Mountain

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This is the view from our mission home in Zamorano Valley. My second home. Boy how I miss this place.

It is not just the view that I miss. Serving with a team of Christian brothers and sisters is refreshment to my soul. Eating, sleeping, studying, sharing, and worshiping together. As a dear friend said, this is about as close to heaven as we are going to get on this earth. The last night, many of us went outside to our “place”. A porch/balcony on the second floor of the mission home. All voices singing and worshiping God. Yep, I could do that for eternity. 

I said in my last post that God shows me something every time I go to Honduras. This time He showed me that I definitely need to spend more time in His presence. As another friend shared in small group this week, we cannot stay on our spiritual “high”. We must come back down the mountain. This is how our relationship with God works while we are on earth.

Coming down the mountain is hard (literally and figuratively). If I want to shine, I have to be more intentional than ever about spending time with Jesus.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.

Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
  
(Exodus 34:29-35 ESV)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
  
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ESV)

Here is the next section I am memorizing in Matthew 5:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
  
(Matthew 5:13-16 ESV)

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Decade

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I am leaving tonight for Honduras. This marks 10 years that I have been traveling to Honduras for missions. Wonder what God is going to teach me? Every year He reveals Himself a little deeper.

We say “God will never give us more than we can handle.” I believe more than situational (cancer, infertility, death, job loss, etc), that He won’t reveal more of Himself than we can handle. When I travel to Honduras, I hear Him in a more clarified way. Like Jesus going away to be by Himself for days to talk to His Father.

Last year, the word was this:

Isaiah 61:1-4 ESV

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

They shall build up the ancient ruins;

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

This verse was painted on the side of a church we passed. I felt it a little prophetic, as we were looking forward to our trip to China to get our boys. Once we got them, we would mourn no more. God would set them free. To Him be the glory.

Please pray for our team and the people of San Miguelito, Honduras. I hope to post some updates from the field.

Love,
L

Asking

Many people go through painful consequences of poor decisions. Sometimes, the response by others around them could be, “Well, they asked for it.”

I know that has been mine in the past. Not a very loving response, I must say.

Have you ever heard that said of something good that has happened to someone?

One day, I was tired and voiced that to a friend. The response was, “You asked for it.” Hmmm. Technically, I didn’t. I asked to conceive a baby. Repeatedly. This was not His will for us. He asked us to adopt. Not the other way around. Not even the adoption of our oldest was something we asked for. Much less 2 special needs boys from China. One of whom we were not sure would ever be able to walk. (FYI: He has been doing the Insanity workout with me and Tae Kwon Do with his daddy.)

No, this is NOT what I asked for. It is so much more. The blessings I have been given. The miracles I have witnessed. Yes, I get tired. I am human. Other people get tired because they work too much, party too much, worry too much, etc.

I prefer my reasons for being tired.

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.