Betrothed to the Lord

“I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.” Hosea 2:19-20

I believe one of the most beautiful love stories is found in Hosea.

Here we find Hosea, a prophet and man of God.

Told to marry Gomer, the daughter of a prostitute.

God is going to use Hosea as an example to the people.

To show them of His love for them.

The people of God in this time have turned away from Him and are serving other gods.

They have abandoned their first love.

Hosea marries Gomer and then she leaves him.

In the end though she is his bride, He has to buy her back.

No matter what she does or how badly she hurts Hosea.

God tells him to go and get her and love her.

As believers of Christ, we have been betrothed to the Lord.

Not according to anything we have done but based completely upon His righteousness, justice, love compassion and faithfulness.

Or betrothal to the Lord is based on all He has done for us!

I am my beloved’s and He is mine. Song of Solomon 6:3

Though we fail and fall away, He is always faithful.

Though we turn from and worship other things, He is always read and willing to rebuke and restore us.

Though we have nothing to offer Him, He offers us everything we need, in Christ.

Oh, what a Savior.

Oh Lord, it is so hard to keep perspective. So easy to get distracted. So hard to keep the main thing the main thing. Forgive us for straying from you as Gomer. Forgive us for loving other things, people and ourselves more than you. Forgive us for trying to love you and this world at the same time. Help us by your grace to cling to you. To love You with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Oh Lord, we need you!

bride waiting for groom

The Calling of Amos

“I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd and I also took care of Sycamore-fig trees, but the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” Amos 7:14

I love, love , love this.

Why you might ask?

Because here we find the calling of Amos to be God’s chosen instrument.

Who was Amos?

Amos, was not a prophet or a preacher.

He wasn’t even the son of a prophet or a preacher.

Amos was just a shepherd boy, like David.

The least of these, we might say.

Yet, here we find that God came calling on him one day.

Telling him, to Go and prophesy to His people, Israel.

Many people think that in order to be used of God, they must be a preacher, missionary or what not.

Or they believe the lie that God could never use them, that they are somehow not good enough.

Which is why I love this story.

Amos may have thought the same.

But God…..

God isn’t concerned about one’s abilities or talents.

He is most interested in one’s availability and obedience.

If He can use a donkey to speak and He did.

He can use anyone willing to surrender to Him.

I have always heard it said, that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”

How thankful I am for this.

How thankful I am that God has chosen to call our family to serve Him in the Himalayas.

And I’m here to tell you that it isn’t because we are anyone special.

Nor because we are super spiritual.

He hasn’t called us because of who we are.

He has said Go, and we have said yes, because of who He is!

What is God calling you today?

I encourage you to say yes. You might not feel qualified, don’t worry, He will qualify you.

You might not think you can do it, but God can and will do it through you if you obey.

Whatever He has asked of you, He will equip you for.

God used Amos a shepherd boy and He can and will use you and me.

As we say yes and surrender to His call!

Roller Coaster Days

It seems that the closer the time gets to leave.

The more real leaving becomes and the more I struggle.

It’s crazy really, I mean this is my dream.

So why the drama?

Today, we went through boxes in the attic.

Seeking to determine what to keep and what to sale.

We laughed our way through some boxes and cried through others.

It seems I’m a mixture of emotions.

Excited, Scared.  Anxious to go and longing to stay.

This morning I woke up and thought really God…. really, we are really going to do this?

We are really going to move our family to a third world country on purpose??

Are we crazy?

Then my husband told me of the great ticket prices he found and I bawled my eyes out.

Yea, this missionary girl has issues.

But don’t we all?

A desire to serve the Lord and a desire to please self.

A want to honor God and a want to live in this world.

Nothing about following Jesus is easy.

Most of us spend  the majority of our lives trying to do both.

To live in both worlds so to speak.

When this is impossible.

This is a roller coaster ride of up and down.

And all the while God is there waiting for us to realize He is enough.

Waiting for us to surrender to Him and enjoy the Great Adventure He has called us to.

What has God called you to?

I encourage you to say yes to God.

“Saying yes to God doesn’t mean that I’m not afraid, it just means I’m obedient.” -Kristen Welch

  roller coaster

Twinkling Fireflies

Girl Watching Lightning BugsTonight as we drove in from church, I sat and watched the fireflies twinkle their lights.

