Marriage and Family

Soul to Soul Part 1

100_3601I have really struggled with finding the words to say to express and move forward with the work God did in my own heart while in Uganda.  The past two trips I eagerly took time at the end of each day to write down as much as I could to jog my memory of what happened so that I could eventually write about it when I got back home.  However, I had a very hard time doing that this year.  How does one write down and put into words what has infiltrated one’s soul?  How does one record the experience of being invited into the presence of a Holy God in unfathomable ways?  After experiencing God in such a powerful way the day before at the schools enabling me to share Not My Testimony, But His, it was hard to even imagine there was anything else He could do better.  So I awoke the next morning and began, what would become my morning routine for the rest of the week.

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Please continue to pray for these new believers. From left to right on the back row: Me, Amoding Stella, Achom Jennifer, Joyce Mary Asekenye, Amulen Christine, Omutia Felix.

Scott would roll out of bed and quickly get ready to head downstairs to meet with several of our team members to read through the book of Acts.  Before he left, I too would begin getting ready.  I would then take out my bible and read through five Psalms and one Proverb for the day.  Usually after my reading or sometimes before I write in my prayer journal.  However, I could barely write any prayers in my prayer journal the whole time I was there.  God would bring me to my knees daily to converse with Him not through the pen, but only through my soul and His.

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Another new sister and brother in Lord that day: Akello Angella, Inakeleti Chuma. Please pray for them as well as they begin their faith journey with the Lord.

So Tuesday I began my bible reading and landed in Psalm 106.  As I read the verses it struck me again the quickness of which the Israelites returned to their old ways and the reminder of how faithful God was to them in saving them.  After I completed my reading, I got ready to walk out the door.  As I crossed the threshold from my room to the hall, I immediately stopped.  I was frozen.  God very emphatically brought to my mind the thought that I had never even prayed.  Here I was in Uganda doing God’s work and all I did was “my routine” and never even once entered into the presence of God through prayer to see what He wanted to say.  I immediately turned around before even having a chance to close the door and fell to my knees.

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Two other new sisters in the Lord.

Lord, I am so unfaithful to you.  It is so easy to judge the hearts of the Israelites and even those around me.  Lord, search me and see if there is any wicked way in me.  Lord, forgive my selfishness and pridefulness in thinking I have everything under control that I can just read your word and then go and do your will.  I can’t.  I need you Lord.  As I rose up off my knees God had chiseled yet another chunk of self-righteousness from my sin nature.  After breakfast I was stirred once again at devotional time to share even what God had done in me just minutes before.  The issue of God’s battle for supremacy in our team’s lives would need to be dealt with in each person in a similar yet different way throughout the rest of the week.

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Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16

After leaving our devotion, I was headed out to the field for the first time since the summer of 2010 to share the gospel hut to hut.  The fact of the matter is that I was pretty nervous about this as I had not been in over three years and quite frankly had not shared the gospel even in the states for about that many as well.  When you don’t use it you loose it was creeping in on me.  However, it was not in my power that I would be able to do anything.  God continued to whisper to me His faithfulness found in Psalm 106 and that I too could claim His faithfulness to me.  God’s favor was upon me as I met with my translator and stepped out of the van onto the fertile soil that had been prepared before me.  God was faithful to give me unbelievable peace about sharing and the salvations that day were many.  Not because of my work, but because of God’s.

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“…Listen to what I am telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.” John 4:35b-38

This past Thursday evening the women’s ministry at Silver Springs Baptist Church held a pot-luck dinner to kick off the fall ministry activities.  During the time of worship a song was sung that pierced my heart and so clearly reflects my desire.  In the verse it states, “I want to take your word and shine it all around, But first help me to just live it Lord.  And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown. For my reward is giving glory to You.”  That is it.  That is what I truly wanted and what I still want.  I have to be able to live God’s word before I can shine it all around.  I first have to confess my unfaithfulness to God so that He can save me and then I can share His faithfulness to those around me.  And when He allows me to reap, I never want to boast in my work, but give Him all the glory.

He deserves the glory for the new believers who entered the kingdom on Tuesday.

He deserves the glory for chiseling away on my heart to make it look more like His.

He deserves the glory for being Faithful.

Take a minute and listen to the words of this song.  I have included the lyrics below so that you can allow them to penetrate your own heart today.  Make it your prayer as together we praise God for the grace He gives to His children and His faithfulness to help us live out His word in our lives and the courage to share it with those around us.

Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful,

Your face is all I see,

For when your eyes are on this child,

Your grace abounds to me.

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful,

Your face is all I see,

For when your eyes are on this child,

Your grace abounds to me.

I want to take Your word and shine it all around.

But first help me to just, live it Lord.

And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.

For my reward is giving glory to You.

I want to take Your word and shine it all around.

But first help me to just, live it Lord.

And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.

For my reward is giving glory to You.

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful,

Your face is all I see,

For when your eyes are on this child,

Your grace abounds to me.

Your grace abounds to me.

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