Amazed, Overwhelmed…Humbled, Hectic

These are the words that describe my life at this very moment…less than one month before we move to Haiti as missionaries to work with the orphans and the poor. 

The Lord is so amazing and I am so AMAZED by His goodness and love.  His love for me is amazing!!!  I am understanding that so much more these days, and that just sets my heart free to worship Him and live my life for Him.  He has been so good to us.  He has been blessing my marriage and teaching my wife and I so much about what a Christ centered marriage is all about.  He has blessed me with 2 beautiful little girls who are growing up learning to love Jesus above all things.  He has given us a call and desire like none that we have ever had to move to one of the poorest countries in the world and take care of orphans and at-risk kids and share the love of Jesus with them.  He is so good…and I am amazed.

I am OVERWHELMED by His provision.  He truly will provide for all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  He not only provides forgiveness for my sin…He provides a free dinner for my family when we don’t have any money.  He not only provides joy to my  heart…He provides us with a generator so we can power our house in Haiti.  He not only provides me with the security of being with Him forever in eternity…He provides us with a new couch and dresser for our home in Haiti.  I am realizing this more and more, that if God who provided us with things that we need for eternal life with Him (forgiveness through the cross of Jesus, reconciliation, redemption, adoption into His family, etc), then how easy is it for Him to provide us with everything that we need for life here on earth.  Why do I trust Him in providing me with eternal salvation, and yet doubt Him that we won’t have enough money to buy a vehicle before moving to Haiti.  This doesn’t make sense.  And so, Jehovah Jireh (The Lord our Provider) shows me once again that he is truly a God who lives up to all His names.  He will provide…and I am overwhelmed.

I am HUMBLED by His choice.  I am very, very far from a perfect man, just ask the person who knows me best…my wife.  I am flawed BIG time.  But God loves me so much…why?  Simply because He chooses to do so.  There is no other reason.  It has nothing at all to do with me, how good or bad I am, how faithful I have been in going to church or serving, how much I am tithing.  No, none of those things cause God to love me.  He loves me simply because He chooses to love me.  He has made His choice…and I am humbled.

Things are HECTIC in this house!!!!  The blue blob is taking over (see previous post for explanation) and nothing seems to stop it.  Things have been so incredibly busy as well.  In the past 3 days we have been researching on-line like crazy about things such as generators, propane refrigerators, low wattage washers, what is wattage, what is a generator.   Several people have donated furniture and supplies to us that we will take to Haiti.  As a result, we have now called the Penske Truck Rental office 3 times to change the size of the truck that we need.  We started at a 16 footer and are now at a 26 footer.  We have ordered a propane refrigerator after several hours, if not days, of researching what is the best propane refrigerator to get.  Our shopping list grows by the second.  We are trying to buy an older Toyota 4Runner or Nissan Pathfinder.  We just gave away our car this morning to a single mom who was in great need.  It was an absolute miracle from God for this woman.  The whole deal was so filled with Christ…it was awesome.  It caused her to see how much God loves her and it has brought her back to her faith in Jesus.  I have never been more overjoyed in giving something away and seeing how the Lord touched somebody’s life in such a deep way.  He is awesome.  We just got back from a fundraiser that a friend of ours put together at Chick-Fil-A where from 4-8PM 10% of all the sales were donated to our ministry.  It was a great time.  So, as you can tell…things are hectic   – Cody

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