Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Are you in the place God wants you to be?

If you are in the place where God wants you, in spite of the challenges you encounter, you can trust him and rest assured that he will do what you cannot do on your own.

Last week some members of our Orphan Ministry team went to Haiti. Even though we were met with a heartbreaking scenario in Orphan Ministry, there were also amazing moments of KNOWING that we were smack dab in the middle of God's will, despite what we could physically see and feel.

This week I have been encouraged by Rich Dixon's blog posts, especially the one titled "Say Hello to the Hills". You can read Rich's blog at:

Rich's blog is not about adoption or orphan ministry. He writes about a dream that God placed in his heart and how, just now, it is being realized as he hand-cycles along the Mississippi. His blog will be an encouragement to anyone who has ever had a God-sized dream and has been totally dependent on God‘s guidance each step of the way.

Rich is encountering difficulties he didn't expect when God first gave him this vision of what he might do. But, he wouldn't want to be anywhere other than where is he is right now. In the post I mentioned, he writes about how his wife, Becky, was waiting for him at the top of a particularly steep hill. When he made it to the top, she said "
How was it?" and his response was "It was tough!” Then he smiled and said, “And I’m really glad we’re here."

I can’t think of a better way to explain our experiences in Haiti than by using the words Rich used
. It was really tough! But, we also witnessed God opening doors that had not been open before and this filled us with a sense of victory. We knew that God was present, that He knew what was going on, and that his will would be done.

Allowing God to be the master of our hearts is an incredible, humbling journey. It is not easy, comfortable or without challenge. While Becky was waiting for Rich to make it to the top of the hill, I am sure that she was praying that he would have the strength and endurance necessary for the challenge he was facing. While we were in Haiti, we knew that we had prayer warriors covering us from the moment we left DIA until we returned home. I have never been in a situation where I truly felt the covering of prayer like I did in Haiti and, for that matter, through the entire journey in Orphan Ministry. Thank you to all of you who prayed for us.

Allowing God to be the master of your heart and being smack dab in the middle of His will brings peace that cannot be found any other way.

When we commit a situation to prayer, it means we are relinquishing our desires and focusing on God's.

As you journey down the road of obedience to God’s call on your life, take time to rest in the fact that you are in the palm of His hand. Let Him perfect His will in you and in your present circumstances. :)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

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