With Joy in the Lord

I just finished re-reading my journal entries from January 14 – February 17 of 2010. To read those entries from the vantage point of three years later has me with much gratitude that I recorded my thoughts during those days. There was no way on January 16, 2010 to know what the unfolding days would disclose as the Lord directed each step.

My recorded prayer on January 16, 2010 was short but exposed my sinful attraction to comfort. Not that comfort is a sin, but rather an ungrateful heart for any blessing of comfort.

On January 17, 2010 I called the faithful of Eastside to be prepared as we wait to hear from the Lord on what we should do.  I asked them  to pray together as one about what our response should be to the need in Haiti. We prayed, several responded to the need to apply for a passport. Many committed to pray.

First thing in the morning on January 18, 2010 I received an invitation to consider helping a sister church respond. They were looking for people ready to go help prepare a structure to begin receiving orphans. Before the day was up, four men committed to go with me. Four men I hold with humble respect; Silas Thompson, Steve McMullin, Drew Culberth, and Jim Allen. (it would be a few more days before we would meet the women and I hold them with the same level of humble respect as the men.)

We began to make plans to go into an unknown situation… found it a difficult situation … and learned to walk with joy in the Lord.

I tell you this truth… “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Prov 16:9 NASB)


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