My word for 2017 is – Unshackled.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
This year, the Lord and I are working to drop areas of my life which are getting in the way of what He is calling me to. In addition to stripping away the sin in my heart, God is also working to pull away habits, thinking patterns and fears that are tying me down and keeping me from being free and flexible for his purposes.
During this home assignment, the Lord has been teaching me several things. First, I am learning daily to trust Him in the big things and the little things. I am realizing more and more that He is the one moving and I have the privilege of joining Him and being part of His amazing plan for His glory and our good. When I am shackled to my plans and inflexible to his moment by moment leading, I miss out on blessing and opportunity that he has for me.
I have also learned a lot about being a steward of God, and not the boss. With Café Feliz and in our family, I am in the role of CEO. Yet, when I put myself in the role of the ultimate boss, things go very badly. However, when I recognize that I am a steward of the Master, everything changes. I am learning to seek the counsel of my Master on a daily and moment by moment basis. When I do, He guides me to which tasks are next and what priorities are the most important. When I try to do it on my own, I am overwhelmed by how much “needs to be done,” I feel responsible for it all and I am bound up with guilt when anything is left on my to-do list (which means I would always feel guilty). Yet, Jesus does not call us to live a life of false guilt. He paid the penalty for the true guilt of our sin and the other guilt is only what I put on myself, not what He has for me. He wants me to be unleashed from the guilt to live in the freedom of the adopted son that I am.
So, I am learning to live in faith and not fear. I am also learning to act in his leading whether that action is to move or to wait. Regardless, we are in the gracious and mighty hands of our Abba.
What have been some highlights of this past home assignment?
It’s been really good to reconnect with friends & family. We’ve been able to travel to visit some friends in really cool parts of the world, including showing the kids where we went to college in CA. I loved traveling to visit partners in New York and Chicago. It was so much fun for Marie and me to share about Business as Missions in a grad-level BAM class at Biola University. Oh, and during this home assignment, the Broncos won the Super Bowl!
What has been challenging for you during this past home assignment?
The biggest challenge has been not having a central place here where we can call home. I mean, when home is in Costa Rica, it’s hard to call anyplace else home. This fall, we were spending a lot of time bouncing around to a lot of different places and we weren’t ever really able to gain a sense of belonging in a place – it was really hard. I’ve said a lot of times that “Home is where you know how to make the coffee and where to find the spoons” and we really struggled to find that place last fall, but we seem to be in a much better place right now, thanks to some partners letting us live in their house for the past three and a half months.
What would you like our partners to pray for, for our family?
I would love for everyone to pray for clarity for us, as well as that God would bring us back to our home. We know the big picture of what God wants to do and we are so thrilled to be a part of what He wants to do, but what each day ought to look like here in the U.S. is a challenge because there are so many good ideas around and we want to make sure we’re focused on the best ideas … and we want to be able to do that in a place where we can really feel settled as a family and individually, like plugging into a small group at church, which is hard to do when we don’t know how long we’re going to be in any one place here. Please pray that the Lord would raise up financial partners on a monthly basis. We need $2500 more a month, as well as some one-time giving that would cover the rest of our medical debt, as well as our set-up costs for a new term in Costa Rica of 4-5 years.
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