Thank you all for coming back to get some more of my crazy writing. i can not even begin to tell you how happy i am when i look at the site stats and see how many people read the things i posted.
Good things are hard. This week (maybe last week now?) my best friend Isaac posted about trusting God (please click the embedded link to read the post, its a really cool story that makes me laugh and cry) and how it seems to never be our first response.
It is a bummer to me to think about that because it’s true, God is my plan B and not really ever my plan A. It’s the same thing with prayer too, like i know i should talk to God daily. Not only with prayer requests but also praises and really anything else that comes up. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There is no way we could pray without ceasing if we only asked for things we think we need.
So why are we (at least me) so lame? Why is God always the backup plan? Romans 7:18 (ESV) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. i believe that because we are inherently sinful and broken we can not trust God. It comes back to what i talked about in the last post about how we can not love but it is Gods love flowing through us. i believe that to trust God we need more God. Mark 9:21- 24 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” This passage comes from the story in Mark where Jesus Casts out a demon from a little boy because the disciples could not. I have struggled and struggled with the statement at the end of this verse from the possessed boy’s father, I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF. That is such an intense statement and it is really hard for me to unravel, but i think basically it comes down to this: The father trusted Jesus as much as he could with his broken human heart but realized he could not fully trust Jesus, so he was asking Jesus to fill the unbelieving gaps in his heart because he knew Jesus is powerful enough to fix our problems. There is so much more to this verse but i am going to leave it like this so i don’t lose focus and get sidetracked. All in all just remember God is love and he loves you more than we can even begin to understand, so even though we are lame and messed up he loves us and always has the best plans for us, so trust him all you can!
Updates! i am getting ready to take a trip to Port Townsend Washington to visit my DTS(discipleship training school). Hopefully, if everything goes as planned i will be staying at the school while they are hosting a Mongolian pastor and his family and talk about what i will be doing in Mongolia and some of the details about getting and living there. So i am in the process of getting travel stuff together for that and also trying to verify dates.
i am still trying to raise money, so if that is something you want to help out with you can contribute through my church where all funding for Dudebro missions is accounted for and you can also receive a tax-deductible receipt for your gift. If you want more details feel free to contact me, i will leave all my contact info at the end of this post.
Language study is going….sort of. It’s slow learning but it is still learning so that is good. There are a few men in Mongolian church that can’t speak much English, so we are trying to get together for a language exchange.
As far as Prayer goes please keep finance in mind but also like i talked about above i need to trust more so please pray that i would be ok with letting God do what he does. And please if i can pray for any of you let me know!
Thanks again for reading and have a great week in the Lord!
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