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Read Deuteronomy chapters 9, 10, 11

Once again the Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary on today’s reading.  It is a continuation from yesterday’s reading; Moses’ second address to the Israelites urging obedience as they now face entering the promised land.

I love this section…Moses is a cheerleader, encouraging and building confidence in the Israelites.  Reminding them what God will do through them in order to occupy this land He has promised and yet also humbles them as he reminds them of past failures…times when their doubt and pride got the best of them and the Lord’s anger was aroused.

It’s a wonderful reminder of all these chosen people have gone through.  How much they’ve grown and changed and how much God really has provided for them in every circumstance when they place their trust fully in Him.

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Over the past few days as our family read these passages, it was interesting to see how the kids’ eyes were opened to new details.  How many times have we heard these stories of the great exodus; the stories of Moses, the 40 years of wandering, and not notice the little (yet not so tiny) details?

“I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.”   Deuteronomy 29:5

FORTY YEARS their clothes never wore out?!!  Wrap your mind around that.  There were growing children that came out of Egypt!

’nuff said.

“Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.”   Exodus 12:37-38

The one I always go back to; just how many people Moses had to get through that sea.  It is just crazy to me, when I can barely manage my 4 kids at a waterpark!!

Amazing.

I read a great blog post about some of the amazing miracles God provided that we don’t always think about:  Miracles of Miracles in the Desert   (paulchong.net)  Be sure to check it out!

What others can you think of?

“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”   1 Corinthians 2:9

I attended a conference this past weekend and while I was there I went to a session in which a married couple shared their love story.  An engaging and beautiful story about how God brought them together and how they trusted Him for their relationship.

The speakers were Eric & Leslie Ludy, authors of the top-selling relationship book:

When God Writes Your Love Story

I was in awe of this incredible story.  When I left the session, I was pumped about how God works in lives.  I have seen Him time and time again provide similarly in my life through His provision with finances or His great protection but I never really thought about how, if we only trust Him that way in every area, of course He would reveal Himself in amazing and awesome ways.

But what shocked me was the feedback I heard from others who attended the same session; some youth as well as other leaders… saying it’s “unrealistic.”

Why is so it unrealistic?  I thought.  That is exactly how God works!

Instead of continuing to take things into their own hands, the Ludy’s completely trusted God to provide their future spouse and He totally came through.  God provided exactly what each of them wanted, like He will do and has done so many times before for those who fully trust Him!

Just imagine how we take things into our own hands, like with our finances when we use credit cards to purchase things.

“Don’t use credit cards?!”  You think…  “Unrealistic!”

kissing card

But what if??

When we use credit, we are controlling how we get things.  Many times, I would say, it is for something we don’t truly need but even when there are times of “emergency,” using a credit card to pay for said “emergency” is taking it out of God’s hands. That “emergency” has been filtered through God’s loving fingers; it’s a test…a trial… and how we respond to it can easily take away an opportunity for God to work in an amazing and awesome way and also says a great deal about what we are truly placing our trust in.

Had I borrowed money for groceries or gas at one of the many times we had nothing left in our account or in our pockets, I would have missed God ringing our doorbell or pushing our car.  God works in amazing and wonderful ways and His intent is for us to experience exactly that in this life He has planned for us.  How many other times have I missed an opportunity to allow God to work in my life because I decided, like Sarai, to take matters into my own hands?

My way or the highway

Like Eric and Leslie’s story, God has been working in love lives for ages… read the story of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:14-20) or how God intervened to be sure Sarah was not defiled by Abimelek…

“Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.”   Genesis 20:6

Why don’t we fully trust God?  Because it’s hard.  Sure, it’s hard.  It’s supposed to be hard!!  If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be called faith.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”   Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

What would happen if we truly trusted God for every aspect of our lives?

Just imagine it… what life could truly be like, how easy it would be to see God working, how our lives would be changed and lives around us affected!

“Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.”   Job 9:10

Is there something you need to give up control of?  Is it time to trust God’s plan for your life?  God wants what’s best for you, He always has.  Give it to God and see how He responds.

 

 

Chapter 25 of Job is the tiniest chapter!  Bildad responds to Job’s complaint of how the wicked seemingly prosper…but doesn’t have much to say actually!  He doesn’t even touch on Job’s arguments and goes straight in for the kill by essentially telling Job he needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

But Job has had it.  He is done listening to his so-called friends. He’s done with their “advice.”  He’s done with their accusations and narrow-minded morals.  They have misrepresented him and misrepresented God and he’s not going to take it any more…

As shown by the longest (and most accurate, honest and gentle) tell off in history!

