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    October 5th, 2016 by

    thiswaynotthatway

    It’s easy to forget that the Lord who knows everything about us also knows what’s best for us. He knows when and if to change course in our lives so that his purposes can be accomplished in his timing. This not only reveals his sovereignty, but his intimate love intricately woven in and through the lives of his people, reaching out to those who do not know him.

    One of my plans this week was to meet up with a contact in a nearby town. However, my schedule was essentially rewritten when my dog began to have problems going to the bathroom. She didn’t seem lethargic or feverish, but after I saw a little blood on her fur after she eliminated, my family knew she would have to visit the vet.

    The next day, the day I would have been about fifteen miles away visiting my contact, I was in the vet’s office with my super-greedy corgi who couldn’t wait to get a treat from the vet whom she had been seeing since she was a puppy. She certainly didn’t seem sick. A quick check-over by the vet revealed she was fine. I guess she just wanted a treat and a car ride 🙂

    We started to share small talk about how my family’s health had been. Our vet began to share about some friends’ deaths she had experienced recently and how she had helped both friends in their final years. She talked to us for a long time, and it seemed like she needed to share about what had been going on in her life. The great thing about this is, now we know how to pray for her in regards to her needs. It was also a timely reminder to pray for her salvation.

    God knew that my vet needed to talk with someone about her losses, and he wanted to put my family in the position to listen to her needs and pray for her. We would have never known her needs if my dog didn’t begin to experience problems. God’s plans are always best.

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    Life Unscripted

    September 23rd, 2016 by

    oacstaffcon2016

    Sometimes life is great, and sometimes, not so great. Sometimes we’re so excited about what tomorrow holds, we can barely sleep, and other times, we can’t wait to hit the bunk because of exhaustion, weariness, discouragement, or fear.

    Occasionally, life has moments that are very rich, and as Christians, we learn to accept both good and evil from the hand of the Lord, as Job did. Still, God often sees fit to bless his children with precious memories, and along with those memories, valuable lessons.

    Such is what I experienced at the OAC National Staff Conference that took place last week. About ten years ago, I thought I would never be among missionaries like this, fellowshipping with them, and even seeing myself as one of them. God showed me he is faithful, faithful to hear my prayers to show me the path to share the Gospel with the lost and equip me with the tools needed to spend the rest of my life doing this (and have some fun while I’m at it). 🙂

    However, God is also faithful in the hard times. This is something that, many times, is harder to see, and for one reason or another, seems to be hard to admit. Living the Christian life is not something that is defined by the ordinary, despite being chock full of ordinary tasks we are given by God to glorify him. The Christian life is mostly inhabited by unexpected events that threaten to derail how or if we glorify God in those ordinary tasks that are our lot. We’re not only surprised if changes come- we’re traumatized, we’re troubled, we avoid or delay the changes for as long as we humanly can, or we are jubilant if they are purely obvious positive changes for us. Because we know God is omnipotent and omnipresent, we know that he knew these life changes would come our way and that he will be with us through them.

    That’s not just doctrine. That’s our bread and butter. But it sounds different on the bookends of trials and tribulations, doesn’t it?

    Trials and tribulations are what many missionaries around the world experience. I saw first-hand that Open Air Campaigners missionaries are no different. There’s a lot of spiritual warfare involved in missions work, more than anything I could have imagined. But just like the Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:8, my brothers and sisters both here and around the world are going through the same sufferings. And I couldn’t help but think, after hearing various stories, It’s not just me. Sometimes the fight against our adversary the devil becomes more like an underworld of gloom, so much so, it’s easy to forget that I’m fighting. Or am I? Have his lies become my truth? Is this why the Heavens have become like brass? There’s actually joy on the other side of this? God hears me? You mean he’s not angry with me?

    I forget that God not only awaits me on the other side of the trial, but that he is with me in the moment, urging me to carry on and pick up my sword and shield. He loves us too much to give us up to an enemy who has been vanquished by His life’s blood. He deserves the glory. And the Spirit of peace will rest on us as we pour out our hearts to him.

    O My people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge.

    -Psalm 62:8 NLT

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    Welcome!

    August 17th, 2016 by

    My name’s Rebecca, and this is my new missions blog. I’ll be highlighting moments, lessons, and life on the mission field all around me, the Baltimore-DC Metro area. Stay tuned for more posts and updates!

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