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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started and restarted writing this ‘about’ part. I find others so much easier to figure out and write about than myself. 😉 Maybe I should start by telling you some of my favorite verses.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord…

Thank God for this verse! I can’t tell you how comforting I find this verse… for one, because my thoughts can sure get me in a pickle and run me in so many different directions that I run circles around myself… And second, because sometimes we just have to leave it at that…

Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for they are opposed to each other…

No wonder!! This verse explains me to me and the constant battle I have within, sort of makes me feel somewhat normal.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…

Paul found how to live in true peace, in every circumstance. I have found that the more I lean on God the more strength I discover, that I never knew I had. In the Philippines, for example, I did things I never do here, like speak or sing in front of the church, or teach a group of about 200 children without a lesson. I prayed for strength before I left and had so many praying for us. I’m telling you… I felt like a completely different person there. Before I left I was afraid. I was unsure. I was beside myself. Basically I was simply being obedient to God by going but dragging my feet along the way.

I was told that I was good at seeing and following where God was leading me. The truth is… I’m so not. You see… we were moving to Colorado. John and I prayed for months about it before finally deciding to do so. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t just running from my past. After we made the decision, I prayed for God to show John the path we should take, to open the doors He wanted us to walk through and shut the doors that led the wrong direction. I also asked God to ‘slap me in the face with it’ because I knew I wasn’t very good at seeing and knowing what I should do. All the while, we were preparing for the move. One Sunday morning, John and the kids went to church while I stayed home sick. When he came back home, he sat on the bed with me and could hardly speak. Every time he got two words in, he’d start getting choked up. He told me all about the missionary from the Philippines who spoke at our church that day and how he just felt this overwhelming feeling that we needed to go there, a significant feeling that very much resembled what he felt the day he asked Jesus into his heart . Well… my wall immediately shot up. I had no desire ever to leave this country, much less my security blanket of familiarity. And another thing… we were going to the one place we had always wanted to live, especially John! I was about to start in on why this was not the direction to take when I was ‘slapped in the face…’ Now’s the time to tell you that I had been praying about something else as well. I had been praying for my husband and myself to put God first above all things, including each other. Now, back to the ‘slap in the face.’ John said, “I don’t really care what you think or what anyone else thinks. I really feel that this is what God wants me to do.” Now you most likely don‘t know him or our past and what we have been through… for him to say this, literally felt like a hand smacking me right on the cheek. And even though he started back pedaling by saying… “what I mean is…” My wall fell completely. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and from that moment on, I listened to all he had to say.

Now you probably also don’t know me and my absolute dislike of change. But before this moment God had been working on my heart through various scripture and sermons and books…. Which include Francis Chan, K.P. Yohannan, Charles Stanley, Art Katz, Jason Bay… I began realizing that I had ridden the fence my whole life, only needing so much of God and never relying fully on Him. I was afraid to be different to live boldly, or to crawl out from underneath my blanket of security. I started to realize that this world was not worth living for. It fades. It dies along with all that stuff I held so dear and clung to. The only thing eternal is God and the Kingdom he has prepared for us. With all this being said, I still struggle. I still trip over the world when I let it get in the way, which is often. And I constantly have to remind myself to keep my eyes fixed on the spiritual end.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Loraine Millican permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:39 pm

    I read two blogs. I enjoyed reading them.

  2. Laurie Hammer permalink
    July 5, 2011 6:55 pm

    I received your information from Carrie Hoke. She said you were needing curriculum for 2, 6th and 7th grades. We have a lot. Do you need all subjects?? You can check out quite a bit of what we have at http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com and username opendoorbookstore. I also have items not listed on the site. Just tell me what you need and what you are looking for and I will give you the best price I can. Most of my consigners are willing to donate their items if there is a family in need :-).
    May the Lord richly bless your ministry!!! How precious and beautiful is your work!
    Laurie Hammer

  3. August 28, 2011 11:11 am

    Hello Wilson!

    Thank you for visiting our blog ^^*. I’m really glad to meet you through WordPress. We are also missionaries like you. Most of us are from the Philippines but we are assigned here in South Korea. Our blogs is also quite new and most of the devotionals here were written by my fellow missionaries from their respective mission fields.

    I praise and thank God that He called you and your family to serve Him in the Philippines. As Filipinos, we really do appreciate your dedication, commitment, unselfish service and willingness to share the Good News of salvation to our fellowmen.

    May God continue to pour out His blessings to you and to your ministry. ^^*

  4. Glenda Clary permalink
    November 7, 2011 4:35 pm

    I wish you and your family much love and luck. You will be in my prayers.

  5. Loraine Millican permalink
    December 21, 2011 2:49 am

    Hello Mandi, I miss reading your blogs. Do you have any new photos of the children? You all are in our prayers every day.

  6. September 29, 2014 10:58 am

    DEAR JOHN,

    MY NAME IS ROSEMARY MARMOLEJO, I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WHEN YOU CAME TO ELIM CHURCH THAT YOUR TESTIMONY HAS PUT YOUR IMPRINTS ON MY HEART TO PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR BLESSED FAMILY, I HAD WANTED TO GO UP THERE WITH CHENA AMD TOMMY MECH, BUT I DID NOT HAVE PEACE IN MY HEART ABOUT IT, I DO SHARE JESUS WERE EVER I AM , I KNOW MY MISSION FEILD IS WHERE I PUT MY FEET AT AND I ALWAYS ASK GOD TO USE ME TO BE HIS LIGHT WHERE EVER I AM. WELL I JUST WANTED TO ENCOURAGE YOU THAT YOU ARE BLESSED AND CAN NOT BE CURSED, YOU ARE GOD’S SON AND I PRAY A WALL A FIRE AROUND YOU AND YOU FAMILY AND FOR GOD TO SENT HIS MIGHTY WARRIORING ANGELS TO GUARD AND PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS IN JESUS NAME. THE WORD SAYS THOSE THAT BLESS YOU IS BLESS AND THOSE THAT CURSE YOU IS CURSED, SO I REMIND GOD OF HIS PROMISES TOWARD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY ALL WITCHCRAFT SPELLS BE BOKEN AND NOT HARM YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR GREATER IS HE IN YOU THEN HE THAT IS IN THIS WORLD. I CALL ALL satan’s ATTACK NULL AND VOID AGAINST YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN JESUS NAME…BE BLESS MY BROTHER, AS ASK TO USE ME YO PRAY FOR YOU AS HE WILLS . GOD BLESS YOU MY BROTHER, MAY GOD PEACE AND LOVE IN ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE.
    TRULY YOURS
    ROSEMARY MARMOLEJO
    AMBASSDOR IN CHRIST JESUS
    Romans 16: 19-20, Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

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