If we knew then what we know now would we still go? Last year at this time we had no idea that we would be spending eight weeks in Guatemala this year. Last year at this time we had just taken our first trip by ourselves with no translator and no other missionaries. Just the two of us and our backpacks. I still remember that hour and a half ride from the airport in the back of the local pastor's 1981 pickup truc...
From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
So often we look only at one characteristic of God and operate in that one attribute instead of looking and operating at the fullness of who God is. We operate in God is love, but forget to operate in God is holy at the same time. So often we view God as one-sided. As if He can only operate in one attribute at a time. Yet, there is so much more to Him than what our minds understand. We compa...
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Just as we detox our bodies from our poor diets and bad health choices we also must detox our souls. Each day we have so many worldly influences that overwhelm our hearts. These worldly influences put us in bondage, lead us to temptation, create unreaso...
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to
be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and
she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Have you ever chosen something simply because it looked good? How can something that looks good be bad for you, right? We choose to buy things, do things, or not to do things simply because in our own ey...
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
Have you ever been in a season where the only answer you have to the question, "How is life?" is "It's busy." You're constantly occupied with something. So much so that every minute is focused on multitasking getting as much crammed into a day as possible. Sometimes we go through these seasons where we are running the race of life and can't get around it. Whether it is family, work...
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives
do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Peace. A word we use to coat the bad situations around us. A word we speak when we don't know what else to say to someone. A word we cry out for when the world seems hopeless. Have you ever told someone to "just be at peace?" It's a word we so easily throw around yet, many of us have never truly expe...
But blessed is the one who
trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
When we first said yes to Jesus about going to Poptún, Guatemala I was terrified. We loved the people and country of Guatemala from our very first trip, yet the fear of going into a country, where we don't know the customs nor speak the language, completely on our own left a crippling fear. God's faithfulness and indescribable peace has gotten us through each trip. Not o...
Thus says the LORD: "The people who survived the sword found
grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the LORD
appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting
love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Ever feel like Jesus is quiet in your life? You may know He's with you and you may see Him moving all around you, yet He just seems quiet. You know He hasn't abandoned you, but you just haven't hea...
For as in one body we have many members, and the members
do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are
one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Each of us have different gifts and different callings in life. It can be frustrating when others don't see things the way we see them or understand things the way we understand them. Just as God gives us different gifts in life He also gives us different experiences. Th...
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Over Thanksgiving we were in Poptun, Guatemala. Each trip teaches us a little bit more about the culture and needs. The word of the week was "lluvia" which means rain. It has rained everyday, all day. This is the first trip to Poptun that we have experienced the rain and the cold weather. Both of which bring its own challenges in a culture where walking everywhere is norma...