So here we are! One week and a day to go! We depart Denver around 7am on Thursday January 5th. We are deep in the thick of packing and cleaning, and deciding what to take and what not to take. As well as trying to say goodbyes well, and continue to work on our partner development (support raising). We are excited, ready, scared, and a little anxious.
We are continuing to learn so much about this new life we are embarking on. Two of which I would love to share here.
The first one is the blessing of having a support team. Not only is it how we make our living as missionaries from financial support from those who believe in what we are doing, bringing Jesus in the way of design to Cambodia. I am also learning that it is so much more than that! It's having people who are willing to pray. People who are willing to encourage. People willing to meet a need when we have a need, and maybe most importantly it's people that are willing to remind us that they are thinking of us, and even more importantly praying for us. What a huge blessing!!
The second one came from scripture I was reading yesterday. Here's what stood out to me:
"How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners, or join the group of mockers. Instead, his delight is in the LORD's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. His like a tree planted besides streams of water that bears fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."
- The last part of this verse we hear all the time as pastors pray it over their congregation, and we have had many people speak/pray it over us this last year. The thing that stood out to me was that the verse 3 that we hear all the time comes after the description of a man who sticks close to the Lord and finds his delight in Him, the fruit of that is being like the tree we hear about so often.
"Serve the LORD in reverential awe and rejoice with trembling."
- I find it so easy to get comfortable with God, to get comfortable and forget how awesome He is, and how big He is. Great reminder for me!
Psalm 3: 3-5
"But you are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I cry aloud to the LORD, and He answers me from His holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the LORD sustains me."
- Our God protects, hears and cares. He is sufficient and worth any sacrifice, because He give life.
Psalm 4: 7-8
"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound. I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, LORD, make me live in safety."
- He fills me with joy, and He gives us His safety wherever we go.
My prayer is that you are encouraged by this as much as I was last night. Be encouraged as we enter this new year, that God is for you. He is big, He is might, He hears you, and He cares. He fills you with joy and He is sufficient. So whatever you have ahead of you in 2017 remember these promises, remember He is worth it, and He is with you.
I know I will be clinging to these sweet verses as we prepare for and eventually step on to that air plane on January 5th.