Hey Y’all, Amanda here!
I know it has been awhile since we have posted on the site and I’m sorry about that. I have been so busy between packing up, moving and working, my schedule has been kind of crazy. I am sitting here in my room in VA knowing that this chapter of my life is coming to a close. All of it is actually bitter sweet, I like it here, I like the friends that I have, the seasons, and even the retail job I have. I am happy with my life. But that’s the thing, happiness is good, but JOY is better. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us “the joy of the Lord is your strength”, I want to be strong for my Father, no matter what it takes, because He rewards me with JOY. (As you can see, I LOVE JOY, I LOVE LOVE, all the things :)
Obeying God and Following Him, No Matter Where He Takes You!
-- Philippians 2:12-16 (ESV) --
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
This is where we begin. Something God has placed on my heart these past couple of weeks is, what does it mean to follow God’s call on my life, and what kind of sacrifices does it require? I don’t believe that following God is always easy like loving people it gets messy. We all have wants, desires and dreams of our own and sometimes they don’t match up with Gods. I know that in the past, I for one have always been stubborn and been like: “you know what God, I know better and I’m going to go down this path in my life because I can see the immediate reward”. My flesh, like every person has a strong pull on my life. But it has been in those decisions that I have made without God, or in times that I have ignored Him that I have suffered the most and hurt those around me. He keeps telling me: “Amanda, the path of self is selfish” but because I THINK I know better I DON’T listen. I have fought Him and pretended to be someone that I wasn’t because my pride would not allow me to admit that I had made a mistake. All opportunities have been humbling times where I have learned what it means to trust Jesus and have faith in Him. That’s what makes this trip so easy for me to say “YES” to.
I have been so blessed to have so many supportive people in my life and they have made the desire in my heart grow more and more just by simply encouraging and loving me. My friends at Taste and See (which is a bible study I go to at Seth and Jamie Hicks’ house in VA) have been so loving towards me and showed me what it means to have a community of brothers and sisters in Christ that believe in the Great Commission. They along with my family and friends back home in CA will be the people that I miss while I am gone.
I have a peace, “it is well with my soul”. I know that God is going to do some amazing things with the life He has graced me with. It has taken me 24 years to understand what it means to be with Him and to be constantly pursuing Him. I trust Him with my future and it brings me so much JOY to know that my future is in His hands and He is going to use this love He has given me to love on so many people. I know that God is going to work though me and use me to further His kingdom and knowing that……..I could never think of a better future I would want for myself. That was just a little bit of what God was laying on my heart this week.
What that means for Unified in Mission is this. Trusting Jesus with our future in Uganda, the Philippines, Australia, China, Spain, England and where ever else the Spirit may lead us, we will do whatever He asks us without grumbling or disputing and we will be a light that shines in this world.
Until next time,
Amanda, Unified in Mission.
**If you like this blog or have any questions, wanna talk about anything that was in it or anything at all? Talk to Collin or Amanda, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.