New Blogger- An Answer to Prayer Even Better than Clarity — Fully Known, Fully Loved

Recently I told a friend that I would give my whole bank account for clarity. He said, “No you wouldn’t.” I said, “Yes I would.” He said, “No you wouldn’t.” I said, “Yes… I would.” He said, “You really want clarity, huh? Okay, I will pray for that for you.” The next morning—less than 12…

An Answer to Prayer Even Better than Clarity — Fully Known, Fully Loved

Move At The Speed of Trust

Do you ever hear something and react-YES!!! that says what I have thought for a long time? I had that experience yesterday at my office, aka coffee shop, while meeting with two women who organize CLC in Title I schools in my city. CLC is Community Learning Centers.

We were talking about working with refugees and immigrants when one of them said, “we move at the speed of trust.” My reaction was, “I love that!! That is spot on. Who said that?” They told me Cormac Russell said it.

We move at the speed of trust. Why did that grab my attention?

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My work and ministry with refugees and immigrants have shown me the importance of taking time to listen, to not rush in, to be patient, to let them share their stories as they feel is okay. Building trust is worthwhile. By letting other people develop trust with me, it fosters a relationship that can last.

I do not want to make the mistake of thinking just because I am a Christian that it makes me an expert on all things. My role is not to be the answer man about everything. My role is to share Christ, his love, and the saving message of the gospel.

My role in the lives of others may vary depending on the situation. Maybe my role is sowing the seed of the gospel. Maybe my role is watering. By moving at the speed of trust, it opens opportunities. If I rush, it can close a person down.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

One Step of Obeying God’s Prompting Led to….

Peevee is a blogger I interact with. She is from the Philippines. Her blog is peeveeblog.wordpress.com. In a recent post she shared about what q country Africa has meant to her and asked if readers had a similar experience with a country. I replied that Romania had significance for me, so she encouraged me to write about it.

I read a book Tortured For Christ by Rev. Wurmbrand. He was a pastor in Romania when it was under a communist dictatorship and was imprisoned by the communists. When I read his book, I knew I had to go to Romania. It was an impression before God that Romania would be important for me.

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My first of seven trips to Romania was twenty-five years ago this month. It was there that I realized how easily I connect with other cultures. It was there that I taught English for the first time.

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It was through my trips to Romania that God called me to the work and ministry he has me doing now. As I look back over the past twenty-five years, it amazes me how one obedient step of following through on that prompting after reading that book has transformed my life. It also amazes me the numerous opportunities to share Christ with the nations that resulted from that first trip and subsequent trips to Romania.

I loved the people and the culture of Romania. I still hope to go back for one last visit someday just to catch up with people I have not seen since 2005. But that first step of following through to that prompting led to opportunities I could not have imagined at the time.

Have you experienced a first step that led to many blessings?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Feeling Lost in Life? Jesus Is The Way

Yesterday morning I called one of the women who attends my Sunday morning conversation group. She was late, so I wanted to check on if she was coming. She sounded nervous on the phone and communicated with me in Spanish. I had a young man from Honduras, he has the highest level of English in the group, talk with her. We found out she had gotten lost. He left and drove to her, so she could follow him to church.

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It was completely understandable why she got lost and why she was nervous. GPS had misdirected her. She has not even lived in my city for one year. She is a single mom from Venezuela doing the best she can to work and take care of her thirteen year old son.

She made it to church thanks to our young friend and we had a good time practicing conversational English. Before she left, I shared with her that she will be okay step by step.

There are times we all feel lost in life and nervous about which way to go. It is comforting to know that Jesus came for those who are lost in life. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

It is comforting to know that Jesus is the way. He is the way to heaven. He is the way to The Father. He is the way to eternal life. He is also the way for us in this life. He said in John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus comes to us when we feel lost. He said in John 14:18: “I will not leave you as orphansI will come to you”

Just as our young friend in my Sunday morning group went to find our friend from Venezuela and guide her safely to church, Jesus will come to us and guide us in life.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- All Eyes On You by Taya

Blessed, Son of God
You’re with me in this place
Seated so far above
Yet with me in this place

I love the lyrics All Eyes On You starts with. Jesus is both on his throne in heaven and with us here at the same time. Because he is seated on his throne, He is Lord of All and can help us in any situation. Because he is with us in the here and now at the same time, we never go through any situation on our own.

Jesus is not some distant deity we hope to appease. He is Immanuel-God with us. He is always with us and yet always on his throne. We can look to him in times of trouble, times of confusion, times of despair, We can look to him in every situation.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Unexpected Blessings

Yesterday we had an oasis kind of day with the weather here. It only got up to 80f.26c. When I stepped outside to go to the coffee shop, it was a very welcome unexpected blessing after some very hot days.

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Unexpected blessings are what I call blessings that seem to come out of nowhere. Ones that there is no way to anticipate them. Like a seeming chance encounter with someone we have not seen in a long time that happens just when we need it.

Sunday morning a friend at church I had not interacted with for a while stopped by the room I teach in and said hi. That was nice but what happened about an hour later was something I did not see coming. He came up to me before worship service and handed me a check because with the way the economy is going, he wanted to make sure I would be okay. It was a huge blessing for me because as per usual for me, I hit the deductible on my insurance in March which means I have already paid a few thousand in healthcare costs.

Last week a niece I have not heard from in a long time messaged me on Facebook. We have started connecting again. I did not see that one coming either.

Last week a friend I had not heard from for a few years messaged me and wanted to meet for dinner. We had dinner and a chance to catch up. I found out that she, in her words, is really a Christian again. She also shared with me that she remembered some things I shared with her while she was in Brazil during the pandemic.

What’s behind all three? God at work. The blessings were expected by God because he was at work in all three. What is unexpected by us is planned on by God. They are ones that God gets our attention and we can stop and thank him for what he has done and appreciate that Abba Father has once again shown us He is with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.