Nothing is little. …no cry goes unheard…

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Sometimes in life, you get these incredible God moments. Time stands still and it’s just you and him. This picture reflects one of those moments. There is a gentleman in this picture that joined us in prayer. Our group was standing in front of our new London City Missions building, praying over it. He had walked by the group. .. stood for a moment on the corner and then walked back towards us and I’ll never forget the look in his eyes when he asked me if we were praying. I said yes, would you like to join us and he jumped in. The prayer he prayed still gives me goosebumps. His cry to God, His request for clarity was so heartfelt. After he said his prayer, he picked up his things and went about his day. I never learned his name or his story, but really, that doesn’t matter. God knows it. I know God heard his prayer and this guy’s life will change forever. This is what we do. This is why we do it!!

It’s time…

Well,  it’s almost time.  My flight to England leaves very early in the morning. 

Last year at this time,  the idea of going to England, let alone on a missions trip, was only a dream.  It was a picture on my dream board.  It was always a “someday”.

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And now,  12 months later,  I’m packed and getting ready to board a plane to England for the second time in 6 months.  I’ve always said living with God is an adventure and he is taking me on an adventure of a lifetime.  This would not be possible  without him and those that are supporting me.  Not just financially,  but with prayer,  encouragement and love. 

Lord,  Thank you so much for your grace,  your love and your work in my life.  Thank you for the people you have brought into my life and the many blessings you have given me.  Lord,  you are so amazing and I’m humbled to be working for you.  Please keep us all safe and please keep those that are traveling tomorrow safe.  Be with our partners over seas and help us to shed light in the darkness and plant seeds of hope.  Amen.

Let the adventure begin!

Faith… It’s Not Always Easy To Have

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Before I knew God, I hated when people talked to me about faith. They made it seem like something magical, unattainable.  “Just have faith” they would say.  My response would always be “Hurumph, that’s easy for you to say.  You’re not going through crap”.

Those days are now long gone. 

It’s amazing how much faith we already have. We have blind faith that when we walk into an elevator, it will take us to the floors we want it to. When we sit at our desks, we have faith that the chair we sit in will hold us. When we hug our children, we have faith that they will hug us back (unless they are teenagers) but I think you get the point. When we are going through our crap, it’s easier to focus on the crap than it is to reach for the toilet paper.

Having faith isn’t magic.  It comes from your personal relationship with God. The best example I can give you is my personal experience.  There are things in my life that I just have to trust God with.  God had proven to me that he always is faithful. When I was 17 and homeless,  God kept me from harm.  When I was 18 and pregnant and alone,  he provided for me by bringing my babies adopted parents to my life.   Take my missions trip this past June for example.  I only had 2 months to raise $4k.  I didn’t have a job and my husband and I were living paycheck to paycheck,  but I received every penny I needed to go because God made it happen.

My life has taught me that the biggest hindrance to faith is us.  Because we can’t tangibly put our hands around it,  we want to control everything. If we can control life and circumstance,  we wouldn’t need faith or God.

I know what my life was like when I didn’t want God and I know what my life is like with him in it. It’s taken me years to develop it and I’m a pretty stubborn control freak. .. the hardest thing I had to learn was trust in him.  I’m so glad I did. My faith is constantly growing as my relationship with God grows.  It truly is a life long adventure!

Here is what I know…

1. I have to serve God

2. I have to serve God in England

How?  God’s been working out the details in front of my eyes since I said “Ok God, here I am,  use me,  send me”.

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Don’t get me wrong,  my missions trip started at home.  It started with my family,  my neighbors, my community,  my local church.  When I’m not in England,  I’m still serving God in the states.

For The Greater Good Of God

My daughter shared a song with me today. As I listed to the music and I read the lyrics as the voice sang with intense feeling, I felt compelled to write…because I felt moved and I felt that there was so much truth to this song…..Do not judge by the band or the title of the song…I truly believe that God’s glory can be found in anything and that He can truly use any genre to reach people that need to hear His word the most….I do not know what the writer of the song was thinking when he wrote these lyrics or what the singer was meaning when he sang them. All I know is that God spoke to me and I had to write.

