What Lies Ahead for 2018...
Graciously, we have a lighter load this quarter. We are leading the Mission Focus for DTS and we only meet with the students on Friday mornings. But we will be available to them easily throughout the week since we live on base with them here. We have plans to share with them about our lives in missions, have guest missionaries share also, and to introduce them to some new culture and ethnic foods! ...We will be a safe place for them to process what God is doing in their lives, the topics in their classes, and hope to help them prepare for their outreaches come April.
We have felt the Lord say its a year of establishment and also sustaining.
So 2 things...of discovery...
What can we do to be established as a family?
What can we establish in our lives that will sustain us in missions?
There are other things on our weekly calendar besides the Mission Focus. We have plans to seek out ministry opportunities in the city with refugees and whoever God puts in our path, of course.
We have some connections to the refugees here in the city that we will be working with, as well.
God as a sustainer
...Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4
So this verse...the way I see it, gives a command and a promise! When I live for Him to please Him and put His plans first above all, He promises to sustain me!
We have seen this time and time again in our lives in missions/ministry as we have sought Him in making decisions. Its times that we jumped ahead of Him, acted out of insecurity and frustration in our marriage that we made stupid financial decisions and regretted it, taking us years to pay off our mistake! It takes patience and a listening, humble heart to follow God. Because He doesn't microwave the answers we need! Sometimes, it takes TIME! So...it takes us...waiting!
Walking out the waiting, being diligent with the task at hand, patience producing character...it can be a challenge to keep JOY in your attitude. Especially in small living spaces!
We currently live in a 2 hotel room spot on base here. We are praying and waiting for a larger space to open for us to become more established with our family, providing the kids with more stability. But also trying not to count my chicks before they hatch, so to speak! 😜
This is a process for us to keep trusting the Lord for direction and provision in all areas as we walk by faith.
Guess who is 16 months old now? Banner Isaac is growing into a charmer with these big brown eyes and contagious smile! We love and adore this boy of ours!