So, sitting in McDonald's tonight (slow internet at home + free wi-fi at MickyD's) completing my summer missions application for this summer, realizing just how blessed I am... I usually cringe whenever I hear people talk about being blessed because I guess it just seems like such an overused phrase, especially when people focus so much on their own blessings and not on how to reciprocate those blessings for others... but tonight, and maybe it's just the turkey and sweet potatoes talking, but I feel so thankful - for the big things and the little things.
I am thankful for the sovereign God of the universe, and His Word that became flesh and dwelt among us and His Holy Spirit that refreshes and challenges and guides and comforts us. I am thankful for my wonderful family. I am thankful for Soo and her friendship. I am thankful for Ogles and Aly and Liz and Margaret and Morgan and Caleb and Chris and Max and Nancy and Xinni and Wenli and Liz Anne and Marianna and Katie and so many more incredible friends who challenge me and make me laugh uncontrollably and pray for me and with me and encourage me. I am thankful for school, even when that means doing completely ridiculous projects all Thanksgiving Break - projects which I admittedly love. I am thankful for Coke. Enough said.
AND. I'm going back to Peru. Despite mom's worrying about my getting sick before student teaching. The harvest is ready! All around the world... But the workers are few. So PRAY. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers. To India. To the Middle East. To Malawi. :) To Europe. To Canada. To China. To Korea. To Russia. To Southeast Asia. To North Africa. To Costa Rica. To Mexico. To Alaska. To New York. To San Francisco. And to Peru.
What's our job? PRAY. And as we go, make disciples. Live life with people. Share the Word - even while waiting in lines on Black Friday. and PRAY. We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us. We have the Word of God to guide us. We are serving the sovereign God of the universe. What more could we need?