Sosua to Cap Haitien...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It has been a busy few weeks as we have prepared, made final arrangements for space to live, space on flights and organized our lives here in BC. We were prepared to head off to Uganda this year but the events of January 12, 2010 in Haiti changed our paths. So we head off to Haiti this Monday, yep three more sleeps. It is crazy exciting, crazy scary, and crazy fun. Not necessarily in that order. We will be in transit for the first few weeks traveling to see friends in the North of Haiti. Then we will go to Port Au Prince and see family and head up the mountain to work with GLA. www.glahaiti.org Some of you may remember my post the day after the earthquake as many scrambled and called to see if we were home, others where they could give. We had given you the site for giving as GLA and we knew the needs to be great all around. Now we are off, to work with them, we will keep you posted in the next few weeks. Internet will be sporadic as we stay here, there and everywhere, but we ask you to continue to pray for Haiti, pray for the missions there that are working so hard to keep everything going. Pray for us for language to return and new words and confidence. Pray for safety as we travel, our families back home.but most of all pray for the children of Haiti, the babies, the little ones, the orphans and the sick. It is a time in Haiti when God is working overtime to keep the little ones free from disease and hunger. Our blessings to you and your families. Jussi and Colleen
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Today as I was singing in church I realized the absolute beauty of words and the power of crying to the heavens. God wants us to cry out in desperation, to be down on our knees, to be broken and burdened, not for HIM, but FOR us. I know that when I sing and praise and share my joy of His amazing power I am in a different heart space then when I am crying out in desperation. It says in E that there is a time for everything but I wonder how often I have decided in the venue of a church service to be the person that is no holds barred crying out to Him. Yes, there is a time for worship, a time for quiet, a time for prayers of request, prayers of healing, prayers for those pre-christian people in our families, but when the Lord burdens you with intercessory prayers for things unseen, He is not asking for quiet quick prayer. I know what Pastor Scott was saying this Sunday morning, when he said we sing loud and pray quiet, the Lord had burdened me with the same thing. I was thinking 'come-on church".
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to
I found this quote on line, the definition of an intercessor.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I love this quote, "Mary had a little lamb, it used to be a sheep. Then it joined the local church and died from lack of sleep." I am so thankful that our church realized the need for church family to prioritize, God, family, serving in ministry, work, play and relationships and how each is an important part of our daily lives. I understand God wants to give us the desires of our hearts but we do not have kill ourselves doing church to get it. This blog is not going to be an appeal to serve more or a reminder to balance your life, but a reminder of God's power in us and harnessing that power, serving and remembering by whose hand is the job getting done.
God wants us to rest at His feet. Many think that resting means something is not getting done (that is old Colleen) in the Kingdom. Resting in Him means He is able to fill us up, empower us, motivate us, and feed us. Ever try to hit a moving target? Like a two year old that does not want their face washed and how you break a sweat running to get to the target and praying for good aim. Well God probably thinks the same thing when we pray, "Lord fill me up" When what He wants to answer is "Sit still and I will". What we need is balance, a time for resting and a time for working in the fields; we do not have to choose. Isaiah 40 v 31. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.
" It is to realize that in God's grace-land we do not work for HIM, but allow Him to do the work himself through us. Jesus wants to recognize our complete insufficiency to produce works that produce eternal value." Rather He wants to be the One who does the works through us.
In the story of the walls of Jericho they could have prayed Lord crumble the wall, smash it down. Instead they prayed for direction, in FAITH, praying for seven days and God told them He was giving them Jericho as a gift. They moved forward in obedience and trust, resting in His promise giving a shout to the Lord for it would be through Him that the wall would come down. Praising HIM! Guess what! Down came the walls but only because God did the work. They got to see a sign of His power. " As Christians we are not fighting for victory, we are fighting FROM victory.
He does the work, we get the benefits. Today in God's economy nothing has changed, faith is a powerful tool. A tool given to us so that we may share of His work and so that throughout our daily lives we share and His glory is the focal point of the story!
This week I continue to sit still as part of a challenge to ante up on our prayer lives. It has not been easy, I am mover, but I smile at the thought of God trying to hit my moving target (fill me up Lord). As His child, I smile and stop, with a wee sheepish grin and a humble I'm sorry, then remember He is patient, and for that I am thankful.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Listen to the words, the song was re-written to be a fund raiser for Haiti. As we sit in our comfortable homes in a nation that allows us freedoms, with infrastructure, housing, medical, education and plenty of food; one cannot help but be impacted. A very proud people through hundreds of years of turmoil they have never given up...Yes Haiti's flag will fly again
We are praying for you Haiti !
Saturday, March 13, 2010
It has struck me in the last few weeks that not only does God have a plan for us but it is so BIG we cannot find a word to fit. You know when you self talk about where you thought you would be by 30 and then by 40 and so on, you come to realization that there are many things that have happened in our lives that have shaped us into who we are. Some of us come from homes that are calm and ordered and always structured and some like me come from a background of craziness. I mean craziness in a good way. I love that God has hard wired me to be less organized as I age and more impulsive. That he has shown me He can use in many ways most of which I would never have dreamed of. That my love of people and zest for being around people doesn't have to be all the time, and how much I value now my quiet time alone on the farm. I watch TV once a week for House, rarely go on You Tube, Google searches, Facebook, but spend lots of time on writing emails and answering them. I love connecting with people.