Praying for you!
Lana and Jerry
Katie, I am praying that you will feel God’s very presence each and every day. May you be filled to overflowing with God’s love and grace.
Praying for you this week! Trusting that God will show you His love in new, amazing ways. Also praying for no major troubles this trip 🙂
Lots of prayers sent up for YOU this week!
God is good. As I sip on my Guatemalan coffee, soaking up the beautiful sunshine and warmth, I remember why this place is so dear to my heart. The perspective and focus I gain while I am here puts my life into perspective. When you are in the states, you are in your comfort zone. You have a list of things that need to get done and your priorities often center around things of this world, and unfortunatley God is not at the top.
When I come to Guatemala, I start to forget the stress of my American life. I look at what God calls us to do. Help the widowed and orphaned, love on people, give your talents and time for Gods good work. Yesterday we went to a village that took about 3 hours to get there. Honestly the traveling is not my favorite part, smells, warm vehicles and the constant rocking and tossing around as we travel on what you may consider off roading terrain, tends to make my stomach turn making a 3 hour drive seem unbearable. But, when we arrive and see all of the families waiting to recieve medical help, and unknowingly being in the presence of a Great God who wants to heal them more than medicine every will, I am reminded once again how truly awesome our God is.
The village we went to was very apprehensive for us to be there. This “refugee camp” slowly started to warm to us as we tried to connect by playing with children to build trust. I especially connected with a young boy that made my heart warm. I saw so much happiness and joy which ultimatley rubbed off on me, helping to forget my hurts and hang ups. Often comming to Guatemala your mind set is “how can I serve these people?”, “What can I do to help them?” Always, always I am the one who leaves feeling blessed. Even though life is difficult and sometimes you are sad and lonely, or hurt and angry, God is there and waiting for you to call on him. Waiting for you to see his love and mercy that for some reason, when I come down here, my walls come down and I once again am refreshed and open to see his blessings that he gives me daily…no no, I think better, moment by moment. Our God is Great!
Katie, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Many times I have thought that I would like to go, but I don’t think this is my time. So, we will do what we can from our home and lift you and the team in prayer and enjoy your thoughts and stories. Standing in the gap, Alison and Marlys
Katie that is awesome. Thank you for sharing. I will continue to pray for you on this trip.
Thank you for taking the time to share with us back here in the states! Technology is a blessing this way… our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Katie, I loved your post. It just showed a piece of your heart, and it was so much fun to get a glimpse into it. Thanks for who you are and your transparency! You’ve been on my mind and in my prayers. I hope this trip is a great time of serving and connecting with God!
I feel like I want say the same thing as everyone else 🙂 It’s so great to hear your thoughts and feelings! Soak in all the quiet time you can. Praying for ya!
I am still confindent of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be stong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
How hard is it for you to wait for the Lord? I know that I am a planner. I like to have every thing mapped out. I make plans and expect them to be finished when and how I want. So consecuently, I often do not wait for the Lord and i am learning that, that doesn’t always go so smoothly. When life doesn’t go as planned it can be heart breaking. You know what, at times, devasting to the point that joy leaves and you feel hope is gone.
But, let me emphasize that word, BUT as Psalm 27:13 and 14 says, “I am STILL confident of this; I will see the GOODNESS of the Lord in the land of the living. WAIT for the Lord; be STRONG and TAKE HEART and WAIT (I say it again) WAIT for the Lord.”
Though life doesn’t always go as planned we can still be confident knowing that he is good and knows our every need!
Why is that when life is getting difficult the first thing we do is try to fix it on our own. Shouldn’t we stop and pray! When our vehicle got stuck on a road our first reaction was to go out and push. Logical and yes, necessary. But what if we waited for just a moment. What if we waited just a moment and prayed for help from our Lord, would he not bless us with what we need. (by the way, if you haven’t read in another blog, we made it out with Gods help!)
As Americans we are typically very self reliant. Our daily needs are met to the upmost, to the point that we have so much excess that we are wastefull. We like to think that the more of this or the bigger of that the less trouble and pain we will encounter. Oh how wrong our culture has led us.
To admit that we are powerless is the first step to realize how powerful our God is and that HE is in control. And, if we wait for him, we will find peace in everything. Today, as we had our first building day in the vilage of La Reina (the Queen), I looked around at what could most simply be put as poverty. This day to day culture doesn’t have food rotting in the back of a fridge (heck they don’t even have a fridge), they don’t have the latest gadget or 3 cars sitting in a garage, they are lucky if they have electricity in their village. Honestly, some of their homes wouldn’t be good enough for some of you to park your John Deere Lawn mower in. So yes…the poverty they live in is shocking and heartbreaking. BUT (oh how I love to hear that word) BUT those who wait on the Lord will find peace as they trust and wait. So my question to you…do you think that their physical poverty gives them a greater risk of spirtual poverty?
I think they have so many real threatening needs that the only thing that can truly give them comfort is a God as great as ours! So in some ways, they may quite possibly understand the goodness of our LORD much better than we ever could! We are so distracted. Our goals and dreams can be tainted by what our culture tells us is important, rather than the God who is by our side.
I am going to ask you to think about some what if’s:
WHAT IF you didn’t have to go to work, 9 to 5, to pay off your 1000’s of dollar mortgage?
WHAT IF you didn’t worry about your appearence and the brands of clothing or your hair and make up?
WHAT IF you didn’t have to have the newest model of whatever?
Just think about what you worry about the most, what consumes your thoughts more than anything else? That is probably what is the most important to you. WHAT IF you lived so simply that those worries of this world were no longer their?
What would you do with all of that time? I think, and I could be wrong, but I think that you would be confindent of this; you would see the goodness of our Lord in your home, or wherever you may be. I believe you would wait for the Lord rather than live life on your own, and you would surely be strong and take heart and wait for our Lord!
I continue to pray for especially you Kate, a different kind of week, with new experiences of different kinds. soak up Gods blessings as you share with others
Wow – what a lot of wisdom from someone so young! We can see that God is touching your heart and life. We will contine to pray everyday for you and Sean.
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