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Following our calling to the Dominican Republic


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Experiencing God

For months, I have been feeling God pulling pushing me into leading a women’s bible study in our community.  This is something that I would not have felt worthy of doing even in the states…in English.  Now, God was asking me to do it here in the DR..in SPANISH!  Aye, mi Dios!!!  As I have stated before, my Spanish is not quite where I wish it were.  I often compare my Spanish to that of the other Domericans here, and I always fall short.  Of course, we all know…comparison My word for this year is Intention (which I will discuss more about this on another post).  One area that I really want to be intentional is my relationship with Christ and with other women.  A women’s bible study is the perfect place to practice this intentionality!  Although I prayed that God would just bypass me on leading this, He never did.  After finally surrendering, I prayed that He would calm my nerves and give me the courage to pursue this.  Once again, He did not fail me.  (Seriously, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I doubt!  When will I learn?)  My fear of not speaking Spanish well was holding me back.  But God knew better!  He replaced my fear with excitement and expectation.  Not expectation of the ladies that are attending, or even expectation of myself, but of the expectation that God is going to do something wonderful in this!

IMG_4323After praying and seeking counsel, I finally settled on the study by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King, Experiencing God.  It’s about learning what God’s will is for your life and doing it.  It is also about developing a deeper relationship with Him. This excites me because half of the women that are invited are not currently attending church.  I remember being that woman.  I was lost for so many years.  I remember friends inviting me to church and truly experiencing God’s love for the first time.  I remember finally understanding that it had nothing to do with religion and EVERYTHING to do with a relationship with Him.  I want this for these ladies!  I want them to know how much God truly does love them, and how He has a plan for their lives.

When I first knew which ladies that God wanted me to invited, I was SO nervous to ask them.  Because half of these women are not currently attending church, I had no idea what they would say to me.  Imagine my surprise when each woman immediately said “yes” with a smile!

Yesterday, when I was passing out the workbooks, one of my friends, that is part of the group, asked who else was coming.  As I was telling her, she said “But they don’t go to church”.  I smiled and said, “I know!  Are you still coming?”.  She got so excited and, with a huge smile on her face, said “Claro!”, which means “Of course!”

Here’s another cool thing…when ordering the books, I miscounted and ordered one extra.  Of course, we all know that there are no accidents.  I am not sure, yet, which lady this extra book belongs to, but am waiting for God to point her out!

Tonight is just a meet and greet, and develop a plan.  I am so crazy excited!  I am making coffee and cookies!!!  We will be meeting on Tuesdays at 4:30.  We are on Atlantic time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern time and two hours ahead of Central time.   Could you guys stop and pray the following for us at that time, please?:

1)  That God comes before us and opens minds and hearts to hear His word

2)  That God deafens our ears to satan’s nasty lies so that we will not be discouraged.

3)  That God breaks down any language barrier so that we can all learn from one another

4)  That God fills each of us with the courage to carry out His will for our lives

5)  That God shows us the lady to which this extra book belongs

Thank you!!!


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Trusting

This is a DC3.  We will be flying in one of these with our stuff to the DR

This is a DC3. We will be flying in one of these with our stuff to the DR

One month from today we will be boarding a plane with our stuff to move to our home in the Dominican Republic.  So many emotions are surging through our home right now.  Fear, excitement, sadness, and happiness are just a few.  Anticipation is one of the main ones!  Each of us has visited our new home country.  However, LIVING there will be a whole new experiences.  We have been anticipating this moment for almost a year (3 years from the time that Mo first approached me with the idea).

WE. ARE. READY!  

IT. IS TIME!!!

Most of our furniture is sold, except for a couple of pieces.  We believe that Mo’s truck is sold but we haven’t sold my Expedition yet.  The house is neither sold nor rented.  This is definitely a leap of faith for us in this aspect!  We are trusting God on this one!!!

We are having a Goodbye Party/ Silent Auction on January 5th.  This will be a chance to get rid of the remainder of the little stuff.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, this is an opportunity for us to say “goodbye” to so many people that we have shared life with for the past 8 years.  Saying “goodbye” will be the hardest thing that we will have to do!

Our “to-do” list continues to get shorter…then longer…every day!  Right now we are trying to figure out the logistical part of the move.  Is the house going to be completely finished when we move there? How do we get our stuff from Santiago to La Represa?  How do we get our car in Santo Domingo to La Represa?  How are we going to do all of this with 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 frazzled parents, and a ton of storage containers?  Once again, trusting God!

More than once, we have been talking to people about how we came to this decision.  Each time we see a new way in which God had a hand in this from the beginning.  We can look back many years ago to see the path being paved for just this moment!!!  We have, and will continue, to trust that God will work all of this out for His will and His plan.  I have always been a planner with a “type A” personality.  I still tend to get caught up in all of the task needing to be done and let them weight me down.  I have heard Him speak to me more than once throughout this experience…

“One day at a time…one task at a time…”

Then I can breathe and remember…

He has been planning this for many years. I know that I can just relax because it will all work out in the end because…

GOD’S. FREAKIN’ GOT. THIS! :O)