Well hello, world.

Yes, I have reached that point in my pregnancy where I can start doing the things again.

And the hardest part of that is looking back and realizing that I have not been keeping up on, well anything.

The last blog post I wrote was in AUGUST, I just responded to five emails from OCTOBER,

Do you ever feel like all you can do is count the failures in your life?

There are days, sometimes even weeks, where I feel like I just can’t quite get it together. I am supposed to be a missionary, but am I doing enough?

We are finishing up a session at our clubhouse with the theme verse John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Teaching for nine weeks using 9 million different activities and lessons to try to drive this point home has made me realized that I, too, need to learn from this verse.

That’s one of the things I love about what we do, by the way. We learn alongside the kids because Scripture constantly transforms us.

Anyway, focusing on the darkness (my shortcomings, all that is wrong in this world…), is not really worthwhile. The more I focus on those things, the more I give them power, forgetting that the darkness has already been overcome by the Light, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Has my to-do list been accomplished in the past few months? Not really. Have I stuck perfectly to my discipline plan for my 2-year-old? Hardly. Did the two giant jars of Nutella my inlays gifted me last more than two weeks? No comment.

The point? God accomplishes his purposes in spite of us. And to be honest, I think I give myself WAY too much credit for the work He is doing here in HIS mission field.

Of course, let’s continue to soak and rest in His Word so that good works continue to flow out of us… but CHILL for a minute and stop trying to do it all. Doesn’t Ecclesiastes say something about there being a time to do your laundry and a time to lay in your hammock??? 😉

My prayer for all of us today is that in our weakness, we can lean even more on our never failing God, opening our eyes to the amazing things he is accomplishing around us.

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