Bougainvillea flowers @ World Venture Senegal’s beach camp
I’m so thankful for the way God uses His word to speak into our heart! I wish that I could say that I always live my life rejoicing, praying and giving thanks…but I don’t. But when I do, I always feel more at peace about God’s will for my life.
God has been so good to me as I have begun to make Senegal my new home. He has given me such peace through all the changes of moving a world away from the familiar and has reminded me that being in the center of His will is my heart’s desire! That’s not to say I don’t miss home (family, friends, my church, ministries, lakes, trees, my dog and all things familiar), because I do. But even in the missing I am reminded…God called me here, to this place, at this time, for a reason! He has plans for my life. Plans I can only begin to grasp. My job in life is to follow His will for me…and He will never leave me or forsake me!
As I sit here in my African home, my prayer is that you are seeking to live out God’s will for your life. That together we are learning more and more to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances”!
The world says to follow your heart….but God’s word tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it.”
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘”Jesus is Lord,”‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.
But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:18-21
It’s so amazing when stop and consider the details that God orchestrated when He sent His son to earth. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in Mary or Joseph’s
shoes sandals? I’m sure that very few people, if anyone, truly believed that the baby born to Mary was of the Holy Spirit and not Joseph. I know I would have a hard time if most of my friends and family didn’t believe me.
This Christmas make some time to look again at the story of Christ’s birth. Consider the faith of those involved and think about how God used their willingness to be used by Him to change the course of history! Then ask yourself, “How strong is my faith in God and am I willing to be used by Him in any way”? I hope that in a year from now you can look back and see ways that your faith in God has grown.