It has been a whirlwind few weeks since my last post. So many wonderful things have happened and so many wonderful lessons have been learned.
At BuildinGUATE, we had a great opportunity to host a medical team from Gulf Coast, Florida. This group of nurses was able to hold an all-day clinic for three days for the kids and families at the dump. A few hundred people were seen and many meds were administered to help relieve some minor illnesses.
Right after the clinic week I was able to make a visit home for just over two weeks. I was able to see my family and get in some great quality time with each of them as well as many dear friends. It was two weeks of going non-stop but well worth it. Probably one of the top things I was able to do while home was meet my new nephew and spend time with my nieces.
A few other things I was so grateful to be able to be home for was my parent’s 35th Wedding Anniversary (way to go, guys!), two wedding showers for my sister’s upcoming wedding, and my 10 year high school reunion.
After two weeks off, I was ready to get back to this new home of mine and get back to work. The last couple of weeks have been great. Two weeks ago I taught my first Bible lesson to the kiddos at the school. . . all in Spanish. It was a bit scary for me as I doubt my Spanish speaking abilities a LOT. The Lord was good to me and I survived. The Lord has been reminding me that He is with me in these times. Matthew 10:19-20 has been one of those reminders: “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
I am grateful for how so many things are going so well. I do need to be honest though, in the last few months my ability to trust in the Lord fully has been majorly tested. While I try to lean on my past experiences of God being completely and shockingly faithful, I still find myself trying to solve tough situations in my own strength. And once again, for the 1 millionth time, I am realizing my strength doesn’t stand against much for too long. But I am also once again realizing that that is okay.
I was not created to be something great. I was created to make the Name of Christ great. Because of that purpose, I must expect hard things to come upon me (1 Peter 4:11-12). Through any painful, scary, or difficult time in life, I have the opportunity to be ready and to immediately recognize the power of God and praise Him in the midst of it. When relationships are tested, I will trust that God will be in charge of the healing and restoration. When I have some extra expensive months and my financial reserve is depleting quickly, I will trust that God will be in charge of providing for my every need. When I have to do things way outside of my comfort zone, I will trust that God will give me the words to say and the ability to do.
Please pray for emotional, mental and physical strength to face whatever comes my way.
1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always”
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”