Honduras…a month ago I never thought I’d be going there…but not its only about 39 hours away.  I must say, God is pretty amazing!  I’m really excited for this trip, yet at the same time just a little bit nervous!  The excited, adrenaline rushing, kind of nervous…like when you are standing at the starting line on the track at a big meet waiting for that gun to go off.  Know why??  The enemy doesn’t want me to go on this trip.  I think it started back when I first heard about the trip.  I didn’t tell anyone, but when PK first talked about it there was something in me that said “maybe you should go.”  But I dismissed it saying I couldn’t afford to if I was going to go back to Argentina…I can only get so many donations from people before they finally stop helping me out.  Fast forward to four weeks ago…PK asked me about going.  Everything seemed to be perfect…the cost was way down, I’m not going back to Argentina, I quit cross country so I don’t have to worry about training.  Then we ran into a little delay with the ticket…we didn’t know if we could get the name changed.  It worked out.  Last night/this morning…I’m fighting a cold.  I feel it coming…I have a sore throat and I haven’t felt the greatest…but I’m throwing it everything I have.  Then the laundry. 

Yes, the laundry.  Since we are going to stay at a hotel by the airport tomorrow I have to be all packed  up and ready by the time IV large group is done so I can go down there instead of packing thursday night.  Well…tomorrow is busy ALL day so I was going to do laundry and be completely packed tonight so all I had to do was pick up my suitcase from the apartment after large group.  Nope…never works out that way.  I go down to do laundry today – lo and behold – ALL the washing machines are out of order!!!  You have to understand the huge mountain of laundry I have right now…I have about five loads to do.  Everything I need for Honduras.  So tomorrow…I don’t know when, but I have to find some time to do laundry.  I’m praying hard that the washing machines are back up tomorrow because if they aren’t then I have to find a laundrymat to do my laundry or go to someone’s house and spend multiple hours trying to do it.  I just don’t know when.  BUT I know God will work it all out and am confident that the washers will be up tomorrow!

Those are just some of the little things and frustrations that the enemy has put in my path to try to bring me down and hinder me as I go into this trip.  Not to mention his efforts to try to invade on my personal devotion time…trying to distract me and eat up time with other things…and sometimes,  I have to admit, it has worked.  He’s tried to block me in my prep for the trip…working on my testimony and memorizing scripture and such, but you know what…despite all the enemy throws at me…I have the VICTORY in Christ Jesus.  I am so excited for what he is going to do on this trip through me and the rest of the team.  A little excited nervousness, yes, but only because there must be something awesome in store down there for the enemy to put this effort into trying to discourage me!  We are going to see God move in mighty ways…and I can’t wait. 

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  1. Greetings!   …..____(“…………….-‘””””`-……………./“)___ ..(____……..____ /….(O…..O)….____ /……..___) (____………………(…………)………)……………____) ..(____………_____…..____/…../_____………____) …….(______/………..`-._____.-‘…………______) ……………..LET ME GIVE YOU A HUG ……………….  
    God’s strength is behind you, His love is within you, and His arms are underneath you.  
    So, you and He are more than sufficient for the days ahead of you.  
    [Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)]:  
    “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.   He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  
    Picture that in your mind: God sings for joy when He thinks about you!  
    Best regards always,   Pastor Doug  
    I’ve included a prayer that you might consider praying each evening.
    Why?
    Because Jesus said that we can experience healing in our own bodiesif we would but pray for the blessing of others.  ——— [An Evening Prayer] ———  
    [ PETITIONS ]: I thank you Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,for all of the blessings that have attended my life;for every hour of safety, health, and peace,of domestic comfort and innocent enjoyment.  
    I ask you Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,to keep me and my loved ones from evil and to bring us in safety into another dayfilled with Your life and committed to serve You in every way.  
    Heavenly Father, I ask You in the name of Jesus Christ,to extend Your mercy over all mankind,to bring the ignorant to the knowledge of Thy truth,to awaken the impenitent and to soften the hardened.  
    I ask You Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,to look with compassion upon the afflicted, of every condition, and assuage the pangs of their diseases,and to comfort the broken in spirit.  
    [ RECEIPT OF REQUESTS, by FAITH ]: Heavenly Father, I believed that I received, in the name of Jesus Christ,all that I just asked You for when I asked You for them.  [ THANKSGIVING ]: I thank You heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,that You are keeping me and my loved ones from eviland that You are bringing us in SAFETY into another dayfilled with Your LIFE and committed to SERVE you in every way. I thank You heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,that You are extending Your MERCY over all mankind,are bringing the ignorant to the knowledge of Thy TRUTH,are awakening the impenitent and softening the hardened. I thank You heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ,that You are looking with COMPASSION upon the afflictedof every condition, are assuaging the pangs of their diseasesand are comforting the broken in spirit. —– [adapted from a prayer by Jane Austen] —–

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