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Lessons Learned from my Travels

Dave & Dawn at Covenant College
Dave & Dawn at Covenant College

Last Wednesday I returned from a two-week trip. Dawn accompanied me on the second week of the trip.
The Lord lifted our spirits as we connected with old and new friends, and had an opportunity to promote the ministry on the San Diego-Tijuana border.
You can get a glimpse of some what we did on the trip on these posts: The Call to Missions, The Spirit Moves in Missions and The Spirit Moves on the Mountain.

The Busyness of Life

Some people tell me that it seems like we are very busy, and they don’t know how we do it all. Well, I thought I’d write something about the fact that at times we do get worn out. Even though we got back from the trip last Wednesday night, I still feel like I’m in a fog and I have travel hangover (if there is such a thing) ;).
I was going to write about something else today. The next exciting thing that God is doing here, but as I was writing in my journal I felt impressed by the Lord that I should share about the need for rest and restoration. In other words, yes, I do get tired.
Sometimes when I get tired, then it seems like the world isn’t quite as an exciting place to live in. Everything appears grey or maybe even black for a few days. I lose my focus.

Look to Jesus

When this happens I have to remind myself to look to Jesus. It’s important to remember all the good things that the Lord is doing.
The Lord keeps bringing to mind, Matthew 11:28-30. It’s as if he’s saying, Dave,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

God’s Comfort and Care

Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on th...
Beach at Border State Park; San Diego is on the right while Tijuana is on the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow! What a wonderful and outstanding passage of comfort and care. We serve an awesome God and a loving Savior. I love that phrase, “you will find rest for your souls.” The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep, and leads them besides quiet waters.
A couple of years ago when I was feeling worn out, and wondering if I had the energy to launch into the new year, a friend reminded me of Galatians 6:9.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

The Lord Strengthens Us

As I’m on this journey I realize that I’m not alone. Jesus and His Spirit strengthen me along the way. When I feel weak it’s a reminder of how much I need the strength of Christ. That’s one of the reasons Paul said, “when I am weak then I am strong,” (2 Cor. 12:10b).
If you are feeling down today, look to Jesus. He is the one who restores your soul. David encourages us to hope in God in Psalm 42:11,

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Thanks for joining us on this journey, and for letting me bare part of my soul today!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By gwennonr
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    This is a good reminder for us all to keep turning to Jesus. It is so easy to get distracted and forget that Jesus is our source. Thank you for calling us back to Him again.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      You’re welcome – I think we all stray from time to time

  • By Don Grabow
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks a lot brother I needed those passages, sometimes we do wear ourselves out in Ministry and I to get travel ‘hangovers’ but I never had a name for them. I always try to plan a day after traveling , if possible, to sit a regroup. hope to meet you one day we share a blessed friend, Daniel Nunez, May have to break down and make an intentional meeting. DLB.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Sounds good – I’d love to connect when you are in the area. Maybe when you are visiting Daniel.

  • By Bionic Sisters Productions
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

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    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      If it can help others that would be great!

  • By sustainabilitea
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Praying the the Lord would continue to lift you both up and also to provide times of rest and relaxation. He wants you to have those, too. 🙂

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks – The Lord is good and he gives us his rest.

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