The other day, my daughter asked how do they light up, why do they do that?

I explained my own scientific response which basically described this was their way of talking and letting the others know where they. (Not sure at all if this is true, but it sounded good).

Yet, tonight as I watched them fly and twinkle, I was very aware that they were there.

For they were actively shining their lights.

As I looked on their beauty, I was reminded of the fact that as Christians we are to be lights.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Mathew 5:14

Like the fireflies, we are to shine our lights ACTIVELY.

We are to  be busy letting others know who we are and who we belong to.

Growing up I remember singing the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”

We’d sing it over and over with all the motions.

Hide it under a bushel, NO, Won’t let Satan blow it out, NO. I’m going to let it shine.”

But aren’t we all guilty of this.

Guilty of hiding our lights, and sometimes of letting Satan blow them out.

We hide our lights because we are afraid. We hide our lights because we are lazy. We hide our lights because…..

And sometimes the worries of this life, the struggles of this world, cause our lights to go out.

When all the while, like the fireflies we should be twinkling, shining as bright lights in this dark world.

Let us then be like the fireflies.

Let’s shine our lights bright.

Let’s flicker and dance, letting everyone know who we are and whose we are!

Let’s shine for Jesus.

Pointing the lost to Him.

 

 

 

Why we can’t but God can……

“I begged your disciples, but they could not.” Luke 9:40

I can’t do this. Why is this so hard. What am I doing wrong? Where are you God?

Sound familiar?

Many days it seems I fall into this trap.

I seek to minister and serve others, yet am more dependent upon myself than on the Lord.

How often I attempt things for the Lord, and fail because I have failed to believe and failed to pray.

I’ve strived in my own strength and the results show it.

As I read the story of the disciples who could not cast out the demon, the Lord did a work on my heart.

Jesus has been up on the mountain with Peter, James and John.

The Bible doesn’t tell us why the other disciples didn’t go. We don’t know if they weren’t invited or if they chose to say behind.

I think they could have gone but didn’t.

It could be they were too busy, or that they thought they could handle the ministry on their own.

But regardless they remained.

A man comes along with his demon possessed son.

He begs the disciples to cast out the demon, but no matter how hard they tried, they could not.

When Jesus arrives on the scene, the man is desperate for Jesus help.

Jesus rebukes the spirit and restores the boy in seconds.

The disciples stand open-mouthed, wondering what they had done wrong.

Why didn’t it work when they did it?

They had laid hands on the boy, and called on the Lord.

What was the problem.

Jesus lets them know that “this kind only comes out by prayer.” Luke 9:43

Ouch!! I’m sure the disciples second guesses their choice to say behind and not pray.

As I read this, I too had to say ouch.

Because it is so easy to work and strive doing good, but apart from the Lord.

So easy to be like Martha, serving and working and leave Jesus out of the mix.

As we prepare to go overseas, there is much to be done.

Some days it is overwhelming and I don’t see how.

I make my list and check them twice.

I do, do , do…..

And the Lord is there waiting.

Waiting for me to realize that “seeking Him first,” and “sitting at His feet” is where the power is.

He’s there calling me to just rest in Him.

To trust in Him to bring everything together.

Yes, a resounding Ouch!!

Power comes through prayer.

May we be less consumed with doing and more consumed with laying our needs at the cross.

Exhale and breath because He has got this!

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Funny Clothes and Languages

IMG_0926[1]I remember sitting in the pew as a child when I met my first missionary.

I was amazed at the funny way she dressed and how she spoke a different language.

As she showed pictures of Argentina, I sat mesmerized.

How exciting it seemed to live in a distant land.

Life carried on as normal, but I never forgot that day.

Fast forward to the present time and I’m now the one going to speak in churches.

I’m sure the people think I dress funny, in my Nepali clothes.

That I sound funny when I greet them by saying, “Jamisee.”

But, I’m sure there are some who are fascinated and maybe too dream of living in a distant land.

It has been a long time since I sat in that service, but God took that service and planted a dream.

A dream to one day be a missionary, traveling the world to tell others of Jesus.

As our family now speaks and shares with countless people, I pray that He will use this to plant this desire in  the hearts of others as well.

That He will call others to go, others to give and others to send.

For what the world needs now, is Jesus.