Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trading UP

The clock hit 2:30pm and I knew it was time to head to the airport. My younger brothers grabbed the 2 bags I’d stuffed full of all that’s left of my things and packed them into the car. My mom, in a way that only moms can do, ran through a quick list of things I might be forgetting- do you have your passport? Yes. Do you know what gate you’re at? Not yet. Did you remember to leave me all your information? Yep its on the table…

Everyone had made their way to the car when I knelt down on the floor of my living room soaking in everything about this house Id grown up in one last time…I called my sweet puppy over and pulled her in close. I chuckled for a minute thinking about how much grey hair she’ll have on her face next time I see her…it just keeps growing in!

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And in that moment, as I went to stand, with my bags packed away and my family waiting in the car I thought for a second- I cant do this…

I absolutely love my family. We’re different and quirky and just as messed up as yours but I love them. My friends are incredible, my dog is the best, and I have an expensive college degree that I’ve yet to actually use.

God, I have a REALLY good life right here-I think I’ll stay a little while longer.
Maybe later we could try again?

But God, in His infinite grace, came and whispered 2 words into my heart that haven’t left me since…immeasurably more.

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It’s the same promise that beckoned me to go in the first place and the same truth I hear every morning when I’m quiet enough to listen. It’s the hope of my heart and the fire in my bones…immeasurably more.

I got this ridiculous picture in my head on the way to the airport of me standing in front of God holding all the things I love most up to Him- my family, my dog, my friends, my college degree, my church, and saying to Him look, see! This is all so good! You don’t really want me to leave this, right? And in my mind I see Him smiling as He brings me in closer…

It IS good, He says, it is so good. You’ve been blessed with much in this world and I know it’s hard right now but what I’m asking you to do is trade up. None of the stuff you have here is going to last anyway so come, trade up. Come follow Me, know Me more, and make Me known. Trade in what is good for what is better- Me. 

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And so I did. It was hard…it still is hard. Even as I sit here and write this I miss parts of life from home. But He’s already shown me countless times since being here in the Philippines that the immeasurably more He promises really is true!

What is holding you back from going deeper with God? Maybe He isn’t calling you across the world but instead He’s asking if you’ll give up that thing you’re so proud of, or the past you let define you, or maybe He’s asking you to give up your Saturday mornings, your extra bedroom, your second car.

Will you trade up today? Immeasurably more is waiting…

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The basics.

Maayong buntag! Good morning from the Philippines!

After many very hard goodbyes, 30 hours in the air, 4 different planes, and 3 days of traveling, Meagan and I FINALLY arrived in Malaybalay City exhausted, excited, and expectant for God to do great things.

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We are blessed to live in this beautiful home right outside the city-

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We live in the house with 3 1/2 other people- William and Tara Miller who are here in Malaybalay discipling youth and mentoring university students and Janno Van Graan another missionary from South Africa AND last but not least-Baby Miller due in June!

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Meagan and I share a room..along with a few geckos and the occasional spider or two..and my bed (because I know you wanna know) is the one on the right!

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All of my belongings (mainly just tshirts, lets be real) fit perfect on these handy shelves-

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We’ve spent the past few days doing logistical things- unpacking, setting up our phones and bank accounts etc., and learning our way around town. Hopefully in a few days we will have our language tutor and we can start with intense language boot camp! I’m excited.

The Lord has brought a divine opportunity our way to start ministering to the street kids. I am AMAZED and thankful for His perfect provision! This truly has become “far more than I could ever think or imagine” and I can’t wait to share the details with you soon!

For now know that I’m alive and safe and my heart is so full. This country is starting to feel more like home to me every day! Please be praying for the perfect person to help me learn the language and pray for my brain to be able to soak in and remember it all quickly and efficiently.

Thank you for praying and loving me so well from afar! I remember each of you often and am thankful!

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“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open eyes that are blind, to bring prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness..behold the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
-Isaiah 42:6-9

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YOU matter.

Over the past few weeks, as I’ve been packing up my things and making last minute plans to move myself across the world, I’ve thought so much about YOU.

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And I wonder- do you know how much you matter?

As support checks come in and I read all your encouraging emails and I sit across the table from you at lunch, I can’t help but ask myself- do they know how important they are to the Kingdom?

YOU-my incredible friends, most of whom have recently graduated from college and are now working your tails off 9-5 in your dream job (or maybe not so dreamy of a job yet), balancing the new craziness of a career and a husband and the beginnings of a family- I hope you know I couldn’t do this without you! Thank you for faithfully praying and giving your hard earned money, allowing me to go.

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As you sit at that computer in your cubicle or coach your girls from the sidelines of the soccer field or stand in front of a classroom full of students or clock in for one more day at work and you wonder if your life really matters- it does! It really does. Thank you for daily being a light in dark places of America-wherever you are-and thank you for humbly sending me where you can’t go!

And YOU-all the stay at home moms spending your days playing with your precious little ones, changing diapers, cooking dinner, taking care of the house- I pray that you too know that you really are making a difference! Your kids are SO blessed to have you right there loving and providing for them. So many kids around the world aren’t that lucky…thank you for caring about them too!

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Those days you take time to send encouraging words or tell me that you’re praying for me mean so much! That sacrifice you make by cutting back on starbucks or hair highlights or hosting a fundraiser with your small group goes farther than you know. Thank you for investing your time and resources in the things that matter most!

And YOU-all of my amazing family who is more supportive of me than I could have ever asked…you guys make all this possible! In the midst of your busy lives, families to care for, and apparently a really bad economy? …thank you for constantly being so supportive of what the Lord calls me to!

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Every time you ask questions, drive hours to meet me for lunch, send a quick text or put a support check in the mail…you are doing more for the Kingdom than I can even begin to tell! I can say in complete truth that without the love and support of my family, I wouldn’t be in this place today.

It’s scary and incredibly humbling to live totally dependent on other people. God thinks He’s real funny doing that to me. But without your financial support, ministry is practically impossible and I’ll end up living out on the streets too! Without your prayers, the enemy wins. And without your encouragement and support, I start feeling alone and really far away from home…

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I am blessed beyond belief to be the one He’s called to go! But I pray you can see the whole picture with me today. I hope you know how much your life matters in the Kingdom of God and how deeply I need and appreciate what YOU do!

Thank you for faithfully answering His call on your life every single day to your family, your job, your spouse, your team, your roommates, your children here in America.

Thank you for being both locally involved and globally aware. I pray today you will walk confidently in the shoes He’s given you- knowing and believing that what you’re doing matters in the Kingdom of God.

Because it does.

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“I thank my God every time I remember you, praying always with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
-Philippians 1:3-5

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