hanging with Jesus

Hello sweet friends! I’m currently writing this while sitting on a porch in Tacloban, Philippines. The ocean is right across the street and green trees surround me. I currently am living in a house with fourteen other ladies. Together we share two bathrooms, and I bunk with three other gals at night. We eat every meal together, challenge one another in the word, worship our King, venture out into the community together and just live in sweet fellowship continuously! We spend a lot of time together, in fact pretty much every minute of the day we are with one another! The Lord has been so intentional with aligning our journeys and I couldn’t be more grateful.

It’s been incredible being back in the Philippines. My heart missed this sweet nation dearly and I can easily say it felt like coming back home. Yet I know no matter where I go, I know that I can carry peace because He goes with me; wherever, whenever, however. My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving and praise to the Lord as I know He purposefully has me here. He has chosen me. He has anointed me with the power of His spirit. He has given me a heart to be in this nation and love each person I cross paths with. It’s not a matter of seeing others around me and thinking wow they need Jesus. It’s seeing them and saying wow wait until they know how loved they are by the Father!

Every morning I wake up early, grab my cup of coffee and find a sweet spot overlooking the ocean. I then dig into the word and spend some time with Papa. I love these precious moments but I’m learning to be in His presence continuously, not just a designated time. Sometimes I sit on the porch steps just hanging out with Jesus. Talking to Him about anything and everything. Letting Him in on whatever I’m thinking, and listening to everything He wants to say. How incredible it is that He chose to dwell within us. We don’t have to beg and plead for Him to draw near. He already is close. He already is near. He never leaves. It’s who He is. It’s who He will always be. So we’ve just been hanging out more and more. He is a sweet, goofy, loving, pure and powerful Father.

I love building relationships here in the Philippines. I love meeting new people, I love running around with children drenched in sweat giggling the day away, I love having a bible study with strong Filipino women, I love waving at the construction workers every single day across the street, I love being here, I love the Lord, I love His people. It’s goodness! & there is more coming!

Please be praying for my sweet sisters! Many of my teammates have been really sick. We’ve already had quite a few trips to the doctors. Overall I’ve been keeping away from the sickness but if you could join me in prayer for my team that’d be rad. God heals and so please be praying big bold prayers over my team! These women are kind, loving, and passionate. & they’re at the top of their game when they’re healthy!

“There’s more to come. We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy, such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

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