Thursday, July 2, 2009

Uganda Lessons Continued

The experiences from my previous post were just a few of the ways God taught me that He is faithful. He will provide. If you know me, you know that I can handle a lot. But honestly, when I left for Uganda I was feeling like I needed to make some changes in my life. I had let the ministry become my number one priority. God and I had some talks that week and He showed me that I couldn't keep going at that pace.

It's one thing to know that you need to slow down - it's another thing to feel like you actually can when the "to do" list seems like it's a mile long. When we arrived back in the states I turned my cell phone on and began checking emails. The very first one that I read was from a friend, volunteering to take over the Caroline's Promise blog! Yet, another reminder that God will provide all that we need.

I'm not starving. I have a home, an incredible family and friends who love me. I have access to all the education I could ever want. My "needs" seem trivial in light of the stories we hear from orphans around the world. But you know what? God cares about me. About my needs. And He's ready to meet them - if I will let him.

This is just one of His promises, taken from the book, Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis:

"God promises that if we take care of the needs of the fatherless, whatever we put our hand to will be blessed; our work, the home we build and the relationships we hold - even the families we lead. When we pay attention to the treasures of God's heart, we put ourselves in a position of blessing."
Hebrews 10:22-25
"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies
washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful! And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching."

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