Last night I sat by the window on my flight from Dallas to Louisville and watched the view toward the south. From miles away I could see the sky light up in a pocket of clouds to the right, then to the left, then in the middle, then sometimes all at once. I needed to have symphony type music playing in the background. The horns, then the wind instruments, the strings and then a loud percussion finale. (I tried to take a picture, but it just wasn’t possible on the plane. This is a stock photo.)
I thought about what I saw must look like to those in the middle of that storm. It probably didn’t seem as amazing or beautiful if they were experiencing strong winds, thunder, lightning or hail.
God must have that type of view as He looks at our lives, even when we’re in the middle of a storm. I wonder, does He think of our storms as something beautiful with symphony music in the background?
I’m not trying to make light of the struggles we all experience. I realize some of you are going through tough stuff that I can’t even relate to, and I wish I could be there to give you a hug. Please let me know how I can pray more specifically.
May this encourage you wherever you are, if you are in the middle, heading into or coming out of a storm: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
I’m so excited to sit down with some of you and share my heart, ministry vision and financial goals as I head toward Austria. My schedule until Sept. 5 is full, although not completely jam-packed. I’m not sure what God will want me to do with those extra minutes and hours. I’m praying for unexpected appointments and contacts.
Pray for me as I travel. I’ll be driving to the Michigan/Chicagoland area on Monday and will be driving back toward Louisville on Wednesday. Pray that I’ll be available for whatever God might want to do on this trip. I don’t want to be so boxed in to my plans that I miss an important conversation or relationship connection. Pray that I will understand more deeply how much God is my Provider. Yes, I’m excited to have you on my team, but really I know that as you give financially you are giving to God and I am receiving from Him. It’s not a horizontal exchange, but a vertical one. I thank Him for how He has provided in so many ways, including this relationship we have on our journey together.
it’s just beginning
As I start this fundraising process I’ll keep you updated on where I’m at and what still needs to happen. My first day was August 1 and my ending date is May 1. Only 24 days into this thing and God has done sooo much. He’s provided me with funds to cover all kinds of training expenses and airfare. He’s expanded the borders by connecting me with Michael and Shannon Primicerio and their book Life. Now. He’s given me numerous freelance projects and a part-time job where I can get more magazine training. I could go on and on with people connections and stories of God moving in my life. Thank you for your prayers!
I’d love to hear how you see God moving in your life. How is He showing up? What is He up to? How are you joining Him?
check out the new features!
I added links on my blog page (on the left-hand column) that will take you to Greater Europe Mission’s Web site as well as to their donate page. If you’re interested in giving financially this page will give you more information. There are many options and if you want to know more specific info please let me know.
Also, I added a Feedburner feature where you can subscribe and unsubscribe to my blog. If you were already on my e-mail list I will submit your e-mail address for a Tandem Living subscription. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that you need to respond to in order for the subscription to work. I will continue to send out a few more e-mails when I post, but would like to eventually have Feedburner send them out instead.
Well, that’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!