Don't Let Down Your Guard
I've been quite busy since my trip to Haiti and I apologize for not being more faithful and dedicated to keeping up with the blog. Have you ever been faced with a challenge or weakness that you thought was in your past or you had overcomed? Then all of a sudden it is back in front of you, dead center. That is why we are to never let down our guard. The bible tells us to pray in season and out. We should pray even harder when things are great, and everything is going good for us because satan knows our weaknesses even better than we do. He will put the very thing, the very challenge, or the very temptation in front of us and that''s when we have to fight the good fight with every being in our body. We have to put on the whole armour of God Ephesian 6:12-18. So don't let down your guard, and stay strong in prayer!
I recently came back from my Mission Trip to Haiti and I was so impressed with the Mission we visited that I would like to be able to go back 2 or three times a year. I was most impressed with the work the Mission is doing with limited funding. They have 25 babies that live there fulltime until they are nourished back to health and can return home to their mothers; then they are followed for 2 years through regular clinic visits to make sure they continue to thrive. The mission has a sewing school where the students are taught and trained for 9 months; upon graduation they each receive a sewing machine. The mission gives out food to the local residents, and support local schools and orphanages whenever possible. There are many talented and crafty people of Haiti, but little chance of making a living from their craft because the government is so corrupt. As I rode down the streets and walked through mountainside villages, I realized how blessed we Americans are. We don't have to walk through littered streets piled with garbage, and then set on fire because there is no sanitation program. We don't have to bath, and cook in dirty water that falls down the hillside into muddy puddles. We don't have to pay to send our children to elementary school if they want an education. We don't have to beg on the streets because the economy is so poor there are hardly any jobs. We don't have to wash our clothes out by hand from muddy or limited water, and we don't have to live in stone and tin huts with little protection from the elements, intruders or animals. We need to be thankful for what we have instead of thinking we are lacking. I did get a chance to plant a garden there along with the assistance of a young man named Carlo, however, the soil is so poor I'm praying it survives.
It has been nearly two years since my husband went home to be with the Lord, and I thought I had finally gotten over the hardest part of my mourning. I was able to think of him lovingly, and often laughing at all the fun times we had with each other and raising our kids. But in the last few weeks I would break down crying for no apparent reason all through the day and crying myself to sleep at night when I thought of him. And then reality set in, God let me know that I was holding on to my husband because I could not see myself happy without him. Of course I am basically happy with my children and grandchildren. I am happy with my spiritual life and the charities I'm involved with. I'm happy and excited about going to Haiti next month. But I just didn't think I could be truly ever happy without my husband. And the tears were because God was letting me know I was rejecting his words, and I did not believe his words if I continued in this mindset.
Rom. 8:28...all things work together for good to them who love God and to them that are the called according to his purpose.
Job 42:10...also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before
Job 42:12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.
Is. 61:3 ...to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
Is. 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double
If God did it for Job, he will do it for me. Once I realized I was rejecting God's words, and repented...the constant tears ceased.
I recently visited an old neighbor that was in a rehad facility recovering from several strokes whom I had not seen in about 30 years. After I had prayer with him and talked for a few minutes, I noticed all the people peeping our of their doors as I left. I thought to myself how many people are sick and confined to nursing homes and prisons with no one to visit and pray with them. There are so many scriptures that tell us about goodness, kindness and well doing. Col. 3:12 Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law; Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faith not. These are only a few, but it's our duty as christians not only to spread the good news, but to show the good news by visiting, praying and being good to those who are confined.
I have been looking forward to my upcoming trip to Haiti for almost a year. I am excited about seeing the Mission our church has supported, spending time with my sponsor again as she introduce me to the lovely people of Haiti and hugging the children they provide nutrition and assistance. I'm most excited about the possibility of being able to plant gardens to assist the people of Haiti to sustain themselves. However, resently the devil tried to put up fear as a roadblock to me. When I read the consent papers I had to sign, it mentioned that I could get falsely accused, arrested, kidnapped and the mission would do all in their power for my release but would not pay a ransome. Hold up! is this what I'm getting myself into...this is real. On top of that snakes kept coming up as discussion in bible study the other night. I am a country girl but I hate snakes with a passion, and I don't even like to look at them. I don't know what type of animal or creature I may come in contact with while on my mission. And then I remembered Psalm 91 and how God would give his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. And because I have made the Lord my habitation, no evil shall befall me neither will any plague come near my dwelling. So I'm going on my mission without fear or trembling because Almighty God is on my side.