Saturday, May 21, 2016


I had a bad day this week. Actually, I had a couple bad days this week. But I also received a gift this week. A VERY generous, completely undeserved financial gift. 

But then, isn't that the definition of a gift? Something completely undeserved? What do I do on my birthday that merits a gift? Absolutely nothing. Christmas? Again nothing. And on this particularly overwhelming Tuesday? You guessed it, nothing. A sweet lady just felt the pull to give, and she had no idea what a blessing it would be, and what a lesson it would teach.

In the middle of this not-particularly-great Tuesday, and after already losing my patience a few times before noon, I got a text from my mom about this completely unexpected gift. And in the moment it floored me. But I didn't really have time to let it all sink in. But thinking back later, I couldn't help but wonder to God: "Lord, I don't deserve this. Especially not today. I know I have not been a reflection of you today (but to be fair, neither were my students). Why would you choose to use this woman to bless me with this today?"

The answer that came was simple: GRACE.

I have always struggled with free, undeserved gifts. As I have previously confessed here, I am a workaholic, and along with that comes the attitude that I need to earn everything. Love. Approval. Respect.

But grace.

Grace can't be earned. If it could, it wouldn't be grace. (Funny how that works.) This gift was a pure reminder of grace. That even in the middle of what feels like my worse day, in the middle of my bad attitude, in the middle of my struggles, God extends grace.

"But he said to me 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.'" 2 Corinthians 12:9

Am I perfect? Nope. But God's grace covers me (praise the Lord for that). And because of that, I am reminded to extend grace to others, even first graders who are just ready for summer, ninth graders who are completely missing the point, and everyone in between.

I hope your day is filled with grace today.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

End-of-the-Year Prayer Updates

As we get closer and closer to the end of another school year, I just wanted to share a few updates and things to be praying for as we enter into summer. 

The big event coming up is our Colegio Missions Day next Thursday. On this day, our middle school classes (7th-9th) will each present about one country's culture and religion, and how they would share the Gospel with a person there, and we will all pray for these countries. My class (9th grade) will begin preparing on Monday, and the other classes have already begun some of there work, so please pray for these students as they learn about these other countries and the problems the people there face (Ethiopia, France, and Syria). 

After Missions Day I will only have a week and a half left here since I am leaving early for my brother's wedding. There is lots to be done here in the time I have left, but I am also looking forward to going back to the States to celebrate with my family (and another two friends who are getting married in June. Wedding central over here!) So please pray for my return trip and a summer spent at home with family and friends, and opportunities to share about what God is doing!

But would you also pray for my students this summer? Summers can be a hard time of temptations with not being occupied in school everyday and being out from under the watchful eye of their teachers. And I have many students who will be facing the difficult decisions of what to do with their lives. Our first class of 11th graders will be graduating this summer, and the University at Destino will hopefully be opening in January. But this leaves seven months for these students to lose their motivation for school, or decide they would rather just get a basic job and work. Please pray for all the students to stay focused and motivated over the summer and come back (in September for the school, January for the University) with renewed purpose.

Thanks to all who are praying for me. I will have other updates to share when I am home. [insert suspenseful pause] :)

God bless you all, especially the mothers today!