Thursday, November 5, 2009

Suffering...

"If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will NEVER fail you." 1 Peter 5:19

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for your personally. They are designed to make you uselful in His hands, and enable you to undertsand what takes place in the lives of others...Are we partakers of Christ's sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp out our individual ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud." Oswald Chambers

I love how you can look back on months or years and see the hand of God. What seemed useless/confusing was really God's preparation. This is what is going in my life. Slowly, over the past year, the Lord has been tranforming my decisions (many I did not understand) in preparation for what He had planned since the beginning of time--"for I know the plans I have for you." My physcial suffering has at time seemed overwhelming. But, God is leading our sweet little family to the bush of a once war torn region of Northern Uganda to share the good news of Jesus Christ to a virtually unreached people group--who have suffered more than I could ever imagine. More details to come....

9 comments:

Michelle A said...

I knew it! I'll be praying for you guys as God leads. May he continue to bless and heal you as you follow after him.

Shonni said...

Oh, wow...how wonderful! It is true that the LORD does prepare us for His work, if we just yield and give all to him. I see you doing this time and again, but I am still sorry for your pain!
Loves,
Shonni

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

YEAH!!! Love it when the Spirit is MOVING!!! I have goosebumps!!! I am sooo excited for your family and will be praying with you and for you!!!!!! SOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!! God's Richest Blessings as you learn more about what that will mean for you and how God will take you to where HE needs you to be. EXCITING!!!!!!!!!

JG said...

I needed this word today! And I'm praying for your family!

The Frechette's said...

Wow! Amazing how God does that... how all this suffering you've been experiencing is preparing you to minister to these precious people in N. Uganda. I love how He works!! What a testimony to how he uses everything for good. Excited for how He will use you guys!! Praying too!!

the Rackley family said...

I figured that was what you were going to say!! Praise the Lord for His guidance and direction!! I am continuing to pray for complete healing for you!

I miss our chats~
Kelly

~ shi ~ said...

I was kinda thinking you were gonna be moving! Will you have Internet service where you are going? I so happy anf blessed to read your post, I to know from experiance how the hurt really hurts! But to be hurt for Christ and see His hand working in your lives... Now that is a true gift ... Will be praying for your family as you prepare and open your selves up to this new adventure God has allowed for you family.. :)

Kathy said...

Wow, how awesome that God has been preparing to take you to the hurting people of Northern Uganda. I will pray that God will use you and your family in a way that will bring healing to these dear people, and honor and glory to His name.

Leigh said...

You go where God leads you and our thoughts, prayers, and support will be with you.(and Ezra) What a blessing it has been to watch you be obedient. You are a testamony and an inspiration. Love to you all, Leigh