God Answers Prayers

By Monday, June 8, 2015 0 0

Last year, for the big 30, I invited all our friends to join us for dinner at my favorite Spanish restaurant in Seattle, Harvest Vine. I’ve celebrated a few birthdays there with brunch, but the tapas dinner was pretty extravagant. My friends are great and they humored me. This year, I wanted to give back. So, I hosted my gal pals for tapas and a Noonday Trunk Show. Amazing jewelry and accessories made by incredibly talented artisans (many of them women) around the world, many of whom would be in poverty without the work they receive through their cooperatives. It’s a neat organization and the stuff is beautiful too!

Completed 31 trips around the sun today. I have loved God, the creator of the sun and the earth on which I take my trips around it, more than half my life this year. Finally, Jesus and I have been walking together longer than I was walking away from Him. The flesh says, and so shouldn't I be further along in this great spiritual process? Shouldn't I have some of these important things like selflessness and not grumbling and trusting the sovereign God of the universe with my future nailed? How funny we use that term, nailed, when we talk about things we've perfected. I can't make anything perfect. Not my days, not my children, not my home, certainly not myself. Yet the one who perfects, He did it with nails. On the cross, all my sins were nailed there with Jesus. Upon Jesus! Jesus nailed it, so I don't have to. Wow. I want to GROW in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then I will be who I truly am. #birthday #birthdaymusings #godisgood

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I had a birthday wish I intended to share here, and in a prayer letter, but our family got struck with a couple of bugs and all our priorities shifted. I felt that I could not make a phone call, send an email, or keep a support appointment because we were all sick with colds, ear infections, and most recently, tummy bugs. My wish was 70% support. By mid-May, I had given that up, because we had made no progress.

It's beautiful here. #pnw #susannajane

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Yet, God answered my prayers and fulfilled my wish anyway! Because of new support and a decrease in our requirements, we are now 70% supported! This was a true confirmation of our calling. I never doubt our calling personally, but sometimes I try to see the writing on the walls that constantly seem to be in our way. But God confirmed our calling in the most tangible way.

Then, Austin was very sick with a stomach virus for a long time. After a week, I was asking for prayers on Facebook and from our small groups and begging God to give him energy, an appetite, and a sunny disposition. My friends told me they were praying for Austin with their children. They would say, “we’ve been praying! How is Austin” and I would tentatively say, “he’s improving, we think!” Well, this weekend he seemed on the mend and today he has eaten every meal, played just the right amount, and just been his generally sunny self.

God answers prayers!

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A Pruning

“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

So many people express awe at our faith in God’s call, our willingness to travel the world with our children, to put our faith into action by planting churches in Spain.

These things are at the very bottom of our worry list, but it seems that the very thought of missionary life makes some people uncomfortable.

Not us.

We long to be engaged in the calling He’s given us. We pray regularly for supernatural clarity of mind to grasp Spanish quickly so that we can be effective immediately. We practice sharing the Gospel relationally and putting ourselves out there to meet people. We don’t worry about that statistics and we’ll be grateful to be one flat stone in the mosaic path that leads Spain to Christ.

You know what makes me uncomfortable? Finances. And so where do we find ourselves, nine months after Chris quit his day job to pursue full time ministry? Uncomfortable, financially.

We are terrified and excited to see how He will come through.

The thing is, though Americans don’t talk money with one another, I can guess that most missionaries don’t arrive on the field with a large nest egg in their savings account and lots of disposable income. So this pruning is just reality. He is taking care of us. He has always taken care of us. I may thank God for the food in (or not in) my refrigerator every week for the rest of my life, and it might be frustrating. It’s much easier to just take a loaded refrigerator, a nearby grocery store, or a quick trip for takeout, for granted. But easy isn’t what I am going for. Joy, service and trust in Christ are my goals, and those always begin and end with thankfulness!

So as not to leave you hanging, we have some examples of how God is showing us we can trust Him in this uncertain time.

We have been faithfully praying as part of the prefield prayer initiative (150 prefield missionaries, fully funded, in 9 months). Ever week we’re asked to share with our fellow prefielders how God is answering prayers. I said to Chris one day, “I love to see the awesome things God is doing, but it feels like we never have anything to report.”

Recently we had things to report: large gifts that came in just in time, a 2% increase in support after Family Camp, and after sending an email about our need to our small prayer team, a partner told us that God had already been speaking to her about doubling her support. So she did, and included an extra gift to help us this month as well.

We also have just begun connecting with new churches and new friends and hope the Lord will lead them to join us in reaching Spain with the Gospel.

God is good. All the time.

Be Thankful {Day 17}

By Saturday, November 17, 2012 0 0

Most of my prayers are prayers of gratitude. Gratitude to God is the only way that I can pray unceasingly, as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, and abide in Christ. Certainly, I can ask all day long for things I want, but that’s not relationship. It’s whining. When I thank God, though, I remember that he is worthy. He knows best. And he gives good gifts to me, his daughter.

Perhaps thankfulness lists deserve their own button or category, but I see being grateful as an answer to prayer as well. It qualifies because my thankfulness glorifies the Son, which is the end result of answered prayers.

Some things I am thankful for:

  • My friends Jenny and Ally and their children who turned two this week.
  • I have finally let go of needs and expectations around Susanna’s nap schedule and been more productive and relaxed.
  • So has she, consequently.
  • My family is sick but I am well.
  • Thanksgiving dinner at our church tonight.
  • My in-laws, who watch and entertain Susanna while I chat with friends at church
  • Constant reminders to be thankful.
  • Warm clothes, warm home, warm life.
  • Football isn’t everything. (Tough night for my Ducks)
  • Chris prays for us each night before we put Susanna to bed, and she seems to be calming down and able to sit still during this time. It is sweet to watch her grow.
  • Prayer changes things.
  • My life seems chaotic, but God is constant.

Answered Prayers {Day 10}

By Saturday, November 10, 2012 0 0

One of the goals of this blog series is to give glory to God for His faithfulness. God is faithful because of Who He is, not because of what He does, but throughout history He has displayed His faithfulness by answering the prayers of His saints. A lot has been written about prayer. I find it to be one of the great mysteries of Christ, but I am convinced that prayer works.

Apart from Jesus’ promise that if we pray according to God’s will, we’ll get what we ask (that’s a paraphrase of most respectable commentaries on John 14:12-13), my favorite promise about prayer is found in Ephesians 3:20 (emphasis mine).

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.

I read that passage two different ways. First, God is able to do more according to the power at work within us. Second, we do the praying (asking or thinking) according to the power at work within us (which is increasing if we are walking with the Lord), and He is still able to do more! Someone with great faith can ask for or imagine a lot. But God is still able to do far more abundantly. Here are some of the ways God has done far more abundantly what I imagined He could.

  • Once, God provided my dream job not even a week after losing a job I needed and cared for. That dream job prepared me for prefield in more ways than I can count, especially from a logistical standpoint.
  • Before prefield started, we prayed for 10 percent support from our sending church; Our generous God has exceeded that number by a lot!
  • While we were still working hard to make ends meet, Chris started praying that when we finally had children, God would make a way for me to stay home. It amazes me that part of that plan included prefield ministry. He has provided.
  • Since having Susanna, I have prayed more for wisdom than ever before. God is answering those prayers and giving peace that surpasses understanding about our role as Susanna’s parents.

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