I had never seen a tree blossom quite like this one, and the contrast of the pink flowers with the gnarly branches definitely made me stop and stare. God’s grace is much the same, and I’m so thankful for it.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
Just last week I asked our family, “Would you rather live without internet, water, or electricity for 24 hours?” Everyone unanimously agreed- internet! And that losing water is the worst!
The question was not exactly hypothetical— our internet had been out for about 16 hours. And as luck would have it, this morning we woke up to a small river in our street and parking lot due to a busted water pipe. Realizing it was only a matter of time before the water company turned off the water supply to our building to repair the line, we quickly showered, brushed teeth, and filled all available pitchers and bottles with water.
I am grateful for utilities that are dependable the majority of the time. And for those days when they go out unexpectedly, we try to be prepared, laugh, and accept the inconveniences with grace.
Camp preparations have started, and we are so excited! While this year will look a little different due to (well you know)–we believe that this camp will be an encouragement to the kids who attend and to their parents (our friends and students).
Please pray for the kids to be blessed, for the light of Jesus to shine brightly through each of us as we teach, and for safety as we gather together. Thank you for standing with us!
Recently a member of our team joined believers from four countries and multiple churches/organizations for a two day strategic prayer trip. What a testimony of the power and will and grace of God that we would all stand together crying out for the people of GM to know Jesus. Definitely a “foretaste of glory divine.”
As I was watering my plants, I noticed how this one had begun growing strangely apart. I realized it’s because the beam in front of it was blocking the sun, so it was stretching to reach the light.
There are so many things in our lives that can block the truth of His light, and we have to adjust and sometimes even fight to be in His presence. He has rescued each of us from darkness, and now we are to share that hope to those around us who do not yet know Him. For we “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
A local believing friend (J) is offering a parenting class at the center for the second time this Saturday (May 29). She shines brightly with the love of Christ, and we are praying that those who attend will continue to meet with her afterwards. This has been a powerful tool of ministry for her, and we are honored to come alongside our dear friend.
I have never smelled a rose like this large pink one–it had such a wonderful scent that I kept going back to it–I couldn’t get enough.
Recently, I was praying for a dear friend who seemed to be in an impossible situation. I felt so heavy for her, but there was nothing that I could do to help. As I prayed, God reminded me of these verses: 14 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Sometimes the best and only thing that we can do is be the fragrance of Christ to a hurting friend. That doesn’t require the “right” words or great advice. We just need a willingness to sit with someone in the mess, and to let them sense the love and peace of Christ. Those who are searching for Him won’t be able to get enough of His sweet aroma.