Hi there! A new site and a new post. It's about time, right? Getting the new site up, transferring domains, figuring it all out...well, it took a lot more time than I wanted or anticipated. Such is life.
We had a great time in America in October. I love Walmart. You can hate it all you want, but I love it. I loved how friendly everyone was, how different everyone was, and how easy life was for those two weeks. I brought back a big jar of peanut butter, and we still have not finished it. That's just a nice thing! A very nice thing.
Anyway, the first Sunday we were back in Thailand, our youngest got sick. Really sick. She spent 3 days in bed. Poor thing. Then two weeks later, she and her sister got sick. I thought it was just viral (and it was) but after high fevers for two and a half days, we took them to the doctor. It was the flu! Ack! They spent a total of 5 days in bed, and are just now starting back at school. Believe me, there was not a two week school break planned!! Guess they will work through Christmas now.
Then, the following week Ahmet got sick! The flu, high fevers (scary high) and 5 days in bed. Aj and I were praising the Lord for not catching anything--until yesterday, when I woke up not feeling well at all. Today, I am living off of Advil and trying to rest. I am a horrible sick person, though, because I get so mad about being sick.
Five weeks of illness, and my home feels more like a hospital than a home. To top it all off, we have about 43 days until we move out of our house, and then about 14 more days before we fly back to America for furlough. If you want to come help, please feel free to just show up!
You know, in the stress of illness, moving, packing, and planning, it is easy to lose sight of the purpose and reason behind it all. I begin to wonder why I am the only one doing anything, why no one else is paying attention and helping, and when am I going to catch a break!!!! (Whine alert!) The truth, though, is my goals have not changed. I am still serving God, the one who gave His life for me, in whatever way He gives me to serve. Whether it is rubbing oils on fevered heads, sorting and packing household goods, or giving my husband the peace and quiet he needs for an afternoon nap, I am still serving Jesus! As we finish Thanksgiving and approach Christmas, I do not want to lose the spirit of gratitude in my heart. I also do not want to lose my joy. So, in the rush, chaos, and exhaustion that is filling my days right now, I make it even more of a point to spend time with Him! I hope you do, too!
Extra coffee and chocolate help, also!
So, several five minute writings in one post. I know this will make it a long read, and that is not really my norm. I like things short and sweet! My last post didn’t actually post the entire article and I am sorry about that, friends. I am currently in Alaska, and have to wait for WiFi and my husband’s iPad to be able to post. Hopefully, I can get ahead today, and I won’t miss anymore!
“Just try. That’s the most important thing. Just try.”
This has been my main philosophy with learning Thai, eating new food, shopping at the market, and, well, honestly so many areas of my life. Just try. And, really, this is a positive process, but I’m not trying to imply that as long as I try, that’s all that counts.
I do not approach Bible reading and prayer this way. I also do not approach telling people about Jesus this way. I’m purposeful and intent, and I think we should be. Yet, there have been times of grief and trials, where trying was the best I could do. Try to read and glean from His Word. Try to convey my heart in prayer. I do this because I know that even in the dry seasons of my spirit, God is still speaking and moving. He is using His Word to grow me. He uses the silent prayers, when I have to rely on the Spirit to speak for me, to show me that He is the only one who really knows my heart. So, when you come to these walks in what feels like a desert, continue to try. Continue to reach out. And continue to let Him fill you.
“We must understand that for God to give “songs in the night,” He must first make it night.”
― Lettie B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisidec.” Hebrews 6:18-20
Remain and stedfast are not the same thing, but I do think the two go hand-in-hand. Do you? I must remain in Christ to be stedfast, and yet, if I’m not stedfast, I will not remain. It’s a circle of a process. Here’s the thing, though. While we must determine in our hearts to remain and be stedfast, it is also a work of the Spirit. And yet, while it is a work of the spirit, we still have to do our part. You cannot remain in Christ if you do not know Him. You cannot be stedfast in your faith, if you do not know what you have faith in. This hope Hebrews talks about? I think far too many Christians have no idea what this hope is, let alone how it can be an anchor for our soul. This hope of heaven, this hope that doesn’t actually ground us (because you do not use anchors one land), it keeps us in the boat, in one place, no matter if the boat is rocking in a storm and sitting in waters as smooth as glass. That’s a steadfast, remaining hope. And it is where I want to be.
