From the time my children were tiny, we've talked about ministry and serving God. As our kids have grown, we've encouraged them to think about summer ministries and opportunities. Last summer, one daughter and I went with a church team to the D.R. for a week and had a phenomenal time. She couldn't wait to do another trip, and her younger sister was ready to go with her.
We just assumed that they would go with our church again this summer. But they surprised my husband and I a month ago, and told us they wanted to go to Guatemala with a missions trip sponsored by Brio Magazine. We told them to pray, get us more information, and pray some more. We looked over the information (http://www.bigworld.org/neverthesame.html) and talked about it. We prayed with them and encouraged them to go ahead and send in the application -- knowing that if God wants them to be there, he would work out the details.
Well, yesterday both girls received word that they have been accepted! They will have 3 days of training in Miami, and then 10 days in Guatemala City. We are all so excited. . . I know they are going to have an awesome time.
But in the midst of the excitement is the reality: they each need to raise approximately $2,500 to cover the cost of the trip. I know in my heart that if God wants them there, he will work out the details --- including the finances. But my logical head is fighting a little --- for us, right now, that is a lot of money. A LOT! We have no way to provide the money for the girls, and that 's a hard thing for me to accept -- but it's a good thing. Because they have to know that the provisions come from God, not us! In reality, I know that it's not too much for God.
I'm excited by the prospect of the trip itself, but I'm also excited and nervous and a little scared all at once to see exactly HOW God will provide. I'm eager to have MY faith strengthened and even more excited to help my girls grow in their faith as THEY see what God can do.
What do you want from God? - What do I want from God? Is that even a fair question? What does God owe me? How do I dare ask anything from God? John 1 recounts when Jesus offered the ...