Friday, March 2, 2012

Update on Honduras

As you can see on the sidebar here ----->
I've teamed up with as part of my fundraising. All the details are there, so if you want to contribute but don't have my address, that's (hopefully) a good place to do it.

Whether you can contribute or not, please continue to be in prayer that everyone in the team would be able to raise the funds they need, and that the trip would glorify God.

Regarding the site, I've set it up to work with PayPal. They said they've had some complaints about that in the past, but didn't say what they were. So please tell me if you have any difficulties. I'd rather stick with what I know, but there are other options if it gets buggy.

Thank you all, and God bless!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Go ye into all the world..."

I've done what may be a rash thing. It is a good thing, though, and while I know I really have no idea what I've let myself in for, I believe this is the time.

I'm going on a missions trip to Honduras this July (7-14). I honestly don't know if I have the stamina for such a trip. I don't know if my motives are entirely pure. But I know that now's the time.

Our church puts together a team every year, and every year they come back with testimonies about how God worked over the week. And every year I've waffled and decided against going.

Until now.

So with some trepidation, I'm setting out to raise the funds I need and physically and spiritually prepare myself for whatever awaits me there. We'll be working with a local ministry- originally a soup kitchen, which grew into a full fledged mission with outreach to the outlying villages. I'm excited about this because I love working with children. I'm hoping that I'll have at least a little Spanish under my belt before I go. I'd like to be able to talk to them...

I need to raise somewhere between $1500 and $2000 by May 1st, so if you can, if you will, if you are led, please contribute! I'm still looking into ways for my online friends to do so. If anyone has any ideas for fundraising, please share! Right now I'm looking into a paypal widget on my blog, and/or one of two sites- and I'll let you know when I have it all up!

Meanwhile, whether you can contribute or not, please pray for me and the rest of the team (including my Dad! Yay!).

God bless,

~Sarah / Lys / Elspeth :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Life Without Connections

I am currently at Grace's, using her laptop after a very loooooong day at the Renaissance Festival. Had a wonderful time, but more on that later.

Right now I want to update on my technological status.

We have a Hotspot, which is basically a fancypants version of a mobile USB modem. It bogs down horribly and can usually only handle one computer at a time. Because of this, my internet is basically cut down to e-mail and the occasional few minutes of facebook.

It's been nearly a month since I was at TLC at all. I missed it dreadfully at first, but not so much now. My family needs my attention most at the moment. Still, I miss talking to my friends. Our new house is 1/4 mile from the road, and 40 minutes from our old hometown (where our church and my workplace are). It's quiet, remote, and foreign, and what with no TV and extremely limited internet I feel very cut off from the world. I drove to Grace's in torrential rain because I had no idea we were under flood warnings until right before I left. I might as well live under a rock for all I know of the world beyond the mailbox these days.

I don't mean to sound desperate (okay, I don't mean to SOUND desperate, but I'm feeling it...) but if those of you who have my e-mail or snail mail address could drop me a line now and then, I'll certainly welcome it and reply. Tell me what's new with you and what's going on in your corner of the world. Even if it's just "We went grocery shopping today. I hate the produce section." I want to hear from you.


Friday, September 2, 2011

We're moving! The HORROR!

So... y'all already know we're moving.

 What you may not know is that we won't have DSL anymore. Goin' back to the old "bee-doooo, bee-doooo Khhhhhhhhh..." dial up. And I thought we lived in the sticks now.

And this also means we'll be without it entirely for a few weeks until we get the new phone worked out. We're working on a few options, none of them perfect. Long story short, my internet habits will be making a big change. Don't expect to see me around much this month. :-(

Those of you who have my number can still reach me by phone or text.

Pray for us. There's just all sorts of craziness going on with this move. Seems every time I turn around there's another surprise waiting for me.

Laundry calls. I'd meant this to be longer, but it's time I signed off for the night. God bless you all.

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Are You Ever Disturbed?"

Some say God no longer works miracles. Some say there's no such thing as coincidence. Well, I was reading last night, and call it serendipity, coincidence, or miraculous, it was just what I needed to hear.

Due to working on projects late into the night, it was nearly 1am when I headed to bed and I'd yet to do my daily devotional, so I did so. The day's entry was about friendship with God. A good subject, but for whatever reason I couldn't focus on it. Then I saw the entry for today (the title of this post). And it clicked. It was Divine intervention into my life. Yes, 'twas Mr. Chambers' sermon, not the Bible itself, but the fact that God used the words of a near 100 year old sermon, transcribed by a court stenographer and organized into daily bursts by who knows who, to make sense of what I've been dealing with of late is truly nothing short of miraculous.

"My Utmost For His Highest" Oswald Chambers, Reading for August 26th

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you." John 14:27

There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever "spirit and life." Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? "My peace I give unto you" -it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God's providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worrry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, "Let not your heart be troubled."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's one of those days...

I was reading Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest" today, catching up on a few entries I'd missed, and it talked about how self-pity is sinful, and how it stems from self-consciousness (which is not itself sinful, but it doesn't help matters).I don't think this is self pitying, but I believe self consciousness is near impossible to avoid at the moment.

Ever had one of those days where all your faults and failures run through your head in an unending stream? Where you feel overwhelmed by the tasks at hand, and don't want to tackle them, even though you know things will be better if you do?

I seem to have had a week like that. Perhaps more. Not even the things I want to do are very exciting at the moment. Is this what they call depression? Everyone seems distant- even God, though I know it isn't true. I know he's here, but it feels like a huge gap between us. I've prayed for guidance on a big issue and I'm still waffling back and forth, uncertain as to how to proceed.

The voice in my head seems to be trying to convince me I'm worthless, and it's harder to resist than I expected. Now, I don't want "Aww, but you're not worthless, luv!" comments, please. Even if you mean them sincerely, it's not going to help. If anything, it'll make it worse.

I'm at a loss as to how to get out of this pseudo-Slough of Despond. "Let God work through you". How? "Surrender to Christ". What does that look like, practically? There seems to be no clear answer to many of my questions. Bitterness, legalism, derision, prejudice, false smiles... this is what I'm encountering from people I once thought pillars of faith.

I've been saved by faith in Jesus Christ, who gave himself for me. Beyond that fact, my day to day life really makes little sense and doesn't seem to have much point to it.

Maybe I should embark on Ecclesiastes. It sounds like something I can relate to at the moment.

"I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind... And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow." ~Ecclesiastes 1:14, 17-18