of obeying, and most of all I am on a journey of trusting. I know that God will light the path, He will open doors, He will, because He is. I will ask, if you will, pray for my heart and my mind to be in total surrender to Him, please pray for the details to become clear, please pray for my daughter, that her heart too would be touched in this very special way. Pray that we would both experience our heavenly Father in a way that has never happened before, that we would not question the path. Thank you.

2 Samuel 24:24

...."No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." .....

Abundant Blessings,