Friday, May 10, 2013

Psalm 139:9-10
New Living Translation (NLV)

"If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me."

I am so thankful for this reality.
Today and always. He is with me no matter what time of day, or where I dwell. He guides and protects, and His strength matches none other. And that strength, that strength alone supports me in my heart and my life and my love.

I will trust Him.

because He IS the I AM
i am
your mutating missionary

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

God Cares for the Little Guy

I, like so many other followers of God, enjoy reading the Bible every day.

When I was in the states for my 15 month 'furlough' in 2011 I discovered a Read Thru The Bible In A Year plan that really excited me.

A group met every week for one hour to discuss what they had discovered over the week of reading. It was during the lunch hour and those working outside the home were encouraged to pack a lunch and bring it, discuss their thoughts and share (on a note card) their prayer requests. The prayer requests were then distributed to the group randomly with a commitment to pray for that particular issue over the week. The group was honorable in keeping to the hour designated and it allowed many who would not normally be able to be involved in a weekly bible study participate.

At least one of the people in this group was going on their 7th year.  There were no requirements and if someone wasn't there they simply continued reading the bible at the same place as everyone else. It was encouraged to not play 'catch-up' if one missed a day or so. This seemed to become daunting if the time slipped by for too long and instead of giving people that stress, everyone was encouraged to just read the days passages.

In fact, some people had to drop out for months at a time due to other commitments of either them, or their family. But, they would step right back in after those commitments were finished and pick up right where they left off.

It was a great group of people. No real LEADER as such. More of a coordinator/facilitator. And she did a great job!

I have decided to begin a 'bible study' like this here in Germany. I don't know how it will work, but I think it is a wonderful option.

This morning I sit at home with no car. Mine died yesterday. It didn't get sick. It died. I loved my car, but had been aware lately that it was probably not the best for me and Ebenezer. Too long for my parking lot and too 'sedan'y'' for Ebenezer. But it has served me well for 7 years and considering it was year 2000 I think burying it is OK.

God prepared my heart. Some might say - that is silly. Some might say - God doesn't care about cars. Some might say - good grief, God has more to concern him than you and your measly little car issues.

I don't find that to be true. Throughout the word I find that God cares about the little guy.

Yesterday in my reading through the bible passages, I came up on a character I learned about years ago but had forgotten about.


Did you ever hear of him?

He was the son of Jonathan. He was King Saul's grandson.

Now we all know that King Saul wasn't the greatest of Kings to David. However, he was an anointed king. As is so aptly proved by David's continually protecting him, or becoming angry when someone attacked him or his family. Even at the point of David's being hurt or killed, David would always protect King Saul's person.

(another lesson in honoring the office, even if we don't care for the person in the office - a lesson at another time.)

God placed Saul in the position of King.

Now back to Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 4:4

"(Saul's son Jonathan had a son named Mephiboshet. who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child's nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled."

We hear nothing more about Mephibosheth until David has become King of Israel and he begins to question if any of Saul’s family is still alive. – “anyone I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Samuel 9:1

After inquiry he discovers there is a grandson of Saul’s that is crippled and living with Makir.

Being crippled I would imagine his life had been ‘less than’.

And yet, because of King David’s promise to Jonathan and his love for Jonathan, King David took this man out of his surroundings and placed him in a home, with rich farms available to be tended by King Saul’s own servants.

Because of his promise.

David is referred to as the one who had a heart like God’s. Of course as a human he failed, was punished, and stood in the place we all stand--- humanity.

But He was a man after God’s own heart.

When I read how God came and completely loved on Mephibosheth through David, I see that He cares for the little guy. --- unfortunately Mephibosheth didn't appreciate God's provision. I don't want to be there either.  I want to be faithful to the end. I want to be one of His children.

I am just one of the ‘little gals’.

I am simply a small missionary with a heart to serve God in any way He desires me to be used. I find Him coming in and seeing not only my heart but also my needs.

I have been blessed. God cares. He involves Himself in my little life.

Because HE IS the I AM,
I am
Your mutating missionary
and- ebenezer

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

God is Able

"God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

God is able...
God is able...
God is able to provide.

To provide not only the need but in abundance, the blessings.

He is able to provide in all sufficiency, in all things, at all times.

Please Lord come in and allow every good work to go on. Sufficient time, energy, love, verbal skills, monies, order, and inner rhythm to do the work laid before. It is a must.

The harvest is white.

I love you Lord.

because He IS the I AM,
i am
your mutating missionary
and ebenezer