Today I could have done a fun post about the different kinds of things I eat on a regular basis, or some of the fun things I've been learning in language, or some of the interesting cultural situations I've been exposed to, but instead I'm just here asking for your prayers. These past couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster. I knew when I came that the spiritual warfare here would be intense, and it has definitely proved to be so. There have been a multitude of situations, problems, thoughts, and confusions that have kept me busy praying, thinking, and praying some more, and I am definitely in need of your prayers more than ever. While there have been many discouraging days (including yesterday!), I have been constantly reminded that my Lord is right here with me.
When I'm sad and hopeless, He whispers to me, "Trust in me at all times. pour out your heart before Me, for I am your refuge." Ps 62:8
And when I feel completely alone and helpless He soothes my heart with "Wait silently for Me, for your hope come directly from Me. I alone am your rock and salvation. I will be your defense so you will not be moved. I am your salvation and your glory. I will be the rock of your strength and you will find your refuge in Me." Ps 62:5-7
When I feel ineffective and weak, He says to me, "I will be your help, and in the shadow of My wings you will find joy. Follow close behind Me, and I will uphold you." Ps 63:7-8
And I fully trust and believe that because of the trials and difficulties, I will be able to say,
"Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
Who keeps our soul among the living,
And does not allow our feet to be moved.
For You, O God, have tested us;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
You have caused men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to rich fulfillment." Ps 66:8-12
Praying for your encouragement, peace, and strength to continue in the good work the Lord has given to each of you as well. May He whisper His truth to you in the hard times and the good, and keep all of us constantly on our knees before Him.