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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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My Romanian Birthday

Wednesday was my 24th birthday and the Lord showered His love to me through the Vasilius and the Durhams. They made my birthday so special and I will always cherish the beautiful memories they helped me make as we celebrated the life He has given me now for 24 years.

We’re in Romania to launch the Romania Missionary Fellowship and Florin Vasiliu is the newly installed director of RMF. He has a beautiful wife, Denise, and three great kids: David, Andrei and Esthera. Wednesday was our first full day in Romania and we mostly hung out at the Vasilius’ home.

IMG_1409After just meeting Denise that morning, she made me a special Romanian cake that had a lot of fruit and this creamy, pudding-type of filling with wafers. They sang happy birthday and I almost cried at their intentional acts of love. I am so humbled. And so very blessed by the One who gives love.

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Me and Esthera. She’s 10 and so precious.

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David, me and Esthera… apparently I didn’t get the memo that this was supposed to be a goofy picture.

We spent the day playing cards and Risk, my first time playing… I’m not good. At all. But it was really fun.

Later in the day David, Andrei and Esthera took Joseph and I walking in Iasi. I love that everyone walks everywhere!

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The first park we walked through. It was so beautiful!

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The “football” (soccer) stadium in Iasi.

The University in Iasi. It's beautiful!

The University in Iasi. It’s beautiful!

We’re about to start the next conference right now so I’ll post more later, just know God is moving and I love it so much here! Please continue praying for God’s work here. To read how He’s already moved in the first conference read this: Ungheni, Moldova RMF Conference.

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