Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Have a little Faith...

It's been quite a week! I've been dealing with some last minute visa issues, and trying to stay calm through out the process!

Long story short, I got a letter from the Spanish Consulate telling me I needed to submit documentation to show that I was qualified to be a missionary. The fun part, was that the request came from Spain, so the Spanish Consulate here in the states couldn't give me any idea as to what documentation I should submit. And to top it all off, I have to submit it within 10 days...

My first instinct was to freak out.

As I've gotten closer to leaving for Spain, I've felt more and more that God has been challenging me in the area of FAITH. I think my little human mind thought he was getting me ready for life in Spain on a missionary budget. That seemed the likely area to have a little faith growth in, don't cha think?!

Now I'm realizing that maybe those lessons of faith aren't just for Spain. Maybe they're for my everyday ordinary life also. Because Lord knows I've been relying on some faith this week! Over and over I've been reminded of God's faithfulness, and of the things he's been teaching me these past few months.

"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."  - Hebrews 11:1
I was reading Hebrews 11 today, and it's filled with examples of men and women of faith...Like Noah, who built a boat and filled it with animals, because God told him to...even though I'm sure most people thought he was crazy! And Abraham and Sarah...I love that Sarah's included in this list. If we go back and read her story (Genesis 17), we're reminded that she didn't get the faith thing right at first! When she first heard that God was promising her and Abraham a son, she actually laughed at God. And if we keep reading, we learn that at one point, she even tried to take matters into her own hands! But here's what Hebrews 11:11 says about her...
"It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise."
It was by her faith...not faith in herself, or her own ability, but her faith in the fact that God keeps his promises.

I should have all of my original letters and the translations by Friday, and once I get them I'll be shipping them overnight to the consulate.

I'd love if you kept me and this situation in your prayers this week.

I believe that God called me to go to Ibiza, and I believe that God keeps his promises....


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