In Chapter 26, Job knocks Bildad, as well as the others, by questioning what power they have.  Without God we are but pond scum essentially…filthy rags.  We have nothing without Him and Job reminds them of that, then paints a beautiful picture of God’s power and our ignorance to try to understand it.

“With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?”   Job 26:3

In Chapter 27, Job’s conscience is clear.  He’s done wavering.  He has remained faithful in his walk with the Lord and knows he has done nothing to deserve the heartache and pain befallen him.  He even points out that his friends have no more knowledge of God than he does and you can practically feel Job’s facepalm.

“Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?”   Job 27:12

And in Chapter 28, Job implies that his wise friends just maybe aren’t so wise after all.  The advice they have been offering were from their own experiences, their own knowledge…but Job argues that true wisdom is only found in knowing and trusting the Lord.

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”   Job 28:28

It is so easy when a friend has a problem or is struggling with something, for us to barrel in guns-a-blazing and try to put out the fire or fix what’s broken.  So often we analyze and give advice when all that is needed is love and an understanding ear.

(...and that God will even speak through those who don't know Him!)

Job’s friends continue to call him wicked and accuse him of wrong doing, for why else would he be suffering the way he is??

It must be God’s punishment, they retort.

In Job 20, Zophar explains that justice will reign upon the wicked; in the end they will get what they deserve.  He explains it quite beautifully actually; a great encouragement and reminder to us, although a blunt warning and threat to Job that the bad guy gets what he deserves.

“Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth, that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, he will perish forever, like his own dung…”           Job 20:4-7 (niv)

I love how God totally has our back; on goes the battle gear and He’s ready to fight!

God puts the bad guy in his place from the inside out…

“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue, though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth … He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.”   Job 20:12-13, 15

He pulls on His tactical gloves and draws back the bow…

“…God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body. He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.”   Job 20:23-24

Isn’t it comforting to know that the bad guy doesn’t win?  They won’t get away with it.  Whatever they have done or are doing, they will pay.

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”   Deuteronomy 32:35

The Bible even tells us that bad guy will get what he deserves!

God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.'”   Romans 2:6 (niv)

But then why does it always seem like  ?

My daughter Sami tried out for the volleyball team a few weeks ago and there were something like 58 girls trying out.  As it was in the “old” days (I use that term very loosely because I in no way consider myself old), the most coveted team to get on is the “A” team.  If you made it on the “A” team, you would be set…but with only 18 spots available she didn’t even have a 50% chance… the under-par would go to the “B” team and in this case, “B” team 1 or 2!!

Great.

Sam hasn’t played a lot of volleyball.  She loves it and from what I’ve seen she’s, of course, AWESOME…

But the local private sport teams are terribly expensive so our kids often times aren’t able to participate, but I figure Sam has as good of chance as any to get on the “A” team right?

When I went to pick her up from tryouts, I waited anxiously.  She plodded over to the van; head down, shoulders slumped and I knew the outcome. She opened the door, plopped into the seat and huffed a discouraging sigh as she said “I didn’t make it.  All of the popular girls made it.”

“What makes them popular?” I asked and she quickly responded, “They’re the mean girls.  The pretty, rich, mean girls who get everything.”

You can practically hear Job’s incredulous gasp from chapter 21 as he echoes Sami…

“Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them. They sing to the tambourine and the lyre and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.”    Job 21:7, 9, 11

It seems in this world that it’s the people who don’t care about others that get the furthest.  The ones who display greediness, selfishness, arrogance and conceit.  The ones who have lots of money and love to control and manipulate with a “me first” attitude.

But take heart, we don’t know God’s plans.  Why one girl gets on the “A” team and her equally talented twin sister doesn’t, is His doing.  Like Job says in verse 21:22, who are we to question?  Whether the bad guy gets it today, a month from now or not in this lifetime, he will eventually have to give an answer…

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”   2 Corinthians 5:10

and one day God will ride in on a fiery steed to swoop us up, save the day and make everything right…

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”   Revelation 19:11, 15-16

Sami made the “B” team.  “B” team 1 or 2?  It doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that God surrounded her with all of her friends, all of the people who love her.

After all, who wants to be a stranger on the “A” team?!!

God knows what He’s doing.Proverbs 3:5

When I was in high school I got my first pair of glasses.  I am near-sighted so I didn’t need glasses until I started driving sophomore year and I still didn’t really think I needed them until I put them on.

As soon as I walked outside wearing my new glasses I realized what I had been missing…

leaves.

