Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

No expectations - only Love!

I was thinking about my trip today and how I have no expectations. 

People are always asking me if I’m excited about my trip to Haiti.  Yes. The answer is yes. 

What will you be doing?
            Loving orphans

Practicing one of our VBS lessons
God has a BIG plan for your life!
Other than that, I don’t know.  Sure we are preparing, our team will be praying practicing teaching English, preparing for VBS, crafts, all kinds of stuff. 

But I have no idea really what it will entail until I get there.

Have you ever known that I am not flexible.  Really, I’m not.  God gave me the awesome gift of planning.  I’ve planned so much of our Detroit Mission Trips because God has given me so mad skills in that department.  Sometimes when you have ‘mad planning skills’ you may have less ‘flexibility skills’.  Well, at least I do.

It’s ok though.  Over the last few years, God has been working on my obedience and trusting skills.  “Do what I say” just like a parent (because God is my Father) He teaches me that His way is best.   And sometimes as parents we have that ‘do as I say not as I do’ mentality, but God is perfect.  He gave us the best example EVER!     

This trip is about Love but it is also about obedience.  From the very beginning, God has said “ don’t You trust me?” It’s kind of scary that I would even need for Him to say that to me, I feel like I love Him so much but then sometimes I say “that’s a lot of money” because I always like my attitude to be “it’s only money, I can always make more”. But sometimes I get a little wrapped up in it.  But this trip has been a shining example of God providing.  For my trip and in my providing me more love than I thought my heart could ever hold.  Can you believe that I leave in 33 days?  HOLY MOLY!

In case you’d like to join me in praying for the ‘muffins’ at the orphanage… there are 19 ages 3-11.  10 girls, 9 boys.  I can almost picture their beautiful faces and their beautiful brown skin, and their onyx eyes, perfection.  God provides for them too!  He loves them just as much as He loves us!  OHMYWORD! Doesn’t that just make you so JOYFUL!

Psalm 139. 
1 You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand —
    when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
Doesn’t it make you crazy (good) how much God loves us?! 
May you know God’s love today, may His Word be a love song to you!
The only expectation I have about this trip is that God is already there, we are just meeting Him there, and there is love. 

1 comment:

Jada's Gigi said...

I too am a planner but over the years I have learned to build flexibility into my planning...Now that is truly a blessing from God...because you are so right...flexibility does not come easy to a are growing so much!! and you are a delight, my sister!