Happy New Years! As 2016 comes to a close, the word I can think of for the year has been transition...out of IDES, to Ministry Care, a step of faith to be obedient to the Lord and follow the path He has for my life; a return to Africa-3 countries, 7 cities, 10 different beds in the span of 2 months! Transition is not always easy but I am thankful for a faithful God, no matter what the circumstances we found ourselves!
As I look to start out 2017, returning to Ethiopia January 27th (look for more details in my next newsletter), this is what I read today in my devotional, from “Revealinng Jesus” by Darlene Zschech. I feel it is so fitting to my situation and stepping into Ministry Care. The Scripture is Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV): “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed because through you.”
Darlene goes on to say this: “God chose Abraham to be the father of our faith. He asked him to leave his father’s land-Ur was actually quite prosperous and cultured, so I am sure it was not an easy place to leave-to travel to an unknown land and destination. He wanted Abraham to separate himself from the godless forces at work in his world. He challenged Abraham to leave his comfort zone. Abraham obeyed.
God promised to bless him, to make his name great, and to make him a blessing to others. He promised to bless those who blessed Him and curse those who cursed Him. He promised to bless all peoples on earth through Him.
God still chooses people today. In fact, God chooses you. Don’t look around. I am talking directly to you. You are chosen. And the promises He makes to you are very similar to the promises He made to Abraham. He chooses you to step out of your comfort zone and obey Him in order that your life is both blessed and is a blessing. I pray today that you will sense the great blessing that God is over your world, and that you would in turn live with your heart and hands open to share His greatness with all.
Your call is sealed with the giving of Jesus. He will reveal His Son to you continually-that you may reveal Jesus to your world.”
How appropriate for me! And maybe for you too!!! Will you be obedient in 2017 to the step of faith God is asking of you? Happy New Years!
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.