I've been here for ten days. Tomorrow is one week for our team members. It has been a VERY full week, full of unexpected circumstances, confusion, struggle, laughter, new friendships, tears, and joy. God has thrown some things my way that I never would have expected I would have to deal with, and He has provided a way of escape, as well. One thing I have really taken to heart this week is that even though I am faithless, He remains faithful. He has designated every drop that goes into my cup, whether I think it belongs there or not, and it overflows. I don't always understand why I have to make certain decisions or get put in hard situations, but I know that trusting in Him to deliver me is the only way I can grow and be full. I have seen God answer prayers in ridiculous ways this week, and it makes me excited to see what the summer is going to look like. I love it.
My team is AWESOME. Jazz, Allie, Debbie and I get along really well, and even though we're all pretty different, we have Christ in common and that is something wonderful. We decided that for our team name, we are Anchored. We were making button rings out of some buttons I brought from my mom's accumulation over the years, and somebody noticed that several of the buttons had anchors on them. We all made a ring with an anchor button and remembered the verses in Hebrews 6 that talk about the hope of Christ being a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf. We have had some really valuable time together and it is so encouraging to see us growing closer, more vulnerable, and more comfortable with each other as we have fun, pray, study the Bible, and just live life together.
I am so thankful for the blessings that God has placed before me, and I am in awe of the enormity of His love for all of His children. One thing that I have been praying about lately is just that, Lord, I am so overwhelmed with things to do and people to see and work and all of this stuff, but mostly I am overwhelmed at Your abundant love for me.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance...
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:5-6, 11