April was traveling with Mom again to see my brother in Kona, Hawaii. I know, rough life you may say. There is always more to every story…and a purpose under heaven. (Ecc 3:1)
One of our God connections was while we were capturing a sunset and I commented to a woman with a great camera. She and I started sharing our very similar stories and we invited her to join us on other days. Debby Smit is a fabulous photographer from Canada who gave up all that was familiar to be a YWAM volunteer and go where God leads and needs.
I was blessed to be able to host her in my home last night as she drives through the US to do a West Coast journey with YWAM Ships. We even caught another sunset together at Holland Beach.
He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 2 Timothy 1:9 NIV
One of her heart passions was to work on a cruise ship – God is making that happen in a different way than imagined. One of mine was to be an artist.
40’s, 50’s, 60’s – it’s never too late. He wants to give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)
I feel we all have a GOD seed planted long ago to be used for His glory!
Please join me praying for God’s provision, safety and more holy connections for Debby as she heads this week to her next God assignment.
BE BOLD WITH GOD’S GIFTS
And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. (Sensible vs self-discipline seem very different to me!)
So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.
So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
2 Timothy 1:6-14 MSG