One half down, and one half to go. April has already proven to be a month full of great treasure-filled moments.
The hubs finished up a 4-week series on “holiness”. Going into this new season on our YWAM base, we felt that God was speaking to us about living Holy, so we decided that teaching on this would be a great way to start the season together as a base. A few weeks ago, the hubs taught and asked, why teach on holiness, if in reality we’ll never truly understand it…and left us with this response:
If we don’t understand that God is holy, we’ll never try to be holy ourselves.
As believers of Christ, we are co-heirs with Christ, and have already been given everything to live a Holy life now. We are called to live Holy TODAY. Not just individually, but also as a community together.
We began a new topic for the month for our radio program, Verdad y Transformación. This month we will be, well we’ve already started, talking about missions in the 20th century. To start off the month, I was able to be part of the conversation, sharing my experiences thus far, and how I came to missions (for those of you who are new to my story, I was an elementary teacher in North Carolina before becoming a missionary here in Spain).
LIFE IS GOOD
After one long week one Friday, I came home to a very sweet surprise – these flowers! (cue the “awwws”) I remember walking into our piso and seeing them on the corner of our kitchen counter, with the light of the sun behind them and just being in awe of God’s beauty. God has truly blessed me with an incredible man who loves me, cares for me, and sees me.
Just recently, I was able to go listen to a friend play in an orchestra, which was my first orchestra concert here in Spain. It was a very sweet moment that made me think of the times I used to go with some of my teacher frands back in the states. Upon arrival to the concert, it was raining, but afterwards, we were graced with a beautiful rainbow in the sky – a great reminder of God’s promise.
Oh, and I can’t forget about straightening my hair! My aunt invested in a better flat iron for me, and a hair dryer to help with my straightening adventures. And well, the final product was a success!! It definitely made ya girl smile – and I managed to keep my hair straight for a whole 2 weeks without the rain doing what it does!
The above moments were definitely moments I will always treasure, from this month.
SHARE THE GOSPEL
However, when I think of my most favorite treasures of this month, I would have to say the moments from THESE pictures, and it’s not because my Nikes are very bright :). Here, I was able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our neighborhood kids, and their parents, before letting them loose for our Easter Egg hunt. It was nice because I was able to comfortably speak in English while my mentor translated to Spanish for me.
Not really knowing too much about our neighborhood kids, I went into this moment thinking, “okay, God use me. I know I am going to explain to them what this egg represents and what the egg hunt represents, but I want your agenda, not my own.” Well, as I was speaking, just sharing what I originally planned to share just wasn’t enough. I saw an opportunity in front of me to make sure that ALL knew what God did for us in sending His son Jesus for us, just in case some weren’t really aware of this…and so I switched it up and even left an opportunity for the families to respond to the call of accepting Jesus Christ. I was later approached by one of the leaders of our ministry to say that she was thankful for my boldness/obedience because knowing the families, she was a bit uncomfortable. I’m thankful that God used me in this moment. Seeds were planted that day.
I was given yet another opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our families who come out to our food distribution. This time, my crutch was taken from me, and I had to share in Spanish – ya girl DID IT! This was huge for me, because one of my goals is that I would grow in speaking Spanish more fluently so to not NEED someone, and I see just how far God has brought me.
I’ve learned…God is honoring my prayer request, “that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6: 19). Whenever I have chosen to say yes to Him, He has used me in ways that I didn’t even have in mind.
My encouragement to you…say yes to God. And when you say yes, let your yes be [a truthful] yes, and your no be [a truthful] no. (James 5: 12b)
What is it that you need to just say “yes” to God, and allow Him to use you?