Abigail with Gala
Things around here have been busy as usual, with people coming in and out constantly. This is something I've had to get use to as I greatly enjoy "my" privacy and "my" quiet time.
For those of you who don't know, our dining room/living room is also our bedroom. So even through the night, kids are coming through to go to the bathroom, and this past week, others were to. But there is one time of the day when it is quiet (at least in the winter when it is dark) and that is early in the morning between 5- sometimes 7. That is when Eric and I get up, light a candle on the table and read our Bibles. Sitting next to each other in sweet quietness, sharing what God is showing us. During the week that Slavic, Olea and Vasily were here, it was sometimes a little interrupted, but for the most part, we still had our quiet time...except for one morning...
Abigail has been pretty restless at nights, so one particular morning I propped up some pillows and stayed by her while starting my devotions. In comes Vasily, pulls up a stool and sits at the table in MY SPOT!!! "I'm not disturbing anything am I?" he asks Eric. The first thought that comes into my head is, "Oh, no. You're not disturbing anyone. This is just the ONLY time Eric and I have together, but no. You're not disturbing anyone." Afterwards, I almost starting laughing about it.
So, God has been teaching me patience and love this past year. It is quite funny. I thought I had it down. I've even been complimented multiple times on how patient I am. So, even if I was failing in every other area, I was good in the patient area. hehe...Pride goeth before a fall. Thankfully, God hasn't just been giving me testing, but has also been encouraging me and convicting through Scriptures almost daily about it. I thought I would share one of my devotion journal entries from this past week.
12/14 Ephesians 4
4:1 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,"
~ To walk worthy of our calling...
We are not worthy of the privilege to be missionaries, yet the Lord has allowed us to be here. It is not the lowest calling someone could have on their lives, but it is a privilege.
4:2 "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
~ We aren't supposed to puff ourselves up and say, "Look what I am." No. We are to serve realizing just how unworthy we are of this position. It is not because we are super Christians that we have been called to the field. God says He likes to use the weak things so that He can be seen and glorified rather than for us to be seen and glorified.
~ He also says we are to forbear one another in love.
Sometimes on the mission field, we will just have to forbear in love because, for the most part, we are surrounded by baby Christians who will do things wrong. It would be very easy and natural to get angry and say, "You don't want to do right? Well, forget you!"
No. We must forbear in love, tenderly and gently guiding them into the right path.
4:3 "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
~ Endeavor is a good word here as sometimes it is an endeavor to keep people in the Spirit in peace with each other. It is an endeavor just to keep ourselves in the Spirit and at peace with other Christians! We all have the fleshly tendency to gossip and get irritated with each other.
I believe some people are better at this than others...Eric is so good at it and I can learn a lot from him. Thank you Lord for giving me a peacemaking husband and pastor for our little, sometimes contentious, church here. YOU knew what we needed.
4:7 "But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ."
~He has given each of us a gift. Some of us He has called to be missionaries, some teachers, etc. Each of us that are saved have been called Christians and we ought to walk worthy of that calling - to be Christ-like.
He says He has called us to be Christ-like and He will give us the grace to do it.
Why has He given us our different gifts or callings?
4:12 "For the perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ."
I know it could probably be written out more beautifully, but I left it just as I wrote it. Sometimes when we are going through some trials, especially with the people in our church, I have a tendency to say (like Moses), "Lord, why did you give us these people!" But He reminds me over and over that I am not "above" my calling. I am not worthy to be here. I am weak and sinful. I am not even above them, yet HE has called me and put me here. Thank You, Lord, for choosing me and using me! Thank you also for Your grace and strength as I am such a weak vessel!