Praying for Her-Rachael of rachaeljoyadventures final day in Ghana

Rachael of rachaeljoyadventures.wordpress.com share about her final day in Ghana.

Her posts are- Twenty-Seven

and- Twenty-Eight

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Change???

Change has been on my mind recently largely due to a change happening with my home church. The lead pastor is transitioning to a new part-time status of counseling for the church. My church is hosting a candidate for lead pastor today. What makes this unusual is our lead pastor has been our lead pastor for 40 years. That is extremely rare.

For us change is inevitable. Change can be good, a challenge, unsettling, motivating or a mixture of things.

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When our health changes, it can be alarming. I have been through that several times.

When our job changes, it can be a challenge. A good challenge if it is a new job and a challenge we regret if not by our choice.

When family changes, it can be very unsettling for children. The change can be positive such as the birth of a child or it can be adverse such as a divorce.

In the midst of change the only thing I controls are my attitude and how I respond. What a comfort for me to know that the one I trust in and look to never changes. Hebrews 13 says:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Jesus in his character never changes. His role changed when he came to earth to die for us, but his character has never and will never change. He has all power and loves us, so we can look to him in the midst of change.

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When change comes, we can look to Jesus knowing he will cause all things to work together for our good as Romans 8 says:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Show Love

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

I love this Mother Teresa quote. It is a way of thinking that is so needed in our times. We have mega churches with services on TV, books galore to buy, and much more. A person could think they are insignificant compared to what they see on TV. When reading through the bible, we see amazing things God did through ordinary people such a miracles and healings.

We can tend to forget what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:  

“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away”. 

The things we are impressed with are the things that will fade away. but there is something that will not fade away that Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:

” Love never fails”

and

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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Love is what will remain forever. Without love, any gifting we serve in is meaningless. God rewards the love we show him by helping his people as Hebrew 6 says:

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them “

Showing God’s love has opened so many doors for me to be able to share with people from all over the world.

Yesterday after I finished my lesson with my friend from Mexico, we went to to Produce with a Purpose. They sell produce and part of the proceeds are donated to an organization/ministry that fights human sex trafficking- Love Justice.

The people selling the produce stand outside in the summer heat all day. They will be doing so all summer every day. They are not on TV and are not writing books to sell. They are doing small things with great love.

They have been doing so for years. They may not get any attention in the media, but I am certain God sees them and what they are doing.

If you live in my city of Lincoln, stop by their truck at 70th and Van Dorn for some produce and know that part of the money you spend will be used to rescue children and young women from human sex trafficking.

If you want to know more about the work Love Justice is doing, click on- Love Justice.

Remember God sees and will reward everything. No one is overlooked or insignificant in God’s kingdom.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

God’s Love/Spotlight on a New Blogger

A simple yet profound truth that John shared in his first letter is found in 1 John 4:

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Those three words- God is love- express so much. God’s love is unconditional. God’s love is nurturing, sustaining, providing, self sacrificing. It runs counter to our selfish ME generation.

There are times I read posts that remind me of God’s unconditional love. Of course as human beings we are not capable to fully expressing God’s love and struggle, however, a post recently by a new blogger caused me to reflect on God’s sacrificial love for us. She is a mother with an autistic child.

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Her blog is my9.home.blog. Her first post is Notes from a Sycamore Tree. It is a beautiful post that shares her struggle and Jesus helping her as she loves her autistic son.

Loving others with God’s love is not easy. At times it will drive us to prayer to ask for strength. We are fallen imperfect people living with other fallen imperfect people.

God has called each of us to love others. Often it isn’t easy, but it is what he wants from us. But we can’t do it in our own power. Fortunately for us, he will give us the ability as we seek him.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.