Do you ever read too much into a situation? Or maybe you are one of those who doesn’t read enough. My husband and I are opposites in this area, and I won’t make you guess who is who. I don’t mind admitting that I can over read in to words, gestures, and even lack of words and gestures! Thankfully, God has used Ahmet to show me the folly of this approach to people, just as He has used me to help Ahmet learn the importance of “reading between the lines” on occasion.
I am thankful, though, this doesn’t apply to my relationship with the Lord. When I read a promise in His Word, I know I can take it at face value. There is no need to guess at what He means; He has already statd His meaning. “Lo, I am with you alway.” He is always with me. “Faithful is he that call with you, who also will do it.” Okay. I’ll let Him do the work. The “fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.” You better believe it. I have never seen a bad tree produce good fruit. God has gone before me? I am so glad to know that, because now I do not need to fear what is ahead. His word is a “lamp unto my feet”, and there is not a brighter one out there!
***Five minutes flew by with this one. Reading the Bible, embracing His Word, is fundamental to our relationship with Him. The Lord didn’t really give me a specific Bible verse this year; instead He has pushed me to read more and more of His Word and to know it better than I ever have before.
Grow ****This is not a five minute writing, this is actually the first blog I ever posted. ****
What does Grow, Glow, and Go mean?
First, these are not separate stages in our walk with Christ. They all happen at the same time. As women, we are quite familiar with multitasking, so we shouldn’t have any problem with this 🙂
“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
First, you must get saved (that’s another blog) but after getting saved you have to GROW! It’s called sanctification. There are a few different parts to sanctification, but the one I’m talking about is the life long process of being made to look like Christ.
But what does this look like? Daily bible reading, studying the Bible, memorizing it, praying, and serving.
Our light is Christ, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” John 1:4, and we need to let Him shine in us!
God tell us in Philippians 4:15 that “in the midst of a crooked perverse nation…ye shine as lights in the world.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years and actually, I used it initially to combat pride in my heart. My husband thought I was crazy at ﬁrst, but the truth is anytime I felt owed a recognition, applause, even a thank you for something I had done, I would say this verse. It reminded me of why I serve and do “good works”.
The purpose of my works was not for my vain glory, but for the glory of my Father in Heaven.
Also, I want to point out that this verse clearly states we must be doing something. It does not say “Let your light so shine before men that they may see you sitting there doing nothing!” Nope. It says we have to be working! And how are we to work?
Colossians 3:23 answers this! “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as tot he Lord, and not unto men:”
God tells us in James that we show our faith by our works and that faith without works is dead. Faith is obedience and if we are obeying we are doing something, which brings me to….
So many verses I could put here, but I will only put one. It’s blunt, it’s simple, and it ends with a period, not a question mark, like so many want to put there!
“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
Then there is the promise at the end of
Matthew 28:20…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
But look at Isaiah 6:8-10
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Notice who Isaiah has just agreed to go to! Do you ever feel that way! I do! Sometimes people just don’t get it and other times, they don’t want to! Just recently when we were door knocking this lady actually said, “I don’t want to go to hell, but I don’t have time right now to hear about Jesus.” I was so shocked! Yet, the burden of our hearts compels us to continually, time after time, lovingly call them to Christ. But it hurts! I have often asked the Lord, how long, oh, how long before they will give you the glory you deserve? I pray it will be before they have no choice but to bow with every one else. But!!!! We have another promise and it is something that brings great joy to my heart.
Psalms 126:5&6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
There you have it! With God’s blessing this blog will help me, and you, to Grow, Glow, and Go!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.