Friday, November 13, 2009
Age has a way of creeping up on a person and suddenly you become aware of the reality of your immortality. That reality can either make you depressed which at times it has had that affect on me. But the flip side of that reality is an urgency to use what time and health is left to somehow be a part of bringing those out of darkness into the glorious light of Jesus Christ. We three couples in this picture could easily have stayed in our home countries and because of our age and health issue no one would blame us.
I remember being at a huge christian retreat with about 6 thousand people and the man of God brought a powerful message to a room full of mostly retired people. We were leaving in a week for the other side of the sea to serve to Papua New Guinea. Standing in line waiting to get in I started passing out our prayer cards only to hear that's great you are doing that but I could never do that. I wondered are we crazy at our age doing what we were about to do..we could buy a camper and travel around to retreat after retreat hearing powerful messages and hearing great music that inspires. The risk are sometimes great when living in an undeveloped country at our age but the benefits are great. Now we just look to His word for those powerful messages and spend time with folks like these in the picture who like us did not let their age and health issues stop them from allowing God to use those years of experience and wisdom gained through years of living life, being faithful in the small things God ask us to do. I would love to add more people our age to this picture to be a part of the exciting work of God in Papua New Guinea. Step out and join us.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
After 10 months of a medical furlough we finally were able to return to our place of service in Papua New Guinea. A lot had changed in those few months, people had left, new ones had come. It did not take long and we were back into a routine and I realized that somewhere along the way we had learned to order our day which makes change easier. I think the biggest change for me was during those months in the states I came to the reality of my immortality and once again fought that battle of fear of aging and gotten victory by the grace of God. It's easy to say I want to age gracefully but another thing to actually live that way daily. God is so good and continues to use Ace and I to serve Him over seas. Actually I know it takes more grace to live with limitations that age and health issue bring and there is a peace from accepting those limitation. One thing that comes to mind is I am more choosy over the battles i pick to fight and there are many to fight. The enemy of our soul makes sure of that. Living with limitations gives me a passion to fight the good fight and let those go that will only drain me. Maybe, just maybe this 62 year old women is growing up and becoming a little bit wiser....it is good to be back to blogging and I look forward to a writing a couple of articles that God brought to my heart while in the states. My goal now is not only to be wise hearted but to be a courageous wise hearted women. Encourages someone today and you will give them courage.