Grace, mercy, and peace to you as we begin 2017. I pray that the year has started off well!
I am heading back out overseas! I will be traveling with a team of 5 others to Ethiopia on January 27. We will be working with Compassion Family International. When the team returns to the states, I will continue in Ethiopia serving with Onesimus. I then travel to Jordan/Israel March 6 to 20th where I will be one of the facilitators at Global Outreach World Missionary Retreat. Some of the content I will be presenting includes resiliency and secondary trauma. I will then return to Ethiopia for 10 days before arriving back in the USA on April 1st.
One of the questions I have routinely been asked over the last 6 weeks is “is it dangerous where you are going? Will you be safe?” I do not know if I will be safe but I do know I need to be obedient to what the Lord is asking me to do. As I was preparing this newsletter, this was my devotion for the day.
“Put your trust in Me, and I will keep you safe. There is a deep yearning in your heart for safety and security. You can mask these longings with activity for a time, but only for a time. These feelings actually serve a very good purpose. Properly used, they can point you to Me and My sufficiency. I am the only One who can really, ultimately keep you safe.
Whenever you start to feel insecure-about anything-come to Me. Talk with Me about your fears and concerns; then affirm your trust in Me. Voicing your trust connects you with Me at a deep level. It also pushes back the darkness of deception. The evil one has been deceiving people ever since time began, since the Garden of Eden. Do not listen to his lies. Instead, put your trust in Me, for I am absolute Truth. As you come to know Me-the Truth-better and better, I make you increasingly free.”
Scripture References: Proverbs 29:25; Genesis 3:13; John 14:6; John 8:32
Devotion from Jesus Today by Sarah Young
I hope this encourages you as much as it has me this week! What a mighty and personal God we serve!
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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.