Monday, September 03, 2007

when i was a child . . . . . . . I dreamed of being a missionary to Africa and living in a hut. In the morning, I would work along side my neighbors doing the same manual labor they did and be a teacher too; in the afternoon, I would be a doctor; in the evenings, I would tell Bible stories beside the fire; and at night, when everyone else was sleeping I would spend time with Jesus, write books, and compose songs because I was also going to be a singer just like Sandi Patti. Oh, and don't forget at the same time I was going to be a mother to about 12 children--most of them adopted. [If you'd like to know more about my plans that I had detailed out, ask my mom she loves to tease me about them.] It is amazing how God gives us the desires of our hearts! Praise Him!! Oh, I know I don't live that EXACT life, yet I am living out my childhood dreams in a way only He could fashion. He has allowed me to live in a foreign land and share the Good News with others!! What a blessing! It's interesting how in my humanity little inklings of desires still remain, and I still long for what others have. I read about others living in "foreign lands" and think "oh, I wanna be a missionary!!" I often don't feel like "a real missionary." I am just an average girl doing what she has desired to do for most of her life. I don't feel like I'm making sacrifices. I have running water and electricity, I don't live in a hut, I don't have a dirt floor, and I don't have to eat bugs. I don't feel like I live in an exotic place. And, I forget I can speak a foreign language--most people I know speak at least three, if not more, languages. Really, I don't think I am all that adventuresome either--I mean come on, I read about people who have to climb rope ladders to get into their homes and cross narrow suspension bridges to get to work--those are the real adventurers among us. When I stop to look at where I am in life--I stand amazed at what God has done. I marvel at His goodness and His grace. I have done nothing whatsoever to deserve what He has done and is doing in and through me. I am so blessed to be living here in Taiwan!! I am in awe at how He, the Master Potter, has fashioned me, a simple jar of clay, for being here right at this time and in this place. Oh praise His holy name!!! I've always wondered about that verse in Proverbs 37: "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." I've always wondered if it means that when you delighted in Him He gave you the desire (that the desires were from Him) OR if it meant that...

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