Trees at a distance had been wildly waving strong outstretched arms covered in gorgeous green shimmery leaves and I never noticed.  I had always recognized them as a blur of movement until I put on my glasses and realized their individual leaves could be seen from miles away… and it was beautiful.

Isn’t that how we should act as Christians?  Wildly waving our arms, living in a way that people see Christ in us, being that unavoidable tree off in the distance…

but so many people call themselves Christians and we can’t even tell!

“You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?”   Matthew 7:16

“Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.”   Proverbs 20:11

A friend of mine just lost her job; a job held for over 16 years, a job desperately needed and lost over a false accusation…

She plead her case, explained her innocence and waited for a response.

The moment came when she realized any additional arguing was futile and she needed to face this unknown, fear-filled path.  She graciously accepted the news by saying…

I am a Christian and I know that this is obviously God’s will for my life, so I will accept it and trust Him.

In that moment of great heartbreak and uncertainty, my friend chose to exude Christ.  She wildly waved lush emerald growth for all to see and I can only imagine the look on her manager’s face.

“The word Christian is not one that the early believers chose to call themselves. It was a title they were given by people who observed their lifestyle. They were recognized as those who followed the teachings of Christ.”   ~ Gary Chapman

How do you respond when you are faced with hardship?
Do people see Christ when they look at you?

Would you be labeled a Christian?

With football season now officially in full swing and the season opener last night for my beloved Green Bay Packers, resulting in a very sad loss I might add…

it forced me to reflect upon my loyalty.

What kind of fan am I?

In the mid-90’s Jax and I lived in the Twin Cities; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.  Two Packer fans relocated to the heart of Viking territory, you’d think we would have felt the pinch of a Viking fan’s bite.  However in the 90’s the Vikings had many mediocre seasons; repetitive 8-8 and 9-7 records with the winning-est season in ’92 in which they pulled off eleven wins and five losses, so we found there weren’t many tried and true fans left.

In fact, the Viking games had so often been “blacked out,” meaning the games weren’t televised locally, so we were able to watch our more successful Green Bay Packers with a surprising amount of ease and unexpectedly found Minnesotans jumping on the Packer-backer bandwagon cheering for the Pack right along with us!

In 1997 Jax and I were able to go to a Monday night Vikings vs. Packers game that of course wasn’t televised, at the Metrodome.  Going into it we sort of assumed, sadly, that the Packers would have a hard time wining only because of the history Brett Favre had playing in the Metrodome but we wanted to go to a game and in Minnesota it was pretty easy to get tickets.   However, it was at this game where we truly found Viking fans; the ones who bled purple and gold.

The roar of the crowd was deafening as we sat like green and gold prey in a sea of purple sharks.  Their insults and jabs encircled us while they took bite after bite before and during the game.  They were full of themselves and sure of their team, but somehow Favre managed to defeat his ghosts and pulled off a 27-11 win.  The crowd became suddenly quiet, there were no more attacks.  The encircling pack retreated.

The Vikings ended that season with a 9-7 record while the Packers went on for a second consecutive appearance at the Super Bowl.  The Pack couldn’t find the win this time around and we sat heartbroken alongside Viking-turned-Packer-fans.

The 1998 Minnesota Vikings season was the turn around.  The Vikings were on fire; they had the best offense in the league, they broke scoring records and ended the season as one of three teams ever winning 15 games in the regular season.  The Viking fans were coming full force out of the wood work.  Those fans who had previously lent their voices to our green and gold song were nowhere to be found.

The Vikings cruised their way to the NFC Central title, easily winning their first playoff game and although finding themselves in a bind and in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons, all that stood between the Vikings and a visit to the Super Bowl was the place kicker Gary Anderson, who had a 100% field goal percentage.

The game was clinched…

until he missed the field goal, sending the Falcons to the big game.

It had been an awesome year for the Minnesota Vikings.  They had a killer run, and although we were quite pleased with the outcome of that playoff game, the Vikes had a wonderful season and seemingly promising future.

But the response after that game from the Viking fans was shocking.  Instead of celebrating the amazing season they just had, they were angry.  They complained about the team and the coaching and wanted head coach Dennis Green fired.  It was such a stark contrast to the previous few months where the Minnesota Vikings team and coaching staff could do no wrong.

But isn’t that exactly how we act as Christians?

When things are going our way, when life is going great and we can feel the sunshine on our faces, we sing a little song and carry on just fine.  But when things get tough or don’t go our way we suddenly go to God complaining and questioning.

