The Lord gave me two words for 2016 - “Serve” and “Sincere.” Shortly after receiving these words from God to encourage me in my walk with Him, they appeared in my daily Bible reading. One morning, in my quiet time, I read these words,
“Now therefore fear the Lord and Serve him in Sincerity and in Faithfulness." Joshua 24:14
I love when God confirms His voice to us; this was one of those times..
This next week, Mike and I will have the opportunity to meet my daughter, Bekah, on the World Race. The organization, Adventure in Missions, encourages the parents to go on the “Parent Vision Trip” to visit their child in month seven of the race. This trip allows parents to take part in just a sample of what our children have experienced abroad. We will work alongside their team in Central America. My prayer is to love and serve the racers, the nationals and the other parents with a sincere heart.
Thus, as I prepare my heart this week to go, I am seeking the Lord to break my heart for what breaks His heart; to pray for the people I will be serving, and for God to increase and me to decrease.
World Globes in New York City
I am so excited to see Bekah! It has been seven months since she left for the World Race. She has seen and worked with so many cultures across the globe! It is going to be so neat to hear what God is doing in her personal life as well as how He is moving in the World.
Bekah in Thailand xoxoxo
In Christ, we all should be changing and transforming - becoming more and more beautiful in Christ. I have been reading in 2 Chronicles about the different kings that reigned in Judah and Israel. There were not many kings that walked faithfully with a sincere heart. Even those that started out “doing what was right before the eyes of the Lord”, before the kingship ended they did what was right in their own eyes. Some grew proud, did what was evil or became unfaithful to God. It is so discouraging to be reading about a faithful king in the beginning of his reign, but then shortly after he becomes king or later in his life he is no longer faithfully serving God with a sincere and loving heart. How does that happen?
Well, the Kings are no different than we are.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way;and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6-8
We can’t afford to neglect his Word on a daily basis, along with seeking fellowship with a close group of believers for accountability/growth and church. We are by nature very selfish, but when we surround ourselves with faithful followers of Christ and stay in his Word we have a better chance of remaining steadfast. I heard from Jackie Kendall, “Put people in your life that are stronger than you and you like where they are going.”
Staying in God’s Word helps us learn the story of God’s rescue plan, Jesus. As we stay in His word listening to God’s voice, surrounded by a community of Christ followers, we are better equipped to serve God faithfully with a sincere and loving heart.
A travel book of scriptures I made for Bekah's journey xoxo
At a conference I attended, Frances Chan challenged us to live each day how we would want it to look like standing before God at the end of time. Wow, if we would really do this daily how amazing would life look to us! We have to live intentionally. I am so thankful for God's mercy and grace. He gives it freely. Our eyes and heart need to be on Jesus,
“the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
My eyes and heart are on Jesus as we get ready to leave soon for Central America. As we serve this week, let’s listen to His voice and be quick to listen to others, serving others with Sincerity and Faithfulness.
I look forward to posting about the experience of this trip with Bekah!! Look for my post next week. If I don’t post Wednesday; I will as soon as I get Wifi.
Thanks for reading today’s blog! Please pray for my trip, as I will be praying for you!
May God find us serving with a sincere and faithful heart!