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, February 25, 2010

It is all about the LOVE

According to recent statistics there are 2.1 billion Christians in this world. Now, I realize that this number encompasses a lot of different ideas, but for the sake of this post, let's assume that this number represents true Jesus followers. The approximate population of the world, as of September 3, 2009, is 6.7 billion. This means that there are 4.6 billion people who do not know Jesus.

Jesus.  This name causes some people in my world to cringe.  This name said out loud means that I must be a religious freak, a holy roller, a bible thumper.  I'm ok with that.  I'm ok with it, because I know that my relationship with Jesus has very little to do with any of these terms. 

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it truly means to be a Jesus follower. 

Ghandi once said
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

If I may simplify what it means to me to be a Jesus follower then, it means, striving to be Christ like.

The Jesus I know, is all about LOVE. 

John 3:16-17 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 13:35 says: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

God sent His son, Jesus, because He LOVES us.
Jesus LOVES us so much that He died on the cross to save us.
If  I want to be like Jesus, then I must LOVE all people.

Does this mean that I think I am perfect?  Does it mean that I am better than everyone else?  Does it mean that I have the right to judge people?  No, No, and No.

If you do not know Jesus, please do not reject Him because of us christians.  We fail miserably at this most days, we struggle and sin daily, which is why we need a Saviour. I long for others to know the Jesus that I know.

I will not be ashamed of my faith.  I will not be ashamed to use the name of Jesus in daily conversation. I will not be ashamed to give all the glory to God if something awesome happens in my life, whether or not the person I say it to looks at me with an unbelieving eye and a smirk.  I will walk in faith and love, striving to be like Jesus, hoping that I will have the priviledge to lead someone to this amazing, loving, Father God that I serve.

To truly know Jesus is to know grace, mercy and love. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Leaving on a jet plane....

It is real, so real.......we are leaving......June 1st..........

I have not been updating often as the things on my "to do" list are all very boring in terms of writing about them.....I mean how in the world could I make talking to the travel agent for over an hour exciting to read???? Or booking vaccination times for Kenzie.....much to her absolute dismay.  Not very exciting stuff really.

The exciting thing is that GOD is coming through in every situation.  God has answered prayers in bigger and better ways than I could have imagined, He has placed Mackenzie and I on the hearts of people just when we needed it.  I wonder sometimes, why am I always so amazed by His awesomeness.....perhaps I am a slow learner.....perhaps it is exactly how God wants us to feel.

I would love to hear some of your God stories, the times when you felt like the situation was too big and He came through bigger and better. 

Blessings my friends,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Out of my comfort zone

I have quickly realized on this missions journey that stepping out of my comfort zone is really challenging.

Asking for donations is tough, but a step of faith.

I have added a paypal gadget to the sidebar of my blog and if you have been led to make a donation to our journey we would both very much appreciate it.

More importantly though, if you would all continue to lift us up in prayer.  We have some tough challenges ahead, before we leave and of course during our time away.  A lot of questions are yet to be answered, but thankfully we serve a GIANT Father GOD, who has all of the answers.

Bless you friends.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A little of this and that

I wanted to give you an update.........

Lost - 6 pounds.....YAY
Devotions with Kenzie - We haven't had devotions per se, however, we have been spending time praying and talking a lot about what God desires our lives to look like......does that count?
Loving people - I am a loving person, was prior to the resolution, loving more, loving like Jesus is a work in progress.

Not bad, right????

Now for the BIG news..........

It is officially official.......I have been accepted into the CDTS course with YWAM.  Kenzie and I will be leaving the comforts of home here in Canada the last week of May or the first week of June.  The reality of this has hit me in a big way.  The questions/comments from friends and family have flooded back into my brain, mostly the negative ones of course.  I am however, standing against the negativity because for the first time in my 35 years I know without any reservation that this is God's will for my daughter and I.  I understand the worry that my parents have. I get the comments like "are you crazy?" from some of my non-christian friends, somehow though I find it very hard to understand it from the Jesus followers in my life.  Now, don't get me wrong, most of the people I surround myself with have been nothing but supportive and positive, for that I am grateful.  But, for those of you who are not willing to be postive and supportive I ask that you keep your comments to yourself.  We are called to live in radical obedience, we are called to do things that take us out of our comfort zones, we are called to do for the least of these, we are called to LOVE BIG and LOVE WELL.  I have a God given passion for social change and justice, I have a God given desire to live amongst the least of these, I have a desire to be like JESUS.  Kenzie was given to me as gift from God almost 13 years ago now, and guess what....HE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, and so, He gave her a heart like her Mom.  He has prepared her for this journey also.  So, for those of you who question my responsibility as a parent, I say, God is her great big FATHER GOD and He loves her with a giant Father Heart.  I will not question what He wants for us or where He wants to send us, and neither should any of you, because we have been called to have faith in Him. 

Please continue to pray for us as we journey through the planning and preparing stages of this, and that our hearts would be readied for this amazing adventure.  Pray also that we would be protected, because as you all know, when we say "yes" to God, there is a serpent ready to do whatever he can to put a wrench in the plans.

Blessings my friends,