China

China
A beginning and an end.The obvious is that this was our first country and that this was the beginning of our journey.From the onset of our journey God has come and shown me the joy in serving other's, specifically those that serve Him where others dare not stay.The end is less obvious and, more...An end to self deception, an end to self pity and most importantly an end to past fixation. I  had been clutching like a corner stone.Wearing a grudge like a crown, unable to forgive.But not anymore!I can gladly say that a paradoxical mind shift has come upon me. I have more patience, I can truly smile once more and I mostly think before I speak. Still under construction.Thanks be to God. I gave away the stone and there is only One who wears the crown.I would​ say that I woefully regret the time it has taken me to get to this point but then ofcourse I would not be at this point.God has shown me so much during such a short period of time and I am yet to grasp the magnitude of what's ​to come. My physical bag is getting heavier and heavier but I'm glad to say that my spiritual bag is getting lighter by the day.I let go.#
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Faking it for Jesus

Faking it for Jesus

What? How does that work? It does, if you're a sinner. I am a very honest person and I want you to fully understand my journey, so yeah, sometimes you're going to think I am an absolute fool. Great! Please think that, because my friend, that's exactly how gross and sinful and foolish I am, without God. Great thing that God doesn't leave us in our sins. Thank God He doesn't. Now of course, you want the juice (news) of what I have done. I thought that I had the right to want. I started to want the things other people have. For example, I saw someone with Ray-Ban sunglasses. I decided I want them, couldn't afford them and started wishing I had it. Even prayed for them. Realizing, I can just ask God for it. I started treating God as a vending machine. I also had the worst mindset: I am a missionary this year which automatically makes people think more of me. (I'm very ashamed.) It got worse. I am in Turkey Istanbul. The people are amazingly friendly here. There are a lot of Turkish Delight shops and wow! The people allows you to taste the stuff and gives it to you for free as well! This is how you get things for free: They see business when they see you. They call you over. You start a conversation with them. Then you pretend as if you do not know what something (example: a chocolate mushroom) is. They give it to you to taste. You walk away. It just didn't feel right. God started talking to me about this. For the first situation He told me: "Ye shall not want." Correct,  it's in the ten commandments.  Secondly I got an amazing verse: For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 1 Corinthians 9:19 KJV. God told me how I am manipulating people and being fake to get a little piece of Turkish Delight and to let people give me things. Readers, if you do something wrong but want to live in alignment with God's purpose for you, Keep searching and He will show you your errors: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Philippians 3:15 I am sorry that you have to find out how sinful I am. Luckily we serve a living God who will love us as we are, but won't leave us that way. I am ready to say that I will try my best not to want. I will try my best to become a servant unto all men. That is my deepest desire: to serve in the way God has prepared for me. Challenhe Accepted!  Stay in the outlook for my next blog: I want to write about the Heart of Islam or something like that.

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I know who holds tomorrow...

New year...new beginnings 

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Will You build me a new house?

Will You build me a new house?
"We must be known for hope for the day we live in, as the purposes of God are always great. He will do everything needed, according to His promises for His victorious bride." - Bill Johnson If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know He enjoys giving rest to those He loves?(Psalm 127:1-2 MSG) It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation; It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies. (Proverbs 24:3, 4 MSG)  My first thought about Laos was: "Why on earth do none of the locals pronounce the S in Laos?" What an emotional but triumphant experience! It was here where Jesus started to prepare us for China.  Laos was so beautiful - The people as well as the the country's rich, tragic history. We stayed in Vientiane. Our time with the local church was extremely well spent and evidently fruitful. We encouraged and supported the church while we were challenged ourselves. Jesus took us on a wild tour of Laos while we are on this journey of self discovery... just learning how to take the baby steps to finally leaping and abounding in our faith. Jesus surpasses all description and everyone's anticipation of good. He is extreme in all the right ways! We had a 'lekker' time! We celebrated Lao new year - a week long water fest!  Our team lived in a comfortable-uncomfortable guest house. Horses running upon a dried, parched land on the border of Laos and Thailand.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship around super food and coffee, did i mention that we had dragon fruit? We celebrated when we had the opportunity to wifi ;) Some of us exercised at sunset with the locals. We had an Australian man who randomly-purposefully spent time with us. We spent time soaking, pondering and praying together. Jesus is establishing my new House on the Rock... in His rest and peace, while He teaches and reveals..  Oh faithful One! My heart is called Your House, a dwelling place for You in my constant brokenness and triumph!
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