Here’s our latest newsletter that went out March 25, 2014.
The Latin phrase Carpe Diem, means “seize the day.” Taking risks to make your life extraordinary is biblical, if done according to God’s plan and principles. The idea behind this comes from Ecclesiastes: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl 11:1).
Last year Pastor Daniel at Mountain Springs taught about digging ditches. This was a profound message for us about preparing to receive the provision the Lord has promised. Imagine our surprise when this year Pastor Daniel returned to the same passage in 2nd Kings 3. This time he emphasized that now that those ditches have been dug, only the Lord can fill them. We’ve done the work, now comes the waiting on the miracle-working God who has promised to fill the ditches we’ve dug.
This year, the day before this message, the Lord brought me to Psalm 13:1 where David cries out “How long, O Lord?” I resonated with this verse because this road to Germany has been long. While sitting in the service the next day the Lord began knitting together 2nd Kings 3 and Psalm 13:1 and I heard a hint of the answer my heart longs to hear.
The following is from a blog I read occasionally.
We often hear people use some funny terminology when they talk about missions. It’s not uncommon to hear missionaries share, ”I was called to mission when…” It’s not uncommon for people to ask, “When did you feel called to missions?” and for Christians to question of themselves “Am I called to missions? How do I know?” And in discussions on missions we have often heard people quickly (and sometimes defensively) express, “I am SO not called to missions!”
Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.
It has always amazed me how God prepares the heart for his word, his love, and then our Salvation. God, in his wisdom, used my second-grade school teacher to invite me to church. I went to church with her, and at 7 I accepted Jesus into my heart. I followed through for a while as a child, but I did drift away during junior high and high school.
After marriage at 18 and two children later, I knew I needed more in my life, for them as well as me. I started searching. I was invited to church and I went. God used many people there to start me down the road to know him better and I was baptized.
At 30, I had another child after my doctor said it would be very difficult to get pregnant again. I already had an 11 and a 9 year-old and I had had a miscarriage after 2½ months of pregnancy. So I told the Lord this child is really yours. When she began school, I felt the Lord was leading me to put her in a Christian school. Because of this, I developed more Christian relationships and began to grow more spiritually as well.
Now that child, my youngest [Carrie], is 23. She has graduated from Biola University and is planning on being a missionary.
In our limited understanding it can be hard to see the big picture. Looking back, I now see more clearly the hand of the Lord.
In the book of Jeremiah it says that God has plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. The Lord is everywhere and always knows what is best for us.