What are you doing?  We ask.

Where have you been?  We cry.

What are you thinking?!  We shout.

We wail and moan, throwing down our #1 fan foam fingers and cross our arms in a childish pout.

God is always working, always with us, always constant.  We are the ones who change.  We are the ones who turn away.  We are the ones who rely on ourselves and not the Truth.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”   Isaiah 40:28-31

Perhaps it’s that #1 fan foam finger that holds the key after all.  Where are we to look when we’re struggling?  Where are we to look when we feel alone?  Where are we to look when we can’t see our way?

Up.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

Yesterday, all day, I didn’t receive any texts.  I had sent many out, to many different people; some important that needed an answer and some not so much.  I figured people weren’t by their phones or were too busy and some didn’t necessarily need to respond…

but all I got was silence.

I had so many unanswered questions…

and silence.

At times I didn’t know what to do without a response, but when I called I got no answer.

More silence.

I felt alone and was forced to take what I felt were the next logical steps, questioning and doubting as I went but I continued on the path I felt was right until I heard back.

Some answers came quickly; a call was returned or the person reached, but others were not and because I had only silence, I was forced to make decisions.

Some of those choices were wrong and when I finally got the answers I sought, albeit late according to my timing, I realized I had to change things.  Others however, were not answered as quickly and I needed to move forward blindly.

This morning when I checked my phone, 25 texts were waiting.  At 10:30 last night all of the messages came through.  Every answer I searched for over the past 36 hours were now in front of me; some confirmed good choices, others exposed mistakes, while others revealed new information giving me better understanding.

Isn’t that just how our prayer life can be?

So often we ask for guidance or an answer over a decision and we are greeted with silence.

Sometimes we are forced to make a seemingly blind choice; we must go with our gut and make the best decision based on the facts before us.  If it’s wrong or misguided, God will discipline and correct, but if it’s right, He will confirm it.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”   Proverbs 19:21

Do you have a decision to make you haven’t gotten an answer for?

Take the step you feel is right.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”   Proverbs 16:9

God will reveal His will and His plan… trust Him and in His timing!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

 

I have now gone through the first 9 chapters of Job and even though Job has complained and rightly so in my mind, poor guy…and a couple friends gave advice in truth no less, but it still didn’t apply to Job’s situation, I have found it so interesting that at the time of Job’s life, most likely the people of that time didn’t have any sort of Scriptural writings.

I’m not sure any of God’s writings had been penned yet and even if they had, between the modes of transportation, shortage of Xerox® copiers and material available to write on… I’m totally envisioning honkin’ slabs of clay here [cue: Charlton Heston]… the likelihood of Job and his friends reading any piece of it would have been immensely slim.

So what Job and his friends had to go on in life were their experiences and the stories their families shared about God.  It is amazing to me that the truths they knew of God and especially the devotion Job had for God, all without a book of reference; something tangible to refer to, a source of comfort, inspiration and guidance like we have.

In chapter 8 another of Job’s friends Bildad joins the already-finger-pointing Eliphaz, putting in his two-cents about why this suffering has fallen upon Job.  And although he says pretty much the same thing as Eliphaz, there is a bluntness about the way he says it that is offensive.

Bildad is all business.  There’s no beating around the bush.  His view is right, there’s no other way around it, there is no wiggle room, it is what it is, that’s that.

Bildad’s experience;

People get what they deserve.

“If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.”   Job 8:4

God answers prayer when we’re good.

“if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.”   Job 8:6

Bad things happen when we don’t fully trust God.

“Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.”   Job 8:14

The Job chapter hadn’t been written yet.  The things we know about God and Satan for that matter through the sufferings of Job haven’t been revealed to them yet.  The story is not finished, God has not spoken.

Bildad was right and what he says about God and righteous living was true, but it’s incomplete and it’s not his fault; he doesn’t have the whole story, he can’t see the whole picture.  He assumes that all he and his friends have experienced and all they know is all there is.

Therein lies the problem.  We so often do the same thing.  When we’re in the middle of a test or a trial, we are unable to see the truth or seek comfort in God’s promises because we are too close.  Our focus is on ourselves, our experiences, our own understanding.

We need someone who can see the big picture.  Someone who can guide us, share a similar story or encourage us with words of comfort and give us the strength to go on.

Thankfully, we have that.

Are you struggling?

Does life seem unbearable and unfair?

Are you getting through each day but not truly living?

God has a plan for your life and wants more for you!  Open His Word.  Talk to a Pastor.  Find someone who can show you in His Word the life God has for you.

“… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”   John 10:10

“A bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
-Charles Spurgeon

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”   Job 1:21

Job shook me this morning.

How do I respond when ‘bad’ things happen in my life?

Do I say “Why me?”

Do I complain?

I need to take a lesson from Job.  If I think I’m struggling in my life, I certainly have not struggled as Job has.

I have not had the heartache as Job has.  I get a “No. Thanks anyway,” response back from an article I sent to a magazine and I question God.  Job lost all ten of his children in one fell swoop!  [Job 1:18]

I have not had the physical pain as Job has.  I get a hangnail and I whine.  Job had painful boils from head to toe and scraped them off with a potsherd for relief!  [Job 2:7-8]

Job had incredibly difficult struggles and yet He trusted God’s plan.  He accepted his trials and understood them as something God had every right to give.

“… Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?”   Job 2:10

I need to stop being so drama queen.

Comparatively, my life has been quite easy.  My struggles, minor.

I need a new…  perspective.

What are you struggling with?

Don’t look at it with your own eyes…you’re too close, your feelings too real.  Look at your situation through God’s eyes…

God gave us amazing examples in His Word.

Maybe you just need a new… Job.

Isn’t it funny how God prepares us?  So many times I have seen God allow pain and heartache to come into a person’s life…they struggle as the storm engulfs them, wish it hadn’t come, pray for comfort and relief, and when the storm finally passes, praise God for how He works.

It seems so unnatural and against every fiber of our being… and yet when God allows us to be tested and we become more like Him; we get through the challenge, we stand firm and lean on His plan, His leading, we are grateful and equipped to help someone else walk down the same path we dreaded in the beginning.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”   1 Peter 5:6-7

Praise God for how He works!!

I mentor a young lady named Hayley.  Love this girl. Now, when Hayley does something, she goes big.  She just turned 16, and went on her first trip… anywhere.  Hayley and her family hosted a foreign exchange student from Spain named Ana, and now Hayley was invited to spend a month with Ana and her family in Spain.

Hayley left July 1st.

She was so excited and so nervous at the same time.  Her excitement was infectious, and I couldn’t wait to see what God had planned for her overseas.  Now, I had a similar experience in high school, where my family hosted a foreign exchange student from Mexico.  The summer after graduation I was invited to go to Mexico for a couple weeks to stay with Liliana and her family…so I knew the fun and challenges awaiting Hayley.

I warned her that the first 3-4 days would be hardest.  Being away from home, in a different culture, speaking a different language… it is very difficult.

However, one HUGE difference between Hayley and I at that time??  I didn’t know Christ.  That places a whole different set of rules and challenges on Hayley.

True to form, a few days in I started receiving emails and messages from her expressing her heartache… she was so homesick, missing her boyfriend and struggling really, because she is surrounded by girls her age who drink, smoke, curse, and are quite affectionate to their boyfriends.  Hayley was very much struggling with staying strong, but feeling quite alone and set apart because of her beliefs.

I tried to encourage her, by giving her scripture to focus on…

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.”   Psalm 37:23-24

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”   Psalm  55:22

But I felt strongly that God had called her there to be a witness, and if she stayed strong somehow He would show her.

I asked if any of Ana’s friends were believers, and she said many called themselves Christians, but didn’t act like it.  I told her I felt that perhaps there was one there, who is struggling as she is with standing up for their faith.  That perhaps God is using Hayley to give that person strength to stand up for God as well, and I would be praying for God to call that person out.

I got this email from Hayley yesterday:

“Today I could not be happier, I am so excited to tell you about the experience I had today! One of Ana’s friends and her started asking me questions to practice their English and it turned into a ton of questions about my faith. They asked me a bunch of things about the Bible and we discussed a couple miracles of Jesus, and how he died and rose for us, and how you can’t just be “good enough”.

Her friend asked me about a lot of things that are in the Bible and we even discussed why I won’t be intimate until I’m married. Please pray for him, I know I will be, and I’m sad because tomorrow is the last day I will see him but I know he is growing in his faith because he believes but has a hard time living it because of his friends and family.

It was hard to discuss because of the language barrier and I had to really try to explain things simply but it was amazing! This was the greatest day ever and I’m so excited!!! Love you! (: and miss you!”

Oh God, I praise you.

I praise You for how you work in our lives. I praise You for your protection.  I praise You for helping us understand our need for a Savior and the hope we have when we trust and rely on You and You alone…

And then you use us to point others to you?!

Oh, what an amazing God you are.  It is a pleasure and real honor to follow you.

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