The song: Iron Maiden – For the Greater Good of God
The Album: A Matter of Life and Death
Released August 2006

The Lyrics:

Are you a man of peace
Or man of holy war
Too many sides to you
Don’t know which anymore
So many full of life
But also filled with pain
Don’t know just how many
Will live to breathe again

A life that’s made to breathe
Destruction or defence
A mind that’s vain corruption
Bad or good intent
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Or saintly or sinner
Or some that would believe
A holy war winner

They fire off many shots
And many parting blows
Their actions beyond a reasoning
Only God would know
And as he lies in heaven
Or it could be in hell
I feel he’s somewhere here
Or looking from below
But I don’t know, I don’t know

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

More pain and misery in the history of mankind
Sometimes it seems more like the blind leading the blind
It brings upon us more of famine, death and war
You know religion has a lot of answer for
Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
They find it’s ashes that are scattered across the land
And as their spirits seem to whistle on the wind
A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

And all because of it you’d think that we would learn
But still the body count the city fires burn
Somewhere there’s someone dying in a foreign land
Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man
Tell me why, tell me why

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of God (8x)

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of God (8x)

He gave his life for us he fell upon the cross

To die for all of those who never mourn his loss
It wasn’t meant for us to feel the pain again Tell me why, tell me why

Tell me why??? So many ask this question. So many are searching and seeking. So many have blinders on. Yet, others, who know God’s word, use it to suit their own arrogant and ego centered needs. I heard once, in history class, that most wars are fought over religion and land..but mostly religion. So many have died because of religion. Men, women and children die for the “Greater Good of God”…just as this song illustrates. When I think of this, I am brouht back to the days of the Crusades, where many people were killed “in the name of God”.

Jesus warned us of people like this. In His time, they were known as the Sadducees and the Pharisees:

“Thinking he was scolding them for forgetting bread, they discussed in whispers what to do. Jesus knew what they were doing and said, “Why all these worried whispers about forgetting the bread? Runt believers! Haven’t you caught on yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves of bread and the five thousand people, and how many baskets of fragments you picked up? Or the seven loaves that fed four thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers you collected? Haven’t you realized yet that bread isn’t the problem? The problem is yeast, Pharisee-Sadducee yeast.” Then they got it: that he wasn’t concerned about eating, but teaching—the Pharisee-Sadducee kind of teaching.” ~Matthew 16:11-12 The Message Bible

One of the last verses in this song is “He Gave His Life for us, He fell upon the cross, To die for all of those who never mourn His loss”. Wow, that is so powerful to me.  Jesus did die for all of us. He died so that we can have life again. Yet, not everyone makes that choice. Many pretend to make the choice, yet, they have no personal relationship with God. All their work and their hatred and their arrows are launched  all “For the greater good of God” just as Jesus spoke about in Matthew.

As a Christian, I am judged by the actions of others and others are judged by my actions. What is it that I am doing all “For the greater good of God?”. When people look at my life, what do they see? Do they see religion or do they see God? How do others see me interacting those who have never mourned His loss? For those that have never mourned His loss, what are they learning from me?  For those that ask:


Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is”

For those that do not know Christ and only know of religion and what religion has done in their life. For those that have witnessed the bloodshed and the pain and the hurt that was all “for the greater good of God”, I pray that I can only show them the truth behind the lies of those that have come before me. I pray that they allow God to answer those very valid questions in their lives and I ask that God brings them the comfort and peace that we know He can provide.

Partner Spotlight: London City Mission

This week’s parter I would like to put in the spotlight is London City Mission. Their motto is “sharing Jesus Christ will all London. London City Mission exists to share with the people of London, patiently, sensitively and individually, the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ, and to enable them to join his church.

London is a HUGE, diverse city. Over 300 languages are spoken there. Over 8 million people call London home. But, not all 8 million people are well off. Not all 8 million people know where their next meal is coming from. Not all 8 million people see their lives as having a purpose.

That’s why London City Mission exists. According to their website,

  1. London City Mission is primarily a gospel organisation. We have been and always should be focused on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with people in London.
  2. Our calling has always been to the least reached of London, and we need to make sure that our work is focused on those who are in the hardest to reach communities of this city.
  3. Our ministry must serve God’s church in London, and our activities need to aim for partnership and collaboration in evangelism and discipleship. Our prayer is that we will see an increasing number of Christians in London engaging in gospel work!

Greater Europe Missions has an amazing internship opportunity to work with London City Missions. Click Here to learn more! Maybe I’ll see you in London!