Faith takes center stage when

you experience physical demands that threaten to break your spirit

the physical needs spills over into your mental and emotional well-being

you know there is a community praying you through back home

each day requires the support of the people around you to successfully make it through

you interact with the local people inspite of language differences and see the love of Jesus in everyone of them.

faith takes center stage

Last week, in Nicaragua, I experienced first hand the beauty of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual working in harmony as I worked with a team of 100 people from my church alongside an amazing team from Amigos for Christ. Every minute was a testimony of how faith takes center stage.

God was at work even before we arrived in Nicaragua. From choosing the right team to travel from my church as well as those we would work with once we hit the ground. But the real beauty was experiencing the hands and feet of Jesus in the Nicaraguans we worked, lived and interacted with as we did the work we were brought to do.

Faith takes center stage as you learn how your physical well-being is tied to your emotional and mental health. It is when God ties them all together in the spiritual understanding that your success is all due to the intercession of His heavenly strength and grace. Spending the week in Nicaragua the week after Easter was no mistake in God’s eyes. As Jesus walked slowly and deliberately to the cross to fulfill His Father’s plans, we walked to the cross in humble thanksgiving that Jesus’ sacrifice is what brought us all together. In one final act of submission, we are commissioned as God’s children to share His love and grace with all those we meet. It is allowing God to write a beautiful new chapter of our stories as we interact and learn from a new group of people whose lives are beautiful examples of how Jesus asks us to love others.

A big piece of who I am is forever changed because a group of Nicaraguans showed me what it means to love, welcome others and live a life of generosity even when at first glance you see sparsity and simplicity. It is our call to live big for God even if we think we don’t have what it takes. God knows our hearts and gifts and He will fill in the gaps of our weaknesses with His strength.

A big thank you to all of you for praying me through this past week. I felt every word of encouragement lifted in prayer and the love of each of you needed to carry me through. The intensity of the week was balanced by the beautiful spirit of this community standing behind me at home. Thank you for blessing me from here to there and back again.

I am praying and praising the words in Ephesians as a way to understand how we each are called and the relationship that God calls each of us to as we open our hearts by saying “yes”.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:3-10

Blessings of grace along the way,

Mary

Blessed to be linking up with these fabulous ladies!

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