March 30, 2014

Mission Trip to West

I had such an amazing mission trip - getting to build a house for a dear lady, whose house was badly damaged in the explosion of April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. 

I was most definitely NOT in my comfort zone going on this trip.  Working with the power tools, doing jobs I'd never done before, meeting all the wonderful, new people.  

My favorite aspect of the trip?  Each night as we gathered to worship our Great God, through music, through sharing our "highs" and "lows" of the day, through collective prayer, through looking into the mirror of God's word. 

Thank you PGCC, for making this mission trip so much more than just constructing a house.  Thank you for constantly keeping our eyes and hearts focused on Jesus, and His desire for His church to be established in this world.  

I am so grateful to the "hands" of God who made this trip possible for Phoebe and me:

To Phil + Pat, thank you for everything you all did to make this dream of ours, a reality.  We love you! 

To Jessie + Leah, you all did much more than just transport us to our destination; you spoke confidence into our hearts, encouraging us to give it a go.  Thank you! 

And of course, a HUGE shout-out of thanks goes to the building ministry team at Prairie Grove Christian Church (Keith, Brian, Walter, Charlie, Steven, Shane, Rocky) - for having the vision and passion to serve and love your neighbor, in such a practical, tangible way.  God speed!!

In closing I will share what I had prepared to give for Thursday's lunch devo:

What kind of building blocks are we using to place on the foundation of Jesus Christ, in our lives? 2 Timothy 2:15 says, that we are all God's hands and feet on this earth, His workmen:

"Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." 

The types of materials we use to build the "house of our lives" will be tested and approved or disapproved by God:

2 Timothy 2:20-21:

"Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work."

With Christ as our foundation, we are secure, we are saved, we are sure.

My encouragement to all of us is this: 

Rest in Jesus; walk in His Spirit; and be encouraged.

Philippians 1:6 is a great verse to remind ourselves of frequently:

"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." 

Once again, thank you to God, and to all those who made this life-transforming trip possible.

Until next year... ;) 

March 5, 2014

Praise and worship!

Christ is Risen - Matt Maher

These are some songs of praise and worship to Jesus that have been very meaningful to me of late.

Oceans - Hillsong 

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Chris Tomlin

Stronger - Hillsong

You Won't Relent - Jesus Culture 

March 3, 2014

Heart Ponderings

Something I have been pondering lately: am I "feeding" my soul light or darkness?

Matthew 6:22-24

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the on...e and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

This also relates to my lengthy pondering of Galatians 6:7-9 and what "kind" of seed I am planting in the field of my heart.

"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Of course I should not get discouraged while doing good, because I bear the easy yoke of Jesus, my Master. And His wages and requirements are so worth giving HIm my all!

Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."