It seemed like it took a half hour for Ellie to get through security at the airport on Saturday. She had a bunch of change in her book bag. You know how it is working with the TSA. As we walked out of the airport, I remember thinking, here we go! Part of me trusts the Lord for everything that will go on during the next twelve days of the St. Petersburg, RussiaEnglish Camp. At same time, the list of things that could happen grows every time I consider the possibilities. So even though it’s Ellie’s third project, I find myself at the same crossroads. Do I put on the shoes of readiness from Eph. 6:15 as a part of the Armor of God and experience the gospel of peace, or do I choose the path of anxiety?
The New Testament definition for anxiety means to be “double- minded.” I realize from this point until Ellie returns is out of my control. Parents often face this situation. I also realize worrying will not make a difference and will only ruin my day, so I need to decide to give this to God, flee the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), and trust the Lord (Prov. 3:5-6). The only way I can do this is to pray and ask the Lord to fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit to believe in Him.
Lord, thank you for your Word, and the power to experience victory over worry. If you relate to being double-minded or dealing with anxiety, click on “Why Worry?”.
Because of you, because of Him, we celebrate together all God has accomplished this year.
Karen and I want to thank you for allowing us to be one of your partners in ministry in 2011. Sometimes it’s hard to remember we are not alone in our service and worship to our Lord. It’s incredible to consider how much God has accomplished through the collective ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), let alone the entire body of Christ.
Athletes in Action’sGlobal Sports group conducted ministry operations in 50 of those 191 countries mentioned in the video. As a result, your partnership with us and AIA helped to change many of the lives touched by Campus Crusade ministries in 2011.
Karen and I are looking forward to partnering with you again in 2012. If you are not partnering with us and would like to make a difference in 2012 by contributing to this ministry, go to our Eternal Investments page and ask the Lord how you could be involved.
We would love to hear about how you have joined the Lord in serving Him in 2011. It would be an encouragement to all, please leave a comment.
We are finding what sustains us today is God’s grace. We are realizing how ungracious we are, but the love of Christ is the key to seeing the truth. Jesus gave us life because He loved us. (1 John 3:1) He was kind and gave to us freely. (Eph 2:1-7) As we live life, we also pick up burdens, but Jesus said, “Come to me and I will give your rest. “ From the fullness of His grace Jesus gives us one blessing after another. (John 1:16) Grace, then, brings dignity to life and removes the shame that paralyzes us. (Romans 5)
Out of the Mouths of our Babies
As Karen hands Aaron the educational back of a cereal box at breakfast, Aaron: “Oh no you don’t, I see how it is, I see what you’re up to. I’m going to LEARN something.”
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